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

9.1

Clark to Cook, no run, wide loosener

9.2

Clark to Cook, FOUR, hmm ...Cook drives in the air through where point would have been, but that position has been vacated and the ball races to the rope

9.3

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook not remotely interested with this one outside his off stump

9.4

Clark to Cook, no run, half-turned to leg, never a run on

9.5

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook shoulders arms, let's it go through and then walks away to gather his thoughts

9.6

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook not tempted as Clark struggles for his line

England 32/0   SR Clark 1-0-4-0

11.1

Clark to Cook, no run, outside off stump and the usually taciturn Clark grimaces in annoyance

11.2

Clark to Cook, no run, driven hard at Langer at short extra cover and he makes a good stop, although the power of the shot almost knocks him off his feet

11.3

Clark to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers with far less force

11.4

Clark to Cook, no run, loose drive with poor footwork, and an inside edge thuds into Cook's pads to get him out of jail

11.5

Clark to Cook, no run, nurdled into the leg side, no power, no run

11.6

Clark to Cook, no run, short and wide, and an expansive leave from Cook

England 32/0   SR Clark 2-1-4-0

13.1

Clark to Cook, 1 run, comes forward and works that off the toes just in front of square

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   SR Clark 3-1-10-0

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   SR Clark 4-1-14-0

17.1

Clark to Cook, no run, places that on a good length, straight as a die and that's defended forward

17.2

Clark to Cook, no run, on off this time, and that's driven without much power, to cover

17.3

Clark to Cook, no run, continuing to go over the wicket, Clark angles that across the left hander who pokes at it and a man comes in on the drive

17.4

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook squares up to that one and fends it down off the back foot with a straight bat

17.5

Clark to Cook, no run, a hint of encouraging movement has Cook hopping on the front foot as that crashes into his back leg

17.6

Clark to Cook, no run, leaves it this time and it flies through

England 58/1   SR Clark 5-2-14-0

19.1

Clark to Cook, OUT, ooh, great delivery and gets the reward. Again Clark targets Cook on the front foot; the batsman comes forward and prods at it with a straight bat, nibbling an inside edge through to Gilchrist who clasps a decent catch tumbling away to his right

AN Cook c †Gilchrist b Clark 20 (88m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 42.55

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

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   SR Clark 6-2-15-1

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

21.6

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

England 68/2   SR Clark 7-2-18-1

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   SR Clark 8-3-18-1

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   SR Clark 9-3-21-1

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   SR Clark 10-3-25-1

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

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   SR Clark 11-3-26-1

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

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   SR Clark 12-3-27-1

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

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   SR Clark 13-3-28-1

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

42.6

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

England 119/2   SR Clark 14-3-32-1

65.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, straight and that's defended into the covers

65.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, outside off, flies down the corridor and Flintoff doesn't go sniffing

65.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, slower ball, curving away once more from the right hander who chooses to leave it well alone

65.4

Clark to Flintoff, no run, even slower ball and Flintoff drives uppishly, but the ball stays low and pitches way before Symonds

65.5

Clark to Flintoff, SIX, hello! Top shot there from Flintoff, came from nowhere really; he just cracked that one from off over in front of midwicket

65.6

Clark to Flintoff, no run, shorter ball in response, but that's well left outside the off stick

England 198/4   SR Clark 15-3-38-1

67.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended off the back foot into the leg side

67.2

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, driven past Symonds at mid-off, a good stride in and that's nicely timed out of the middle of the bat

67.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, good response from Clark, beating a squared-up Collingwood's outside edge

67.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, squared up again and an outside edge goes low to point

67.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, straight, and that's defended on the back foot

67.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, pushed up there, just outside off, and that's defended forward

England 205/4   SR Clark 16-3-42-1

70.1

Clark to Flintoff, FOUR, uppish drive off the back foot, thick edge through fourth slip at catching height and four all the way

70.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff turned slightly square and defends

70.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, again a slightly jerky prod, it's effective but you suspect that a little movement off the seam and he's in trouble

70.4

Clark to Flintoff, no run, blocked, slightly hunched over the ball as he plays it

70.5

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff stands tall and hits that into the covers to the man two-thirds back saving the two

70.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood gets everything behind that, a nothing-will-pass approach

England 212/4   SR Clark 17-3-47-1

72.1

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, driven to the left of mid-on and Brett Lee makes a leaping stop, good fielding as he ran ten yards before throwing himself full stretch to grab the ball

72.2

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, turned to long leg for an easy couple of runs

72.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, short, Collingwood forced back and drops it into the leg side

72.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, once more plopped defensively into the leg side

72.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Clark changes line from leg to outside off, but Collingwood not tempted

72.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, same line, and Collingwood simply not going to nibble

England 224/4   SR Clark 18-3-50-1

74.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, even Flintoff's defensive drives have enough power to fell a mortal

74.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, into line, patted away

74.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff pushes forward, leaves it and waves the bat above his head with a little flourish more becoming of one of the Four Musketeers

74.4

Clark to Flintoff, FOUR, leg-side line, Flintoff just leans into it and the ball races through straight midwicket ... Clark was almost felled by the jogging Flintoff, whose eyes were on the ball, to add injury to insult

74.5

Clark to Flintoff, no run, Clark readjusts and it passes outside the off stump

74.6

Clark to Flintoff, no run, a very short one, more in anger than anything, and Flintoff ducks even though he needn't really have bothered

England 231/4   SR Clark 19-3-54-1

94.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, driven out to long-on

94.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, defended on the back foot

94.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, on the front foot

94.4

Clark to Flintoff, 2 runs, driven forcefully off his hips out to cow corner for an easy two

94.5

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, another drive, this time through mid-off and it's picked up tidily by Symonds inside the rope

94.6

Clark to Harmison, no run, solid defence

England 274/7   SR Clark 20-3-57-1

96.1

Clark to Harmison, no run, Clark scurries in and pushes Harmison onto the back foot

96.2

Clark to Harmison, no run, Watchful defence from Harmison ... how long will he keep this up

96.3

Clark to Harmison, no run, lovely ball ... right through Harmison's indecisive prod

96.4

Clark to Harmison, no run, better from the batsman, got behind that with more confidence

96.5

Clark to Harmison, no run, Harmison shapes to leave the ball but his reactions are a little slow and he ends up steering it - along the ground - to fourth slip

96.6

Clark to Harmison, no run, into line and stroked into the covers

England 274/7   SR Clark 21-4-57-1

98.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, thumped to cow corner, fielded in the deep but the run declined

98.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, turned backward of point, again the single declined

98.3

Clark to Flintoff, 2 runs, Flintoff deliberately opens the face and runs the ball finer through third slip, sets off for the single and yells "push" and they scurry back for the second

98.4

Clark to Flintoff, 2 runs, steered down to third man where Langer makes a good tumbling stop, but he had ground to make up and that's another easy two

98.5

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, he opens the face and runs it to point, Harmison comes immediately, Flintoff hesitates and has to scurry to beat the shy at the bowler's end

98.6

Clark to Harmison, OUT, yorker, Harmison shapes to turn to leg but misses, the ball hits him on the full and no doubts with Bowden's decision ... that was going on to hit a third of the way up middle and leg

SJ Harmison lbw b Clark 2 (51m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.33

England 282/8   SR Clark 22-4-62-2

100.1

Clark to Panesar, no run, hello and welcome ... Panesar gets a decent bouncer and bends low to preserve his well being

100.2

Clark to Panesar, no run, short, Panesar stands tall and steers into the gully and then gives his captain at the other end a big grin

100.3

Clark to Panesar, no run, again short, and once more Panesar stays tall, gets right over the ball and drops it at his feet

100.4

Clark to Panesar, no run, Dropped! Fuller and Panesar drives, the edge flies to Langer at third slip and for the third time he drops one there. He took off his hat and threw it in the air in disgust - but managed to catch it, at least ... his mind seems anywhere but in the middle and he buries his head in his hands ..

100.5

Clark to Panesar, no run, driven with a bit more certainty this time

100.6

Clark to Panesar, no run, leg side and Panesar gets inside the line

England 290/8   SR Clark 23-5-62-2

102.1

Clark to Flintoff, OUT, Flintoff takes two strides down the pitch and aims to thump the ball over extra cover, gets a thick edge and Glichrist holds a good catch diving high to his right. Flintoff slowly heads off as the SCG stands to recognise a fine innings ... and it's five catches for Gilchrist

A Flintoff c †Gilchrist b Clark 89 (195m 142b 11x4 1x6) SR: 62.67

102.2

Clark to Anderson, no run, Anderson manages to get enough bat on that, but this will be brief you suspect

102.3

Clark to Anderson, no run, a flamboyant leave

102.4

Clark to Anderson, no run, less theatrics as the ball was wider and Anderson just watched it fly by

102.5

Clark to Anderson, no run, angled in and Anderson opens the face and steers it to Langer in the slips

102.6

Clark to Anderson, no run, Anderson back, blocks and Clark grimaces as he knows he should have tested him more with those five balls

England 291/9   SR Clark 24-6-62-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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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

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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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