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

1.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh and a belter immediately from McGrath, hitting the seam and jagging away from Cook's meek forward prod

1.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, again this spits away from Cook, the left-hander - big, big movement here

1.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, ever so slightly shorter, Cook goes back and pushes it nervously out into the covers, without moving his feet

1.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, and another fast offbreak from McGrath! Play that, Cook; not a hope of getting a bat on it and it flies through to Gilchrist

1.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, and he wisely shoulders arms to this slightly wider delivery

1.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook is solidly forward here, playing it with softish hands and angling it to gully

England 0/0   GD McGrath 1-1-0-0

3.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, Cook is late on this; turning the face of the bat to push it to leg, just past Hussey at short leg. Just short of him, in fact

3.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, full, on off stump but Cook is back in his crease here and defends it

3.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, again back in his crease, Cook squirts this with a wobbly bat into the covers

3.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, but this is too wide from McGrath and Cook stands tall before leaving it well alone. As well he should.

3.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, again wide enough for Cook to leave alone, which he does

3.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh big appeal from my-cup-is-always-full McGrath but Cook got bat on that

England 2/0   GD McGrath 2-2-0-0

5.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, again a bit of movement off the pitch away from the left hander who leaves it alone

5.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, down the leg side - wasted delivery, and Cook misses out

5.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, lovely bowling! Another fast offbreak which Cook misses. Good bounce, too.

5.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, slightly wider, Cook fishes at it but finds nothing

5.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, and it's full, too straight too and Cook pushes it to leg

5.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, too wide of the off stump and Cook leaves alone

England 2/0   GD McGrath 3-3-0-0

7.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, Cook plays and misses at this one outside the off stump

7.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, and yet more movement from McGrath - bounce too - as Cook is rapped high on the pad and the ball balloons out to gully

7.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook jumps back in his crease to defend this off the back foot, with a pleasingly straight bat

7.4

McGrath to Cook, 2 runs, well, too straight from McGrath and Cook easily works it off his hip behind square and they scamper two. Well run, too (or "well run two")

7.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, too wide of Cook's off stump and he shoulders arms, raising his arms high

7.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, better line this time and Cook defends it solidly off the back foot

England 8/0   GD McGrath 4-3-2-0

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

9.3

McGrath to Cook, 1 no ball, and he shoulders arms outside off - no ball, too

9.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, just a touch fuller from the bowler, Cook pushes it to leg but there's no run on offer

9.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, a play-and-a-miss from Cook

9.5

McGrath to Cook, FOUR, well played, very well played from Cook. He came forward confidently; he drove it with a flourish through extra cover. Andrew Symonds made excellent ground in the deep, chasing after it and sliding along the greasy turf for at least five metres, getting a hand to it but the ball trickled over the boundary

9.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed to cover to end the over

England 22/0   GD McGrath 5-3-8-0

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   GD McGrath 6-4-8-0

13.1

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

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

13.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, solid defence

England 34/1   GD McGrath 7-4-12-0

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   GD McGrath 8-5-12-0

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   GD McGrath 9-5-13-0

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

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   GD McGrath 10-5-14-0

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   GD McGrath 11-6-14-0

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

23.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, wide and short, it kicked off the seam and Collingwood started to spar but fortunately his brain got the better of his hands soon enough

23.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, angled to gully, Hayden makes a sprawling half stop diving to his right, and there is then a second or two of "yes, no, sorry" before all concerned settle on staying put

23.6

McGrath to Collingwood, FOUR, dropped. Collingwood turned square, a thick edge flies between Gilchrist and Warne at first slip ... a diving Gilchrist, at full stretch, gets a finger to it and deflects it past Warne

England 51/2   GD McGrath 12-6-19-0

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

25.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, beaten, hit on the pads but too high and outside off stump

25.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, safely defended. McGrath may be on the way out but he still cares, and he pulls all sorts of faces as he heads back into the deep

England 57/2   GD McGrath 13-6-24-0

27.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, McGrath on the button, safely handled

27.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood plays that as he lunges forward and immediately yells "no"

27.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, well forward and blocked

27.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood's bat and bad appear welded together and the pair of them keep the ball out

27.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood shoulders arms, it zips back in and flicks his pads, a lone appeal from behind the stumps but it was far too high

27.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, wow, that was a snorter, beats Collingwood all ends up and another excellent over from the wicketless McGrath ... he's bowled so well in conditions that could be made for him

England 57/2   GD McGrath 14-7-24-0

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   GD McGrath 15-8-24-0

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

65.2

McGrath to Mahmood, no run, left alone, good judgment as that was only inches outside his off stump

65.3

McGrath to Mahmood, no run, an easier call as that was too wide to trouble the batsman

65.4

McGrath to Mahmood, OUT, as was that one, but this time Mahmood aims some kind of airy drive with only partial footwork and a thick edge is well taken by Gilchrist moving swiftly to his right

SI Mahmood c †Gilchrist b McGrath 0 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

65.5

McGrath to Harmison, no run, full on off stump, almost yorker length, Harmison digs it out

65.6

McGrath to Harmison, no run, outside off stump and Harmison keeps his feet planted and watches it pass by

England 136/7   GD McGrath 16-8-25-1

67.1

McGrath to Harmison, no run, left alone

67.2

McGrath to Harmison, 2 runs, interesting stroke, certainly not in any text book I have ever seen, a top-spin lob worked into space behind square on the leg

67.3

McGrath to Harmison, no run, Harmison gropes and misses, the crowd give the appropriate oohs and aahs

67.4

McGrath to Harmison, no run, this time he leaves it

67.5

McGrath to Harmison, no run, confident drive to mid-on

67.6

McGrath to Harmison, FOUR, full, sweetly chipped with a seven iron over mid-on as McGrath stands hands on hips muttering

England 144/7   GD McGrath 17-8-31-1

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

69.6

McGrath to Panesar, no run, resolute defensive stroke

England 146/8   GD McGrath 18-8-32-1

71.1

McGrath to Hoggard, 1 run, a full toss as he tries for the yorker, hit straight to Lee at mid-on and a crazy single ... Hoggard would have been out by about five yards had Lee hit

71.2

McGrath to Panesar, no run, blocked by Panesar ... has the pressure of rising to No.10 checked his attacking instincts?

71.3

McGrath to Panesar, no run, back, into line, and played with a straight bat that would have coaches purring

71.4

McGrath to Panesar, no run, but all that good work wasted as he fences at one outside off stump

71.5

McGrath to Panesar, no run, played off the back foot to point

71.6

McGrath to Panesar, no run, head over it, everything correct with that backward defensive stroke

England 148/9   GD McGrath 19-8-33-1

73.1

McGrath to Hoggard, no run

73.2

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, steered to gully off the back foot

73.3

McGrath to Hoggard, FOUR, where on earth did that shot come from! Short, Hoggard swivels and hooks that along the ground for four. That said "I want my No. 9 slot back".

73.4

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, wide and Hoggard makes a show of shouldering arms

73.5

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, too full and a beautiful off drive which mid-off has to dive to cut off

73.6

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, less convincing defensive shot, but as effective

England 157/9   GD McGrath 20-8-37-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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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