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

A slight delay as Langer takes guard and then walks all the way down the pitch to have a brief word with Hayden before walking all the way back

0.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, Langer beaten, it raps him high on the pads going down the leg side

0.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, a big cheer from the Barmy Army as Langer forced to take evasive action to avoid a good bouncer

0.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, patted into the off side, fielders converge and Langer, who had taken a pace or two down the pitch, scurries back to safety

0.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, far too wide to interest anyone in the one over before the break

0.5

Flintoff to Langer, FOUR, short, Langer onto it quickly and he pulls with conviction to the square-leg boundary

He wasn't seeing the ball well at third slip but he pounced on that with no trouble

0.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, Langer lets it pass and turns and heads off for lunch

1.10pm Hello again everyone, Jennifer here, fresh from my kitchen labours. Hayden's just taken his guard and he's scratching out the marks with his spikes. And it will be Anderson to take the new ball, looking for some swing. Two slips and a gully for him.

12.55pm For those asking what a Jaffa is ... and anyone bemused by some of the game's other odd expressions ... check out our in-house glossary (and we've changed the link!). And for those who have asked, the tuna is superb and as a reward we are allowing Jenny to commentate again after lunch (before she goes off to cook the teacakes).

12.40pm A few things while Jenny guts and cooks the tuna. Yes, lbg stands for legbreak/googly bowler, a typing error at our end there, but the anoraks did snarl when asked why no mention of the flipper and retreated into their communal cave. And lunch ends at 1.10pm and not 2.10pm. And the one over before lunch has to be taken because the innings ended 11 minutes before the interval, so with a ten-minute break between innings, that left a minute. And as everyone who has ever played club cricket knows, the tea ladies need to serve the food at the right time and if you arrive early then the potatoes won't be cooked. It's no different for the pros ...

Lunch Australia's session with six wickets, and only Andrew Flintoff's 89 and some dropped catches allowed England to crawl towards 300. Now the full house will sit back and see if Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden can sign off with a trademark partnership. We will be back at 1.10pm (0210GMT) with the afternoon session. If you have any thoughts about the cricket or anything else, actually, drop us a line. It's tuna pasta here ...

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0
JL Langer    4* (6b 1x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-4-0
ML Hayden    0* (0b)     

1.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run, good carry through to the keeper, but ill-directed to the left hander - swing and that would have been a good delivery to a right hander

1.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, raps Hayden on the legs in front of leg and there's a touch of swing into him

1.3

Anderson to Hayden, no run, ooh. Late swing and movement, but the length's just a touch short and the ball would have gone over the top. A huge throaty roar of a "Howzat", almost Tarzan-like in fact, but there's no chest-beating, Anderson calmly walks back to his mark

1.4

Anderson to Hayden, no run, left alone this time

1.5

Anderson to Hayden, 2 runs, straight, a touch short, and Hayden works the ball off his hips into midwicket for an easy two to get off the mark

1.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, shorter, that rises and it's jabbed down off the back foot

Pietersen ambles over to give Anderson a few words of encouragement

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 6/0
ML Hayden    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0
JL Langer    4* (6b 1x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-4-0

2.1

Flintoff to Langer, FOUR, cracker - that's drilled down the ground by Langer, a lovely off-drive that races powerfully away

2.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, straighter, fuller, and that's tucked off the hips for a cheeky single - Cook runs round from short leg but Hayden was well in at the danger end

2.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 leg bye, swing into the left hander, but the line's wrong - on leg - and Hayden takes advantage, tucking it behind square off his legs

2.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, straight and up there and that's jabbed down off the back foot

2.5

Flintoff to Langer, 1 no ball

2.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, aw, a huge shout there for LBW and Flintoff's chuntering, unimpressed that Bowden turned that one down. Pitches on leg, nipped away and that's some bad judgement from the batsman, to leave it. HawkEye has it clipping off, yet it's a fair enough decision

2.6

Flintoff to Langer, 2 runs, flicked the glove as it's turned to a very fine leg

End of over 3 (9 runs) Australia 15/0
JL Langer    11* (12b 2x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-12-0
ML Hayden    2* (7b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0

3.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run

3.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, defended well on the back foot

3.3

Anderson to Hayden, no run, left alone as that one dinks away past the off stick

3.4

Anderson to Hayden, no run, not a bad length, and it swings a touch in at the left hander who shrewdly leaves it

3.5

Anderson to Hayden, no run, left alone this time

3.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, defended on the back foot

Anderson finding some good swing movement here but needs to sort his areas out

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 15/0
ML Hayden    2* (13b)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-0
JL Langer    11* (12b 2x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-12-0

4.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, defended this time

4.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, worked without power into the covers

4.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, over the wicket again and the batsman shoulders arms as that one pings through outside off

4.4

Flintoff to Langer, FOUR, driven square through backward point and that's a lovely shot, Langer hardly sets off to run - knowing it's four all the way

4.5

Flintoff to Langer, (no ball) 1 run, doesn't quite get hold of a pull to square

4.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run

4.6

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, punched forward

End of over 5 (7 runs) Australia 22/0
ML Hayden    3* (15b)      A Flintoff    3-0-19-0
JL Langer    16* (17b 3x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-0

5.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run, defended forward and there's a loud call of "No"

5.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, short ball worked down off the hips

5.3

Anderson to Hayden, no run, defended forward

5.4

Anderson to Hayden, no run, Hayden gets on the back foot and defends that one, Anderson picks up the rebound, shies and Hayden takes a second hit at it to whack it away

5.5

Anderson to Hayden, no run, pushed up there and that's defended stoutly

5.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, angles that one across the left hander who shoulders arms

Flintoff takes himself off and asks Harmison to have the honours now.

The lone Barmy Army trumpeter plays "Yellow Submarine" - cue sinking ship jokes...

End of over 6 (maiden) Australia 22/0
ML Hayden    3* (21b)      JM Anderson    3-2-2-0
JL Langer    16* (17b 3x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-19-0

6.1

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, short and that's well dealt with by Langer who jumps backwards and across to cut it forcefully behind point

6.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, defended this time

6.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, pushed right up there and that's defended forward

6.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, that one flies down the leg-side channel and Langer leaves it alone with some disdain

6.5

Harmison to Langer, 3 runs, loads of width and Langer clatters that off the back foot, cutting it forward through cover. Mahmood gives chase

6.6

Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, worked off the hips to the man on the boundary on the 45

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 30/0
ML Hayden    4* (22b)      SJ Harmison    1-0-8-0
JL Langer    23* (22b 4x4)      JM Anderson    3-2-2-0

7.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run, straight, up there, defended with a straight bat, pointing downwards, and "No"

7.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, angled across and that's left alone

7.3

Anderson to Hayden, no run, Hayden, batting out of his crease, comes forward and defends into the covers

7.4

Anderson to Hayden, no run, straight, and that's defended off the back foot

7.5

Anderson to Hayden, no run, driven to a wide mid-off, forcefully, where Harmison rolls over and stops it well

7.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, straight and a bouncer flies straight at Hayden, who ducks under it easily

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 30/0
ML Hayden    4* (28b)      JM Anderson    4-3-2-0
JL Langer    23* (22b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    1-0-8-0

8.1

Harmison to Langer, 2 runs, Langer on the pull again, but he didn't quite get hold of it and it's hunted down easily enough inside the boundary

8.2

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, pushed up there, a better length, but Langer manages to nibble it into the on-side

8.3

Harmison to Hayden, no run, good ball from Harmison, pitching straight and rising over the stumps, but good judgement from the batsman, too, and he shoulders arms

8.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, that one's a touch wider and Hayden leaves it easily

8.5

Harmison to Hayden, no run, better ball, straight and Hayden bends over it in an attempt to play it as it crashes into his thigh pad

8.6

Harmison to Hayden, no run, fuller ball and driven along the ground to the man in straight for the catch, Bell

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 33/0
ML Hayden    4* (32b)      SJ Harmison    2-0-11-0
JL Langer    26* (24b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-3-2-0

9.1

Anderson to Langer, no run, pushed up there and that's defended on the front foot

9.2

Anderson to Langer, 1 wide, short and wide down the leg-side; poor

9.2

Anderson to Langer, no run, better - straight and that's defended on the back foot

9.3

Anderson to Langer, OUT, and Anderson strikes! Not the best of balls, on the leg-side, and Langer chases after the ball and it comes off his glove, Read snapping up the catch and appealing/celebrating immediately

JL Langer c †Read b Anderson 26 (41m 27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 96.29

9.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, down the channel to the right hander who shoulders arms first up

9.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off

9.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, tries to play at that one, which swings away, and there's a big round of applause for Anderson as he finishes his over

Anderson quickly leaves the field

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 34/1
RT Ponting    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    5-3-3-1
ML Hayden    4* (32b)      SJ Harmison    2-0-11-0

10.1

Harmison to Hayden, no run, Hayden goes chasing that one down the leg-side but doesn't quite get anything on it, much to his relief

10.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, drives that one to mid-on

10.3

Harmison to Hayden, FOUR, short, wide and Hayden makes no mistake, hammering that off the back foot with a lovely cut through backward point. Four all the way, that was some power

10.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, pushed up there this time, straighter, and Hayden defends it forward

10.5

Harmison to Hayden, no run, defended straight again

10.6

Harmison to Hayden, FOUR, on leg, and that's worked away through square - help yourself

End of over 11 (8 runs) Australia 42/1
ML Hayden    12* (38b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    3-0-19-0
RT Ponting    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    5-3-3-1

11.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, swing there from Anderson and a good line, but still a bit short - Ponting comes forward and then leaves it at the last minute, shouldering arms

11.2

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, strays on to leg and you can't bowl there to him - Ponting merely helps himself with a well-guided steer off his hips through the 45

11.3

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, pushed up there outside off and Ponting merely dinks it through mid-off, nice shot

11.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, good spot from Anderson, right up there and that's defended tidily enough

11.5

Anderson to Ponting, 3 runs, good length, but well met by Ponting, striding forward and driving that crisply through the covers where Pietersen and Panesar give chase. That's Australia's fifty

11.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, straight this time and Hayden tries to scoop a drive off the back foot, but doesn't quite get hold of it

End of over 12 (9 runs) Australia 51/1
ML Hayden    12* (39b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-3-12-1
RT Ponting    9* (8b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    3-0-19-0

12.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, short and played off the back foot softly into the covers - loud cry of "No"

12.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, good length, full, and Ponting pushes at it

12.3

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run

12.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, yorker, well dug out by Hayden who holds the pose for a while

12.5

Harmison to Hayden, 3 runs, thumping drive through extra-cover and they scamper back for three

12.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, a big leave from Ponting

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 55/1
RT Ponting    10* (12b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    4-0-23-0
ML Hayden    15* (41b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-3-12-1

13.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run, left alone outside off-stump

13.2

Anderson to Hayden, 1 run, worked off the back foot into the covers

13.3

Anderson to Ponting, 3 runs, banged in short, a touch wide, and that's driven well through the covers off the back foot

13.4

Anderson to Hayden, FOUR, swished off the back foot behind square

13.5

Anderson to Hayden, no run, pushed up there and driven back at Anderson

13.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, on off and that's worked to point

Mahmood comes on to bowl to replace the ineffectual Harmison

End of over 14 (8 runs) Australia 63/1
ML Hayden    20* (46b 3x4)      JM Anderson    7-3-20-1
RT Ponting    13* (13b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    4-0-23-0

14.1

Mahmood to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off stump

14.2

Mahmood to Ponting, 1 run, waits for that one and pulls it down behind square

14.3

Mahmood to Hayden, FOUR, nicely clipped off his toes

14.4

Mahmood to Hayden, no run, slower ball

14.5

Mahmood to Hayden, no run, driven to Bell in short and straight on the off-side

14.6

Mahmood to Hayden, 1 run, short and Hayden pulls that round to Panesar on the square boundary

Thanks Jennifer. It's raining in the suburbs ... and Flintoff is back into action.

That's drinks and here's an eager man - it's Martin.

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 69/1
ML Hayden    25* (50b 4x4)      SI Mahmood    1-0-6-0
RT Ponting    14* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-3-20-1

15.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full, on the spot, Hayden back and turns it into the leg side. 78mph (125.5kph)

15.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 wide, slanted across the left hander, wide and got wider

15.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, tighter line, Hayden forced to play and he does so with ease

15.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, not this time, and he leaves on length more than line

15.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, again Hayden leaves it, although from the groans and associated noise behind the stumps you might think he had beaten Hayden with a peach

15.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, straighter, Hayden gets right behind it

15.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, again the angle enables Hayden to leave with confidence

Breaking news The Ashes are being hijacked. Richard Branson is refusing to fly the urn home. There's a press conference at 3.15pm, so we'll keep you updated. "The worst of it is Ian Botham and Allan Border are apparently backing his campaign," says Andrew Miller. "Botham, the muddy turncoat! Wonder how many air miles he gets for that?" Clearly it's just more PR from the king of self publicity ... the Ashes aren't his to hijack, and he knows it, but it's more column inches for his airline and that's what matters

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 70/1
ML Hayden    25* (56b 4x4)      A Flintoff    4-0-20-0
RT Ponting    14* (15b 1x4)      SI Mahmood    1-0-6-0

16.1

Mahmood to Ponting, no run, wide, left alone

16.2

Mahmood to Ponting, no run, and again no need for Ponting to play ... so why all the noise from the keeper and slips?

16.3

Mahmood to Ponting, no run, finally Mahmood makes Potning play, defensively into the off side

16.4

Mahmood to Ponting, no run, better, Ponting turned square as he defends

16.5

Mahmood to Ponting, no run, slightly off-balance punch off the back foot, perhaps a bit closer to him than he though, straight to point

16.6

Mahmood to Ponting, 1 leg bye, beamer, it seemed to slip, and it thuds into Ponting who seemed to lose it and down to long leg. Ponting strolls the single - he's fine - but not much sign of an apology from the bowler ... Ponting, however, not unduly concerned

End of over 17 (1 run, maiden) Australia 71/1
RT Ponting    14* (21b 1x4)      SI Mahmood    2-1-6-0
ML Hayden    25* (56b 4x4)      A Flintoff    4-0-20-0

third slip comes into the cover cordon

17.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, oohs and aahs continue in direct disproportion to the quality of the ball from the close men

17.2

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, despite the added protection, it's a four through the covers as Ponting climbs onto tip-toe and hammers that

17.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, a big stride forward and then no stroke and it passes by

17.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, classic Ponting, walks across to the off side and the ball ends up at midwicket from a defensive push

17.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, big leave

17.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, pushed through midwicket, nice timing

Now, we are not getting into the whole "the Ashes should be in Australia/England" discussion during the match, but the fact is they are owned by MCC and Branson can't just pinch them, however rich he is!

End of over 18 (6 runs) Australia 77/1
RT Ponting    20* (27b 2x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-26-0
ML Hayden    25* (56b 4x4)      SI Mahmood    2-1-6-0

18.1

Mahmood to Hayden, no run, wide, again Mahmood takes a few balls to find his line

18.2

Mahmood to Hayden, 2 runs, turned to leg where Panesar whirls round the boundary and throws in to the top of the stumps ... big cheers from the stands

18.3

Mahmood to Hayden, no run, raps Hayden on the pads, Mahmood lets rip with an appeal, Bowden stares like a man asked the simplest question in the world and slowly shakes his head. Pitching outside the leg stump ...

18.4

Mahmood to Hayden, no run, too wide again, and getting slower at 81mph (130kph)

18.5

Mahmood to Hayden, no run, almost identical and the speed decreasing to just over 80 (129kph)

18.6

Mahmood to Hayden, no run, straight but slowing like a tired athlete at the end of a marathon ... down to 79mph (127 kph) ... a few more overs and he'll be bowling offspin

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 79/1
ML Hayden    27* (62b 4x4)      SI Mahmood    3-1-8-0
RT Ponting    20* (27b 2x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-26-0

19.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting overbalances and falls towards the off side as he blocks

19.2

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, the balance was fine this time ... Ponting stands tall and launches that through cover, superb timing and Flintoff shakes his head and trudges back with a weary expression on his face

19.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, good response, Ponting forced to hurry

19.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting into line, untroubled

19.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, turned to midwicket and an immediate yell of "no" ... 86mph (138kph)

19.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, much the same stroke but tucked into a gap, no more than three yards to midwicket's right but that's enough to allow them to run the single

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 84/1
RT Ponting    25* (33b 3x4)      A Flintoff    6-0-31-0
ML Hayden    27* (62b 4x4)      SI Mahmood    3-1-8-0

20.1

Mahmood to Ponting, no run, fullish, driven back on the bounce, Mahmood sticks out his right hand and grabs the ball as it passes

20.2

Mahmood to Ponting, no run, Ponting blocks with bat and a thud of pad as well

20.3

Mahmood to Ponting, 3 runs, clipped off his toes to deep square leg, Panesar has a lot of ground to make up trundling round from long leg, and that plus his slightly weak arm allows a third

20.4

Mahmood to Hayden, no run, wide and left

And now Billy Bowden stands on the pitch and makes clear that Mahmood is running down the no-go area ...nothing formal as yet, just a friendly warning

20.5

Mahmood to Hayden, no run, blocked but not too happily, a bit toe-endish

20.6

Mahmood to Hayden, FOUR, ridiculous to the sublime, a sweet on-side drive between mid-on and straight midwicket, through the eye of a needle

End of over 21 (7 runs) Australia 91/1
ML Hayden    31* (65b 5x4)      SI Mahmood    4-1-15-0
RT Ponting    28* (36b 3x4)      A Flintoff    6-0-31-0

Flintoff comes out of the attack after another three-over spell and Steve Harmison, who was expensive first time, gets another chance

21.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting back and punches the ball to extra cover

Panesar warming up, classic club cricket tactic of waiting until your captain is looking and then going through the motions

21.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, good line, Ponting can do no more than block

21.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting takes a step the off and pats the ball into the leg side ... 82mph (132kph)

21.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting takes a stride and then opts to lave very late , good judgment from a man averaging more than 90 for the series

21.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, slightly short, defended, the ball comes off an open face to cover

21.6

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, worked round to the leg side off bat and thigh pad, dribbles a few yards and no more

Matthew Engel, editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, believes the Ashes should reside in the country that has won the series - as do a few of you dear readers ... "It's a simple matter of symbolism," said Engel. "It would be an incredibly powerful and potent symbol, more powerful than the Ashes already are, if you not merely had the urn where they happened to belong at the time, but also an empty plinth wherever they weren't. Imagine taking an English child to where the Ashes ought to be. This is the most fantastic sporting relationship between two countries that exists in any country in the world. Australia is a grown-up country and MCC ought to trust them to look them."

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 92/1
RT Ponting    29* (42b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    5-0-24-0
ML Hayden    31* (65b 5x4)      SI Mahmood    4-1-15-0

And Panesar's warm-ups have done the trick as Mahmood is sent packing.

22.1

Panesar to Ponting, no run, good start, outside the off stump and Ponting reaches and plays into the covers

22.2

Panesar to Ponting, 1 run, prodded into a gap on the off and a quick single, little more than a tap

22.3

Panesar to Hayden, no run, driven hard back at Panesar and he dives quickly to his left to stop the ball, one handed

22.4

Panesar to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden waits and plays into the gap to the right of midwicket

22.5

Panesar to Ponting, no run, played into the ground and the ball spins past Ponting to Read down the leg side

22.6

Panesar to Ponting, no run, good line, immaculate defence, bat and pad welded together

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 94/1
RT Ponting    30* (46b 3x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-2-0
ML Hayden    32* (67b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    5-0-24-0

23.1

Harmison to Hayden, no run, leg-stump line, Hayden tries to flick into the leg side and misses, Pietersen, at gully, is the lone voice to appeal

23.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, wide and no stroke offered

23.3

Harmison to Hayden, no run, Hayden back, into line and jabs the ball to Panesar at mid-off

23.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, slanted across, Hayden lifts his bat high above his head as the ball passes ... 85mph (137kph)

23.5

Harmison to Hayden, no run, same line, same leave

23.6

Harmison to Hayden, no run, and again. It was a maiden but Hayden might as well have been off having a drink for the second half of the over, he never had to really think about whether he needed to play the balls

End of over 24 (maiden) Australia 94/1
ML Hayden    32* (73b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    6-1-24-0
RT Ponting    30* (46b 3x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-2-0

24.1

Panesar to Ponting, 1 run, played down the ground to long-on, an ambled single as the men straight are both deep

24.2

Panesar to Hayden, 1 run, same end result but more pad in that shot. "That's good from you fella," chirps Read

24.3

Panesar to Ponting, FOUR, short, hammered through the covers and in between the two men in the deep unsuccessfully protecting the boundary

24.4

Panesar to Ponting, no run, blocked, better ball

24.5

Panesar to Ponting, no run, tight defence, and Read likes that. "I like it, I like it, I like it," he bellows

24.6

Panesar to Ponting, no run, wide enough for Ponting to leave

End of over 25 (6 runs) Australia 100/1
RT Ponting    35* (51b 4x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-8-0
ML Hayden    33* (74b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    6-1-24-0

25.1

Harmison to Hayden, no run, Hayden a tad off balance as he plays that into the leg side

25.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, driven, not really timed, and Harmison half stops in his follow-through

25.3

Harmison to Hayden, OUT, short and wide, inexplicably Hayden slashes at it and the ball flies off the top edge straight to Collingwood at second slip. Harmison jumps in delight, Hayden stands bemused with his own shot selection for a short time before heading off

ML Hayden c Collingwood b Harmison 33 (113m 77b 5x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

two more slips added to put some pressure on

25.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run

25.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, a bit too much effort and Harmison drags that down the leg side

25.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, another lovely ball, Hussey turned square on and the ball goes on the half-volley to fourth slip. Never close to a catch but a moral victory to the bowler

End of over 26 (wicket maiden) Australia 100/2
MEK Hussey    0* (3b)      SJ Harmison    7-2-24-1
RT Ponting    35* (51b 4x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-8-0

26.1

Panesar to Ponting, no run, Ponting goes back to defend the arm ball

26.2

Panesar to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting waits, and then whips the ball into space at square leg .. he knew there was a gap there and milked it

26.3

Panesar to Ponting, no run, crouching forward defensive

26.4

Panesar to Ponting, no run, again Ponting forward and right over the ball

26.5

Panesar to Ponting, no run, another block, this time into the leg side

26.6

Panesar to Ponting, no run, a bit wider and Ponting had to stretch to play it ... that will hearten Panesar

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 102/2
RT Ponting    37* (57b 4x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-10-0
MEK Hussey    0* (3b)      SJ Harmison    7-2-24-1

27.1

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, short, Hussey back and surprised by the lift but he plays it well off his gloves and into space on the leg side

27.2

Harmison to Ponting, 4 leg byes, leg side, Ponting turns it fine, there seemed to be two noises but the umpire signals leg byes

27.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Harmison over adjusts towards the off

27.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Harmison goes wider to see if he can tempt Ponting with a wide one - he can't

27.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, slightly straighter but Ponting leaves again

27.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, patted to mid-on, Panesar slow to react but not slow enough to allow the single

This will be the last over before tea and a few more fielders come in to put some pressure on pre cakes

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 107/2
RT Ponting    37* (62b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    8-2-25-1
MEK Hussey    1* (4b)      MS Panesar    3-0-10-0

28.1

Panesar to Hussey, no run, dead-batted into the off

28.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, Hussey back and drops at his feet

28.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, padded away, well forward, and a shrieked appeal from the bowler as everyone else looks on with amusement

28.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, safely blocked, all textbook

28.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run

28.6

Panesar to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey turns past short leg, "push, push" he yells and the batsmen scurry two runs

3.30pm Right, the players are back on the pitch and the conditions, by the way, are overcast, so this may mean bad light later on. And it will be Anderson.

This is what Richard Branson had to say at the press conference: "Ian and I were talking the other night as two Englishmen. It seems wrong the Ashes are going back to UK. Australia should be proud to keep them. Go right back to 1882 when the cricket bails were burnt. Then the Australians took the Ashes back to Australia, and felt proud to have done so. We'd like to start a campaign to keep the Ashes in the country where they have won."

Ian Botham added: "It's nothing new this conversation. Why should the Ashes stay in England? It's ridiculous. Think of the fun it would have been in 1986-87, totally written off, but taking those Ashes back home on the plane. We've seen what Ashes fever can do, how Australia have responded to losing them. Australia deserve them. In this day and age it's not too fragile to travel."

Allan Border expressed his views, too: "I support everything they've said. You have to travel to Lord's to see the real MacCoy. It would be something special to hand the Ashes to the winning captain. We've all held an Ashes replica, but nothing beats the real thing. It's the biggest trophy in the game."

Branson again: "I honestly feel uncomfortable flying them back. We've been proud to fly them Down Under. I just spoke with John Howard, and as far as he's concerned, he's willing to put up money. There's enormously strong feeling in Australia that they should stay."

There was lots of head-shaking going on among the historians, reports Andrew.

Tea Australia's session again, even though they lost both openers. It's a 20-minute break ... re the urn. The issue is that the Ashes are held by the MCC and it is a private club, so it has no obligation to do anything other than put it in its museum and keep it there. Ivo Bligh, the England captain in 1882-83 was presented with the urn so it's also not true to say they are Australia's or England's ... it was a private gift, passed on to the MCC in 1927. If the urn was owned by the ECB then there would be a far better case for it to reside in the country that holds "the Ashes". Of course, were that the case then we would be playing for the ECB Vodafone Burger King Ashes, but that's another issue.

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 109/2
MEK Hussey    3* (10b)      MS Panesar    4-0-12-0
RT Ponting    37* (62b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    8-2-25-1

29.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, short and straight and Ponting tries to work that off the back foot

29.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, defended

29.3

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, too short and Ponting pulls that imperiously behind square

29.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a big leave from Ponting as that one sails down the channel at thigh height

29.5

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short and again Ponting's quickly into position, instinctively pulling that in front of square this time and it rockets away, Ponting swivelling round with the momentum. Lovely shot

29.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, better length and defended forward

Panesar at the Paddington End

End of over 30 (8 runs) Australia 117/2
RT Ponting    45* (68b 6x4)      JM Anderson    8-3-28-1
MEK Hussey    3* (10b)      MS Panesar    4-0-12-0

30.1

Panesar to Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot

30.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, more defence and Read "likes that"

30.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, oooh, was that an edge? There was a definite edge but Bowden turns that down - a good decision, it was the bat hitting the ground but Read's convinced he had his man

30.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, up there and muffled forward

30.5

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, full, dug out, and that's driven to mid-on

30.6

Panesar to Ponting, no run, on the front foot, defended

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 118/2
RT Ponting    45* (69b 6x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-13-0
MEK Hussey    4* (15b)      JM Anderson    8-3-28-1

31.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, nibbled down off the back foot and the batsmen set off hoping for a run, but quickly scamper back

31.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, that one flies through

31.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, straight, defended forward and a big call of "No!"

31.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off stump

31.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, that one's just outside off, wide enough to leave

31.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed up there, attempted drive to cover, Bell smothers the ball with an athletic forward dive

End of over 32 (maiden) Australia 118/2
MEK Hussey    4* (21b)      JM Anderson    9-4-28-1
RT Ponting    45* (69b 6x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-13-0

32.1

Panesar to Ponting, no run, full, and driven to cover, where it's picked up

32.2

Panesar to Ponting, no run

32.3

Panesar to Ponting, OUT, now that's a big shout and Panesar thinks the man is gone after Anderson's direct hit from mid-on, ten yards away. A silly single to risk and Bowden nodded immediately there, with replays confirming that Ponting's about a foot short. Huge roars from the crowd as the verdict flashes on the screen. What a wicket for England - Ponting has gone

RT Ponting run out 45 (96m 72b 6x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

32.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, on the back foot and defended down

32.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, ooh, inside edge there to Strauss short in on the off-side, but he takes reflex evasive action - and to be frank you can't blame him

32.6

Panesar to Hussey, FOUR, a rare long-hop from Panesar hops all the way to the square-leg boundary

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 122/3
MEK Hussey    8* (24b 1x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-17-0
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    9-4-28-1

33.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, flings that one down the channel, on the rise

33.2

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, nips in off the seam and that's turned wristily to square

33.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, angled across the left hander and that's left alone

33.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wide enough again to leave

33.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone once more

33.6

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, single to mid-on but this time the single is definitely on if they're quick - and they are

Rain on the way according to various readers who've got their umbrellas up

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 124/3
MEK Hussey    9* (28b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-4-30-1
MJ Clarke    1* (2b)      MS Panesar    6-0-17-0

34.1

Panesar to Hussey, 2 runs, worked into the covers

34.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, worked to the man short in on the off

34.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, bends that past the outside edge and that's "nice, Monty, nice" according to Read

34.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, outside edge off an attempted forward defence runs down to gully

34.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, defended this time

34.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, more tidy defence

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 126/3
MEK Hussey    11* (34b 1x4)      MS Panesar    7-0-19-0
MJ Clarke    1* (2b)      JM Anderson    10-4-30-1

35.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, that one's in the channel, but not close enough to be of interest and, like brussel sprouts at Christmas dinner, that's left well alone

35.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, defended this time

35.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, short and that's defended on the back foot

35.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, nipped back off the seam and that veers dangerously close to the stumps, but well judged with the leave

35.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, that one keeps low as it goes through and Clarke goes to tap the rogue patch

35.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 36 (maiden) Australia 126/3
MJ Clarke    1* (8b)      JM Anderson    11-5-30-1
MEK Hussey    11* (34b 1x4)      MS Panesar    7-0-19-0

36.1

Panesar to Hussey, no run, that one goes past the outside edge

36.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, defended forward

36.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot again

36.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run

36.5

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, hit into the leg-side

36.6

Panesar to Clarke, FOUR, dabbed down with a nice late cut and Pietersen hunts it down to just inside the boundary

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 131/3
MJ Clarke    5* (9b 1x4)      MS Panesar    8-0-24-0
MEK Hussey    12* (39b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-5-30-1

37.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, angles that one across the left hander who leaves it well alone

37.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, same ball, same result - Read pouches tidily

37.3

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, driven through cover this time, neat shot

37.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

37.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good delivery from Anderson, that, hitting the seam and moving slightly away from the left hander and just failing to shave his edge

37.6

Anderson to Hussey, SIX, hooked in the air and that clears the rope

End of over 38 (10 runs) Australia 141/3
MEK Hussey    22* (45b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-5-40-1
MJ Clarke    5* (9b 1x4)      MS Panesar    8-0-24-0

38.1

Panesar to Clarke, no run, pushed right up there and defended on the front foot

38.2

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, hit off the legs into midwicket

38.3

Panesar to Hussey, 2 runs, crashed off the back foot behind point

38.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, turn and bounce and that pops up just in front of Bell close in on the off

38.5

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run

38.6

Panesar to Clarke, no run, extra loop, the batsman waits, and gently drives to mid-on

Harmison back into the attack now, replacing Anderson

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 145/3
MJ Clarke    6* (12b 1x4)      MS Panesar    9-0-28-0
MEK Hussey    25* (48b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-5-40-1

39.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, on the money first up, over the wicket, forcing the defensive

39.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, outside off this time, wide enough to leave

39.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, shapes away from the left hander who again shoulders arms

The odd spot of rain about

39.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, hit into midwicket

39.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, full and pitches in line with off and that's nurdled out to cover

39.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, pushed right up there, pitches straight, and that's worked off the toes into the midwicket area

End of over 40 (maiden) Australia 145/3
MEK Hussey    25* (54b 2x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    9-3-25-1
MJ Clarke    6* (12b 1x4)      MS Panesar    9-0-28-0

40.1

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, makes room and cuts that well off the back foot through point

40.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, played for spin which wasn't there and that evades his outside edge off his forward defensive

40.3

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, driven out to mid-on

40.4

Panesar to Clarke, 2 runs, rocks on to his back foot to drive that one into the covers and there's a bad throw from Pietersen which allows the overthrow

40.5

Panesar to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off

40.6

Panesar to Clarke, no run, defended forward

End of over 41 (4 runs) Australia 149/3
MJ Clarke    9* (16b 1x4)      MS Panesar    10-0-32-0
MEK Hussey    26* (56b 2x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    9-3-25-1

41.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, pushed up there and that's driven slowly to mid-off and that's picked up by Panesar

41.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, short and that's outside the off stump - Hussey pulls right over it and fails to connect at all

41.3

Harmison to Hussey, 1 wide, wide and a bouncer and that sails through to Read

41.3

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, that gets up to shoulder height, a sharp one at 89mph (143kmh), and that's fended down off the back foot

41.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, pushes that one through outside off and it's well left

41.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, rocks on to his back foot and flashes at that short one

41.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, tapped into the covers

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 151/3
MJ Clarke    9* (19b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    10-3-27-1
MEK Hussey    27* (59b 2x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    10-0-32-0

42.1

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, pitches that one outside off and it's driven forward into the covers

42.2

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, worked off the back foot with a cut

42.3

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, pulled away square

42.4

Panesar to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot

42.5

Panesar to Clarke, no run, a huge shout for LBW, straightened and hit the pad first and was possibly clipping the top of middle, but the umpire is unmoved

42.6

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, worked to midwicket

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 155/3
MJ Clarke    11* (23b 1x4)      MS Panesar    11-0-36-0
MEK Hussey    29* (61b 2x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    10-3-27-1

43.1

Harmison to Clarke, OUT, big appeal and gone! Harmison got some extra lift there and Clarke went fishing on his back foot, attempting a cut

MJ Clarke c †Read b Harmison 11 (39m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.83

5.35pm Here come the players, most casting eyes skyward.

5.30pm Good news - it's a lot clearer and play will start in about five minutes.

5.20pm Flintoff and Fletcher out on the pitch, deep in discussion with the umpires. Flintoff tests the dampness of the grass with his hand and there's much motioning and imaginary beard stroking.

5.10pm The covers are starting to come off.

5.05pm The rain has eased a bit and the ground staff are hovering, looking a bit industrious in the middle.

4.45pm The covers remain firmly on and the rain refuses to stop. We'll keep you updated.

Argh, the players have gone off because the rain's got quite heavy.

43.2

Harmison to Symonds, 1 wide, banged in, Symonds barely ducks, and it's so high that a wide is called

43.2

Harmison to Symonds, 3 runs, Symonds fends the ball through the slips, along the ground but his bat was some way from his body ... that'll get the ball soggy

43.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, slanted across the left hander, no stroke

43.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, Hussey back to defend, kills the ball almost stone dead

43.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, defended once more with ease

43.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, Hussey opens the face and runs the ball to point

43.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, too wide, Hussey leaves it well alone

Panesar comes off and Flintoff brings on Anderson in the gloom

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 159/4
MEK Hussey    29* (65b 2x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    11-3-31-2
A Symonds    3* (1b)      MS Panesar    11-0-36-0

44.1

Anderson to Symonds, no run, Anderson hits his straps from the off

44.2

Anderson to Symonds, FOUR, Symonds cuts - it was too close for him to try that - and the ball flies over/ through the clips to the ropes and comes back even wetter

44.3

Anderson to Symonds, no run, Symonds defends into the off side

44.4

Anderson to Symonds, no run, Symonds thrusts his bat up as if he was using it to paint a ceiling and lets the ball pass

44.5

Anderson to Symonds, no run, angled into Symonds who drops it into the leg side

44.6

Anderson to Symonds, no run, big shout from Anderson for lbw, Bowden not remotely interested and it seemed to be bat-pad rather than the other way round

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 163/4
A Symonds    7* (7b 1x4)      JM Anderson    13-5-44-1
MEK Hussey    29* (65b 2x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    11-3-31-2

45.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, peach. Rose off a length and through Hussey, causing an outbreak of chirruping from the close men

45.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, through him again, but this time he left it

45.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, fuller, played to short extra cover

The sun comes out!

45.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, angled across Hussey who leaves it

45.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, a cheer as Panesar picks up at mid-off, a bigger cheer as his gentle throw loops about six feet over a bemused Chris Read's head

45.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, shorter and wider, and another ball left alone

The start is 30 minutes earlier tomorrow.

End of over 46 (maiden) Australia 163/4
MEK Hussey    29* (71b 2x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    12-4-31-2
A Symonds    7* (7b 1x4)      JM Anderson    13-5-44-1

46.1

Anderson to Symonds, no run, played into the off side

46.2

Anderson to Symonds, no run, uppish drive, Collingwood takes it at short extra cover and the England supporters in the crowd cheer ... but it was a bump ball!

46.3

Anderson to Symonds, 1 leg bye, thuds into Symonds pads and squirts out into the leg side

46.4

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, flicked fine on the leg side, Panesar fields in the deep but even he can't stop the second ...

46.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Anderson recalibrates and sprays it wide down the off side

46.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, and one in between which Hussey blocks

Jenny Anorak writes: "This session, 6.30pm close, or 11.5 overs".

End of over 47 (3 runs) Australia 166/4
MEK Hussey    31* (74b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    14-5-46-1
A Symonds    7* (10b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    12-4-31-2

47.1

Harmison to Symonds, no run, Symonds offers no stroke

47.2

Harmison to Symonds, no run, a few inches closer to the stumps, but again Symonds not even remotely interested

47.3

Harmison to Symonds, 1 leg bye, turned to long leg off the thigh pad

47.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, Hussey opting to leave as much as possible in this last hour

47.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, over the top of off stump, but safely left on length

47.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, patted back to Harmison to end an indifferent over

End of over 48 (1 run, maiden) Australia 167/4
MEK Hussey    31* (77b 2x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    13-5-31-2
A Symonds    7* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    14-5-46-1

48.1

Anderson to Symonds, no run, slight inswing detected there, driven to mid-off

"We all live in a convict colony," sing the Barmy Army to the tune of Yellow Submarine ...

48.2

Anderson to Symonds, no run, Symonds offers nothing to one outside his off stump

48.3

Anderson to Symonds, no run, and does the same again. Anderson needs to make him play ...

48.4

Anderson to Symonds, no run, better line but too short. Symonds seems like a man who has been bet he can see the day out without using his bat again and has offered to share the prize money with the bowler ...

48.5

Anderson to Symonds, no run, finally Anderson makes him play at one, and he paddles it back down the pitch

48.6

Anderson to Symonds, no run, Symonds goes back to block> He played at two, left four and a maiden

The stands are less than half full ... many went home during the rain break ... but not the Barmy Army who seemed to use the interval to refuel.

End of over 49 (maiden) Australia 167/4
A Symonds    7* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    15-6-46-1
MEK Hussey    31* (77b 2x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    13-5-31-2

49.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, here we go again ... wide and left alone

49.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, and more of the same. The bowlers have to find a better line

49.3

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, well, at least it wasn't outside off ... but it was turned down to long leg

49.3

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, turned down to long leg as Harmison overcorrects

49.4

Harmison to Symonds, no run, an almost balletic leave from Symonds, high on his toes with the bat held high

49.5

Harmison to Symonds, no run, prodded to extra cover

49.6

Harmison to Symonds, no run, wide and left

End of over 50 (1 run) Australia 168/4
A Symonds    7* (22b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    14-5-32-2
MEK Hussey    32* (80b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    15-6-46-1
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