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
40.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and he starts with a crowd-silencing full toss which Collingwood, in his current state, can't do anything with

40.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, ooh and that's better, on middle stump and Collingwood prods at it, defending it

40.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and Warne loses his action here, consequently sending the ball miles wide of Collingwood's leg stump and the batsman pads it away

40.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, well flighted on middle-and-leg, Collingwood blocks it out

40.5

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, shot! Down the pitch and Collingwood whips it over midwicket for four

40.6

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, possibly the flipper but it's too wide and Collingwood chops it square

England 87/2   SK Warne 1-0-5-0
42.1

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

42.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, short, wide, Collingwood rocks back and cuts...but can't find the gap

42.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, ooh a beauty! But not the 700th. Drifting into Collingwood and spinning past his meek forward defence

42.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, again Warne loses his action here - very round-arm - and it's miles wide of the right hander's leg stump

42.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, too short this time and Collingwood cuts into the gully

42.6

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, well played, swept quite confidently down to Lee at fine leg who pockets the ball and jogs up to his mark

England 89/2   SK Warne 2-0-7-0
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

44.3

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, shot! Swept with great timing and that races for four. Too wide of the leg stump though, again

44.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, that's more like it Warne; on middle-and-leg, turning away and it's defended by the right hander

44.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, cracking ball! That was close, spinning massively away from Collingwood's forward poke

44.6

Warne to Collingwood, 3 runs, wide of the crease and it's wide of his leg stump; Collingwood sweeps again down to fine leg but the quicksand outfield prevents it going for four

England 101/2   SK Warne 3-0-15-0
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

46.3

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, on leg stump and Flintoff calmly tucks it behind square

46.4

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, bang! Smacked past Warne - just past him - and that's hit like a tracer down the ground for four

46.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, ah, and the first "noice barrlin Shine" from Gilchrist as Flintoff pushes it to leg

46.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, a touch quicker and Flintoff defends

England 107/4   SK Warne 4-0-21-1
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   SK Warne 5-1-21-1
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   SK Warne 6-2-21-1
52.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, on leg stump, no major turn and it's firmly blocked out

52.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, the flipper! Quicker, straighter, Flintoff defends without ever moving his feet

52.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, on middle-and-off this time - quicker, too - and Flintoff blocks it out

52.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, and he comes forward this time to this classical leg break

52.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, ripper, Jaffa, ripper! Fizzing past Flintoff's meek forward poke

52.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, and it's defended on the back foot to end the over

England 117/4   SK Warne 7-3-21-1
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

54.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, firmly defended by Flintoff

54.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, big, big turn for Warne and Flintoff, this time, is beaten

England 119/4   SK Warne 8-3-22-1
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

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   SK Warne 9-3-23-1
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

58.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run

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   SK Warne 10-3-25-1
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

60.3

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

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   SK Warne 11-3-27-1
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

62.4

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

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   SK Warne 12-3-28-2
64.1

Warne to Mahmood, no run, a big stride forward to meet it

64.2

Warne to Mahmood, no run, turned across Mahmood and the ball ends up being taken by a diving slip ... appeals from some but not others and Koertzen unimpressed ...it came off the pad with no bat

64.3

Warne to Mahmood, no run, quicker ball, flipped to midwicket

64.4

Warne to Mahmood, no run, straight one, safely blocked

64.5

Warne to Mahmood, no run, conventional legbreak which Mahmood read and left

64.6

Warne to Mahmood, no run, full toss outside leg stump which hits Gilchrist rather than being taken by him ... the net result is the same, no run and a maiden over

England 135/6   SK Warne 13-4-28-2
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

66.2

Warne to Harmison, no run, patted to point

66.3

Warne to Harmison, no run, turned across the right-hander and well left

66.4

Warne to Harmison, 1 run, Harmison stretched and swept that from outside off stump past short leg who was again forced to take evasive action

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   SK Warne 14-4-30-2
68.1

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

68.2

Warne to Harmison, OUT, and the folly of Pietersen leaving his partner exposed is underlined as Harmison heaves a ball full and wide down the throat of mid-on who doesn't have to move

SJ Harmison c Clarke b Warne 7 (11m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

68.3

Warne to Panesar, no run, forward and blocked to cheers from the crowd

68.4

Warne to Panesar, no run, wristy off drive which ends with a flourish ... straight to a fielder, however

68.5

Warne to Panesar, no run, wide and left by Panesar

68.6

Warne to Panesar, no run, floated and Panesar resists the temptation to have a swing and blocks it

England 145/8   SK Warne 15-4-31-3
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

70.3

Warne to Hoggard, no run, started wide, spun even wider and Hoggard could barely have reached it even if he had wanted

70.4

Warne to Hoggard, 1 run, Hoggard plays this with an angled bat into square behind square on the off

70.5

Warne to Panesar, no run, Panesar not taken in by the googly

70.6

Warne to Panesar, no run, well blocked, but one of these two better try to hit the ball because they are unlikely to last too long and they might as well go down guns blazing

England 147/9   SK Warne 16-4-32-4
72.1

Warne to Hoggard, 3 runs, swept into space and good running gets them three

72.2

Warne to Panesar, 2 runs, Panesar waits for it and flicks it fine on the leg side with the spin

72.3

Warne to Panesar, no run, this time he waits and waits and then lunges forward and smothers the spin

72.4

Warne to Panesar, no run, ripped back in, Warne roars for a leg-before decision which Koertzen turns down. Warne makes no attempt to hide his anger, but it might have been just about missing leg

72.5

Warne to Panesar, no run, played into the covers

72.6

Warne to Panesar, no run, and Panesar keeps this one out as well

England 153/9   SK Warne 17-4-37-4
74.1

Warne to Panesar, 2 runs, rather an ugly heave into the leg side but it's runs nevertheless. He won't last long if he tries that again!

74.2

Warne to Panesar, OUT, Panesar perishes trying to drive Warne down the ground, never getting hold of the ball and barely reaching Symonds at mid-on

MS Panesar c Symonds b Warne 4 (27m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.05

England 159/10   SK Warne 17.2-4-39-5
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