England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 5th Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 10 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

60.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, plenty of swing away from the batsman who leaves it alone first up

60.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, straighter this time - just outside off - and that's defended, proddingly, off the back foot

60.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, a hint of shape again and there's some shouldering of arms

60.5

McGrath to Flintoff, 3 runs, strays on to leg and Flintoff makes no mistake, driving powerfully wide of long-on

England 170/4   A Flintoff 3* (4b)

61.1

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, pitches outside off, short and wide, and that's four runs off the bottom of the bat, late cut through third man

61.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flipper, and that's eased into the leg side

61.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, defended forward

61.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff prods forward and edge falls low to gully - 'Catch' is the knee-jerk cry; no chance

61.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, hit away behind square this time

England 175/4   A Flintoff 8* (9b 1x4)

62.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, defended on the front foot

62.2

McGrath to Flintoff, 2 runs, driven through cover; there's a half-stop by Symonds

62.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, nipped back off the seam and that crashes into him, high

62.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, left alone

62.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, outside off and that's driven straight

62.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, plenty of swing away and Flintoff stays on his back foot, leaving that one alone

England 177/4   A Flintoff 10* (15b 1x4)

63.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, on middle, that bends away and it's driven tamely to cover

63.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, swept powerfully away behind square but McGrath seizes that one on the boundary

England 183/4   A Flintoff 11* (17b 1x4)

64.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, defended forward

64.2

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, too short and wide and Flintoff wastes no time swatting that disdainfully through cover with a back-foot punch

64.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, good reply from Lee; on a day of cakes he supplies his own jaffer, which nearly licks Flintoff's outside edge

64.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, prods that one to gully

64.5

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, too full and that's smashed away through cover with an authoritative drive on the front foot

64.6

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, worked on the leg side this time, squareish

England 192/4   A Flintoff 20* (23b 3x4)

65.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, straight and that's defended into the covers

65.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, outside off, flies down the corridor and Flintoff doesn't go sniffing

65.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, slower ball, curving away once more from the right hander who chooses to leave it well alone

65.4

Clark to Flintoff, no run, even slower ball and Flintoff drives uppishly, but the ball stays low and pitches way before Symonds

65.5

Clark to Flintoff, SIX, hello! Top shot there from Flintoff, came from nowhere really; he just cracked that one from off over in front of midwicket

65.6

Clark to Flintoff, no run, shorter ball in response, but that's well left outside the off stick

England 198/4   A Flintoff 26* (29b 3x4 1x6)

66.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, strays down leg and that's worked off the legs, literally, into the on side, and the single is turned down

England 201/4   A Flintoff 26* (30b 3x4 1x6)

68.1

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, banged in short, that one rises sharply and Flintoff fends it down off the back foot - surprised by the bounce - and it flies low in front of the slips

England 206/4   A Flintoff 27* (31b 3x4 1x6)

69.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, half a shout, but bat first - and it would have missed off stump anyway

69.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, worked gently to leg

69.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, defended forward - 'Ooh, yes, Shane.'

69.4

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, an easy single to leg

England 207/4   A Flintoff 28* (35b 3x4 1x6)

70.1

Clark to Flintoff, FOUR, uppish drive off the back foot, thick edge through fourth slip at catching height and four all the way

70.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff turned slightly square and defends

70.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, again a slightly jerky prod, it's effective but you suspect that a little movement off the seam and he's in trouble

70.4

Clark to Flintoff, no run, blocked, slightly hunched over the ball as he plays it

70.5

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff stands tall and hits that into the covers to the man two-thirds back saving the two

England 212/4   A Flintoff 33* (40b 4x4 1x6)

71.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, a semi lunge and block

71.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flighted, Flintoff stretches forward and is left groping at air as the ball fizzes past his outside edge

71.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, full toss worked to deep midwicket

England 213/4   A Flintoff 34* (43b 4x4 1x6)

72.1

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, driven to the left of mid-on and Brett Lee makes a leaping stop, good fielding as he ran ten yards before throwing himself full stretch to grab the ball

England 222/4   A Flintoff 35* (44b 4x4 1x6)

73.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, big stride forward and lunging defensive stroke

73.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff thinks about the big heave and checks his desires

73.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, driven to mid-off who remains deep enough for the single

73.6

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, driven to long-on

England 227/4   A Flintoff 37* (48b 4x4 1x6)

74.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, even Flintoff's defensive drives have enough power to fell a mortal

74.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, into line, patted away

74.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff pushes forward, leaves it and waves the bat above his head with a little flourish more becoming of one of the Four Musketeers

74.4

Clark to Flintoff, FOUR, leg-side line, Flintoff just leans into it and the ball races through straight midwicket ... Clark was almost felled by the jogging Flintoff, whose eyes were on the ball, to add injury to insult

74.5

Clark to Flintoff, no run, Clark readjusts and it passes outside the off stump

74.6

Clark to Flintoff, no run, a very short one, more in anger than anything, and Flintoff ducks even though he needn't really have bothered

England 231/4   A Flintoff 41* (54b 5x4 1x6)

76.1

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, it's seam, it's short and Flintoff pats it into the leg side

76.2

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff surprised a little as the ball nips away

76.3

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, slightly slung, but it started wide and maintain its course

76.4

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, driven slightly cross-battedly to short midwicket

76.5

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, full, driven with little backlift but much power to mid-on

76.6

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, outside off, left alone

England 231/4   A Flintoff 41* (60b 5x4 1x6)

77.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, googly, too short to cause any issues and Flintoff waits and blocks

77.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, hammered into the covers ... or more accurately to the man in the covers

77.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, bobbled up to deep mid-on

England 233/4   A Flintoff 42* (63b 5x4 1x6)

78.1

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, wide, left alone

78.2

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff plays it into the covers

78.3

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff square on, blocks

78.4

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, driven to mid-on

78.5

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff won't nibble at balls that wide at this stage of the day

78.6

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, upright defensive prod into the off side

England 233/4   A Flintoff 42* (69b 5x4 1x6)

79.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff prods and keeps the ball out

England 234/4   A Flintoff 42* (70b 5x4 1x6)

81.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, a good start too for McGrath, finding the button immediately but not detonating anything - Flintoff left it alone

81.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, more leaving

81.3

McGrath to Flintoff, FOUR, oh, an edge, and Langer's beaten again at third slip - but it wasn't a chance, as it bounced in front of him. Langer's more porous than a dodgy goalkeeper so far today. Flintoff beaten, though

81.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff looking uncertain once again, this time to one which nips back and raps his pad

81.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

81.6

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff squeezes that one out to the leg-side, well played

England 239/4   A Flintoff 47* (76b 6x4 1x6)

82.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, ooh, a beauty - full and late movement, tempting Flintoff into the stroke. No foot movement and he just swishes at that. This is great bowling from the Australian pace pair first up

82.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run

82.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, left alone again

82.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, right on the money, Flintoff jams the bat down and Lee picks up the rebound and mock-shies at the stumps just to let Flintoff know he's alert

82.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, right on the money, Flintoff jams the bat down and Lee picks up the rebound and mock-shies at the stumps just to let Flintoff know he's alert

82.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, up there and that's defended forward

82.6

Lee to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, pitches on leg, fullish, Flintoff works it to leg, off the leg

England 240/4   A Flintoff 47* (82b 6x4 1x6)

83.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, a hint of away swing, but Flintoff leaves that easily enough

83.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, nips in to Flintoff who defends it

83.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, that one keeps low as it creeps away down the channel past Flintoff's bat

83.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, left alone again

83.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, ooh, well bowled - that one nips way back in at Flintoff off a good length and is right through him, past his inside edge and flies right over the stumps to Gilchrist. A pearler

83.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, defended to bring up another maiden

England 240/4   A Flintoff 47* (88b 6x4 1x6)

85.1

McGrath to Flintoff, 3 runs, opens his shoulders and cover-drives that powerfully but Symonds cuts it off. That's Flintoff's 24th Test this fifty, this one coming up from 89 balls

England 245/4   A Flintoff 50* (89b 6x4 1x6)

86.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short, sharp bouncer earns huge applause from the crowds as Flintoff ducks away from it - just about. Lee likes it too, allowing himself a little grin. He and McGrath are enjoying themselves out there

86.2

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, short and Flintoff waits for it, angling it straight down into the ground and it races past gully

86.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, airy swish this time

86.4

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, jabbed down off the back foot into the covers

England 250/5   A Flintoff 55* (93b 7x4 1x6)

87.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, that one swings violently away from the right hander who chooses to leave it - anything else would have been fishing madness

87.2

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, jams his bat down on it at the last minute and they squeeze out a run

England 251/5   A Flintoff 56* (95b 7x4 1x6)

88.1

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, a touch of width and that's a crunching shot off the back foot which goes just behind point

88.2

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, straighter, good response, and Flintoff squares up to that one with a straight bat and they manage a single

England 256/5   A Flintoff 61* (97b 8x4 1x6)

89.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, bouncer and Flintoff ducks under it

89.2

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, defended this time but the batsmen choose to take the single anyway, exposing Harmison to McGrath

England 259/7   A Flintoff 61* (99b 8x4 1x6)

90.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, ah. Spears that one wide, an anti-climax, but there are big cheers anyway

90.2

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, pushed up and that's defended on the front foot, with the batsmen choosing a single again. Lee smiling as he walks back to his mark; he's enjoying himself out there - and now he's got the chance to have a dart at Harmison

England 260/7   A Flintoff 62* (101b 8x4 1x6)

91.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

91.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, quietly nudged to square, there was a run on, an easy one, but he chose to keep the strike. Boos from the crowd, but Flintoff's being sensible there

91.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, solid defending off the back foot

91.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

91.5

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, outside edge flies low to a wideish third man

England 263/7   A Flintoff 63* (106b 8x4 1x6)

92.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, pushed right up there, in front of off, and that's defended on the front foot

92.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, bouncer, ducked under

92.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, stands tall and drives well to cover

92.4

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, stands tall again and delivers a cracking drive off the back foot through the covers, four all the way

92.5

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, love that one, a glorious straight drive to a straight delivery and that's just creamed away, eluding Lee's despairing right hand

92.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, good response - a bouncer, and that's ducked

92.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, good response - a bouncer, and that's ducked

England 271/7   A Flintoff 71* (112b 10x4 1x6)

94.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, driven out to long-on

94.2

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

94.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, on the front foot

94.4

Clark to Flintoff, 2 runs, driven forcefully off his hips out to cow corner for an easy two

94.5

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, another drive, this time through mid-off and it's picked up tidily by Symonds inside the rope

England 274/7   A Flintoff 74* (117b 10x4 1x6)

95.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, straight, circumspect defence, all a bit low key

95.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, driven firmly to extra cover who makes a complete sow's ear of stopping it. Normally there would be a single there but Flintoff is keeping the strike and so nothing doing

95.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, smacked to long-off, no run again

95.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, short,a super slow-motion bouncer at 78mph (125.5kph) and it barely crawls into Gilchrist's gloves

95.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, really wide of off stump and a leaden-footed Flintoff swishes and misses, looking rather sheepish about the amateurishness of the stroke

95.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, another bouncer, ultra short, with the sole aim of keeping Flintoff down the blunt end for the start of the next over

England 274/7   A Flintoff 74* (123b 10x4 1x6)

97.1

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, No more than jabbed into the leg side, but past the close man and with no pace, there is two to long-on. Hamrison has to throw himself at the non-striker's crease as the ball is fired in, but he would have been OK

97.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, loud shout for leg-before, pitched outside leg but Warne had walked across the umpire's line so Aleem Dar couldn't have seen anyhow

97.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff stretches forward and blocks

97.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, plopped into the leg side

97.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, driven up to long-on again, but just the one this time with only one ball remaining

England 277/7   A Flintoff 77* (128b 10x4 1x6)

98.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, thumped to cow corner, fielded in the deep but the run declined

98.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, turned backward of point, again the single declined

98.3

Clark to Flintoff, 2 runs, Flintoff deliberately opens the face and runs the ball finer through third slip, sets off for the single and yells "push" and they scurry back for the second

98.4

Clark to Flintoff, 2 runs, steered down to third man where Langer makes a good tumbling stop, but he had ground to make up and that's another easy two

98.5

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, he opens the face and runs it to point, Harmison comes immediately, Flintoff hesitates and has to scurry to beat the shy at the bowler's end

England 282/7   A Flintoff 82* (133b 10x4 1x6)

99.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, full, turned to leg. No run and the cat-and-mouse game resumes

99.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, grunts and gasps from Warne as Flintoff plays and misses

99.3

Warne to Flintoff, 2 leg byes, down the leg, turned off the pads which takes the pace off the ball and means there's a two to the fielder in the deep who has some way to run in

99.4

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, short, Flintoff waits and smacks that through the off side, lovely placement again between the men in the deep

99.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, punched into the off side

99.6

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, low full toss and Flintoff drives through the ball on the on-side, his bottom hand leaving the bat with the effort. Despairing cry of "catch" but it was several feet over the fielder's head

England 290/8   A Flintoff 88* (139b 11x4 1x6)

101.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, straight and Flintoff blocks. "Bowled Warny," chirps Gilchrist

101.2

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, leg side, Flintoff sweeps and this time takes the run as it goes to long leg

England 291/8   A Flintoff 89* (141b 11x4 1x6)

102.1

Clark to Flintoff, OUT, Flintoff takes two strides down the pitch and aims to thump the ball over extra cover, gets a thick edge and Glichrist holds a good catch diving high to his right. Flintoff slowly heads off as the SCG stands to recognise a fine innings ... and it's five catches for Gilchrist

A Flintoff c †Gilchrist b Clark 89 (195m 142b 11x4 1x6) SR: 62.67

England 291/9   A Flintoff 89 (142b 11x4 1x6)
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Jan 5, 2007

Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath bid adieu having secured a 5-0 Ashes whitewash, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, January 5, 2007

Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath bid adieu

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Jan 5, 2007

Damien Martyn joined his retiring team-mates, including Justin Langer, in the SCG dressing-rooms after the 5-0 Ashes win, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, January 5, 2007

Damien Martyn joined his retiring team-mates, including Justin Langer, in the SCG dressing-rooms after the 5-0 Ashes win

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