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

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

England 9/0   AJ Strauss 9* (16b 1x4)   B Lee 1.4-1-4-0

4.1

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, controlled edge to the left of a diving third slip, just avoiding his grasp, and it just beats the chasing fielder to the rope

England 14/0   AJ Strauss 14* (19b 2x4)   GD McGrath 2.1-0-9-0

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

England 32/0   AN Cook 13* (22b 1x4)   SR Clark 0.2-0-4-0

12.6

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, salt in the wound ... full and Strauss cracks that through midwicket ... McGrath fumes, Langer blushes and Strauss grins

England 38/0   AJ Strauss 25* (46b 3x4)   GD McGrath 7-1-22-0

15.1

Clark to Bell, FOUR, whistles away to the square leg boundary, turned nicely off his legs and that runs just behind square

England 53/1   IR Bell 7* (5b 1x4)   SR Clark 3.1-1-14-0

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

England 57/1   AN Cook 19* (37b 2x4)   B Lee 5.3-1-21-1

29.3

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, gasps as an inside edge threatens to crash into the stumps but flies comfortably over in the end. "Ooh," says Bell, "Aah," say the slips... that's McGrath. Langer's hands fly to his head as Bell's heart flies to his mouth

England 86/2   IR Bell 25* (55b 2x4)   GD McGrath 10.3-2-30-0

33.6

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, comes forward to drive

England 97/2   IR Bell 29* (67b 3x4)   GD McGrath 13-3-38-0

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!

England 101/2   KP Pietersen 18* (42b 1x4)   SR Clark 9.2-3-25-1

37.1

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, short, hooked with real oomph through square leg. McGrath is not quick enough these days, especially on a good track such as this

England 109/2   IR Bell 37* (74b 4x4)   GD McGrath 14.1-3-45-0

45.1

Warne to Bell, FOUR, Bell takes one step to turn a loose ball into a full toss, cracking it into the gap between midwicket and a diving mid-on. Timed and controlled

England 134/2   IR Bell 48* (99b 5x4)   SK Warne 3.1-0-13-0

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

England 159/2   IR Bell 66* (145b 6x4)   GD McGrath 17.4-4-50-0

57.4

Warne to Bell, FOUR, drops that short and Bell finds the gap with a lovely four off the back foot

England 164/2   IR Bell 70* (148b 7x4)   SK Warne 9.4-0-31-0

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

England 174/4   A Flintoff 7* (5b 1x4)   SK Warne 11.1-0-36-0

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

England 181/4   PD Collingwood 4* (11b 1x4)   SK Warne 12.2-0-41-0

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

England 187/4   A Flintoff 15* (19b 2x4)   B Lee 12.2-3-41-1

64.5

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, too full and that's smashed away through cover with an authoritative drive on the front foot

England 191/4   A Flintoff 19* (22b 3x4)   B Lee 12.5-3-45-1

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

England 205/4   PD Collingwood 12* (20b 2x4)   SR Clark 15.2-3-42-1

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

England 211/4   A Flintoff 32* (36b 4x4 1x6)   SR Clark 16.1-3-46-1

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

England 217/4   PD Collingwood 16* (33b 3x4)   SK Warne 14.4-0-49-0

71.5

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

England 221/4   PD Collingwood 20* (34b 4x4)   SK Warne 14.5-0-53-0

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

England 231/4   A Flintoff 41* (52b 5x4 1x6)   SR Clark 18.4-3-54-1

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

England 238/4   A Flintoff 46* (73b 6x4 1x6)   GD McGrath 21.3-4-61-2

86.2

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, short and Flintoff waits for it, angling it straight down into the ground and it races past gully

England 249/5   A Flintoff 54* (91b 7x4 1x6)   B Lee 18.2-5-56-1

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

England 255/5   A Flintoff 60* (96b 8x4 1x6)   B Lee 19.1-5-61-1

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

England 267/7   A Flintoff 67* (110b 9x4 1x6)   B Lee 21.4-5-71-3

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

England 271/7   A Flintoff 71* (111b 10x4 1x6)   B Lee 21.5-5-75-3

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

England 290/8   A Flintoff 88* (139b 11x4 1x6)   SK Warne 21-1-68-0
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Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 2-5, 2007
Australia won by 10 wickets
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Australia won by an innings and 99 runs
Australia v England at Perth - Dec 14-18, 2006
Australia won by 206 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Dec 1-5, 2006
Australia won by 6 wickets
Australia v England at Brisbane - Nov 23-27, 2006
Australia won by 277 runs
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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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