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

0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, outside off, no bounce there and Strauss leaves this alone

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, crikey moses, a monstrous wide from Lee there pitching several feet behind the cut strip

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, better line on off stump which Strauss pushes, on the walk, into the leg side

0.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, a hint of gentle swing into the left hander who comes forward, quite confidently, and defends it solidly on the front foot

0.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, good ball holding its line outside off. In fact, that was damn close to Strauss's outside edge who, back in his crease, tentatively pushed at it

0.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, cracking ball once more! Holding its line again and Strauss goes back to defend, wafting his bat without conviction and somehow missed it

England 0/0   AJ Strauss 0* (6b)

2.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, quick, on off stump and Strauss times it quite neatly but straight to mid on

2.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, well bowled, Lee; on middle stump, swinging just a touch into Strauss who remained in his crease and pushed it back to the bowler. That's the length, though...

2.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, cracking ball! Unplayable, even, angling into Strauss before cutting away from him, Strauss wafted at it and it flies through to Gilchrist

2.4

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, but England are away as Strauss pushes this off his hips down to fine leg

2.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, quicker but wider and it's left alone

England 2/0   AJ Strauss 1* (11b)

4.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, swinging into Strauss who pushes it off the back foot

4.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, ooh swinging back into Strauss who is almost doubled-up, the ball spooning off his outside edge into the gully - but short of gully

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, good length - quick, too - and Strauss defends on the back foot

4.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, ah, well played from Strauss - the first authoritative forward defence of the morning, and the solid ball-on-bat-clunk resounds around the ground

4.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, too wide, Strauss easily leaves alone

4.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, punched with confidence on the front foot but straight to Symonds, he of massive hair fame, at mid-off

England 2/0   AJ Strauss 1* (17b)

6.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, oh dear. This is rubbish. Far too wide, massively full - Lee is all over the shop here

6.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, better - fuller and swinging into Strauss who leaves alone

6.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, a touch straighter and fuller, Strauss pushes it back to the bowler

6.4

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, fine shot, driving Lee back past him - or nearly, as Lee stoops to his left and does well to prevent four. Fine fielding - great cricket all round. In fact - well done everyone

England 3/0   AJ Strauss 2* (21b)

8.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, dropped! Was it? Edged off the back foot by Strauss but it drops just short of Ponting at second slip

8.2

Lee to Strauss, 3 runs, shot, Strauss, driving on the up. A check-drive, if anything, firmly punched through the covers but the damp outfield prevents it from going for four

8.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, ooh, full - almost yorker-length - outside off which Strauss drives at, misses and it flies through to the keeper

8.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, well bowled; this one just cuts off the seam, ala McGrath so far this morning, and Strauss again fishes at it meekly

8.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, ooh Strauss is desperate to edge Lee here. He's absolutely gagging to give the slips a chance but again misses

8.6

Lee to Strauss, 3 runs, full and driven on the up, Strauss opening the face of the bat to guide it wide of the gully

England 16/0   AJ Strauss 8* (27b)

9.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, marvellous ball angling into the left hander before cutting away, markedly, from Strauss's forward defence. A great ball, almost unplayable

9.2

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, well this is a touch too straight and Strauss works it off his legs down to fine leg

England 17/0   AJ Strauss 9* (29b)

10.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, punched, confidently and firmly to mid on

England 23/0   AJ Strauss 10* (30b)

12.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, crash; lovely sound there, as Strauss cracks it to point

12.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, and a thick, uneducated, on-the-dole inside edge as Strauss tries to drive this through the covers

12.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, another inside edge, Lee throws his hands up in disgust

12.4

Lee to Strauss, 3 runs, pulled just backward of square, well timed and that'll be four. No it won't, McGrath chugs round and saves it - although the wet outfield did as much to prevent that going for four as McGrath did

12.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, a neat flick of the wrists and Strauss scampers a single

England 30/1   AJ Strauss 14* (35b)

13.1

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, flicked to leg and an ambled single, all very casual

13.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, solid defence

England 34/1   AJ Strauss 15* (37b)

15.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, beat Strauss, but going down leg side even though McGrath gets fairly excited as he roars an appeal for leg-before

15.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run

15.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, again McGrath barks an appeal, but once more that was heading down the leg side. THis time McGrath looks slightly more miffed, but replays show Aleem Dar was spot on

15.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss blocks

15.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves that. He's standing well out of his crease while facing McGrath

15.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a few "oohs" from the crowd but Strauss pulled his bat out the way of that in good time

England 36/1   AJ Strauss 15* (43b)

17.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, outside the left-hander's off stump, angled across him, and left alone

17.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, much the same, outside the off stump, angled across Strauss who leaves it well alone

17.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, now, that one he did nibble at, slightly shorter and it passed him at hip height and beat the outside edge

17.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, played off the back foot at stomach height, right behind it this time

17.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, left alone, too wide

17.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, not convincing, a leading edge into the off side but it brings him the single

England 37/1   AJ Strauss 16* (49b)

18.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, Strauss withdrew the bat but the ball was through him by the time he did so. Lovely line slanting across the left-hander

18.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, a little too wide this time and no stroke offered

18.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, over adjustment, a bit leggish and flicked to midwicket

18.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, the pressure tells as Strauss aims a booming drive and misses it by some way

18.5

Clark to Strauss, 2 byes, leg side, it doesn't get up and rolls under a sprawling Gilchrist ... Warne puffs round and fields to huge cheers from the terraces. Clark apologises to his keeper

18.6

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, turned into the leg side with more conviction. Strauss is positively Boycottesque in his manipulation of the strike ... twice he has taken singles off the last ball of the over

England 40/1   AJ Strauss 17* (55b)

19.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, wide enough to leave Strauss untempted

19.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, and again. McGrath just needs to get a little closer to the off stump

19.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, much better. Short of a length, beats Strauss and the slips all go up although McGrath looks somewhat bemused as the batsman missed that by inches

19.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss behind it this time, but he's leading a charmed life since lunch

19.5

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, too leg side and turned with ease to long leg

England 41/1   AJ Strauss 18* (60b)

20.1

Clark to Strauss, 3 runs, overpitched, classic straight drive between bowler and mid-off, but a slow outfield prevents a four. I can imagine Mark Nicholas in raptures with that

England 44/1   AJ Strauss 21* (61b)

21.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss looks to play through midwicket but it swings late and he ends up patting it back to the bowler ... but that could so easily have caught the leading edge

21.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a more conventional block

21.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss looks to punch that off the back foot through the covers but doesn't time it

21.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a bouncer, outside off stump through, Strauss pulled out of the hook very early and pivoted on his heels while dropped his bat well out of the well

21.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, another leading edge as he tries to flick through midwicket. He's looking a candidate for a caught and bowled here

21.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, better, driven firmly straight to mid-off

England 44/2   AJ Strauss 21* (67b)

23.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, turned with minimal timing to square leg

23.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, slanted across Strauss and he pulled out of that despite the amateur dramatics of the close fielders

23.3

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, turned to the left of square leg and an easy single to the man at long leg

England 47/2   AJ Strauss 22* (70b)

24.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, into line, textbook defence

24.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, and again, all very correct so far

24.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, pushed into the off side, never a single even considered

24.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, Strauss stands up and punches that to mid-off

24.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, driven to mid-off

24.6

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, back foot, placed between cover and mid-off and again Strauss pinches the strike

England 52/2   AJ Strauss 23* (76b)

25.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, driven square on the off, and that was only a foot or so short of carrying to Michael Clarke at cover point

25.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pushed into the covers

25.3

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, turned into space, a semi diving stop by mid-on

25.4

McGrath to Strauss, 3 runs, sweetly turned wide of midwicket but the boundaries are long and the outfield damp and slow

England 57/2   AJ Strauss 28* (80b)

26.1

Symonds to Strauss, no run, gentle one to start, wide and no suggestion of any movement

26.2

Symonds to Strauss, no run, better line, but Strauss not worried as he blocks

26.3

Symonds to Strauss, no run, fuller, dug out by Strauss

26.4

Symonds to Strauss, no run, all very low key, straight and Strauss defends

26.5

Symonds to Strauss, no run, too full, Strauss drives with some venom but straight to extra cover

26.6

Symonds to Strauss, no run, outside off stump and Strauss not interested

England 57/2   AJ Strauss 28* (86b)

28.1

Symonds to Strauss, 3 runs, short, wide and absolutely leathered to the cover boundary but like an old man climbing up a hill, the ball runs out of puff inches from the rope and Clarke retrieves it

England 60/2   AJ Strauss 31* (87b)

29.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, angled into the gully area

29.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, meets that with the full face of the bat

29.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, mistimed a drive to cover

29.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, no shot, too wide to tempt

29.5

Clark to Strauss, FOUR, again wide but this time short as well, Strauss leans into that and belts it through extra cover and the ball beats the best efforts of the outfield and crawls over the rope

29.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves that ... he thought about it but made up his mind in good time

England 64/2   AJ Strauss 35* (93b 1x4)

30.2

Symonds to Strauss, 3 runs, cor he's hammered that with an immense dose of humpty through extra cover, but the quicksand outfield prevents it going for four

England 68/2   AJ Strauss 38* (94b 1x4)

31.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, pushed firmly to mid off, or just to his right and Symonds again does brilliantly to field to his right and prevent the single

31.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, solidly defended on the front foot

31.3

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, pushed into the covers and they scamper a single. In comes the throw, but it's wide

31.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, calmly pushed to leg, no run there

31.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, fuller, on off stump and it's rather spooned into the gully by Strauss who nevertheless played it with soft hands

31.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

England 70/2   AJ Strauss 40* (100b 1x4)

32.2

Symonds to Strauss, no run, cracking delivery - this pitch is ideally suited to Symonds's wobblers. And this little offcutter jags back into Strauss who shoulders arms, the ball just passing over his middle stump

32.3

Symonds to Strauss, no run, a touch fuller and Strauss punches it to cover

32.4

Symonds to Strauss, no run, ooh and he jags this one off the seam away from Strauss - but the batsman read it. Well..he left it alone at any rate

32.5

Symonds to Strauss, 1 run

England 72/2   AJ Strauss 41* (104b 1x4)

33.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, and he's dropped. Strauss drives on the up, loses a hand off the bat and the ball flies straight to Matthew Hayden at gully - just to his right - and, somehow, he shells it

33.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, ooh Clark hurries Strauss here who tries to whip it off his legs

33.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, and Strauss does get bat on this, pushing it to a deep short leg

33.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, very well left outside off by Strauss

33.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, well bowled indeed! Clark's control of line is terrific to watch...here, landing it a touch straighter - maybe an inch outside Strauss's off stump. But to his credit Strauss left it well, watching the ball into Gilchrist's gloves

33.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, and he shoulders arms again to end the over

England 72/2   AJ Strauss 41* (110b 1x4)

34.5

Symonds to Strauss, 2 runs, the wrong line, down the leg side and Strauss flicks it calmly down to fine leg

34.6

Symonds to Strauss, 2 runs, lovely clip off his pads, in front of square - neat, calm stroke

England 77/2   AJ Strauss 45* (112b 1x4)

36.1

Symonds to Strauss, no run, Strauss is quickly back into his crease, firmly punching it to cover

36.2

Symonds to Strauss, no run, forward this time, defending it solidly

36.3

Symonds to Strauss, no run, wider of the off stump and he offers no shot

36.4

Symonds to Strauss, no run, too wide of Strauss's off stump and it's easily left alone

36.5

Symonds to Strauss, no run, wider still, Strauss late cuts this - a chop, if anything - down to gully

36.6

Symonds to Strauss, no run, pushed back to the bowler who, typically, fields it with ease on the half volley

England 79/2   AJ Strauss 45* (118b 1x4)

38.1

Symonds to Strauss, no run, ooh that one spat up a touch on Strauss who defended it off the back foot

38.2

Symonds to Strauss, no run, too wide of Strauss who left it alone

38.3

Symonds to Strauss, 3 runs, fabulous shot through the covers, on the up - firmly, confidently struck - and that would've been four at Adelaide or Perth. But not here, and it's three more to Strauss

England 82/2   AJ Strauss 48* (121b 1x4)

39.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, well left. It was pretty wide but Strauss is showing excellent judgement of his off stump today so far

39.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

39.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, ever so slightly fuller but it's too wide and easily left alone

39.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, on off stump and pushed firmly, solidly back to Clark

39.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone - too wide

39.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, pushed to leg

England 82/2   AJ Strauss 48* (127b 1x4)

42.1

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, wide of Strauss's off stump who collects it, sweeping it through midwicket with aplomb

England 88/2   AJ Strauss 49* (128b 1x4)

44.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, and he sweeps, is rapped on the pad and the MCG roar a collective appeal...but he got a bottom edge

44.2

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, too short, Strauss rocks back and turns it to leg for a single to bring up his fifty

England 94/2   AJ Strauss 50* (130b 1x4)

46.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, on off stump, Strauss hides his bat behind the pad - dangerously

46.2

Warne to Strauss, OUT, 700 for Shane Warne! There it is, his 700th Test wicket and what a ball to reach the milestone! Outside Strauss's off stump, spinning massively back past Strauss's expansive cover drive

AJ Strauss b Warne 50 (206m 132b 1x4 0x6) SR: 37.87

England 101/4   AJ Strauss 50 (132b 1x4)
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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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Brett Lee bowls Matthew Hoggard as Australia make it 4-0, Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, December 28, 2006

Brett Lee bowls Matthew Hoggard as Australia make it 4-0

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