England tour of Australia, 4th Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 26-28, 2006
The Ashes - 4th Test
Australia won by an innings and 99 runs
26,27,28 December 2006 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
10.6

Lee to Bell, 1 run, full, on off stump and Bell punches it to cover. Oh hello - what's he up to here? He's going for a run, that's what, and dives to make his ground as Clarke flings in a throw. What a stupid run that was. Morning, Ian Bell.

England 24/1   IR Bell 1* (1b)
11.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, wide of Bell and it cuts further away from him. Left alone

11.2

McGrath to Bell, no run

11.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, excellent ball on off stump and cutting back further still into Bell who is rock solid in defence

11.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, very well bowled, squaring Bell up - but he played it with soft hands. Mild green, fairy liquid. Remember that advert? What rubbish

11.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, ooh, pushes this off the back foot and it bobbles down a foot or so from his offstump

11.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, and Bell swings and misses here! A straighter ball which cut back massively into Bell - in fact, the movement saved him in the end

England 24/1   IR Bell 1* (7b)
12.5

Lee to Bell, no run, lovely, juicy drive from the Sherminator to mid-on - Michael Clarke - who dives and parries it to Symonds. Excellent fielding

12.6

Lee to Bell, (no ball) 1 run, short and straight, turned off his hip for a single to add to Lee's over-stepping no-ball

England 29/1   IR Bell 2* (9b)
13.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell behind that, all very careful

13.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, wide and Bell moved forward and then just watched it pass

13.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, "oohs" all round as McGrath rips that through Bell, jagged back between bat and midriff

13.5

McGrath to Bell, 3 runs, neatly flicked off his legs, through midwicket and Clark has a lot of ground to make up from long leg

England 34/1   IR Bell 5* (13b)
14.1

Clark to Bell, no run, on the spot from the off, Bell forced to block

14.2

Clark to Bell, no run, slightly miscued straight drive squirts to mid-on

14.3

Clark to Bell, no run

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, shorter and Bell climbs on his toes to play it but still doesn't quite get over it, but with no short leg, it's quite safe

14.5

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, carbon copy of the flick of his legs the previous over, timed but the outfield is slow and Hussey overhauls it two-thirds of the way to the fence

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, straight drive but mid-off doesn't have to move to get it

England 36/1   IR Bell 7* (19b)
16.1

Clark to Bell, no run, again right into the groove, Bell into line to block

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell once more right into line, head over the ball

16.3

Clark to Bell, no run, forced slightly back, patted into the covers

16.4

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell strokes the ball effortlessly back past Clark and mid-on and mid-off converge to field

16.5

Clark to Bell, no run, shorter, Bell back and gets a mixture of thigh pad and body behind that

16.6

Clark to Bell, no run, again short and Bell a bit cramped but not unduly troubled

England 36/1   IR Bell 7* (25b)
19.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, seamed away from him and beat the bat by enough to not really be that threatening

England 41/1   IR Bell 7* (26b)
20.2

Clark to Bell, no run, well, well. Bell turned square by that one, super ball all through him

20.3

Clark to Bell, no run, again a bit square, but he got behind it

20.4

Clark to Bell, no run, played into the off side and for the briefest second Bell looked as if he was about to set off for a single but he wisely thought better of it

20.5

Clark to Bell, OUT, that's about as out as you can get without hitting the stumps. Bell caught in the crease by one that zipped back and hit him on the knee roll, and Bell was off and the crowd were celebrating before Rudi Koertzen's finger had even started it's super slow-mo upwards motion

IR Bell lbw b Clark 7 (46m 30b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.33

England 44/2   IR Bell 7 (30b)
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