England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 4th Test

Australia v England

Australia won by an innings and 99 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

55.6

Clark to Read, no run, on off stump, Read defends awkwardly

England 122/5   CMW Read 0* (1b)

56.6

Warne to Read, no run, oh dear, Warne makes Read look very, very silly here. Very silly indeed, but it's not Read's fault - this pitch has plenty of moisture and Warne could turn it on marble. This lands on leg and spins past the off stump. Enough said.

England 123/5   CMW Read 0* (2b)

58.1

Warne to Read, 1 run, short and wide and Read smacks it to McGrath who is, well - let's be honest - very, very, very slow indeed to react and they steal a single

58.3

Warne to Read, no run, short again, big turn but Read can't time his back-foot drive

58.4

Warne to Read, no run, oooh and Read is in two minds here! Wonderful flight from Warne, above Read's eye line who comes tentatively forward

58.5

Warne to Read, no run, and the first googly of the day which, I reckon, Read reads (sorry) - defended solidly

58.6

Warne to Read, no run, wonderful legbreak on middle-and-leg, turning away from Read who, to his credit, just pulled his bat inside the line. Just. Just...

England 125/5   CMW Read 1* (7b)

60.1

Warne to Read, no run

60.1

Warne to Read, no run, hugely short, turning prodigiously away from Read who cuts it into the ground

60.2

Warne to Read, 1 run, Read pulls this, tennis-style, back past the bowler - to his left - and they scamper a single to mid-off

60.4

Warne to Read, no run, lovely bowling! Turning away from Read's forward defence who looks back down the pitch as if so say "what did I do wrong?"

60.5

Warne to Read, no run, better from Read, going back and angling this into the gully

60.6

Warne to Read, no run, too short and wide, spinning wider still

England 127/5   CMW Read 2* (12b)

61.3

Clark to Read, 1 run, ooh this cuts back into Read who plays it off the back foot into midwicket

England 133/5   CMW Read 3* (13b)

62.1

Warne to Read, no run, ooh and it's on leg stump, Read shimmies down the pitch and almost gets into a tangle before defending it out into the covers

62.2

Warne to Read, no run, outside off this time and Read leaves alone

62.3

Warne to Read, 1 leg bye, but this one is outside leg, too wide and Gilchrist blots his copybook once more today by failing to gather it

62.6

Warne to Read, OUT, on off stump, Read flays it straight to Ponting - who was in very close at short extra cover - who took an excellent catch. It was the big, juicy "come and get me" from Warne; outside off, tempting Read, and he couldn't refuse - but he was off balance, spooning the ball airborne

CMW Read c Ponting b Warne 3 (28m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.64

England 135/6   CMW Read 3 (17b)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Dec 28, 2006

Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne exit the MCG, Australia v England, 4th Test, MCG, 3rd day, December 28, 2006

Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne exit the MCG

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Dec 28, 2006

Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath wave at the crowd during the final Test at the MCG, Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, December 28, 2006

Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath wave at the crowd during the final Test at the MCG

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