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

0.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, outside off stump, arcing away from Strauss and left

0.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, one ball and McGrath finds his line, forcing Strauss to block

0.3

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, flicked sweetly off his toes, into space through midwicket

0.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss takes it on the pads via edge and it drops into the off side

0.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, swung across the left hander

0.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, tighter line but once more Strauss leaves confidently

England 2/0   AJ Strauss 2* (6b)

2.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, seams back into Strauss and takes him in the abdomen

2.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, played into the off side

2.3

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, well-timed on drive to a fullish ball, beats mid-on

2.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, seams away from the left hander and past the outside edge

2.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight drive, McGrath sticks a hand down and half stops, mid-off does the rest

2.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, turned just behind square on the leg side, "yeh, cumon" is the quick call from Strauss

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 5* (12b)

3.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, fired in wide outside off stump and Strauss never tempted

3.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, same, possibly wider, and Strauss happy to let Lee waste the new ball

3.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss back, into line and a solid defence

3.4

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, thick outside edge flies through the gap at fourth slip. Right through the gap, couldn't have been placed better if he tried

3.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, ouch, another one almost hits the bullseye, and at 90mph (144.7kph) that tends to make the eyes water

3.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss finds a gap on the leg to pinch the strike for the second over on the trot

England 10/0   AJ Strauss 10* (18b 1x4)

4.1

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, controlled edge to the left of a diving third slip, just avoiding his grasp, and it just beats the chasing fielder to the rope

4.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, big shout for leg-before. pitched in line, hit in line, but just a shade too high. Good call by Billy Bowden

4.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, this time it's a genuine edge that falls inches short of Langer at third slip

4.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, no alarms this time

4.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, super over so far, this one beats Strauss comprehensively

4.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss into line, blocks, but advantage McGrath that over

England 14/0   AJ Strauss 14* (24b 2x4)

6.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short, Strauss pulls out of the hook and lets it pass

6.2

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, again full on leg stump and Strauss, who enjoys that shot, clips it into the deep and gets two with some nippy running

6.3

McGrath to Strauss, 3 runs, even better shot, punched off the back foot through the covers

6.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, decent line, met with the full face of the bat

England 24/0   AJ Strauss 19* (28b 2x4)

7.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss drops his wrists and lets it go

7.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, into line, solidly behind it even thought he is turned a bit square

7.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, angled away from Strauss and Gilchrist moves some way to the off to take it

England 27/0   AJ Strauss 19* (31b 2x4)

8.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a few snorts as Strauss leaves that, fairly close to his off stump but safe given the angle of delivery

8.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, once more Strauss able to let that go with no alarms

8.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, much better line, everything behind it and blocked with a big stride to the ball

England 28/0   AJ Strauss 19* (34b 2x4)

10.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight, Strauss into line to block

10.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, once more solidly defended, and now Strauss goes for a brief walkabout to gather his throughts

10.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, cuts away from Strauss's defensive push and beats the edge ... understandable oohs and aahs from behind the wicket

10.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, into Strauss's body and kept out

10.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, half-controlled push into gully

10.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pushed with no real power to point and a shout of "wait again". A good over from McGrath, excellent line and he made Strauss play

England 32/0   AJ Strauss 19* (40b 2x4)

12.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss beaten, held his posture as the ball moves across him and McGrath shows it might be his final Test but his vocabulary is still being used in full

12.2

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, looks to drive on the leg but turned square and not in control as the ball squirts into the off side

12.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, better from Strauss , more conventional and solid defence

12.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pushed into the leg side

12.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Dropped! Strauss drives on the up, a thick edge goes low to Langer's left at third slip and what should have been a straightforward catch is spilled. Langer lies looking at the turf ...

12.6

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, salt in the wound ... full and Strauss cracks that through midwicket ... McGrath fumes, Langer blushes and Strauss grins

England 38/0   AJ Strauss 25* (46b 3x4)

13.2

Clark to Strauss, 1 wide, pushes that one across the lefthander

13.2

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, a touch of width and short, and that's driven on the up through the off-side, with Michael Clarke giving successful chase

13.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, touch more width again and that's pushed forward

13.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, angled on leg this time and the ball raps Strauss on the hip and he bends forward with the ball popping down

13.5

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, shot that, leans into one which is of a good length and times it away through the covers but Symonds hunts it down inside the rope

13.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, wider this time and shorter, but Strauss misses out on a cut shot by chopping it down off the inside edge and it crashes into the ground, but nowhere near the sticks

England 44/0   AJ Strauss 29* (51b 3x4)

14.2

Lee to Strauss, OUT, edged and gone this time. Strauss had been given a life at third slip by Justin Langer, but he's gone this time, trying to play his favourite cut shot. In fact it's a loose waft to one which comes across him and Gilchrist snaps up a tidy catch, easily enough, with two hands on the left of his hips

AJ Strauss c †Gilchrist b Lee 29 (64m 52b 3x4 0x6) SR: 55.76

England 45/1   AJ Strauss 29 (52b 3x4)
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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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