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

11.40am Here come the Australians to a massive welcome .. led by Warne, McGrath and Langer, and England's openers follow close behind. It's turned into a really pleasant day, mainly blue sky and warm.

Your commentators through this match will be Martin Williamson and Jenny Thompson.

Glenn McGrath to open at the Paddington End.

11.35am We are almost ready ... the session times are Morning 11.40am-1.00pm, Afternoon 1.40pm-4.10pm, Evening 4.30pm-6.30pm. And a slap on the wrists to all those who brought up the gnome incident in the Langer feedback ... it got us in hot water last time and we are not going down that route again!

11.25am Tim emails: "Wonder if England can get the ground staff to paint "Thx Duncan" on the ground too. Should be his last Test in charge, if they've any sense." Meanwhile the flags are coming out and Ricky Ponting follows with the Australians onto the field, and Flintoff leads England out next to them. It's national anthem time ...

England have been watching too much football and all have their arms over each others shoulders ... only fewer of them seem to know the words than the footballers. Australia at least try to sing alone to the blue-suited boy band unleashed on an unsuspecting public for the occasion.

11.16am A hastily painted "Thx Justin" at midwicket. A late addition and the paint's not dry, so presumably Ponting has been asked to do without a midwicket early on so it's not smudged.

A reminder that England make one change, James Anderson coming in for the injured Mathew Hoggard.

Australia Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Glenn McGrath.

England Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff (capt), Chris Read (wk), Sajid Mahmood, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

11.15am So, England to bat on what Ponting thinks is a good batting wicket. Meanwhile, a number of emails asking why Justin Langer has no on field message. Any suggestions why?

11.10am - Toss Here come the captains for the toss which again viewers in England can only guess at as Sky Sports refuses to show it live. Ponting, after a long look at the pitch, flips the coin and Flintoff calls correctly ... and he opts to bat.

"We're going to give everything we've got for these five days," promises Flintoff. "I think it will spin later and so batting then won't be easy." And he said he would probably use Pietersen as a spin option a bit more this match.

Ricky Ponting: "It's pretty dry so there will be some pace and bounce early, but it's a pretty good batting wicket. Aw, it's a big week with the retirements so hopefully the rest of the guys can put the hand up and do the job. It's a really exciting period for Australian cricket."

Hugh emails: "The sun is coming - it is clearing up nicely in North Sydney. Large patches of blue sky to the north."

11.05am They're off again (the covers) and the umpires are looking at the bare surface. Frankly, a quick rope round the outfield to remove residual surface water and they will be ready. The captains have to come out and toss and the start is about 30 minutes later, so we are looking at about 11.40am.

Andrew Miller says: "Oh dear, just noticed they've got "Thx Glenn" painted onto the outfield logos and "Thx Shane" at the other end." Never missing a chance for some marketing, the Thx, for the benefit of Luddites, is text speak showing the Cricket Australia association with a mobile phone operator.

11.00am The covers started being peeled off ... and almost immediately it started raining again and they went back on. All very depressing, especially for all those inside the ground and insomniacs back in the UK. But they should take some heart from the fact that half an hour after the scheduled start time, England are very much in the match.

10.50am Clearing a bit, says Peter English. Getting lighter, but showers around. The hessian cover is in place and the umpires, who are out in the middle, have a large umbrella over them.

Click here for a weather link ... the SCG is about halfway between Sydney and Sydney Airport on the radar image.

10.30am The rain is getting slightly heavier and the hessian cover is in place but the full covers are not back on. The groundstaff are standing around ready to act as soon as the rain stops, and we should have the toss fairly soon after that.

Here's something for a rainy day: it's our competition. There are loads of cool prizes up for grabs, including the legendary Boonie and Beefy dolls, and also the EA Sports Cricket game.

10.25am The pitch looks green and a bit grassy which will give it a little more pace, but it's back under covers as the rain has started falling again. Michael Atherton, giving a pitch report for Britain's Sky Sports, was almost mown down by the covers as he stood his ground like the true professional he is ...

10.15am To confirm, it's dull but play still set to start at 11am. Mopping up continues, and there will be more waterworks when Australia take to the field for the last time with Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer. I watched Seabiscuit today - great film - and my wife cried buckets ... dare so there will be plenty of moist eyes as three Australian legends bid farewell ...

10.00am Play is set to begin at 11am for the fifth Test at the SCG after a night of showers. Both teams are completing their warm-ups and the covers are being removed from the field, but the start has been delayed by 30 minutes. Conditions are overcast but it hasn't rained for more than half an hour.

James Anderson is in for Matthew Hoggard, who has not recovered from the side strain he picked up at the MCG, apparently, reports our sniffer on the spot Andrew Miller. This will be the first Test that Hoggard has missed since the Sri Lanka tour in December 2003. There's no place for Jamie Dalrymple.

Australia (probable) Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Glenn McGrath.

England Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff (capt), Chris Read (wk), Sajid Mahmood, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

9.45am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the fifth and final Test from the SCG. The news is not great as overnight rain has continued into the early morning, although the rain stopped about half an hour ago and the covers have been removed allowing the groundstaff to finish their pre-match preparations. The start is still scheduled for 10.30am but more wet weather is forecast.

Any thoughts about this match, the New Year ... and will it be a good one for Duncan Fletcher? Drop us a line.

0.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, outside off stump, arcing away from Strauss and left

0.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, one ball and McGrath finds his line, forcing Strauss to block

0.3

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, flicked sweetly off his toes, into space through midwicket

There are none of the massive MCG boundaries here - it's 65 yards on one side rather than 80 - so there should be some more boundaries.

0.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss takes it on the pads via edge and it drops into the off side

0.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, swung across the left hander

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

0.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, tighter line but once more Strauss leaves confidently

And from the Randwick End, it's Brett Lee.

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
AJ Strauss    2* (6b)      GD McGrath    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

1.1

Lee to Cook, no run, swings in, right on the button ... well, right on something and Cook goes down on his haunches in discomfort and a grinning Lee follows through ... inside edge into a delicate area

1.2

Lee to Cook, no run, outside off stump and Cook shoulders arms

1.3

Lee to Cook, no run, wider still and Cook barely moves his feet as he waves it past

1.4

Lee to Cook, no run, checked drive to mid-on, well stopped

1.5

Lee to Cook, no run, Cook shapes to turn the ball to leg, it gets a leading edge and scurries out to point

1.6

Lee to Cook, no run, yorker-length but well outside off stump, Cook shapes to drive but misses

Several emails asking about the gnome incident ... the last Cricinfo commentator that mentioned that disappeared as fast as Will Luke when the bill arrives in the curry house ...

End of over 2 (maiden) England 2/0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    2* (6b)      GD McGrath    1-0-2-0

2.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, seams back into Strauss and takes him in the abdomen

2.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, played into the off side

2.3

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, well-timed on drive to a fullish ball, beats mid-on

2.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, seams away from the left hander and past the outside edge

2.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight drive, McGrath sticks a hand down and half stops, mid-off does the rest

2.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, turned just behind square on the leg side, "yeh, cumon" is the quick call from Strauss

End of over 3 (3 runs) England 5/0
AJ Strauss    5* (12b)      GD McGrath    2-0-5-0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-1-0-0

Two men back for the hook ... long leg and deep backward square

3.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, fired in wide outside off stump and Strauss never tempted

3.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, same, possibly wider, and Strauss happy to let Lee waste the new ball

A strange hush round the SCG ... more like the opening overs at Lord's than anywhere else.&

3.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss back, into line and a solid defence

Aleem Dar walks down the track and makes a show of looking at where Lee is landing in his follow-through.

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

3.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, ouch, another one almost hits the bullseye, and at 90mph (144.7kph) that tends to make the eyes water

3.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss finds a gap on the leg to pinch the strike for the second over on the trot

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 10/0
AJ Strauss    10* (18b 1x4)      B Lee    2-1-5-0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      GD McGrath    2-0-5-0

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

4.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, big shout for leg-before. pitched in line, hit in line, but just a shade too high. Good call by Billy Bowden

4.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, this time it's a genuine edge that falls inches short of Langer at third slip

4.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, no alarms this time

4.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, super over so far, this one beats Strauss comprehensively

4.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss into line, blocks, but advantage McGrath that over

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 14/0
AJ Strauss    14* (24b 2x4)      GD McGrath    3-0-9-0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      B Lee    2-1-5-0

5.1

Lee to Cook, no run, Lee gets one to leap and Cook spars and misses ... Lee mutters words that I wouldn't want my seven-year-old hearing

5.2

Lee to Cook, 2 runs, Cook off the mark with a drive through extra cover, Symonds chases and catches with ease as it wasn't timed

5.3

Lee to Cook, no run, left alone, outside off stump

5.4

Lee to Cook, no run

5.5

Lee to Cook, no run, short - and an accompanying grunt from Lee - Cook swishes half-heartedly, but it passed way over his head. A one-day wide ... probably high enough to be two wides

5.6

Lee to Cook, 2 runs, sweetly clipped off his toes and McGrath trots round the boundary edge to field

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 18/0
AN Cook    4* (12b)      B Lee    3-1-9-0
AJ Strauss    14* (24b 2x4)      GD McGrath    3-0-9-0

6.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short, Strauss pulls out of the hook and lets it pass

6.2

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, again full on leg stump and Strauss, who enjoys that shot, clips it into the deep and gets two with some nippy running

6.3

McGrath to Strauss, 3 runs, even better shot, punched off the back foot through the covers

6.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook into line and blocks

So far it looks as if Ponting was right and this will be a good batting pitch

6.5

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, and again leg side, Cook turns it to the man in the deep

6.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, decent line, met with the full face of the bat

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 24/0
AJ Strauss    19* (28b 2x4)      GD McGrath    4-0-15-0
AN Cook    5* (14b)      B Lee    3-1-9-0

7.1

Lee to Cook, no run, angled away from the left hander, Cook goes on the back foot and defends it on the off

7.2

Lee to Cook, no run, seamed across the left hander and beat Cook all ends up ... that moved some way, too far

7.3

Lee to Cook, 3 runs, punched straight drive, within inches of the stumps at the bowler's end, and Symonds catches it just inside the rope

7.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss drops his wrists and lets it go

7.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, into line, solidly behind it even thought he is turned a bit square

7.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, angled away from Strauss and Gilchrist moves some way to the off to take it

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 27/0
AJ Strauss    19* (31b 2x4)      B Lee    4-1-12-0
AN Cook    8* (17b)      GD McGrath    4-0-15-0

8.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers and an immediate call of "no" as fielders converge

8.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, more leg side and Cook drops it at his feet

8.3

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, hurriedly turned behind square on the leg side for a quick single

8.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a few snorts as Strauss leaves that, fairly close to his off stump but safe given the angle of delivery

8.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, once more Strauss able to let that go with no alarms

8.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, much better line, everything behind it and blocked with a big stride to the ball

Lee comes off and warm applause as Stuart Clark introduced into the attack. He has 21 wickets at 16.76 so far this series, the leading wicket taker ...

End of over 9 (1 run) England 28/0
AJ Strauss    19* (34b 2x4)      GD McGrath    5-0-16-0
AN Cook    9* (20b)      B Lee    4-1-12-0

9.1

Clark to Cook, no run, wide loosener

9.2

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

9.3

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

9.4

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

9.5

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

9.6

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

And the massive yellow bottle staggers onto the outfield to serve the players refreshments ... not quite sure why they need a top-up when they've only been playing 40 minutes, but possibly the break will keep the TV companies happy as they can bombard viewers with advertisements for loans and beer without the pesky cricket interfering ...

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 32/0
AN Cook    13* (26b 1x4)      SR Clark    1-0-4-0
AJ Strauss    19* (34b 2x4)      GD McGrath    5-0-16-0

The bottle departs and McGrath resumes

10.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight, Strauss into line to block

10.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, once more solidly defended, and now Strauss goes for a brief walkabout to gather his throughts

10.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, cuts away from Strauss's defensive push and beats the edge ... understandable oohs and aahs from behind the wicket

10.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, into Strauss's body and kept out

10.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, half-controlled push into gully

10.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pushed with no real power to point and a shout of "wait again". A good over from McGrath, excellent line and he made Strauss play

End of over 11 (maiden) England 32/0
AJ Strauss    19* (40b 2x4)      GD McGrath    6-1-16-0
AN Cook    13* (26b 1x4)      SR Clark    1-0-4-0

11.1

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

11.2

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

11.3

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

11.4

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

11.5

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

11.6

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

End of over 12 (maiden) England 32/0
AN Cook    13* (32b 1x4)      SR Clark    2-1-4-0
AJ Strauss    19* (40b 2x4)      GD McGrath    6-1-16-0

12.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss beaten, held his posture as the ball moves across him and McGrath shows it might be his final Test but his vocabulary is still being used in full

12.2

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, looks to drive on the leg but turned square and not in control as the ball squirts into the off side

12.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, better from Strauss , more conventional and solid defence

12.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pushed into the leg side

12.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Dropped! Strauss drives on the up, a thick edge goes low to Langer's left at third slip and what should have been a straightforward catch is spilled. Langer lies looking at the turf ...

12.6

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

And now, back from a week's R&R, it's Jenny Thompson.

Thank you, young man. Hello everyone, hope you're all feeling festive. So Martin takes a breather as Strauss breathes again - he should have been a gonner, then.

Here's a reminder of the revised session times: morning 11.40am-1.00pm, afternoon 1.40pm-4.10pm, evening 4.30pm-6.30pm.

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 38/0
AJ Strauss    25* (46b 3x4)      GD McGrath    7-1-22-0
AN Cook    13* (32b 1x4)      SR Clark    2-1-4-0

13.1

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

13.2

Clark to Strauss, 1 wide, pushes that one across the lefthander

13.2

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, a touch of width and short, and that's driven on the up through the off-side, with Michael Clarke giving successful chase

Start celebrating... it's the highest opening partnership for England this series. Yep, 42.

13.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, touch more width again and that's pushed forward

13.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, angled on leg this time and the ball raps Strauss on the hip and he bends forward with the ball popping down

13.5

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, shot that, leans into one which is of a good length and times it away through the covers but Symonds hunts it down inside the rope

13.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, wider this time and shorter, but Strauss misses out on a cut shot by chopping it down off the inside edge and it crashes into the ground, but nowhere near the sticks

Lee to replace McGrath at the Paddington End. Lee was bowling earlier at the Randwick End

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 44/0
AJ Strauss    29* (51b 3x4)      SR Clark    3-1-10-0
AN Cook    14* (33b 1x4)      GD McGrath    7-1-22-0

14.1

Lee to Cook, 1 run, on leg, Cook drops his hands down and eases that into the midwicket area

Warne clapping his hands and giving some lip at slip. "Come on," is lipread easily enough as is other stuff... but this is a family show

14.2

Lee to Strauss, OUT, edged and gone this time. Strauss had been given a life at third slip by Justin Langer, but he's gone this time, trying to play his favourite cut shot. In fact it's a loose waft to one which comes across him and Gilchrist snaps up a tidy catch, easily enough, with two hands on the left of his hips

AJ Strauss c †Gilchrist b Lee 29 (64m 52b 3x4 0x6) SR: 55.76

14.3

Lee to Bell, 2 runs, Lee greets bell with a peach (well not literally), but a ball which rises up off a length, and Bell manages to fend it down to gully

14.4

Lee to Bell, 1 wide, very short and that's ducked under

14.4

Lee to Bell, no run, good length and that's defended quietly on the front foot

14.5

Lee to Bell, no run, shoulders arms to one which swings away from him on the rise, but too wide outside off to be of any interest

14.6

Lee to Bell, 1 run, nudged out to square

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 49/1
IR Bell    3* (4b)      B Lee    5-1-17-1
AN Cook    15* (34b 1x4)      SR Clark    3-1-10-0

15.1

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

15.2

Clark to Bell, no run, good length delivery and that's defended with a loud of cry of 'No'

15.3

Clark to Bell, no run, turned off his legs

"Boonie for prime minister" chirps, erm, the Boonie doll in a great act of self-promotion that would make Darren Gough weep

15.4

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone this time

15.5

Clark to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot and he just holds that pose

15.6

Clark to Bell, no run, pitches outside off, nips back off the seam and rises, but the batsman merely shoulders arms to leave that one

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 53/1
IR Bell    7* (10b 1x4)      SR Clark    4-1-14-0
AN Cook    15* (34b 1x4)      B Lee    5-1-17-1

16.1

Lee to Cook, no run, tempting one slinks deliciously outside off but Cook leaves that one

16.2

Lee to Cook, no run, shoulders arms again

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

16.4

Lee to Cook, no run, a more convincing leave this time

Third slip comes in... extra cover out

16.5

Lee to Cook, no run, pushed forward

16.6

Lee to Cook, 1 run, pushes that one across the lefthander again and he drives without much power to mid-off for an easy single

16.6

Lee to Cook, 1 run, pushes that one across the lefthander again and he drives without much power to mid-off for an easy single

1.40pm Aleem Dar's full of beans heading out to the middle, tossing up the ball, looking like he wouldn't mind a bowl out there. Here come the players and resuming at Dar's end, Randwick, it will be Clark. There's a cry of "Warnie, Warnie" around the ground, but the fans'll have to wait for now.

And that'll be lunch as England head in reasonably happy, having lost just the one wicket, Strauss, with Lee making that incision. The weather's cleared up now at the SCG after showers delayed the start of play.

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 58/1
AN Cook    20* (40b 2x4)      B Lee    6-1-22-1
IR Bell    7* (10b 1x4)      SR Clark    4-1-14-0

17.1

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

17.2

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

17.3

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

17.4

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

17.5

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

"I would just like to see a forward defence Alastair" says headmaster Hussain in Sky's commentary box

17.6

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

Lee now from the Paddington End

End of over 18 (maiden) England 58/1
AN Cook    20* (46b 2x4)      SR Clark    5-2-14-0
IR Bell    7* (10b 1x4)      B Lee    6-1-22-1

18.1

Lee to Bell, no run, extracts some bounce from that one but it's slightly wayward and Bell ducks easily away from it

18.2

Lee to Bell, no run, straight, up there and that's easily defended. "No," cries Bell, more a confirmation than anything; a run was never on, there

18.3

Lee to Bell, no run, that one flies into the righthander and his right hand comes away from the bat as he leans over to defend

18.4

Lee to Bell, no run, tries to drive that into the midwicket region but doesn't get hold of it

18.5

Lee to Bell, no run, on the money and Bell makes sure just to defend that one tidily

18.6

Lee to Bell, no run

End of over 19 (maiden) England 58/1
IR Bell    7* (16b 1x4)      B Lee    7-2-22-1
AN Cook    20* (46b 2x4)      SR Clark    5-2-14-0

19.1

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

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

It's Pietersen in at his chosen No 4 spot now. He takes his mark and does a bit of gardening, not literally of course, but he is prodding the ground and marking his territory

19.2

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, off the mark immediately with a push through cover and "Yes, yes, yes, yes" they run a quick single

19.3

Clark to Bell, no run, rising one outside off fended down easily enough in the end to gully

19.4

Clark to Bell, no run, probing around off and Bell is up to the task of defence

19.5

Clark to Bell, no run, finds some more lift and Bell is forced to play a defensive off his back foot; that one rears at him and he does well - Clark asking plenty of questions here

19.6

Clark to Bell, no run, pushed right up on the off-side and Bell digs it out with a forward drive that he doesn't get hold of and it trickles towards cover

Two men out in the deep for Pietersen, one in front of square

End of over 20 (1 run) England 59/2
IR Bell    7* (20b 1x4)      SR Clark    6-2-15-1
KP Pietersen    1* (1b)      B Lee    7-2-22-1

20.1

Lee to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, width on leg and Pietersen rushes that one behind him with a wristy flick down leg, ah, which is given as leg-byes

20.2

Lee to Bell, no run, up there, quickly on to him, and defended

20.3

Lee to Bell, 4 runs, lovely shot - Lee pushes that one up there, just overstretches a touch and Bell merely flicks that off his legs through midwicket. There's some good running, too, including Hussey who slides just inside the boundary - but there's an all-run four

20.4

Lee to Bell, no run, pings that one down the off-side channel but it's left alone without too much fuss; no fuss, in fact

20.5

Lee to Bell, no run, shoulders arms there as that one flies through outside off and darts up

20.6

Lee to Bell, 1 run, pops off the glove behind square and Bell scampers off, putting his bat down at the non-striker's end quickly, turning, and looking for two; there's only one... and he keeps the strike

End of over 21 (6 runs) England 65/2
IR Bell    12* (25b 1x4)      B Lee    8-2-27-1
KP Pietersen    1* (2b)      SR Clark    6-2-15-1

21.1

Clark to Bell, no run, on the off-stump, good placement, and that's defended forward

21.2

Clark to Bell, no run, driven forward and there's hesitation over a single: they say 'No' at last, the right decision as 'Yes' would probably have ended in 'Sorry' with Symonds winging that back in from cover

21.3

Clark to Bell, no run, aims for the top of off-stump again, good bowling, and that's defended

21.4

Clark to Bell, no run, the batsman gets over that one, working it to midwicket

The crowd have woken up after lunch - plenty of cheers as Clark roars in, but the Barmy Army are in hearty voice, too, if not original with their "Barmy Army, Barmy Army"

21.5

Clark to Bell, 3 runs, a touch of swing, but Pietersen steers that through wide third man, with Ponting giving chase, stopping it with his heel, and looking the epitome of cool as he chews his way back to his fielding mark

21.6

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

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 68/2
KP Pietersen    1* (3b)      SR Clark    7-2-18-1
IR Bell    15* (30b 1x4)      B Lee    8-2-27-1

22.1

Lee to Bell, no run, pushed up there and that's dug out off the front foot with an easy enough drive

22.2

Lee to Bell, no run, fired in at leg stick and defended forward

22.3

Lee to Bell, 1 run, attempted yorker, just provides enough room for that one to be driven out to cover

Ponting sends a message from second slip to drag the ball a touch wider, not too straight

22.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, aw, nice one from Lee that, tempting Pietersen to jab at that one - good response by the bowler to the captain's call and nearly gets the man

22.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, left alone this time

22.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, fires that one wider down off, as per The Plan (wonder if that was sellotaped up in the Aussie dressing room?) Pietersen steps towards the ball initially but soon decides to shoulder arms

Ooh, aah, any ideas who's coming on? Yes, it's McGrath

End of over 23 (1 run) England 69/2
KP Pietersen    1* (6b)      B Lee    9-2-28-1
IR Bell    16* (33b 1x4)      SR Clark    7-2-18-1

23.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, as is the McGrath way, he needs no loosener - on the money immediately and that's defended on the front foot

23.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, defended once more

23.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, driven slowly into midwicket

Dar trots down the wicket to have a look at the line

23.4

McGrath to Bell, (no ball) 2 runs, oversteps and that's worked off his toes through midwicket and that's some quick running from England

23.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone

23.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, shoulders arms to that one

23.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, pushed up there, on the button marked "Thx Glenn" and that's defended forward

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 72/2
IR Bell    18* (40b 1x4)      GD McGrath    8-1-25-0
KP Pietersen    1* (6b)      B Lee    9-2-28-1

24.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, well wide outside off-stump and Pietersen couldn't have been more theatrical with that leave if he'd donned the greasepaint and started reciting Hamlet

24.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, wide again, although not as much, but that's still easily left alone

24.3

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, short and on-leg and that's gift-tagged "Hit me" - Pietersen duly obliges, knocking it through square like he's playing croquet and not criquet

24.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, driven straightish to mid-on

The camera pans to McGrath spitting... nice, Glenn, nice

24.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, short, Pietersen jabs that into the leg-side off the back foot, and Lee does well - picking it up on his follow-through, turning quickly and shying down the stumps, but Pietersen made his ground easily enough

24.6

Lee to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot

Lee mops his face with a towel down on the boundary as McGrath gears up to bowl once more

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 75/2
IR Bell    18* (41b 1x4)      B Lee    10-2-31-1
KP Pietersen    4* (11b)      GD McGrath    8-1-25-0

25.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, offers a touch of width outside off to Pietersen who stands tall and drives into the covers

25.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, oooh, aaah, that was close. A touch of swing and the ball curves away from Pietersen who drives at that wide one - and luckily for him he misses it completely

25.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, left alone

25.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, pushed right up there and that's defended on the front foot

Warne chewing gum in the slips, Ponting chewing gum in the slips

25.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, left alone

25.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, just as well for Pietersen that he didn't time that one as his uppish drive sends the ball, well, uppish and on towards the man at short extra-cover, but it's well short of being a chance in the end

End of over 26 (maiden) England 75/2
KP Pietersen    4* (17b)      GD McGrath    9-2-25-0
IR Bell    18* (41b 1x4)      B Lee    10-2-31-1

26.1

Lee to Bell, no run, banged in and Bell does well to duck and then sway away from that one as it whistles past his nose

26.2

Lee to Bell, no run, a touch wider and Bell gets a solid bit of wood on that with a forward defensive

26.3

Lee to Bell, no run, pushed up there, dug out and Symonds, like an eager Labrador, bounds round from mid-off to scoop and mock-shy

26.4

Lee to Bell, no run, the outside-off plan nearly paid dividends there, Bell squared up and plays inside the line in the end

26.5

Lee to Bell, no run, good delivery, hostile, that bounces higher than expected from just short of a length and that's fended down, with one which bounces down off the top of the bat into the gully region

26.6

Lee to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

"Warnie, Warnie" plea the crowd

End of over 27 (maiden) England 75/2
IR Bell    18* (47b 1x4)      B Lee    11-3-31-1
KP Pietersen    4* (17b)      GD McGrath    9-2-25-0

27.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, rises up and over the off bail and that's left alone early

Cat and mouse out there from the Pigeon and the ex-skunk

27.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, big stride from Pietersen, but a good ball from McGrath, beating him

27.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, straighter and Pietersen strides down imposingly the pitch, stays tall and works that one into the leg-side

27.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, an orthodox defensive shot

27.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, the ball swings away, dies a touch on him and it's nearly his own death as he nibbles at that but the ball fails to shave his outside edge

27.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, worked watchfully into the leg-side but there's no run on, and the batsmen don't even think about it

End of over 28 (1 run) England 76/2
IR Bell    18* (50b 1x4)      GD McGrath    10-2-26-0
KP Pietersen    5* (20b)      B Lee    11-3-31-1

28.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, wider and that's left alone outside off

28.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, an easy single into the covers with a back-foot steer

28.3

Lee to Bell, no run, left alone as that one sails harmlessly down off

A gentle breeze flowing across the ground

28.4

Lee to Bell, 3 runs, strayed down leg and that's just turned away through square with pure timing, Bell nicely on top of that one and rolls his wrists well

28.5

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, straight and Pietersen moves over to the off-side to make room to punch that one off his hips to the 45, McGrath with the return once more

28.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, helped into the covers where a springy Clarke does well to dive over it to cut off any threat of a boundary

McGrath and Warne sharing a few words of reminisce, there, before Warne resumes his position at first slip

End of over 29 (6 runs) England 82/2
KP Pietersen    8* (24b)      B Lee    12-3-37-1
IR Bell    21* (52b 1x4)      GD McGrath    10-2-26-0

29.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, bends that away from the right hander, who leaves it easily enough

Warne chattering away at first slip; he's always got plenty to say

29.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, pushed on the back foot and that's defended down

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

29.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone this time, as that one goes past the outside edge

29.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, another one past the outside edge and McGrath advises the Sherminator that he's nearly terminated

29.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, defended this time

Clark replacing Lee at the Paddington End. Still no Warne, despite the efforts of the crowd

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 86/2
IR Bell    25* (58b 2x4)      GD McGrath    11-2-30-0
KP Pietersen    8* (24b)      B Lee    12-3-37-1

30.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, goes to cover-drive, an inside edge crashes into his pads

30.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, risky from Pietersen, down the track to try to work that square, across the line, and he skews an edge which goes to the off-side

30.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, a typically attacking Pietersen continues to come down the track, walking up to and into that one, which pitches straight and he turns it to midwicket

30.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, smaller steps this time and leaves that one alone at the last minute

30.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, one small step for the man and a giant leap to leave it

30.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, ooh, well bowled from Clark to round off a decent over, and an edge flies low in front of the slips

End of over 31 (maiden) England 86/2
KP Pietersen    8* (30b)      SR Clark    8-3-18-1
IR Bell    25* (58b 2x4)      GD McGrath    11-2-30-0

31.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, steeples that one in on a length and it creeps away from the right hander who chooses to leave it

31.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, McGrath doing his best metronome impression once more and that's left alone again - top nagging

31.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, that one is in the same area and nips in at Bell off the seam but it's high enough to leave

31.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, in that channel and Bell swishes at it - but there's no luck for McGrath again; though it's coming...

31.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, in the danger zone and but there are no alarm bells, as that's left alone

31.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

The pacers are building the pressure here, with few runs on offer, swing and lots of decent dots

End of over 32 (maiden) England 86/2
IR Bell    25* (64b 2x4)      GD McGrath    12-3-30-0
KP Pietersen    8* (30b)      SR Clark    8-3-18-1

32.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

32.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, more leaving

32.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, slower ball, picked early, and as it's on a good length it's left alone

32.4

Clark to Pietersen, 2 runs, whipped wristily out to the square leg boundary where it's launched back in quickly

32.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, tries to work that out to the off but it's on to him faster than he thought and he doesn't time it at all

32.6

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 89/2
KP Pietersen    11* (36b)      SR Clark    9-3-21-1
IR Bell    25* (64b 2x4)      GD McGrath    12-3-30-0

33.1

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 no ball, Pietersen walks down the pitch to meet that one which pitches outside off but can only defend in the end

33.1

McGrath to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen bounds down the pitch and drives that to the covers

33.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, left alone as that one nips back in off the seam

33.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, the same tactic from Pietersen, dancing down the track and he whips it off his legs through midwicket

33.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, McGrath places that one on a good length this time and it shapes away, unchased

33.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, McGrath places that one on a good length this time and it shapes away, unchased

33.6

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, comes forward to drive

Drinks in the middle and here's Martin Williamson.

End of over 34 (8 runs) England 97/2
IR Bell    29* (67b 3x4)      GD McGrath    13-3-38-0
KP Pietersen    14* (40b)      SR Clark    9-3-21-1

All watered and ready to roll again. Clark to bowl ...

34.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, slightly stiff-looking wide outswinger

34.2

Clark to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen positively skips down the pitch and punches Clark through midwicket, remarkable footwork, turning a good-length ball into a half volley ... and he can never be lbw!

34.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, more conventional defence

34.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen thrusts his front pad down the track and then leaves the ball

34.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, too wide and Pietersen not lured into anything rash

That skipping four has caused Clark to adjust his line

34.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, on off stump and Pietersen solid, into line and jabbed forward defensive stroke

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 101/2
KP Pietersen    18* (46b 1x4)      SR Clark    10-3-25-1
IR Bell    29* (67b 3x4)      GD McGrath    13-3-38-0

35.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell turns it to midwicket but Pietersen yells "no" before his colleague takes more than a couple of steps down the pitch

35.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell with a theatrical leave outside his off stump

McGrath looks rather at sea here, very unlike him

35.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, wide, a bit more bounce but his line is off and Bell again leaves

35.4

McGrath to Bell, 3 runs, driven, he aims through extra cover but it skews away through point and is pulled up three yards inside the rope

The ball slips out of McGrath's hand and Pietersen is already two paces down the pitch ... for a moment he thinks he has lost sight of a beamer and flinches

35.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, McGrath goes for the yorker, a tad too full and driven to mid-on

35.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, KP back and across, really tight and correct defence

That might be the end of McGrath's spell.

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 104/2
KP Pietersen    18* (48b 1x4)      GD McGrath    14-3-41-0
IR Bell    32* (71b 3x4)      SR Clark    10-3-25-1

Bell retakes his guard

36.1

Clark to Bell, no run, Four feet outside off stump, slightly short and Bell leaves

36.2

Clark to Bell, 1 run, Clark strays to leg, turned down to long leg where McGrath moves in quick enough to prevent the second

36.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, defensive shot to short midwicket

36.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen almost tempted but pulls out of the stroke in time ... it was outside off stump and too short for him to play off the front foot

36.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, driven a little unsteadily to mid-off

The cameras have just zoomed in on Warne ... he has more make-up on than Joan Collins on a night out ... if there is factor 100, then Shane has it on

36.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, too wide to be dangerous to anyone except first slip if Gilchrist misses it

McGrath continues ... surely this is his last over?

End of over 37 (1 run) England 105/2
KP Pietersen    18* (52b 1x4)      SR Clark    11-3-26-1
IR Bell    33* (73b 3x4)      GD McGrath    14-3-41-0

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

37.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, decent response, outside of stump and Bell leaves

37.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, same again, two or three feet outside the off stump

37.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, jabbed down into the pitch and the ball bounces so high it almost loops over McGrath's head

37.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, once more Bell jabs down ion it, and the ball bounces up and momentarily Bell looks concerned that it might come down near his stumps, but in the end it lands a few feet behind them

37.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell blocks, McGrath turns away with a resigned look on his face

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 109/2
IR Bell    37* (79b 4x4)      GD McGrath    15-3-45-0
KP Pietersen    18* (52b 1x4)      SR Clark    11-3-26-1

Ponting has a long chat with Clark

38.1

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen flicks it to midwicket, and easy run as the man is back saving two ... even so, Pietersen sets off for a second before being sent back by a loud call from his partner

38.2

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell prods and misses, a bit of a nothing shot but that will give Clark a boost in what has not been his best spell of the series so far

38.3

Clark to Bell, no run, and again Bell plays and misses ...this is very good bowling

38.4

Clark to Bell, no run, this time Bell gets bat on ball, but it's not the most authoritative defensive stroke

38.5

Clark to Bell, no run, too wide

A few cheers as spectators spot Warne limbering up ... not exactly OZ Aerobics but it's loosening up for the thirty somethings

38.6

Clark to Bell, no run, limp couple of balls to end the over

And a massive roar as Warne comes on at the Randwick End.

End of over 39 (1 run) England 110/2
IR Bell    37* (84b 4x4)      SR Clark    12-3-27-1
KP Pietersen    19* (53b 1x4)      GD McGrath    15-3-45-0

A fair few practice balls to colleagues ...

39.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes a stride down the pitch and then has to scurry back to block

39.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, well froward to block and kill the spin

39.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, well forward to kill the spin

39.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, short, Pietersen goes back and hammers the ball, straight to the man in the covers

39.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, driven up to deepish mid-on who is giving the single

39.5

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up, not much spin and Bell pats it back to a scowling Warne ... well, under all that Max Factor it's actually hard to see what his expressions are

39.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, driven crisply into the covers for an easy single

"Alarmingly, Warne came into the attack in the 41st over at Melbourne as well. And we were 82 for 2 then." That's from the alarmingly stattoesque, sorry statuesque, Andrew Miller.

End of over 40 (2 runs) England 112/2
IR Bell    38* (86b 4x4)      SK Warne    1-0-2-0
KP Pietersen    20* (57b 1x4)      SR Clark    12-3-27-1

40.1

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell forward, the bat turns slightly in his hands as he plays it and the ball squirts to cover

Another man into the slips

40.2

Clark to Bell, 1 run, short, uncontrolled leave off the outer edge which loops between mid-on and midwicket ... bell was lucky there as he had no idea where that was going

Marc writes in from the Sydney CBD - he's spotted rain out of the window.

40.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen leaves it alone

40.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-on and accompanied by a cry rather like that of a chicken being strangled as Bell looked like he wanted a single

40.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, short ...very short ... Pietersen nods as it passes rather than ducks

Any thoughts? Drop us a line ...

40.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, wrong line this time and Pietersen, again well forward, leaves it

End of over 41 (1 run) England 113/2
KP Pietersen    20* (61b 1x4)      SR Clark    13-3-28-1
IR Bell    39* (88b 4x4)      SK Warne    1-0-2-0

41.1

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell watches with determination and real caution, and then blocks. Not much spin so far but Warne takes two or three overs to unstiffen

41.2

Warne to Bell, no run, blocked again, outside leg this time

41.3

Warne to Bell, no run, good line, Bell watches and defends

41.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, driven to mid-off who is deep enough to allow the single

41.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen waits and flicks it to square leg, finds space and an easy one

41.6

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell reads the legbreak and ushers it past his off stump, fairly close as the groans from Gilchrist confirm

End of over 42 (2 runs) England 115/2
IR Bell    40* (93b 4x4)      SK Warne    2-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    21* (62b 1x4)      SR Clark    13-3-28-1

42.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen stands upright and drives back at Clark who gets enough on it to take the pace off the ball and mid-off mops up

42.2

Clark to Pietersen, 1 wide, short and wide down the leg side, and this time it's called

Ugly black cloud over the back of the Ladies Stand

42.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen forward and defends

42.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen blocks

Warne chirruping from first slip

42.3

Clark to Pietersen, 2 runs, turned to leg, no more than 25 yards from the bat but beautifully placed and the batsmen scurry two

42.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, crisp drive, at rather than past the fielder

42.5

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen latches onto a short one but not really timed and it bobbles to the man at deep midwicket

42.6

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

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 119/2
IR Bell    40* (94b 4x4)      SR Clark    14-3-32-1
KP Pietersen    24* (67b 1x4)      SK Warne    2-0-4-0

43.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, short, Pietersen waits and then thumps it into space, but there is a man back on the off side

43.2

Warne to Bell, 1 run, bell's turn to use his feet, one and a half strides and driven to deepish mid-on

43.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, slightly dramatic forward defensive

43.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen blocks with confidence

43.5

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, whipped drive to deep square leg - not sure that's anywhere near where it was aimed, he looked as if he was looking to belt it over mid-on - for a couple

43.6

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, slapped into the off side but men are back to protect Warne at the moment

And Andrew Symonds is on for Stuart Clark

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 124/2
KP Pietersen    28* (72b 1x4)      SK Warne    3-0-9-0
IR Bell    41* (95b 4x4)      SR Clark    14-3-32-1

He looks as if he is bowling seam not spin.

44.1

Symonds to Pietersen, 1 run, short and turned easily to midwicket for a single

44.2

Symonds to Bell, no run, Bell forward, blocks with bat well away from pad

44.3

Symonds to Bell, no run, Bell half forward and into line.

No movement in the air or off the pitch for Symonds.

44.4

Symonds to Bell, 3 runs, sweet shot, whipped off his toes wide of midwicket and Brett Lee off in pursuit, fields and send in a good return

44.5

Symonds to Pietersen, 2 runs, some movement this time and so Pietersen gets an inside edge down to McGrath at long leg ... straight to the fielder but not at pace and Pietersen took on the arm and won quite easily

44.6

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, Symonds spots Pietersen coming down the pitch and bangs one in, forcing him to jump and block

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 130/2
KP Pietersen    31* (75b 1x4)      A Symonds    1-0-6-0
IR Bell    44* (98b 4x4)      SK Warne    3-0-9-0

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

45.2

Warne to Bell, no run, driven back to Warne, well stopped but that had enough pace so that it stung his hands

45.3

Warne to Bell, no run, another full toss, this time intentional, and thumped to midwicket

45.4

Warne to Bell, no run, that turned a bit, but Bell right there

45.5

Warne to Bell, no run, googly, Bell plays with the spin into the leg side

45.6

Warne to Bell, no run, a bit more loop, but Bell not fooled and he waits and drives to mid-off

"There are Warne and McGrath cakes in the press box," reports Andrew, licking his lips. "And a Justin Langer profiterole mountain." Bang goes another New Year's resolution from our man on the spot.

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 134/2
IR Bell    48* (104b 5x4)      SK Warne    4-0-13-0
KP Pietersen    31* (75b 1x4)      A Symonds    1-0-6-0

46.1

Symonds to Pietersen, 1 run, short, pulled second bounce to deep midwicket

46.2

Symonds to Bell, no run, wide, Bell shapes to cut but plays under it

46.3

Symonds to Bell, no run, Symonds sees if he can persuade Bell to try to cut again, but the batsman's having none of it this time

46.4

Symonds to Bell, 1 run, Symonds overcorrects and Bell turns the ball down to McGrath whose return arrows in to Gilchrist

46.5

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen plays and misses, the slightest drift towards the slips, and Symonds follows through with a word or two and KP responds with a grin

46.6

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, worked into the leg side but he finds the fielder

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End of over 47 (2 runs) England 136/2
KP Pietersen    32* (78b 1x4)      A Symonds    2-0-8-0
IR Bell    49* (107b 5x4)      SK Warne    4-0-13-0

47.1

Warne to Bell, 1 run, driven up the ground, a misfield but there would have been a single anyhow. That's Bell's fifty, and a good one it has been, 108 balls and five fours

47.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pushed into the off side

47.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, left alone with a flourish

47.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, well forward, blocked

47.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen very watchful this over

47.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, a lunge forward to kill the spin, good over from Warne

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End of over 48 (1 run) England 137/2
KP Pietersen    32* (83b 1x4)      SK Warne    5-0-14-0
IR Bell    50* (108b 5x4)      A Symonds    2-0-8-0

48.1

Symonds to Bell, 1 run, clipped to deep midwicket

48.2

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, flamboyant drive to extra cover, and a dramatic follow through

48.3

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-on who ends up rolling around as if he was playing Dead Ants, all rather unnecessary

48.4

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, another powerful drive, but the gaps can't be found

48.5

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, dropped into the leg side, no more than five yards from the bat to the man at short midwicket

48.6

Symonds to Pietersen, no run, short midwicket into action once more

End of over 49 (1 run) England 138/2
KP Pietersen    32* (88b 1x4)      A Symonds    3-0-9-0
IR Bell    51* (109b 5x4)      SK Warne    5-0-14-0

49.1

Warne to Bell, 3 runs, Bell back, waits and hammers it off the back foot past ... er ... McGrath at cover point. The chase is laboured and the batsmen see the chance and run three

49.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flighted, Pietersen seemed ready to launch into it but thinks better of it and blocks

49.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, rasping drive back at Warne, it smacks into the stumps as Aleem Dar takes undignified but utterly understandable evasive action. The ricochet goes into space on the off side

49.4

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell drives to the fielder on the leg

49.5

Warne to Bell, no run, defended with minimal effort

49.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, Warne fires one in at 58mph (97kph) which is too short and it hurries the batsman, but he still steers it into the leg side

End of over 50 (5 runs) England 143/2
IR Bell    55* (113b 5x4)      SK Warne    6-0-19-0
KP Pietersen    33* (90b 1x4)      A Symonds    3-0-9-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Jan 5, 2007

Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath bid adieu having secured a 5-0 Ashes whitewash, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, January 5, 2007

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Damien Martyn joined his retiring team-mates, including Justin Langer, in the SCG dressing-rooms after the 5-0 Ashes win, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, January 5, 2007

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