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   GD McGrath 1-0-2-0

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   GD McGrath 2-0-5-0

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   GD McGrath 3-0-9-0

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

6.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook into line and blocks

6.5

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, and again leg side, Cook turns it to the man in the deep

6.6

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

England 24/0   GD McGrath 4-0-15-0

8.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers and an immediate call of "no" as fielders converge

8.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, more leg side and Cook drops it at his feet

8.3

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, hurriedly turned behind square on the leg side for a quick single

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   GD McGrath 5-0-16-0

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   GD McGrath 6-1-16-0

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   GD McGrath 7-1-22-0

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   GD McGrath 8-1-25-0

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   GD McGrath 9-2-25-0

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

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   GD McGrath 10-2-26-0

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   GD McGrath 11-2-30-0

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   GD McGrath 12-3-30-0

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

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   GD McGrath 13-3-38-0

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

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   GD McGrath 14-3-41-0

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   GD McGrath 15-3-45-0

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   GD McGrath 16-4-45-0

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   GD McGrath 17-4-46-0

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   GD McGrath 18-4-50-0

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

58.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defends forward first up.

58.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, more defence

58.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, nips in off the seam and McGrath and the slips are up as one - but that's a good decision; it's outside the line and probably just going over

England 166/3   GD McGrath 19-4-52-1

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

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

60.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, nagging line from McGrath and that's left alone

England 170/4   GD McGrath 20-4-55-2

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   GD McGrath 21-4-57-2

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   GD McGrath 22-4-62-2

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   GD McGrath 23-5-62-2

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

85.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

85.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, again left, again easily

85.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, straighter and that one crashes in at Flintoff, high

85.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended into the covers

85.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended into the covers

85.6

McGrath to Collingwood, OUT, jaffer, unplayable. That bounces up and Collingwood's squared up, feathering that one through to Gilchrist for McGrath's third delivery. The way McGrath's been bowling this morning that wicket was pretty inevitable - and just reward for his endeavours

PD Collingwood c †Gilchrist b McGrath 27 (119m 73b 4x4 0x6) SR: 36.98

85.6

McGrath to Collingwood, OUT, jaffer, unplayable. That bounces up and Collingwood's squared up, feathering that one through to Gilchrist for McGrath's third delivery. The way McGrath's been bowling this morning that wicket was pretty inevitable - and just reward for his endeavours

PD Collingwood c †Gilchrist b McGrath 27 (119m 73b 4x4 0x6) SR: 36.98

England 245/5   GD McGrath 24-5-65-3

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

87.3

McGrath to Read, no run, left alone outside off

87.4

McGrath to Read, no run, worked in front of square

87.5

McGrath to Read, no run, fired in and the ball bobbles up off his bat

87.6

McGrath to Read, no run, fired right up there on a good length and that's defended forward

England 251/5   GD McGrath 25-5-66-3

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

89.3

McGrath to Harmison, no run, Harmison leaves that one, which arcs invitingly past his outside edge, and then rehearses his leave

89.4

McGrath to Harmison, no run, left alone again

89.5

McGrath to Harmison, no run, oh, back of a length delivery and Harmison stabs at it, missing

89.6

McGrath to Harmison, no run, Harmison steps over to that one, which is in the corridor, and decides to leave it

England 259/7   GD McGrath 26-6-66-3

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

91.6

McGrath to Harmison, no run, defended

England 263/7   GD McGrath 27-6-67-3

93.1

McGrath to Harmison, no run, defended forward

93.2

McGrath to Harmison, no run, swings that one away down the corridor and like some orange-and-purple socks in a New Year sale, it's left well alone

93.3

McGrath to Harmison, no run, shoulders arms to that one which nips back in at him on the rise

93.4

McGrath to Harmison, no run, more shouldering - that one was wider this time

93.5

McGrath to Harmison, no run, that one flies through to the keeper

93.6

McGrath to Harmison, no run, pushed up there and defended forward

England 271/7   GD McGrath 28-7-67-3

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   GD McGrath 29-8-67-3
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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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