Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 4th match

Australia v England

Australia won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)

13.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, defended towards mid-off

13.2

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, Johnson drifts on to the pads and Bell works it away behind square on the leg side

13.3

Johnson to Joyce, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, Joyce gets behind the line and defends it down

13.4

Johnson to Joyce, 1 run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Joyce goes on the back-foot and taps it away towards cover point. Symonds moves across in a flash but the batsmen scamper through for a well judged single

13.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, line and length delivery, defended on the back-foot

13.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, in the channel outside the off stump, Bell opens the face of the bat and runs it away towards gully

England 58/2   MG Johnson 1-0-2-0

15.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, driven off the fornt-foot and the ball goes straight to the fielder at cover

15.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, short of a good length and angling across the right-hander. Bell slashes hard at it but fails to make contact. Bit of frustration creeping in I guess.

15.3

Johnson to Bell, 2 runs, driven away through backward point, easy two

15.4

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, shot! short of a good length and angling across the right-hander. Bell stands erect on the back-foot, lines it up nicely and drills it through the gap between cover and point. Way to go

15.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, Bell pushes forward and defends it well

15.6

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, tucked away off the pads to the square leg region, easy single to end the over

England 69/2   MG Johnson 2-0-9-0

17.1

Johnson to Bell, OUT, goodness me! good length delivery outside the off stump and Bell runs it away towards gully and then came the mix-up. Total mess! Both batsmen meet in the middle and then Bell hesitates quite a bit. He is in two minds whether to run or go back to his end. By this time White had stopped the ball diving across to his left and he flicked the ball lying down all along the ground. Bell tries to run back to the striker's end but White's back-handed flick hits the stumps bang. Bell was nowhere in the picture.

IR Bell run out 10 (32m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

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   MG Johnson 3-0-10-0

19.1

Johnson to Nixon, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and Nixon leaves it through to the keeper. Can't blame him, he is playing out the memo - that's sure

19.2

Johnson to Nixon, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Nixon watchfully drives it straight to Clarke at cover

19.3

Johnson to Nixon, no run, good length and drifting down the leg side, ball clips the pads and rolls away behind the stumps. Gilchirst had to dive across full length to cut it off - all in a day's work.

19.4

Johnson to Nixon, no run, short of a good length delivery, no width offered and Nixon plays it back to the bowler

19.5

Johnson to Nixon, no run, in the channel and shaping away from the left-hander. Nixon gets behind the line and defends it with a straight bat

19.6

Johnson to Nixon, no run, worked away towards short midwicket, they think of a single but wisely decides against it.

England 72/5   MG Johnson 4-1-10-0

21.1

Johnson to Nixon, FOUR, take that! good length delivery outside the off stump, Nixon leans back, quickly gets into a good position and thuds it through the gap between the cover fielder. Good positive shot to break the ice

21.2

Johnson to Nixon, no run, slightly short and close to the off stump line, Nixon opens the face of the bat and runs it away towards gully

21.3

Johnson to Nixon, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Nixon stays back and drives it away towards cover point. Symonds moves across in a flash but his shy at the bowler's end fails to hit the target. Direct hit would have been interesting

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   MG Johnson 5-1-17-0

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

23.6

Johnson to Nixon, no run, good length and angling across, driven straight to the fielder at cover

England 88/5   MG Johnson 6-1-22-0

25.1

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

25.2

Johnson to Dalrymple, no run, good length delivery, angling across and Dalrymple defends it on the back-foot

25.3

Johnson to Dalrymple, no run, pitched close to the off stump line and angling across, Dalrymple opens the face of the bat and runs it away towards gully

25.4

Johnson to Dalrymple, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, defended straight back to the bowler

25.5

Johnson to Dalrymple, no run, ripper! in the channel outside the off stump and this one shaped back in a touch. Dalrymple had no option but to play at it and the ball zips past the outside edge. well bowled

25.6

Johnson to Dalrymple, 1 run, forced away off the front-foot to the cover region, not a convincing shot but he finds the gap and they scamper through for a single

England 95/6   MG Johnson 7-1-24-0

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

27.5

Johnson to Dalrymple, no run, defended on the front-foot

27.6

Johnson to Dalrymple, 1 run, again worked away behind square, just a single on this occasion

England 105/6   MG Johnson 8-1-32-0
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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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