England tour of Australia, 5th Test: Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 2-5, 2007
The Ashes - 5th Test
Australia won by 10 wickets
2,3,4,5 January 2007 (5-day match)
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19.2

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, off the mark immediately with a push through cover and "Yes, yes, yes, yes" they run a quick single

England 59/2   KP Pietersen 1* (1b)
20.1

Lee to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, width on leg and Pietersen rushes that one behind him with a wristy flick down leg, ah, which is given as leg-byes

England 60/2   KP Pietersen 1* (2b)
21.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, defended unfussily off the back foot

England 68/2   KP Pietersen 1* (3b)
22.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, aw, nice one from Lee that, tempting Pietersen to jab at that one - good response by the bowler to the captain's call and nearly gets the man

22.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, left alone this time

22.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, fires that one wider down off, as per The Plan (wonder if that was sellotaped up in the Aussie dressing room?) Pietersen steps towards the ball initially but soon decides to shoulder arms

England 69/2   KP Pietersen 1* (6b)
24.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, well wide outside off-stump and Pietersen couldn't have been more theatrical with that leave if he'd donned the greasepaint and started reciting Hamlet

24.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, wide again, although not as much, but that's still easily left alone

24.3

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, short and on-leg and that's gift-tagged "Hit me" - Pietersen duly obliges, knocking it through square like he's playing croquet and not criquet

24.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, driven straightish to mid-on

24.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, short, Pietersen jabs that into the leg-side off the back foot, and Lee does well - picking it up on his follow-through, turning quickly and shying down the stumps, but Pietersen made his ground easily enough

England 75/2   KP Pietersen 4* (11b)
25.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, offers a touch of width outside off to Pietersen who stands tall and drives into the covers

25.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, oooh, aaah, that was close. A touch of swing and the ball curves away from Pietersen who drives at that wide one - and luckily for him he misses it completely

25.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, left alone

25.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, pushed right up there and that's defended on the front foot

25.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, left alone

25.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, just as well for Pietersen that he didn't time that one as his uppish drive sends the ball, well, uppish and on towards the man at short extra-cover, but it's well short of being a chance in the end

England 75/2   KP Pietersen 4* (17b)
27.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, rises up and over the off bail and that's left alone early

27.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, big stride from Pietersen, but a good ball from McGrath, beating him

27.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, straighter and Pietersen strides down imposingly the pitch, stays tall and works that one into the leg-side

England 76/2   KP Pietersen 5* (20b)
28.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, wider and that's left alone outside off

28.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, an easy single into the covers with a back-foot steer

28.5

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, straight and Pietersen moves over to the off-side to make room to punch that one off his hips to the 45, McGrath with the return once more

28.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, helped into the covers where a springy Clarke does well to dive over it to cut off any threat of a boundary

England 82/2   KP Pietersen 8* (24b)
30.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, goes to cover-drive, an inside edge crashes into his pads

30.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, risky from Pietersen, down the track to try to work that square, across the line, and he skews an edge which goes to the off-side

30.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, a typically attacking Pietersen continues to come down the track, walking up to and into that one, which pitches straight and he turns it to midwicket

30.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, smaller steps this time and leaves that one alone at the last minute

30.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, one small step for the man and a giant leap to leave it

30.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, ooh, well bowled from Clark to round off a decent over, and an edge flies low in front of the slips

England 86/2   KP Pietersen 8* (30b)
32.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

32.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, more leaving

32.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, slower ball, picked early, and as it's on a good length it's left alone

32.4

Clark to Pietersen, 2 runs, whipped wristily out to the square leg boundary where it's launched back in quickly

32.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, tries to work that out to the off but it's on to him faster than he thought and he doesn't time it at all

32.6

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run

England 89/2   KP Pietersen 11* (36b)
33.1

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 no ball, Pietersen walks down the pitch to meet that one which pitches outside off but can only defend in the end

33.1

McGrath to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen bounds down the pitch and drives that to the covers

33.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, left alone as that one nips back in off the seam

33.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, the same tactic from Pietersen, dancing down the track and he whips it off his legs through midwicket

England 93/2   KP Pietersen 14* (40b)
34.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, slightly stiff-looking wide outswinger

34.2

Clark to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen positively skips down the pitch and punches Clark through midwicket, remarkable footwork, turning a good-length ball into a half volley ... and he can never be lbw!

34.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, more conventional defence

34.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen thrusts his front pad down the track and then leaves the ball

34.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, too wide and Pietersen not lured into anything rash

34.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, on off stump and Pietersen solid, into line and jabbed forward defensive stroke

England 101/2   KP Pietersen 18* (46b 1x4)
35.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, McGrath goes for the yorker, a tad too full and driven to mid-on

35.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, KP back and across, really tight and correct defence

England 104/2   KP Pietersen 18* (48b 1x4)
36.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, defensive shot to short midwicket

36.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen almost tempted but pulls out of the stroke in time ... it was outside off stump and too short for him to play off the front foot

36.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, driven a little unsteadily to mid-off

36.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, too wide to be dangerous to anyone except first slip if Gilchrist misses it

England 105/2   KP Pietersen 18* (52b 1x4)
38.1

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen flicks it to midwicket, and easy run as the man is back saving two ... even so, Pietersen sets off for a second before being sent back by a loud call from his partner

England 110/2   KP Pietersen 19* (53b 1x4)
39.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes a stride down the pitch and then has to scurry back to block

39.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, well froward to block and kill the spin

39.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, well forward to kill the spin

39.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, short, Pietersen goes back and hammers the ball, straight to the man in the covers

39.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, driven up to deepish mid-on who is giving the single

England 111/2   KP Pietersen 20* (57b 1x4)
40.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen leaves it alone

40.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-on and accompanied by a cry rather like that of a chicken being strangled as Bell looked like he wanted a single

40.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, short ...very short ... Pietersen nods as it passes rather than ducks

40.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, wrong line this time and Pietersen, again well forward, leaves it

England 113/2   KP Pietersen 20* (61b 1x4)
41.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen waits and flicks it to square leg, finds space and an easy one

England 115/2   KP Pietersen 21* (62b 1x4)
42.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen stands upright and drives back at Clark who gets enough on it to take the pace off the ball and mid-off mops up

42.2

Clark to Pietersen, 1 wide, short and wide down the leg side, and this time it's called

42.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen forward and defends

42.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen blocks

42.3

Clark to Pietersen, 2 runs, turned to leg, no more than 25 yards from the bat but beautifully placed and the batsmen scurry two

42.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, crisp drive, at rather than past the fielder

42.5

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen latches onto a short one but not really timed and it bobbles to the man at deep midwicket

England 119/2   KP Pietersen 24* (67b 1x4)
43.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, short, Pietersen waits and then thumps it into space, but there is a man back on the off side

43.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, slightly dramatic forward defensive

43.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen blocks with confidence

43.5

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, whipped drive to deep square leg - not sure that's anywhere near where it was aimed, he looked as if he was looking to belt it over mid-on - for a couple

43.6

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, slapped into the off side but men are back to protect Warne at the moment

England 124/2   KP Pietersen 28* (72b 1x4)
44.1

Symonds to Pietersen, 1 run, short and turned easily to midwicket for a single

44.5

Symonds to Pietersen, 2 runs, some movement this time and so Pietersen gets an inside edge down to McGrath at long leg ... straight to the fielder but not at pace and Pietersen took on the arm and won quite easily

44.6

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, Symonds spots Pietersen coming down the pitch and bangs one in, forcing him to jump and block

England 130/2   KP Pietersen 31* (75b 1x4)
46.1

Symonds to Pietersen, 1 run, short, pulled second bounce to deep midwicket

46.5

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen plays and misses, the slightest drift towards the slips, and Symonds follows through with a word or two and KP responds with a grin

46.6

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, worked into the leg side but he finds the fielder

England 136/2   KP Pietersen 32* (78b 1x4)
47.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pushed into the off side

47.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, left alone with a flourish

47.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, well forward, blocked

47.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen very watchful this over

47.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, a lunge forward to kill the spin, good over from Warne

England 137/2   KP Pietersen 32* (83b 1x4)
48.2

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, flamboyant drive to extra cover, and a dramatic follow through

48.3

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-on who ends up rolling around as if he was playing Dead Ants, all rather unnecessary

48.4

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, another powerful drive, but the gaps can't be found

48.5

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, dropped into the leg side, no more than five yards from the bat to the man at short midwicket

48.6

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, short midwicket into action once more

England 138/2   KP Pietersen 32* (88b 1x4)
49.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flighted, Pietersen seemed ready to launch into it but thinks better of it and blocks

49.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, rasping drive back at Warne, it smacks into the stumps as Aleem Dar takes undignified but utterly understandable evasive action. The ricochet goes into space on the off side

England 142/2   KP Pietersen 33* (90b 1x4)
50.3

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, one step, turned to short midwicket

50.4

Symonds to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen is a full two strides down the track and hits it to conventional mid-on and races through for the single ... hard to stop the run when the batsmen have almost crossed before the shot is played!

50.6

Symonds to Pietersen, 1 run, short, Pietersen onto it with real ease and controlled pull, wrists rolled, down to long leg

England 147/2   KP Pietersen 35* (93b 1x4)
51.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to long-on. Ponting giving singles here

51.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen pushes forward, bat in front of pad

England 149/2   KP Pietersen 36* (95b 1x4)
53.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen dances down and drives easily to mid-on to bring up the 150

53.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, down on one knee, reaches out and thwacks that one in front of midwicket

53.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, that bends way away from him and he leaves it well alone

England 153/2   KP Pietersen 38* (98b 1x4)
57.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended off the back foot

57.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, comes forward and strides outside off but ends up defending that over the ball

57.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to long-off

England 160/2   KP Pietersen 39* (101b 1x4)
58.1

McGrath to Pietersen, 2 runs, ooh, aah, ooh, aah... safe. Pietersen charges McGrath, McGrath sees Pietersen's charge and bangs one in. Pietersen whips his wrists over it to flamingo-flick that one to midwicket, but he doesn't get over it and it flies high in the air, but lands in space

58.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, defended this time

58.3

McGrath to Pietersen, OUT, gone this time - McGrath has his man, bounced out. Pietersen didn't control that hook and Hussey takes a good catch - running backwards - over his head at a slightly short midwicket. That's McGrath's first victim of the day, but his 900th international wicket

KP Pietersen c Hussey b McGrath 41 (162m 104b 1x4 0x6) SR: 39.42

England 166/3   KP Pietersen 41 (104b 1x4)
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