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
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   A Symonds 1-1-0-0
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

28.2

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, loud and confident appeal, beat his inside edge, off the pad and everyone goes up. Koertzen takes an age to decide, even by his standards, but he had to think about the leg-before and the possible catch behind. Symonds makes it clear he thinks the decision is suspect with some facial contortions

28.3

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, and another loud appeal is turned down. It was hitting the off stump but Collingwood got just outside the line which spared him. Good umpiring here as many other lesser officials might have given this out on the strength of the previous ball

28.4

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, oh! He's been beaten all ends up again

28.5

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood might be batting in a darkened room ...he can't lay bat on ball here and Symonds has done everything except take a wicket

28.6

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, and again the ball hits him rather than him the ball

England 60/2   A Symonds 2-1-3-0
30.1

Symonds to Collingwood, 1 run, on leg stump and clipped, firmly, to midwicket who makes a good diving stop

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

30.3

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, and he comes forward solidly, defending it watchfully

30.4

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, with a rather closed face of the bat Collingwood pushes this to mid on

30.5

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, that is a dreadful stroke. Symonds sent it wider, Collingwood fell for the bait like a blind mackerel and flayed his hands at it...missing it by miles

30.6

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, pushed, with a heavy bottom hand, to midwicket

England 68/2   A Symonds 3-1-7-0
32.1

Symonds to Collingwood, 1 run, too straight from Symonds and Collingwood turns it off his legs neatly

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

32.6

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, nicely bowled, cutting this back into Collingwood who offers no shot

England 72/2   A Symonds 4-1-9-0
34.1

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, good line on off stump, cutting back just a touch on Collingwood who defends solidly

34.2

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, another big appeal, Collingwood coming forward and the ball rapping him on the pad but it's outside the line

34.3

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, much better from Collingwood, coming right forward and driving it fluently into the covers

34.4

Symonds to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed to midwicket

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   A Symonds 5-1-14-0
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   A Symonds 6-2-14-0
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

38.4

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, pushed back to the bowler

38.5

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, down the leg side and Collingwood misses out here

38.6

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, firmly driven but, guess what, straight to mid off

England 82/2   A Symonds 7-2-17-0
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