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

47.1

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, clunked to mid on - oh no, what's happening now? They go for a single, Flintoff's ball watching - he's going to have to hurry here and just makes his ground. What a terrible run

47.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, and Pietersen is hurried into defence here, the ball bobbing up a touch and Lee runs down optimistically

47.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed to midwicket and they scamper a single without alarm

England 110/4   KP Pietersen 2* (3b)

48.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen down the pitch, whipping him to a deepish mid on

48.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, a big, confident stride down the pitch but Pietersen just defends this

48.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, just outside off, again Pietersen comes forward to defend

48.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, on leg stump, half a shimmy down the pitch and it's whipped to mid on again

48.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, again it's firmly defended, albeit without actually meeting the ball - his bat waftily, airily poking at it, as is Pietersen's want

48.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and it's defended to end the over

England 110/4   KP Pietersen 2* (9b)

49.3

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, drifting down the leg side and he whips it down to fine leg

England 114/4   KP Pietersen 3* (10b)

50.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, big turn! Big big turn and Pietersen is squared up, tries to follow it but misses

50.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, better; he comes forward and blocks this one on middle stump

50.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, right forward and he defends it on leg stump

50.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, ah, excellent length here but Pietersen defends it quite solidly

50.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, nearly 701 as Pietersen comes forward but is beaten by the length as much as the turn, the ball spinning past his forward defence

50.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and Warne visibly rips this one, the ball spitting like a cobra off the pitch but it's short enough for Pietersen to leave alone

England 114/4   KP Pietersen 3* (16b)

51.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, and it's defended off the back foot

England 117/4   KP Pietersen 3* (17b)

53.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, a gentle loosener which is pushed to leg

53.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen comes confidently forward, pushing it to midwicket but without properly timing it

53.3

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, and Pietersen takes half a step across his stumps, turning it behind square

England 118/4   KP Pietersen 4* (20b)

54.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, no! GIlchrist has missed the easiest stumping. Warne completely bamboozled Pietersen, the ball turning massively away from his forward prod - Pietersen halfway down the track, but Gilchrist made a complete hash of it, the ball bobbling out of his gloves. Pietersen was dead and buried there - and knew it, too - and Gilchrist looks a trifle sheepish

54.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended more solidly

54.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pushed out into the covers

54.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, ooh and Warne's all over Pietersen here, who turns it to leg to get off strike

England 119/4   KP Pietersen 5* (24b)

55.1

Clark to Pietersen, 2 runs, turned to leg and they steal a couple

55.2

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, well bowled - extracting nasty bounce on Pietersen who rides it, dropping it down by his feet and they steal another single

England 122/4   KP Pietersen 8* (26b)

56.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, hello 'ello; Pietersen tries to hit Warne into the sea and is completely beaten by the turn

56.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, ooh more big turn for Warne but Pietersen plays this out into the covers with soft hands

56.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, brilliant bowling - huge turn, spinning past Pietersen's forward defence

56.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, fuller this time, on leg stump and it's defended solidly

56.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, quicker ball - very well bowled, Warne's on fire here - but Pietersen goes right back and turns it with a flick of the wrists

England 123/5   KP Pietersen 9* (31b)

57.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, clunked into the covers

57.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, defended out into the off side

57.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen comes right forward and defends it with a straight bat

57.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, a huge stride forward by Pietersen who shoulders arms with a flourish

57.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, again he comes forward to this one on off stump, pushing it to leg

57.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, a beautiful shot with just a hint of the outrageous, smacking it straight to mid on.

England 123/5   KP Pietersen 9* (37b)

58.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run

England 125/5   KP Pietersen 10* (38b)

59.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

59.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, on middle stump, Pietersen drives with confidence back past the bowler

59.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, again on middle-and-leg and it's pushed to mid on once more

59.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen steps across his crease, bashing it back to Clark who is deeply unimpressed by the batsman's cocky feet movement

59.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, defended solidly on the back foot

59.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, and he pushes this off the back foot to end the over

59.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, and he pushes this off the back foot to end the over

England 125/5   KP Pietersen 10* (44b)

60.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, swept fine for a single

England 127/5   KP Pietersen 11* (45b)

61.1

Clark to Pietersen, 2 runs, punched out into the covers for a single. No, they're taking two - Johnson does well to sprint round and fires in a good throw

61.2

Clark to Pietersen, 3 runs, a brilliant shot, stepping outside his off stump and whipping him flamingo style through midwicket

61.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, outside his off stump, driven back to the bowler

61.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, down on one knee and driven with a flourish back to the bowler

61.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, and he shoulders arms outside the off stump

England 133/5   KP Pietersen 16* (50b)

62.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, short and wide of the off stump, Pietersen tries to clobber it through midwicket but can't time it

62.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, ah, lovely stroke - a fluent, commanding straight drive but he can't find the gap and they just steal a single

England 135/5   KP Pietersen 17* (52b)

63.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen ambles to meet the ball and casually drives to mid-on

63.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, wide and Pietersen watches that on its way

63.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, he had to stretch to reach that and as such the drive lacks power and Ponting is not tested at short extra cover

63.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, again Pietersen walks to meet the ball, this time veering to the off side as well and he plops it safely to midwicket

63.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, expansive leave to a straight one outside off stump

63.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, played into the covers with a certain flair

England 135/6   KP Pietersen 17* (58b)

65.1

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, full, Pietersen can sometimes turn those into yorkers with his tendency to walk to meet the ball, but he flicks this into the leg side with no alarms

England 136/6   KP Pietersen 18* (59b)

66.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, swept along the ground past a cowering short leg but Pietersen wanted to come back for a second but good fielding ruled it out

66.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen rocks back and slams that straight at short extra cover

66.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes two big strides and allows that to hit his front pad

England 138/7   KP Pietersen 19* (62b)

68.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen reaches for it, sweeps, and again exposes Harmison to the remainder of the over

England 145/7   KP Pietersen 20* (63b)

69.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen's footwork suggest he is thinking of auditioning for Strictly Come Dancing, but he gets in a bit of a muddle and the ball trickles out on the off side

69.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, lofted into the deep but loud boos as Pietersen declines the single

69.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, still his feet are moving but once more he cannot find the big hit he seems to be looking for

69.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, left alone, too wide to be of interest

69.5

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, and KP accepts the invitation by ambling a single to wide mid-on

England 146/8   KP Pietersen 21* (68b)

70.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, big swing across the line which he misses and Warne barks a rather optimistic appeal given the ball pitched about two feet outside leg stump

70.2

Warne to Pietersen, OUT, Warne strikes, Pietersen, stranded with the rabbits, looks to loft the ball into the stands behind the bowler, and deep mid-off and mid-on converge just inside the ropes and it's Andrew Symonds who makes a difficult catch look ridiculously easy

KP Pietersen c Symonds b Warne 21 (104m 70b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

England 146/9   KP Pietersen 21 (70b)
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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