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

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

End of over 101 (maiden) England 290/8
MS Panesar    0* (6b)      SR Clark    23-5-62-2
A Flintoff    88* (139b 11x4 1x6)      SK Warne    21-1-68-0

101.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, straight and Flintoff blocks. "Bowled Warny," chirps Gilchrist

101.2

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, leg side, Flintoff sweeps and this time takes the run as it goes to long leg

In come the catchers round Panesar, bees around the honey pot.

101.3

Warne to Panesar, no run, looped up outside off stump, blocked, and the crowd cheer and give a round of applause

101.4

Warne to Panesar, no run, slightly wider, Panesar gropes and almost chases it into Gilchrist's gloves

101.5

Warne to Panesar, no run, driven to mid-off, another cheer

101.6

Warne to Panesar, no run, legbreak, but off line and it drifts down the leg side

Warne looks like a man who used the last of his reserves at the MCG. He really looks out of sorts and it's such a shame as he deserves to go out on a high.

End of over 102 (1 run) England 291/8
MS Panesar    0* (10b)      SK Warne    22-1-69-0
A Flintoff    89* (141b 11x4 1x6)      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

Not sure he needed to play that shot so early in the over, but he played a sensible innings with the tail for company in the last hour.

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

Now, Warne might be having an off match but this is a golden opportunity for international wicket No. 1000.

End of over 103 (wicket maiden) England 291/9
JM Anderson    0* (5b)      SR Clark    24-6-62-3
MS Panesar    0* (10b)      SK Warne    22-1-69-0

103.1

Warne to Panesar, no run, flighted, driven on the up and a good sprawling stop at mid-off by Symonds

103.2

Warne to Panesar, no run, text book defensive shot

103.3

Warne to Panesar, no run, Warne trying to lure Panesar with flighted balls outside the off stump

103.4

Warne to Panesar, OUT, Panesar picks the wrong ball to sweep, it started on off stump and never moved, he missed it and Aleem Dar had a simple decision to make. It's Warne's 1000th international wicket but the celebrations are so muted as to be almost non existent ... a handshake from his colleagues and a half smile from the man himself

MS Panesar lbw b Warne 0 (20m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And Langer comes out for the last time to a great reception, with Hayden allowing him to walk a few yards ahead. Flintoff with the new ball at the Paddington End.

We've had many emails asking what lbg stands for after Warne's name. It means he's a legbreak bowler. Our anoraks insists that's the way it is, and trust me, you don't want to take them on

A good morning for Australia who mopped things up well, and had it not been for a spirited 89 from Andrew Flintoff - and some poor catching - then England would be in a real pickle once more. We will now have one over before lunch ... we think. More in a second.

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Jan 5, 2007

Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer celebrate the win, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, January 5, 2007

Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer celebrate the win

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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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