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)
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  • Overs 51-100
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

England 23/1   AJ Strauss 10* (30b)   B Lee 5.5-2-15-1
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

England 44/2   AJ Strauss 21* (61b)   SR Clark 3.5-1-6-1
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   AJ Strauss 50* (130b 1x4)   B Lee 10-4-26-2
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

England 101/4   KP Pietersen 0* (0b)   SK Warne 3.2-0-15-1
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

England 122/5   KP Pietersen 8* (26b)   SR Clark 13.5-4-21-2
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   KP Pietersen 17* (52b)   SK Warne 12-3-28-2
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

England 136/7   KP Pietersen 18* (59b)   GD McGrath 15.4-8-25-1
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

England 145/8   KP Pietersen 20* (63b)   SK Warne 14.2-4-31-3
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

England 146/9   MS Panesar 0* (5b)   SK Warne 15.2-4-31-4
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   MJ Hoggard 9* (10b 1x4)   SK Warne 17.2-4-39-5
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