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

14.1

Clark to Bell, no run, on the spot from the off, Bell forced to block

14.2

Clark to Bell, no run, slightly miscued straight drive squirts to mid-on

14.3

Clark to Bell, no run

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, shorter and Bell climbs on his toes to play it but still doesn't quite get over it, but with no short leg, it's quite safe

14.5

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, carbon copy of the flick of his legs the previous over, timed but the outfield is slow and Hussey overhauls it two-thirds of the way to the fence

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, straight drive but mid-off doesn't have to move to get it

England 36/1   SR Clark 1-0-2-0

16.1

Clark to Bell, no run, again right into the groove, Bell into line to block

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell once more right into line, head over the ball

16.3

Clark to Bell, no run, forced slightly back, patted into the covers

16.4

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell strokes the ball effortlessly back past Clark and mid-on and mid-off converge to field

16.5

Clark to Bell, no run, shorter, Bell back and gets a mixture of thigh pad and body behind that

16.6

Clark to Bell, no run, again short and Bell a bit cramped but not unduly troubled

England 36/1   SR Clark 2-1-2-0

18.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, Strauss withdrew the bat but the ball was through him by the time he did so. Lovely line slanting across the left-hander

18.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, a little too wide this time and no stroke offered

18.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, over adjustment, a bit leggish and flicked to midwicket

18.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, the pressure tells as Strauss aims a booming drive and misses it by some way

18.5

Clark to Strauss, 2 byes, leg side, it doesn't get up and rolls under a sprawling Gilchrist ... Warne puffs round and fields to huge cheers from the terraces. Clark apologises to his keeper

18.6

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, turned into the leg side with more conviction. Strauss is positively Boycottesque in his manipulation of the strike ... twice he has taken singles off the last ball of the over

England 40/1   SR Clark 3-1-3-0

20.1

Clark to Strauss, 3 runs, overpitched, classic straight drive between bowler and mid-off, but a slow outfield prevents a four. I can imagine Mark Nicholas in raptures with that

20.2

Clark to Bell, no run, well, well. Bell turned square by that one, super ball all through him

20.3

Clark to Bell, no run, again a bit square, but he got behind it

20.4

Clark to Bell, no run, played into the off side and for the briefest second Bell looked as if he was about to set off for a single but he wisely thought better of it

20.5

Clark to Bell, OUT, that's about as out as you can get without hitting the stumps. Bell caught in the crease by one that zipped back and hit him on the knee roll, and Bell was off and the crowd were celebrating before Rudi Koertzen's finger had even started it's super slow-mo upwards motion

IR Bell lbw b Clark 7 (46m 30b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.33

20.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood into line and he plays it into the off

England 44/2   SR Clark 4-1-6-1

22.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, oh, hello. That struck Collingwood on the front pad and a raucous appeal is turned down by Koertzen who shakes his head like a father asked for extra pocket money. It looked out, but Hawkeye suggests if it was hitting, it was the very top of the stumps

22.2

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, flicked well of leg stump wide of long leg

22.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, into line, well defended

22.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, yet again this one cuts back and beats Collingwood, but this time he's got far enough forward to be outside the line and there's no appeal

22.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump and left alone

22.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, again wide and a slightly over theatrical leave

England 46/2   SR Clark 5-1-8-1

24.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, into line, textbook defence

24.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, and again, all very correct so far

24.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, pushed into the off side, never a single even considered

24.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, Strauss stands up and punches that to mid-off

24.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, driven to mid-off

24.6

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, back foot, placed between cover and mid-off and again Strauss pinches the strike

England 52/2   SR Clark 6-1-9-1

29.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, angled into the gully area

29.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, meets that with the full face of the bat

29.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, mistimed a drive to cover

29.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, no shot, too wide to tempt

29.5

Clark to Strauss, FOUR, again wide but this time short as well, Strauss leans into that and belts it through extra cover and the ball beats the best efforts of the outfield and crawls over the rope

29.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves that ... he thought about it but made up his mind in good time

England 64/2   SR Clark 7-1-13-1

31.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, pushed firmly to mid off, or just to his right and Symonds again does brilliantly to field to his right and prevent the single

31.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, solidly defended on the front foot

31.3

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, pushed into the covers and they scamper a single. In comes the throw, but it's wide

31.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, calmly pushed to leg, no run there

31.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, fuller, on off stump and it's rather spooned into the gully by Strauss who nevertheless played it with soft hands

31.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

England 70/2   SR Clark 8-1-15-1

33.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, and he's dropped. Strauss drives on the up, loses a hand off the bat and the ball flies straight to Matthew Hayden at gully - just to his right - and, somehow, he shells it

33.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, ooh Clark hurries Strauss here who tries to whip it off his legs

33.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, and Strauss does get bat on this, pushing it to a deep short leg

33.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, very well left outside off by Strauss

33.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, well bowled indeed! Clark's control of line is terrific to watch...here, landing it a touch straighter - maybe an inch outside Strauss's off stump. But to his credit Strauss left it well, watching the ball into Gilchrist's gloves

33.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, and he shoulders arms again to end the over

England 72/2   SR Clark 9-2-15-1

35.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, just outside the off stump, Collingwood comes confidently forward to defend

35.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, lovely bowling, that's a superb ball from Clark; swinging into Collingwood who goes for an expansive drive, the ball cuts away. Unplayable. It was certainly full enough to drive but the movement beat Collingwood

35.3

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, "catch" is the optimistic cry from, someone, as Collingwood works this airborne just to the left of short leg

35.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, full and straight, Collingwood blocks it out

35.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, poor, poor stroke. Wider, fuller, Collingwood goes for another expansive drive but fails to move his feet. Fortunately the away swing saved him...he is struggling here

35.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, straighter and this time Collingwood shoulders arms

England 79/2   SR Clark 10-2-17-1

37.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, ooh and this jags back nastily on Collingwood who shapes to play it, before deciding to leave it, and is rapped high on the pad

37.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, and a little bit too wide to trouble the right hander who leaves this alone with ease

37.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a fluent cover drive from Collingwood but, inevitably, he can't find the gap

37.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, excellent line just outside the off stump but, this time, Collingwood won't be lured into driving. Good length, too

37.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, left alone, too wide to bother with

37.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, straighter this time and it's left alone

England 79/2   SR Clark 11-3-17-1

39.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, well left. It was pretty wide but Strauss is showing excellent judgement of his off stump today so far

39.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

39.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, ever so slightly fuller but it's too wide and easily left alone

39.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, on off stump and pushed firmly, solidly back to Clark

39.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone - too wide

39.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, pushed to leg

England 82/2   SR Clark 12-4-17-1

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

53.4

Clark to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff tries to work it through midwicket but can't time it

53.5

Clark to Flintoff, no run, angling into Flintoff whose head falls away to the off side, consequently he is in no position to play the shot and the ball raps him on the pad before bobbling out to leg

53.6

Clark to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

England 118/4   SR Clark 13-4-18-1

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

55.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, defended on the back foot quite solidly

55.4

Clark to Flintoff, no run, firmly, solidly pushed out into the covers

55.5

Clark to Flintoff, OUT, outside Flintoff's off stump, a touch more bounce but it's in the perfect channel. He prods at it with a stiff, concrete-like front leg and the ball flies to Warne who takes a simple catch

A Flintoff c Warne b Clark 13 (36m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.93

55.6

Clark to Read, no run, on off stump, Read defends awkwardly

England 122/5   SR Clark 14-4-21-2

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   SR Clark 15-5-21-2

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   SR Clark 16-6-21-2

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

61.3

Clark to Read, 1 run, ooh this cuts back into Read who plays it off the back foot into 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   SR Clark 17-6-27-2
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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Dec 28, 2006

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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