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
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

50.3

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!

50.5

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

50.6

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

End of over 51 (4 runs) England 147/2

    • KP Pietersen 35 (93b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 57 (116b 5x4)
    • A Symonds 4-0-13-0
    • SK Warne 6-0-19-0
51.1

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

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

51.6

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

4.30pm "Our trio of retirees have been serenaded with "Time to say goodbye" in the tea break," reports Andrew. "Not a dry eye in the house." Or a rumbling belly. Hello again, Jennifer here by the way. Oh, and the players are back on the field, McGrath leading the charge on, doing some knees-up exercises. A bit early for that, old boy. He's back on from the Paddington End.

Tea And England's session, and there haven't been too many of those. Bell and Pietersen have added 91 for the third wicket and Australia have been rather subdued during the afternoon. Pietersen has worked hard, the occasional risk, but otherwise a really responsible innings, while Bell has looked in good nick. We'll be back at 4.30pm (0530GMT) with the final two-hour session.

Here's a picture of those delicious cakes. Warne and McGrath get their own faces on the goodies, Langer has to make do with a profiterole mountain as his homage. But he's probably got off lightly - Mike Atherton and Mike Gatting are hovering, cake-knives at the ready, eager to stab the eyes out of the bowling duo. This must be the highlight of the three Australians' careers. "Just wondered which was taller," asks Peter, "Langer or the profiterole mountain?"

End of over 52 (2 runs) England 149/2

    • KP Pietersen 36 (95b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 58 (120b 5x4)
    • SK Warne 7-0-21-0
    • A Symonds 4-0-13-0
52.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone first up

Speaking of alone, Duncan Fletcher's sitting on his own on the England balcony, stroking his imaginary beard

52.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone again

A last note on the Langer profiterole mountain (which Gatting has reduced to a hillock anyhow) ... Ian emails: "That 'profiterole mountain' is called a croquembouche. It's a traditional French wedding cake!" Tres bien et vraiment merci, Ian.

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

Warne from the Randwick End

End of over 53 (maiden) England 149/2

    • IR Bell 58 (126b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 36 (95b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 16-4-45-0
    • SK Warne 7-0-21-0
53.1

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

53.2

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

53.3

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

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

53.6

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

End of over 54 (4 runs) England 153/2

    • KP Pietersen 38 (98b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 60 (129b 5x4)
    • SK Warne 8-0-25-0
    • 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

End of over 55 (1 run) England 154/2

    • IR Bell 61 (135b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 38 (98b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 17-4-46-0
    • SK Warne 8-0-25-0
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

"What about an 'after' photo of the cakes?" asks Jeff. A bloated Andrew replies: "No point. I've guzzled the lot, Actually, Warne has been demolished - it was a bit stodgy - but McGrath is only missing a slice or two. Langer's gnome hat has lost its point." So there we go, Cakeinfo a gogo.

End of over 56 (1 run) England 155/2

    • IR Bell 62 (141b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 38 (98b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 9-0-26-0
    • 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

End of over 57 (4 runs) England 159/2

    • IR Bell 66 (147b 6x4)
    • KP Pietersen 38 (98b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 18-4-50-0
    • SK Warne 9-0-26-0
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

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

End of over 58 (5 runs) England 164/2

    • IR Bell 70 (150b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 39 (101b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 10-0-31-0
    • 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

Collingwood is in - two slips and a gully for him

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

Ovation for McGrath

End of over 59 (2 runs) England 166/3

    • PD Collingwood 0 (3b)
    • IR Bell 70 (150b 7x4)
    • GD McGrath 19-4-52-1
    • SK Warne 10-0-31-0
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

59.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pitches just outside leg and Collingwood practises his well-practised forward defensive shot

59.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, ooh, drift and spin there and that's just nibbled in front of Hussey

59.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended forward

59.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, driven to cover and Collingwood looks to get off the mark

End of over 60 (1 run) England 167/3

    • PD Collingwood 0 (7b)
    • IR Bell 71 (152b 7x4)
    • SK Warne 11-0-32-0
    • 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

Australia have come alive here.

Flintoff, averaging 22.57 this series, strides in

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

End of over 61 (3 runs) England 170/4

    • PD Collingwood 0 (8b)
    • A Flintoff 3 (4b)
    • GD McGrath 20-4-55-2
    • SK Warne 11-0-32-0
61.1

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, pitches outside off, short and wide, and that's four runs off the bottom of the bat, late cut through third man

61.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flipper, and that's eased into the leg side

61.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, defended forward

61.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff prods forward and edge falls low to gully - 'Catch' is the knee-jerk cry; no chance

61.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, hit away behind square this time

61.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood does well to make room to cut that one

End of over 62 (5 runs) England 175/4

    • PD Collingwood 0 (9b)
    • A Flintoff 8 (9b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 12-0-37-0
    • 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

End of over 63 (2 runs) England 177/4

    • A Flintoff 10 (15b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 0 (9b)
    • GD McGrath 21-4-57-2
    • SK Warne 12-0-37-0
63.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, on leg, that goes straight on and that's well defended

63.2

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, pitches on leg again and that's swept away to the boundary where it eludes a diving McGrath who gets cheered anyway, just because he can be

63.3

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, on leg, and that's punched on the front foot to square

63.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, on middle, that bends away and it's driven tamely to cover

63.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, swept powerfully away behind square but McGrath seizes that one on the boundary

63.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, moves across the right hander after pitching straight and it's left at the last minute

Lee replaces McGrath now

End of over 64 (6 runs) England 183/4

    • PD Collingwood 5 (13b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 11 (17b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 13-0-43-0
    • GD McGrath 21-4-57-2
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

Point drops out ten yards

64.6

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, worked on the leg side this time, squareish

Clark back into the attack now

End of over 65 (9 runs) England 192/4

    • A Flintoff 20 (23b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 5 (13b 1x4)
    • B Lee 13-3-46-1
    • SK Warne 13-0-43-0
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

End of over 66 (6 runs) England 198/4

    • A Flintoff 26 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 5 (13b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 15-3-38-1
    • 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

The yellow drinks cart comes on... and it's off again... as the umpires turn down the offer of drinks for now

End of over 67 (3 runs) England 201/4

    • A Flintoff 26 (30b 3x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 8 (18b 1x4)
    • B Lee 14-3-49-1
    • 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

End of over 68 (4 runs) England 205/4

    • PD Collingwood 12 (24b 2x4)
    • A Flintoff 26 (30b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 16-3-42-1
    • 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

We said it was the last word on the matter, but here's Andrew Miller's two'pennorth. Read all about his take on gateau-gate here - will Langer's lack of picture end up in a bun fight?

End of over 69 (1 run) England 206/4

    • PD Collingwood 12 (29b 2x4)
    • A Flintoff 27 (31b 3x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 15-3-50-1
    • SR Clark 16-3-42-1
69.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, half a shout, but bat first - and it would have missed off stump anyway

69.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, worked gently to leg

69.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, defended forward - 'Ooh, yes, Shane.'

69.4

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, an easy single to leg

69.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended forward

69.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, ooh! Floated up there and nearly got his man - and his 1000th international wicket - with one which eluded the outside edge

Cricket NSW and the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust have congratulated cricket fans (and demolished several trees to tell us all about it in a press release) on Day One of the 3 Mobile Ashes Test at the SCG for their behaviour during today's play. Well done everyone.

And that's drinks (and not drunks as I just mistyped...) Speaking of which, here's Martin Williamson

End of over 70 (1 run) England 207/4

    • PD Collingwood 12 (31b 2x4)
    • A Flintoff 28 (35b 3x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 14-0-44-0
    • B Lee 15-3-50-1

The giant bottle leaves the outfield - along with Glenn McGrath - and we are ready for the final hour and a bit. The 12th man (not Billy Birmingham) is on ...

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

The clouds are moving back in, but there's a breeze which is keeping them moving over the SCG

70.6

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

End of over 71 (5 runs) England 212/4

    • PD Collingwood 12 (32b 2x4)
    • A Flintoff 33 (40b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 17-3-47-1
    • SK Warne 14-0-44-0
71.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, a semi lunge and block

71.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flighted, Flintoff stretches forward and is left groping at air as the ball fizzes past his outside edge

71.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, full toss worked to deep midwicket

71.4

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, another full toss, and he may be one of the greatest bowlers of all time but that was filthy, and Collingwood smacked that square on the leg side

71.5

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, and again, even fuller, and the end result is the much the same

71.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, finally Warne gets one on target and Collingwood goes back and blocks

The floodlights have now come on as the clouds linger.

End of over 72 (9 runs) England 221/4

    • PD Collingwood 20 (35b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 34 (43b 4x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 15-0-53-0
    • 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

End of over 73 (3 runs) England 224/4

    • PD Collingwood 22 (40b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 35 (44b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 18-3-50-1
    • SK Warne 15-0-53-0
73.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, big stride forward and lunging defensive stroke

73.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff thinks about the big heave and checks his desires

73.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, driven to mid-off who remains deep enough for the single

73.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood forward to block

73.5

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, short and that's more gifted runs from Warne

73.6

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, driven to long-on

End of over 74 (3 runs) England 227/4

    • A Flintoff 37 (48b 4x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 23 (42b 4x4)
    • SK Warne 16-0-56-0
    • 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

End of over 75 (4 runs) England 231/4

    • A Flintoff 41 (54b 5x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 23 (42b 4x4)
    • SR Clark 19-3-54-1
    • SK Warne 16-0-56-0
75.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, wide, spins even wider

75.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, half volley, clipped into the leg side

75.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, wide and no shot needed

"I've just had a gnomiterole," announces Andrew. "Very moist and creamy."

75.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, played with the respect the bowler deserves, if not the ball

75.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, better line and length but little turn

75.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, short, that spun a bit and Collingwood goes back and drops it into the off side

Warne looks out of sorts, as if the last of his gas was used at the SCG. But he's sure to find something more in his last Test, even if not today

End of over 76 (maiden) England 231/4

    • PD Collingwood 23 (48b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 41 (54b 5x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 17-1-56-0
    • SR Clark 19-3-54-1

Symonds on at the Paddington End to bowl ... well, your guess is as good as mine and Gilchrist isn't sure either!

76.1

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, it's seam, it's short and Flintoff pats it into the leg side

76.2

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff surprised a little as the ball nips away

76.3

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, slightly slung, but it started wide and maintain its course

76.4

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, driven slightly cross-battedly to short midwicket

76.5

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, full, driven with little backlift but much power to mid-on

Ponting resting his quicks with the new ball due

76.6

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, outside off, left alone

End of over 77 (maiden) England 231/4

    • A Flintoff 41 (60b 5x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 23 (48b 4x4)
    • A Symonds 5-1-13-0
    • SK Warne 17-1-56-0
77.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, thrusting padded defence

77.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, too full and clipped to deep midwicket

77.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, googly, too short to cause any issues and Flintoff waits and blocks

77.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, hammered into the covers ... or more accurately to the man in the covers

77.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, bobbled up to deep mid-on

77.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Colllingwood shapes to sweep, misses, and the ball loops up off the bat with the ubiquitous shout of "catch it" ...Gilchrist scurries out but it drops safely, and in any case, it was not near the bat

End of over 78 (2 runs) England 233/4

    • PD Collingwood 24 (51b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 42 (63b 5x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 18-1-58-0
    • A Symonds 5-1-13-0

More seam from Symonds

78.1

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, wide, left alone

Ponting is chatting to Billy Bowden about the light .. he seems to be asking if the light is good enough were teh quicks to come back on

78.2

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff plays it into the covers

78.3

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff square on, blocks

78.4

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, driven to mid-on

78.5

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff won't nibble at balls that wide at this stage of the day

78.6

Symonds to Flintoff, no run, upright defensive prod into the off side

There's been a specialist cricket policeman on the beat at the SCG today. NSW authorities have paid more than $6000 to fly Bob Dyson, a Brit, in to watch England supporters, the first foreign police officer brought to NSW for security at a major sporting event outside the Olympics. So far, the only problems have been off-key singing.

End of over 79 (maiden) England 233/4

    • A Flintoff 42 (69b 5x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 24 (51b 4x4)
    • A Symonds 6-2-13-0
    • SK Warne 18-1-58-0
79.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, that one turned but too short to be a worry

79.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, short again, and a grunt from Warne to go with it, Collingwood goes back and turns it to midwicket

79.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, good line, Collingwood reaches and just gets to it

79.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, big effort again, and a big grunt, and the effort is rewarded with a big legbreak past the bat

79.5

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, flicked to the leg side for an ambled single

79.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff prods and keeps the ball out

10.19am We're about to get under way, the new ball has been taken and it will be Lee from the Paddington End, once Collingwood's happy with the sight screen.

10.09am Weather watch - the ground staff reckon any showers have gone already so it's going to be a warm, dry day. As for the pitch, it's looking very good and could be at its best for batting. It's harder than the normal SCG wickets and the ball's being going through faster than usual.

9.49am Half an hour to go and counting... While we're clock-watching, you may want to read Andrew Miller's diary from yesterday, if you missed it first time. It's about cakes.

9.29am Hello everyone and welcome to the second day of the final Test at the SCG. Play will be under way in exactly 50 minutes, as it's been decided proceedings will start 11 minutes earlier to make up for some lost time yesterday. I'm Jenny Thompson and together with Martin Williamson we'll be bringing you live ball-by-ball coverage from the SCG.

After a rain-affected first day, England recommence on 4 for 234 with Andrew Flintoff in sight of just his second half-century this series, and he's joined by Paul Collingwood on 25 not out.

Shane Warne is so far wicketless this match, his last, and he needs one to bring up his 1000th international victim. Eyes, too, on Glenn McGrath as this is his last dart in this form of the game. Oh and someone else is retiring this match... what's his name? Oh yes, Justin Langer. He may get to bat today if Australia's attack can get the last six wickets.

The weather, by the way, is good: blue skies with scattered clouds and a cool breeze. The odd shower is forecast, though.

Over to you now - if you have anything to say drop me a line.

Close A good day's play after a delayed start. England's openers again did okay after Andrew Flintoff won the toss, but it was a stand of 108 for the third wicket between Ian Bell (71) and Kevin Pietersen (41) which boosted the innings, only for both to fall in quick succession to Glenn McGrath. Andrew Flintoff (42*) and Paul Collingwood (25*) ensured there were no further alarms, so the day ended pretty much honours even. The headlines before the match were about Australia's three retirees, but while McGrath bowled well, Shane Warne looked very out of sorts and Justin Langer dropped a catch.

That's it from Martin Williamson and Jenny Thompson thanks for joining us and for all your kind emails and Brett's no-so-kind one. We will be back at 10.19am (23.19GMT) tomorrow - 11 minutes early to make up lost time - so please join us then. How on earth they decide 11 only the ICC knows, but 11 it is. In the meantime, if you anything to say drop us a line.

The umpires consult ... Ponting has walked over to Brett Lee and handed him the ball, and as soon as he does that the officials offer the light to the batsmen and they are off almost before the invitation is issued. That will be it for the day.

End of over 80 (1 run) England 234/4

    • A Flintoff 42 (70b 5x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 25 (56b 4x4)
    • SK Warne 19-1-59-0
    • A Symonds 6-2-13-0
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

A special hi to our colleague Will Luke, currently on a one-match ban , who is sitting and home and keeping a close eye on proceedings

80.2

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

Three slips, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, square leg, fine leg

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

McGrath from the Randwick End.

Thanks for your emails about Wilhelm - he was banned for an incident involving an almond cake and the Chief Financial Officer. We can say no more and the topic is at an end

End of over 81 (maiden) England 234/4

    • PD Collingwood 25 (62b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 42 (70b 5x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 16-4-50-1
    • SK Warne 19-1-59-0
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

Varken emails: "Channel 9 in Brisneyland are up to their usual tricks - instead of cricket there's a bear called Humphrey dancing across my TV." No, Varken, that's the cricket.

End of over 82 (5 runs) England 239/4

    • A Flintoff 47 (76b 6x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 25 (62b 4x4)
    • GD McGrath 22-4-62-2
    • 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

One TV station is now running a sequence entitled Langer's Clangers showing his drops and fumbles in this match. While Warne and McGrath's retirements have attracted much respect and media coverage, Langer seems to have had a much rougher deal. Perhaps the low was the pile of profiteroles erected as a tribute yesterday.

End of over 83 (1 run, maiden) England 240/4

    • A Flintoff 47 (82b 6x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 25 (62b 4x4)
    • B Lee 17-5-50-1
    • 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

Ponting pushing gum round his mouth, occasionally chewing, standing in the slips

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

In response to all those who have emailed asking for an explanation of why Langer and gnomes are synonymous in some circles, here is a link to The Age which explains it all ...

And David Cook emails on the gnome subject ... it seems he is delighted as he was the ... er ... chief gnome at the Australian Gnome Convention on Australia Day in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains. Don't believe him (and we didn't) ... check this out ... Gnome alone.

End of over 84 (maiden) England 240/4

    • A Flintoff 47 (88b 6x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 25 (62b 4x4)
    • GD McGrath 23-5-62-2
    • 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

This really is cracking bowling from Lee and McGrath - it's a treat to watch and you sense a wicket any ball

84.3

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

Nick emails: "if Justin Langer bowled like Glenn McGrath, would you describe him as bowling like a metro-gnome?" Superb. Gnome-more jokes though, please.

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

End of over 85 (2 runs) England 242/4

    • PD Collingwood 27 (68b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 47 (88b 6x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 18-5-52-1
    • 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

Chris Read to come in now - and then the pretty long tail. He'll have his work cut out, and England really need Flintoff to go on to a big score.

Ovation for McGrath, and why not

End of over 86 (3 runs) England 245/5

    • A Flintoff 50 (89b 6x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 24-5-65-3
    • 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

Ed Porter asks if Justin's developed the yips like his cousin Bernhard

End of over 87 (5 runs) England 250/5

    • CMW Read 0 (2b)
    • A Flintoff 55 (93b 7x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 19-5-57-1
    • 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

End of over 88 (1 run) England 251/5

    • CMW Read 0 (6b)
    • A Flintoff 56 (95b 7x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 25-5-66-3
    • 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

England are in trouble now, with Mahmood coming to the crease

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

End of over 89 (7 runs) England 258/7

    • A Flintoff 61 (97b 8x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 20-5-64-3
    • GD McGrath 25-5-66-3
89.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, bouncer and Flintoff ducks under it

Lee taking a towel to his face on the boundary - no surprises, it's hot work out, there

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

Hat-trick ball coming up, and Ponting brings in the men on the field accordingly (three slips, two gullies) - big rousing cheers from the fans, too. Lee smiling, pumped.

End of over 90 (1 run, maiden) England 259/7

    • SJ Harmison 0 (4b)
    • A Flintoff 61 (99b 8x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 26-6-66-3
    • 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

Lee looks at the LBW shout replay - it was close and that will fire him up more (if possible)

90.6

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

England are being blown away here

End of over 91 (3 runs) England 262/7

    • SJ Harmison 2 (8b)
    • A Flintoff 62 (101b 8x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 21-5-67-3
    • 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

End of over 92 (1 run) England 263/7

    • SJ Harmison 2 (9b)
    • A Flintoff 63 (106b 8x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 27-6-67-3
    • 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

Three slips and a gully now

End of over 93 (8 runs) England 271/7

    • A Flintoff 71 (112b 10x4 1x6)
    • SJ Harmison 2 (9b)
    • B Lee 22-5-75-3
    • 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

A change in the bowling - replacing Lee with the ball it's Clark, and replacing Lee on the pitch it's Mitchell Johnson

End of over 94 (maiden) England 271/7

    • SJ Harmison 2 (15b)
    • A Flintoff 71 (112b 10x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 28-7-67-3
    • B Lee 22-5-75-3
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

Thanks Jennifer. Now go and make the tea and get me my lunch ... And again John Howard is in the crowd ,... he's here every day. Who is running the country?

Drinks and warming up for his first stint of the day, it's Martin Williamson.

End of over 95 (3 runs) England 274/7

    • SJ Harmison 2 (16b)
    • A Flintoff 74 (117b 10x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 20-3-57-1
    • 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

McGrath checked in his run-up by a low-flying gull.

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

In comes the field to save the single.

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

End of over 96 (maiden) England 274/7

    • A Flintoff 74 (123b 10x4 1x6)
    • SJ Harmison 2 (16b)
    • GD McGrath 29-8-67-3
    • SR Clark 20-3-57-1

Thee slips - one, two and four - and a couple of gullys

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

Tea arrives and Jenny's mum has baked some delicious almond biscuits, so all is well with the world.

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

Big reception as Shane Warne comes into the attack. Much arm waving from Ponting as he sets the field, but Warne looks a bit subdued, which is unusual.

End of over 97 (maiden) England 274/7

    • SJ Harmison 2 (22b)
    • A Flintoff 74 (123b 10x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 21-4-57-1
    • GD McGrath 29-8-67-3
97.1

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, No more than jabbed into the leg side, but past the close man and with no pace, there is two to long-on. Hamrison has to throw himself at the non-striker's crease as the ball is fired in, but he would have been OK

97.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, loud shout for leg-before, pitched outside leg but Warne had walked across the umpire's line so Aleem Dar couldn't have seen anyhow

97.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff stretches forward and blocks

97.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, plopped into the leg side

97.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, driven up to long-on again, but just the one this time with only one ball remaining

97.6

Warne to Harmison, no run, full, hits Harmison on the toe ... Warne appeals, Aleem Dar turns away and heads for square leg, leaving Warne scowling mid pitch. It pitched outside the leg-stump line

Interesting exchange when Dar asked Warne to keep out of his line to help him see for lbw shouts. Warne replied: "Concentrate on the other end". Well, the match referee could ban him ...!

End of over 98 (3 runs) England 277/7

    • SJ Harmison 2 (23b)
    • A Flintoff 77 (128b 10x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 20-1-62-0
    • 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

All slightly surreal out there at the moment ...

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

The men close in to save the one.

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

End of over 99 (5 runs) England 282/8

    • A Flintoff 82 (133b 10x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 22-4-62-2
    • SK Warne 20-1-62-0
99.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, full, turned to leg. No run and the cat-and-mouse game resumes

99.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, grunts and gasps from Warne as Flintoff plays and misses

99.3

Warne to Flintoff, 2 leg byes, down the leg, turned off the pads which takes the pace off the ball and means there's a two to the fielder in the deep who has some way to run in

99.4

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, short, Flintoff waits and smacks that through the off side, lovely placement again between the men in the deep

99.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, punched into the off side

Warne and Ponting chat and in come more men

99.6

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, low full toss and Flintoff drives through the ball on the on-side, his bottom hand leaving the bat with the effort. Despairing cry of "catch" but it was several feet over the fielder's head

End of over 100 (8 runs) England 290/8

    • A Flintoff 88 (139b 11x4 1x6)
    • MS Panesar 0 (0b)
    • SK Warne 21-1-68-0
    • SR Clark 22-4-62-2
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Hours of play (local time) 10am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 3.10-3.30pm, Close 6.30pm

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