Commonwealth Bank Series, 4th Match: Australia v England at Brisbane, Jan 19, 2007
Australia won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)
19 January 2007 - day/night match (50-over match)
0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, Whatever chest infection Lee had has obviously disappeared. Right on target, just outside off stump and shaping away. Two slips in place.

0.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, tip and run! Strauss gets off the mark. So does England. Just a nudge to the on side and by the time Hodge tried to swoop in, the run was completed. Meanwhile Hodge stumbles and falls.

England 1/0   AJ Strauss 1* (2b)
1.1

Bracken to Strauss, no run, Short of good length, outside the off stump and shapes away further. Left alone. Bracken is a pretty good ODI bowler, gets the white ball to swing and move away.

1.2

Bracken to Strauss, no run, closer to the off stump, on a length and bit of bounce and movement away, Strauss withdraws his bat from the line

1.3

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, on the hips, tucked to fine leg

1.5

Bracken to Strauss, no run, on the off stump line, punched to mid-off

1.6

Bracken to Strauss, no run, Just around the off stump, Struass nudges it to cover point, thinks about a single, sees the huge figure of Andrew Symonds rushing across, and settles for a dot ball.

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 2* (7b)
2.2

Lee to Strauss, no run

2.3

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, slightly short of length, around the off stump line, carved away to third man region. Lovely looking shot, just a run though.

2.3

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, slightly short of length, around the off stump line, carved away to third man region. Lovely looking shot, just a run though.

England 9/0   AJ Strauss 3* (9b)
3.1

Bracken to Strauss, no run, beaten! lands on a good length, outside the off stump, and moves away. Strauss flirts and then turns coy; withdraws his bat from the line

3.2

Bracken to Strauss, no run, on the middle and off stump line, jabbed away to the off side

3.3

Bracken to Strauss, no run, fuller, on the middle and leg, turned straight to the midwicket.

3.4

Bracken to Strauss, no run, swing and a miss. 133 kmph. Not that fast but Strauss tried to drill through the line and just knifed through thin air.

3.5

Bracken to Strauss, no run, 134.05 kmph, around the off stump line, pushed to cover point

3.6

Bracken to Strauss, 3 runs, drifts on to the pads and Strauss pounces on it, works it past square-leg.

England 12/0   AJ Strauss 6* (15b)
4.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, fullish, on the middle stump line, Strauss tries to go straight down the ground, it goes to the left of mid-on

England 13/0   AJ Strauss 7* (16b)
6.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, on a length, on the middle stump line, driven to mid-on

6.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, hones in on the off stump, Strauss tries to cut it away, too close to the off stump line, and ends up mistiming it a touch ...

6.3

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, fullish, outside off stump, driven through covers

6.4

Lee to Strauss, SIX, top-edges a six! Sponsor that part of the blade Strauss! Banged in short and Strauss goes for a pull, is late on that stroke and the ball just flew over the cuckoo's nest. Over fine-leg. He has been dismissed a few times in the Test series going for this stroke.

6.5

Lee to Strauss, no run

6.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, If you going to sponsor the top edge, then better insure the outside edge. Just in the channel outside the off stump, a lame poke and the ball shaves past the outer edge

England 36/0   AJ Strauss 15* (22b 1x6)
8.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run

8.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, on the back foot, no violence in Strauss's mind, just defends it away

England 46/0   AJ Strauss 15* (24b 1x6)
9.4

Bracken to Strauss, no run, Strauss continues to scrath around. Another attempted cut shot, no contact. Stings Gilchrist's gloves

9.5

Bracken to Strauss, no run, Deja-vu at Brisbane. This time Struass even tries to charge out, Bracken drags back the length and Struass tries to cut but no luck again.

9.6

Bracken to Strauss, no run, pushed to point..

England 47/0   AJ Strauss 15* (27b 1x6)
10.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, defended on the back-foot

10.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, looks like McGrath has found his grove, or is just because Strauss is on strike, anyway good length delivery outside the off stump and Strauss defends it on the front-foot

10.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, full on middle and leg, turned straight to the fielder at midwicket

10.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, punched off the back-foot and the ball finds the bowler.

England 52/0   AJ Strauss 15* (31b 1x6)
11.5

Bracken to Strauss, 2 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, Strauss waits for the ball and at the last moment cuts it down to thrid man for a brace

11.6

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, short of a good length delivery, width offered and Strauss cuts it away through point. There is protection in the deep

England 56/1   AJ Strauss 18* (33b 1x6)
12.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, McGrath has started hitting the coin outside the off stump. Strauss safely plays it down to mid-off

12.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, good length and this one came back in a touch. Strauss stays back and works it away on the leg side. Needless to say, the ball went straight to the fielder at midwicket

12.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, worked away off the back-foot to the square leg region

12.4

McGrath to Strauss, OUT, Hodge you beauty! short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, innocuous delivery. Strauss having failed playing the drive and the flick goes for the pull and the ball flies away towards midwicket. Hodge there quickly moves across to his left and pulls off a stunner, diving across to his left. He was at full stretch and in the air when he took it and to make it even better he took it with both hands. Amazing effort.

AJ Strauss c Hodge b McGrath 18 (56m 37b 0x4 1x6) SR: 48.64

England 56/2   AJ Strauss 18 (37b 1x6)
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