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

14.3

Lee to Bell, 2 runs, Lee greets bell with a peach (well not literally), but a ball which rises up off a length, and Bell manages to fend it down to gully

14.4

Lee to Bell, 1 wide, very short and that's ducked under

14.4

Lee to Bell, no run, good length and that's defended quietly on the front foot

14.5

Lee to Bell, no run, shoulders arms to one which swings away from him on the rise, but too wide outside off to be of any interest

14.6

Lee to Bell, 1 run, nudged out to square

England 49/1   IR Bell 3* (4b)

15.1

Clark to Bell, FOUR, whistles away to the square leg boundary, turned nicely off his legs and that runs just behind square

15.2

Clark to Bell, no run, good length delivery and that's defended with a loud of cry of 'No'

15.3

Clark to Bell, no run, turned off his legs

15.4

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone this time

15.5

Clark to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot and he just holds that pose

15.6

Clark to Bell, no run, pitches outside off, nips back off the seam and rises, but the batsman merely shoulders arms to leave that one

England 53/1   IR Bell 7* (10b 1x4)

18.1

Lee to Bell, no run, extracts some bounce from that one but it's slightly wayward and Bell ducks easily away from it

18.2

Lee to Bell, no run, straight, up there and that's easily defended. "No," cries Bell, more a confirmation than anything; a run was never on, there

18.3

Lee to Bell, no run, that one flies into the righthander and his right hand comes away from the bat as he leans over to defend

18.4

Lee to Bell, no run, tries to drive that into the midwicket region but doesn't get hold of it

18.5

Lee to Bell, no run, on the money and Bell makes sure just to defend that one tidily

18.6

Lee to Bell, no run

England 58/1   IR Bell 7* (16b 1x4)

19.3

Clark to Bell, no run, rising one outside off fended down easily enough in the end to gully

19.4

Clark to Bell, no run, probing around off and Bell is up to the task of defence

19.5

Clark to Bell, no run, finds some more lift and Bell is forced to play a defensive off his back foot; that one rears at him and he does well - Clark asking plenty of questions here

19.6

Clark to Bell, no run, pushed right up on the off-side and Bell digs it out with a forward drive that he doesn't get hold of and it trickles towards cover

England 59/2   IR Bell 7* (20b 1x4)

20.2

Lee to Bell, no run, up there, quickly on to him, and defended

20.3

Lee to Bell, 4 runs, lovely shot - Lee pushes that one up there, just overstretches a touch and Bell merely flicks that off his legs through midwicket. There's some good running, too, including Hussey who slides just inside the boundary - but there's an all-run four

20.4

Lee to Bell, no run, pings that one down the off-side channel but it's left alone without too much fuss; no fuss, in fact

20.5

Lee to Bell, no run, shoulders arms there as that one flies through outside off and darts up

20.6

Lee to Bell, 1 run, pops off the glove behind square and Bell scampers off, putting his bat down at the non-striker's end quickly, turning, and looking for two; there's only one... and he keeps the strike

England 65/2   IR Bell 12* (25b 1x4)

21.1

Clark to Bell, no run, on the off-stump, good placement, and that's defended forward

21.2

Clark to Bell, no run, driven forward and there's hesitation over a single: they say 'No' at last, the right decision as 'Yes' would probably have ended in 'Sorry' with Symonds winging that back in from cover

21.3

Clark to Bell, no run, aims for the top of off-stump again, good bowling, and that's defended

21.4

Clark to Bell, no run, the batsman gets over that one, working it to midwicket

21.5

Clark to Bell, 3 runs, a touch of swing, but Pietersen steers that through wide third man, with Ponting giving chase, stopping it with his heel, and looking the epitome of cool as he chews his way back to his fielding mark

England 68/2   IR Bell 15* (30b 1x4)

22.1

Lee to Bell, no run, pushed up there and that's dug out off the front foot with an easy enough drive

22.2

Lee to Bell, no run, fired in at leg stick and defended forward

22.3

Lee to Bell, 1 run, attempted yorker, just provides enough room for that one to be driven out to cover

England 69/2   IR Bell 16* (33b 1x4)

23.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, as is the McGrath way, he needs no loosener - on the money immediately and that's defended on the front foot

23.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, defended once more

23.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, driven slowly into midwicket

23.4

McGrath to Bell, (no ball) 2 runs, oversteps and that's worked off his toes through midwicket and that's some quick running from England

23.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone

23.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, shoulders arms to that one

23.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, pushed up there, on the button marked "Thx Glenn" and that's defended forward

England 72/2   IR Bell 18* (40b 1x4)

24.6

Lee to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot

England 75/2   IR Bell 18* (41b 1x4)

26.1

Lee to Bell, no run, banged in and Bell does well to duck and then sway away from that one as it whistles past his nose

26.2

Lee to Bell, no run, a touch wider and Bell gets a solid bit of wood on that with a forward defensive

26.3

Lee to Bell, no run, pushed up there, dug out and Symonds, like an eager Labrador, bounds round from mid-off to scoop and mock-shy

26.4

Lee to Bell, no run, the outside-off plan nearly paid dividends there, Bell squared up and plays inside the line in the end

26.5

Lee to Bell, no run, good delivery, hostile, that bounces higher than expected from just short of a length and that's fended down, with one which bounces down off the top of the bat into the gully region

26.6

Lee to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

England 75/2   IR Bell 18* (47b 1x4)

27.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, an orthodox defensive shot

27.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, the ball swings away, dies a touch on him and it's nearly his own death as he nibbles at that but the ball fails to shave his outside edge

27.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, worked watchfully into the leg-side but there's no run on, and the batsmen don't even think about it

England 76/2   IR Bell 18* (50b 1x4)

28.3

Lee to Bell, no run, left alone as that one sails harmlessly down off

28.4

Lee to Bell, 3 runs, strayed down leg and that's just turned away through square with pure timing, Bell nicely on top of that one and rolls his wrists well

England 80/2   IR Bell 21* (52b 1x4)

29.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, bends that away from the right hander, who leaves it easily enough

29.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, pushed on the back foot and that's defended down

29.3

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, gasps as an inside edge threatens to crash into the stumps but flies comfortably over in the end. "Ooh," says Bell, "Aah," say the slips... that's McGrath. Langer's hands fly to his head as Bell's heart flies to his mouth

29.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone this time, as that one goes past the outside edge

29.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, another one past the outside edge and McGrath advises the Sherminator that he's nearly terminated

29.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, defended this time

England 86/2   IR Bell 25* (58b 2x4)

31.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, steeples that one in on a length and it creeps away from the right hander who chooses to leave it

31.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, McGrath doing his best metronome impression once more and that's left alone again - top nagging

31.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, that one is in the same area and nips in at Bell off the seam but it's high enough to leave

31.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, in that channel and Bell swishes at it - but there's no luck for McGrath again; though it's coming...

31.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, in the danger zone and but there are no alarm bells, as that's left alone

31.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

England 86/2   IR Bell 25* (64b 2x4)

33.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, McGrath places that one on a good length this time and it shapes away, unchased

33.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, McGrath places that one on a good length this time and it shapes away, unchased

33.6

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, comes forward to drive

England 97/2   IR Bell 29* (67b 3x4)

35.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell turns it to midwicket but Pietersen yells "no" before his colleague takes more than a couple of steps down the pitch

35.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell with a theatrical leave outside his off stump

35.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, wide, a bit more bounce but his line is off and Bell again leaves

35.4

McGrath to Bell, 3 runs, driven, he aims through extra cover but it skews away through point and is pulled up three yards inside the rope

England 104/2   IR Bell 32* (71b 3x4)

36.1

Clark to Bell, no run, Four feet outside off stump, slightly short and Bell leaves

36.2

Clark to Bell, 1 run, Clark strays to leg, turned down to long leg where McGrath moves in quick enough to prevent the second

England 105/2   IR Bell 33* (73b 3x4)

37.1

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, short, hooked with real oomph through square leg. McGrath is not quick enough these days, especially on a good track such as this

37.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, decent response, outside of stump and Bell leaves

37.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, same again, two or three feet outside the off stump

37.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, jabbed down into the pitch and the ball bounces so high it almost loops over McGrath's head

37.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, once more Bell jabs down ion it, and the ball bounces up and momentarily Bell looks concerned that it might come down near his stumps, but in the end it lands a few feet behind them

37.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell blocks, McGrath turns away with a resigned look on his face

England 109/2   IR Bell 37* (79b 4x4)

38.2

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell prods and misses, a bit of a nothing shot but that will give Clark a boost in what has not been his best spell of the series so far

38.3

Clark to Bell, no run, and again Bell plays and misses ...this is very good bowling

38.4

Clark to Bell, no run, this time Bell gets bat on ball, but it's not the most authoritative defensive stroke

38.5

Clark to Bell, no run, too wide

38.6

Clark to Bell, no run, limp couple of balls to end the over

England 110/2   IR Bell 37* (84b 4x4)

39.5

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up, not much spin and Bell pats it back to a scowling Warne ... well, under all that Max Factor it's actually hard to see what his expressions are

39.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, driven crisply into the covers for an easy single

England 112/2   IR Bell 38* (86b 4x4)

40.1

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell forward, the bat turns slightly in his hands as he plays it and the ball squirts to cover

40.2

Clark to Bell, 1 run, short, uncontrolled leave off the outer edge which loops between mid-on and midwicket ... bell was lucky there as he had no idea where that was going

England 113/2   IR Bell 39* (88b 4x4)

41.1

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell watches with determination and real caution, and then blocks. Not much spin so far but Warne takes two or three overs to unstiffen

41.2

Warne to Bell, no run, blocked again, outside leg this time

41.3

Warne to Bell, no run, good line, Bell watches and defends

41.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, driven to mid-off who is deep enough to allow the single

41.6

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell reads the legbreak and ushers it past his off stump, fairly close as the groans from Gilchrist confirm

England 115/2   IR Bell 40* (93b 4x4)

42.6

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell sees out the over

England 119/2   IR Bell 40* (94b 4x4)

43.2

Warne to Bell, 1 run, bell's turn to use his feet, one and a half strides and driven to deepish mid-on

England 121/2   IR Bell 41* (95b 4x4)

44.2

Symonds to Bell, no run, Bell forward, blocks with bat well away from pad

44.3

Symonds to Bell, no run, Bell half forward and into line.

44.4

Symonds to Bell, 3 runs, sweet shot, whipped off his toes wide of midwicket and Brett Lee off in pursuit, fields and send in a good return

England 128/2   IR Bell 44* (98b 4x4)

45.1

Warne to Bell, FOUR, Bell takes one step to turn a loose ball into a full toss, cracking it into the gap between midwicket and a diving mid-on. Timed and controlled

45.2

Warne to Bell, no run, driven back to Warne, well stopped but that had enough pace so that it stung his hands

45.3

Warne to Bell, no run, another full toss, this time intentional, and thumped to midwicket

45.4

Warne to Bell, no run, that turned a bit, but Bell right there

45.5

Warne to Bell, no run, googly, Bell plays with the spin into the leg side

45.6

Warne to Bell, no run, a bit more loop, but Bell not fooled and he waits and drives to mid-off

England 134/2   IR Bell 48* (104b 5x4)

46.2

Symonds to Bell, no run, wide, Bell shapes to cut but plays under it

46.3

Symonds to Bell, no run, Symonds sees if he can persuade Bell to try to cut again, but the batsman's having none of it this time

46.4

Symonds to Bell, 1 run, Symonds overcorrects and Bell turns the ball down to McGrath whose return arrows in to Gilchrist

England 136/2   IR Bell 49* (107b 5x4)

47.1

Warne to Bell, 1 run, driven up the ground, a misfield but there would have been a single anyhow. That's Bell's fifty, and a good one it has been, 108 balls and five fours

England 137/2   IR Bell 50* (108b 5x4)

48.1

Symonds to Bell, 1 run, clipped to deep midwicket

England 138/2   IR Bell 51* (109b 5x4)

49.1

Warne to Bell, 3 runs, Bell back, waits and hammers it off the back foot past ... er ... McGrath at cover point. The chase is laboured and the batsmen see the chance and run three

49.4

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell drives to the fielder on the leg

49.5

Warne to Bell, no run, defended with minimal effort

49.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, Warne fires one in at 58mph (97kph) which is too short and it hurries the batsman, but he still steers it into the leg side

England 143/2   IR Bell 55* (113b 5x4)

50.1

Symonds to Bell, no run, Bell forward to block ..no alarms before tea

50.2

Symonds to Bell, 1 run, sniff of an edge into the leg side and Pietersen calls and gets the quick single

50.5

Symonds to Bell, 1 run, placed behind square on the leg

England 146/2   IR Bell 57* (116b 5x4)

51.2

Warne to Bell, no run, driven past a sprawling short midwicket but mid-on has come up and in quickly

51.3

Warne to Bell, no run, defended, not any danger despite the noise from the close fielders

51.4

Warne to Bell, no run, pushed into the off

51.5

Warne to Bell, 1 run, this time Warne turns it, Bell doesn't get to the pitch and the ball squirts off the edge behind square on the off side

England 149/2   IR Bell 58* (120b 5x4)

52.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone first up

52.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone again

52.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone once more

52.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, defended forward this time

52.5

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

52.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, down the channel again, nips back and has the batsman defending on the back foot

England 149/2   IR Bell 58* (126b 5x4)

53.2

Warne to Bell, 1 run, lovely fluid cover-drive from Bell

53.4

Warne to Bell, no run, creeps forward and defends determinedly on the front foot

53.5

Warne to Bell, 1 run, uses his feet well, comes down the pitch, drives to cover and rotates the strike once more

England 153/2   IR Bell 60* (129b 5x4)

54.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, McGrath annexing the channel

54.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

54.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, on the money, rises, and that's defended off the back foot

54.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, outside off once more, arms are shouldered

54.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, more good length and Bell plays that one late, waiting for it to climb before offering soft hands and a bat angled down

54.6

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, straighter one, climbs again but Bell gets over it and works it down off his hips to short square and Bell nicks the strike

England 154/2   IR Bell 61* (135b 5x4)

55.1

Warne to Bell, no run

55.2

Warne to Bell, no run, comes forward a touch and drives that straight along the ground, without much power, back to the bowler

55.3

Warne to Bell, no run, pitches outside leg, a bit of drift into the right hander and that's driven forward to the leg-side

55.4

Warne to Bell, no run, pushed up there, it straightens and that's defended on the back foot

55.5

Warne to Bell, no run, Warne grunting with the effort, here, and that's pitched outside leg and defended easily enough

55.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, Bell comes down the pitch again, more stealing of the strike as he drives cleanly to cover

England 155/2   IR Bell 62* (141b 5x4)

56.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, defended forward

56.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, wobbles into the right hander who defends that on the front foot

56.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, more defence, getting right over the ball

56.4

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, short and, like Andrew troughing those cakes, it's put away quickly. Bell scorches that off the back foot through point and that brings up the 100 partnership - 101 from 227 deliveries to be presact

56.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, straighter and that's defended

56.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, shoulders arms to one which skips down the corridor

England 159/2   IR Bell 66* (147b 6x4)

57.4

Warne to Bell, FOUR, drops that short and Bell finds the gap with a lovely four off the back foot

57.5

Warne to Bell, no run, quicker delivery and Bell can't get enough power on it as he tries to work it to leg

57.6

Warne to Bell, no run, square-driven to point

England 164/2   IR Bell 70* (150b 7x4)

59.1

Warne to Bell, no run, nibbled to cover

59.2

Warne to Bell, 1 run, crisp drive out to Symonds at extra cover

England 167/3   IR Bell 71* (152b 7x4)

60.1

McGrath to Bell, OUT, great ball, McGrath straight through the defences and that's two wickets in five balls for him. McGrath's jaffer hit the top of off after nipping back in and taking the inside edge and England have two new batsmen at the crease

IR Bell b McGrath 71 (194m 153b 8x4 0x6) SR: 46.40

England 167/4   IR Bell 71 (153b 7x4)
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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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