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)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
1.1

Lee to Cook, no run, swings in, right on the button ... well, right on something and Cook goes down on his haunches in discomfort and a grinning Lee follows through ... inside edge into a delicate area

1.2

Lee to Cook, no run, outside off stump and Cook shoulders arms

1.3

Lee to Cook, no run, wider still and Cook barely moves his feet as he waves it past

1.4

Lee to Cook, no run, checked drive to mid-on, well stopped

1.5

Lee to Cook, no run, Cook shapes to turn the ball to leg, it gets a leading edge and scurries out to point

1.6

Lee to Cook, no run, yorker-length but well outside off stump, Cook shapes to drive but misses

England 2/0   B Lee 1-1-0-0
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   B Lee 2-1-5-0
5.1

Lee to Cook, no run, Lee gets one to leap and Cook spars and misses ... Lee mutters words that I wouldn't want my seven-year-old hearing

5.2

Lee to Cook, 2 runs, Cook off the mark with a drive through extra cover, Symonds chases and catches with ease as it wasn't timed

5.3

Lee to Cook, no run, left alone, outside off stump

5.4

Lee to Cook, no run

5.5

Lee to Cook, no run, short - and an accompanying grunt from Lee - Cook swishes half-heartedly, but it passed way over his head. A one-day wide ... probably high enough to be two wides

5.6

Lee to Cook, 2 runs, sweetly clipped off his toes and McGrath trots round the boundary edge to field

England 18/0   B Lee 3-1-9-0
7.1

Lee to Cook, no run, angled away from the left hander, Cook goes on the back foot and defends it on the off

7.2

Lee to Cook, no run, seamed across the left hander and beat Cook all ends up ... that moved some way, too far

7.3

Lee to Cook, 3 runs, punched straight drive, within inches of the stumps at the bowler's end, and Symonds catches it just inside the rope

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   B Lee 4-1-12-0
14.1

Lee to Cook, 1 run, on leg, Cook drops his hands down and eases that into the midwicket area

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

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   B Lee 5-1-17-1
16.1

Lee to Cook, no run, tempting one slinks deliciously outside off but Cook leaves that one

16.2

Lee to Cook, no run, shoulders arms again

16.3

Lee to Cook, FOUR, opened the face but it was uppish and Cook's lucky to get an edge down through the vacant fourth slip area

16.4

Lee to Cook, no run, a more convincing leave this time

16.5

Lee to Cook, no run, pushed forward

16.6

Lee to Cook, 1 run, pushes that one across the lefthander again and he drives without much power to mid-off for an easy single

16.6

Lee to Cook, 1 run, pushes that one across the lefthander again and he drives without much power to mid-off for an easy single

England 58/1   B Lee 6-1-22-1
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   B Lee 7-2-22-1
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

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   B Lee 8-2-27-1
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

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   B Lee 9-2-28-1
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

24.6

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

England 75/2   B Lee 10-2-31-1
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   B Lee 11-3-31-1
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

28.3

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

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   B Lee 12-3-37-1
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   B Lee 13-3-46-1
66.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, waits for that one and plays it down, confidently, off the back foot

66.2

Lee to Collingwood, 2 runs, banged in short, doesn't get up and Collingwood gets over the ball to work it behind square and bring up England's 200

66.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

66.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, Lee motors in and pings that down outside off; left alone

66.5

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, worked down off the back foot into the leg side

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   B Lee 14-3-49-1
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

68.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, more bounce and that's defended down forward off the back foot

68.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, came back off the seam but again the bounce carried it over the top

68.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

68.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, pushed right up there, yorker in fact, and that's well defended

68.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, worked into the leg side

England 206/4   B Lee 15-3-50-1
80.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, swing there first up and that zings away from the right hander, who has room enough to leave it

80.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, more swing, more leaving

80.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, straighter, short and Collingwood nudges that one into the leg-side with a loud cry of "No!"

80.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, in the corridor, and that one goes under Collingwood's elbow as he leaves it once more - a good area, acknowledged by a group 'Oh' from the slips

80.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, speaking of oh - OH! - Collingwood should have gone there. For the second day running, Langer drops a catch at third slip. It's low and you don't need the replays to see if it carried - you can tell from his body language. Yesterday when he dropped Strauss he lay on his front looking at the turf ...for variety, today he stared at the heavens ... If Langer were a garden ornament, you could say he was in gnome-man's land

80.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, more swing and Collingwood veers away from it, letting it whistle past his nose

England 234/4   B Lee 16-4-50-1
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   B Lee 17-5-50-1
84.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood flashes at that one, aiming a cover drive, but misses and it swings away slightly

84.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, more swing and another waft

84.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, this one rises as it goes through straight and it's left alone

84.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, defended forward

84.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, yorker, pitches on off and that's well dug out

84.6

Lee to Collingwood, 2 runs, on leg and overpitched and worked behind square down to GD on the boundary who cannons it back in

England 242/4   B Lee 18-5-52-1
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

86.5

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

86.6

Lee to Read, no run, a touch wider than Lee would have liked and that's left alone easily

England 250/5   B Lee 19-5-57-1
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

88.3

Lee to Read, no run, left alone outside off

88.3

Lee to Read, no run, left alone outside off

88.4

Lee to Read, 2 runs, a huge appeal for lbw for one which keeps low but he got an inside edge on it, a real sliver of an edge which just saves him - although, actually, height may have been a factor, there, too

88.4

Lee to Read, 2 runs, a huge appeal for lbw for one which keeps low but he got an inside edge on it, a real sliver of an edge which just saves him - although, actually, height may have been a factor, there, too

88.5

Lee to Read, OUT, no hiding place this time and he's gone! That one was too good, too fast and Read can't control it, flashing an edge through off the back foot. He could have left it, as it happened, given the ball swung away but it was all over with very quickly.

CMW Read c †Gilchrist b Lee 2 (13m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

88.6

Lee to Mahmood, OUT, Lee's on a hat-trick, Mahmood has no idea where that's gone - to Hayden at gully as it happens. Top stuff from Lee again - hostile and England have no answers to either him or McGrath

SI Mahmood c Hayden b Lee 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

England 258/7   B Lee 20-5-64-3
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

90.3

Lee to Harmison, 2 runs, Harmison tucks that one away off his toes and manages to get two - England would have loved the three, there, but it wasn't to be

90.4

Lee to Harmison, no run, big call for LBW, turned down. Harmison hadn't got too far forward there but Bowden said no.

90.5

Lee to Harmison, no run, beautifully bowled once more, just outside the off stump and it's too good for Harmison who can't get anything, not even an edge, on it

90.6

Lee to Harmison, no run, past the outside edge once more

England 262/7   B Lee 21-5-67-3
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   B Lee 22-5-75-3
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