Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 4th match

Australia v England

Australia won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)

17.2

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, defended on the back-foot

17.3

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and Flintoff leaves it through to the keeper

17.4

Johnson to Flintoff, 1 wide, high bouncer and the umpire is not impressed

17.4

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, driven straight to the fielder at cover point

17.5

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, good length and drifting away, Fintoff goes for the drive but fails to make contact

17.6

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, short of a good length delivery and Flintoff defends it on the back-foot

England 71/4   A Flintoff 0* (5b)

18.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, beauty to end the over, perfect line and length and the ball shaped a touch. Flintoff is turned inside out and the ball zips past the outside edge

England 72/5   A Flintoff 0* (6b)

20.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Flintoff on the back-foot defending. So far he has face 7 balls but he is yet to get off the mark

20.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, short of a good length delivery, again right in the channel outside the off stump and Flintoff is made to defend

20.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, punched away off the back-foot to the point region, diving stop cuts off the single. Flintoff will have to wait

20.4

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Flintoff pushes hard at it and the ball flies away off the outside edge, luckily for him and England it went well wide of the diving fielder at gully

England 73/5   A Flintoff 1* (10b)

21.4

Johnson to Flintoff, 2 runs, goes for the pull and the ball balloons up off the top-edge but falls safely in the deep, dangerous shot

21.5

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, Johnson once agian drags it short, inviting Flintoff to go after it but on this occasion the big man ducks under it. Wise decision given the situation

21.6

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Flintoff defends it away towards cover

England 81/5   A Flintoff 3* (13b)

23.1

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Flintoff shuffles across a bit and runs it away behind point

23.2

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, short of a good length and angling across the right-hander. Flintoff gets behind the line and defends it down watchfully

23.3

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, sliced away towards gully, no room for a single there

23.4

Johnson to Flintoff, FOUR, pitched up outside the off stump, right in the slot and Flintoff goes bang over mid-off, good clean hit and the ball screams away to the fence

23.5

Johnson to Flintoff, 1 run, Johnson drags it short and Flintoff pulls it away to deep midwicket. Once bounce and straight to the fielder there

England 88/5   A Flintoff 8* (18b 1x4)

24.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, slightly short and close to the off stump line, cut away off the back-foot to the point region

24.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, close to the off stump line and Flintoff nudges it away towards point

24.3

Lee to Flintoff, 2 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, Flintoff shuffles back and across and drills it past the fielder at cover

24.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, better line and length from Lee. Flintoff stays back and defends it down

24.5

Lee to Flintoff, 3 runs, Lee drifts on to the pads and Flintoff clips it away through the vacant midwicket region. Long chase from McGrath saves one run

England 93/5   A Flintoff 13* (23b 1x4)

25.1

Johnson to Flintoff, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, Flintoff leans back and cuts it down to third man

England 94/6   A Flintoff 14* (24b 1x4)

26.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, pitched up and Flintoff finds the fielder at mid-off

26.5

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump. Flintoff leans back and cuts late, easy single down to third man

England 97/6   A Flintoff 15* (26b 1x4)

27.1

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, angled in from well outside the leg stump, Flintoff tries to work it away but fails to make contact and the ball rolls away off the pad

27.2

Johnson to Flintoff, FOUR, short off a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line. Too easy a delivery for a batsman of Flintoff's caliber. He gets right on top of the bounce and pulls it into the ground and the ball races away to the midwicket fence. 100 comes up for England

27.3

Johnson to Flintoff, 2 runs, worked away behind square on the leg side

27.4

Johnson to Flintoff, 1 run, sliced away towards gully, gets it wide of the fielder there and they scamper through for a single

England 104/6   A Flintoff 22* (30b 2x4)

28.4

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, short of a good length delivery, worked away off the the back-foot to the midwicket region

28.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, defended outside the off stump

England 108/6   A Flintoff 23* (32b 2x4)

30.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Flintoff taps it away towards point

30.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, the big off-cutter, Flintoff plays down the wrong line and ball thuds into the pad, if not for a bid inside edge he was a goner

30.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, good length delivery and Flintoff plays it down to mid-off

30.4

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line. Flintoff just lines it up nicely and slogs it away to wide long-on. Good clean hit and the ball hits the inside part of the boundary padding. Was signalled as a six but the umpire but then came the camera angles and the third umpire.

30.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, fuller length and drifting down the leg side, Flintoff fails to make contact and the ball rolls away off the pad

30.6

Lee to Flintoff, OUT, Hodge pulls off another blinder and England's slump continues! good length and cutting in. Flintoff slogs it away towards midwicket. Hodge in the deep hurtles across to his left, drives across at the last movement and takes it with both hands. Fantastic bit of fielding. England seven down - just three more to go.

A Flintoff c Hodge b Lee 27 (65m 38b 3x4 0x6) SR: 71.05

England 118/7   A Flintoff 27 (38b 3x4)
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Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne - Feb 4, 2007
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Jan 19, 2007

Michael Hussey and Brett Lee walk off after sealing the win, Australia v England, CB Series, 4th match, Brisbane, January 19, 2007

Michael Hussey and Brett Lee walk off after sealing the win

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Jan 19, 2007

Andrew Flintoff looks on as Michael Hussey steals another run, Australia v England, CB Series, 4th match, Brisbane, January 19, 2007

Andrew Flintoff looks on as Michael Hussey steals another run

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