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
0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, outside off, no bounce there and Strauss leaves this alone

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, crikey moses, a monstrous wide from Lee there pitching several feet behind the cut strip

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, better line on off stump which Strauss pushes, on the walk, into the leg side

0.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, a hint of gentle swing into the left hander who comes forward, quite confidently, and defends it solidly on the front foot

0.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, good ball holding its line outside off. In fact, that was damn close to Strauss's outside edge who, back in his crease, tentatively pushed at it

0.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, cracking ball once more! Holding its line again and Strauss goes back to defend, wafting his bat without conviction and somehow missed it

England 0/0   B Lee 1-1-0-0
2.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, quick, on off stump and Strauss times it quite neatly but straight to mid on

2.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, well bowled, Lee; on middle stump, swinging just a touch into Strauss who remained in his crease and pushed it back to the bowler. That's the length, though...

2.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, cracking ball! Unplayable, even, angling into Strauss before cutting away from him, Strauss wafted at it and it flies through to Gilchrist

2.4

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, but England are away as Strauss pushes this off his hips down to fine leg

2.5

Lee to Cook, 1 run, and Cook mirrors Strauss's shot, clipping it off his hip for a single

2.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, quicker but wider and it's left alone

England 2/0   B Lee 2-1-2-0
4.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, swinging into Strauss who pushes it off the back foot

4.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, ooh swinging back into Strauss who is almost doubled-up, the ball spooning off his outside edge into the gully - but short of gully

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, good length - quick, too - and Strauss defends on the back foot

4.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, ah, well played from Strauss - the first authoritative forward defence of the morning, and the solid ball-on-bat-clunk resounds around the ground

4.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, too wide, Strauss easily leaves alone

4.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, punched with confidence on the front foot but straight to Symonds, he of massive hair fame, at mid-off

England 2/0   B Lee 3-2-2-0
6.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, oh dear. This is rubbish. Far too wide, massively full - Lee is all over the shop here

6.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, better - fuller and swinging into Strauss who leaves alone

6.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, a touch straighter and fuller, Strauss pushes it back to the bowler

6.4

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, fine shot, driving Lee back past him - or nearly, as Lee stoops to his left and does well to prevent four. Fine fielding - great cricket all round. In fact - well done everyone

6.5

Lee to Cook, no run, outside off, the ball hardly carrying to Gilchrist, the winner behind the stumps, and it's left alone

6.6

Lee to Cook, 3 runs, very elegantly played by Cook, calmly pulling Lee - who is getting no pace off the pitch whatsoever - behind square for three

England 6/0   B Lee 4-2-6-0
8.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, dropped! Was it? Edged off the back foot by Strauss but it drops just short of Ponting at second slip

8.2

Lee to Strauss, 3 runs, shot, Strauss, driving on the up. A check-drive, if anything, firmly punched through the covers but the damp outfield prevents it from going for four

8.3

Lee to Cook, (no ball) 1 run, intelligently played from Cook, just calmly working it to leg for a single. No-ball from Lee too.

8.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, ooh, full - almost yorker-length - outside off which Strauss drives at, misses and it flies through to the keeper

8.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, well bowled; this one just cuts off the seam, ala McGrath so far this morning, and Strauss again fishes at it meekly

8.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, ooh Strauss is desperate to edge Lee here. He's absolutely gagging to give the slips a chance but again misses

8.6

Lee to Strauss, 3 runs, full and driven on the up, Strauss opening the face of the bat to guide it wide of the gully

England 16/0   B Lee 5-2-14-0
10.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, punched, confidently and firmly to mid on

10.2

Lee to Cook, no run, on off stump Cook - with a Lara-esque raise of the bat - clamps down on this

10.3

Lee to Cook, no run, no, too wide from Lee and it's left alone

10.4

Lee to Cook, no run, still too wide, Cook leaves it alone with ease

10.5

Lee to Cook, OUT, GONE! Cook tried to leave it but was late, couldn't get the bat out of the way - the ball just feathering the bottom, or toe-end of his bat

AN Cook c †Gilchrist b Lee 11 (49m 37b 1x4 0x6) SR: 29.72

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   B Lee 6-2-16-1
12.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, crash; lovely sound there, as Strauss cracks it to point

12.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, and a thick, uneducated, on-the-dole inside edge as Strauss tries to drive this through the covers

12.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, another inside edge, Lee throws his hands up in disgust

12.4

Lee to Strauss, 3 runs, pulled just backward of square, well timed and that'll be four. No it won't, McGrath chugs round and saves it - although the wet outfield did as much to prevent that going for four as McGrath did

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

12.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, a neat flick of the wrists and Strauss scampers a single

England 30/1   B Lee 7-2-22-1
41.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, very full but too wide and it's left alone

41.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, ugly, wide, loose delivery which again Collingwood leaves well alone

41.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, that's better from Lee, in the channel but Collingwood again won't be tempted

41.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, and at last Lee makes him play, the ball rising on Collingwood who plays it down with soft hands into the gully

41.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, chopped down to the right of Hayden in the gully - oh, good stop, diving full-length to his right

41.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone to end the over

England 87/2   B Lee 8-3-22-1
43.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, scythed off the back foot to Hayden in the gully who fields it very well; that was hit like a tracer, just short of him

43.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, ugly, short-arm pull - a jab, more than a pull - from Collingwood who is hurried, the ball landing just short of mid on

43.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, wider of the off stump, no swing there for Lee and it's left alone

43.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, very well bowled, a fraction fuller and Collingwood is again hurried into the defensive stroke, just clamping his bat down in time

43.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, firmly blocked out with a straight bat on the back foot

43.6

Lee to Collingwood, FOUR, ah, fine shot, upper-cutting Lee over the slips down to the vacant third man for four. Intelligent batting, that

England 93/2   B Lee 9-3-26-1
45.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, defended off the back foot, Collingwood jumping back into position as though stung by a bee

45.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, no, too wide and he doesn't need to play at this

45.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, again, too wide. Lee simply must make him play.

45.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, that's better, attacking the batsman's stumps and Collingwood is forced into defence

45.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, pushed out into the covers

45.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, blocked out into the covers again

45.6

Lee to Collingwood, OUT, gone! Straighter this time from Lee, cutting away a touch from Collingwood who is unnerved by the extra bounce, spooning it to Ponting at second slip who took a fine, tumbling catch

PD Collingwood c Ponting b Lee 28 (115m 82b 4x4 0x6) SR: 34.14

England 101/3   B Lee 10-4-26-2
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

47.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, defended solidly on the front foot

47.3

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, firmly prodded past gully to that short third man, or fly slip

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

47.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, and Flintoff gets a thick inside edge, trying to drive it back to Lee

England 110/4   B Lee 11-4-29-2
49.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, off the back foot Flintoff defends, head over the ball

49.2

Lee to Flintoff, 3 runs, short, Flintoff right back in his crease practically sitting on his stumps and he pulls this through midwicket with power

49.3

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

49.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, nearly! Swing and a miss from Flintoff - that's the perfect length from Lee, luring Flintoff forward

49.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short and wide, Flintoff tries to hit this into China and misses

49.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, ooh blimey, a very wafty back foot poke and prodigious swing after the ball pitched

England 114/4   B Lee 12-4-33-2
51.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, blocked out on the front foot

51.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, fuller and swinging into Flintoff who pings it back past him, but without timing

51.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, the perfect length for Flintoff; short of a length, Flintoff tries to bash it off the back foot with concrete-like arms, and misses. Not much of a cross-batted cutter, is Flintoff - and he needs to be on these pitches

51.4

Lee to Flintoff, 2 runs, clunked through the covers

51.5

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, punched through midwicket

51.6

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

England 117/4   B Lee 13-4-36-2
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