Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 4th match

Australia v England

Australia won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)

8.1

McGrath to Loye, FOUR, Hmm.... completely unMcGrath like delivery. Short and on the off stump line, Loye loves it, pulls it through midwicket.

8.2

McGrath to Loye, FOUR, What a shot! That You Tube moment again! Loye's sweep shot. The left foot goes across, outside the off stump, he goes on the bended knee and he swings it behind square leg.

8.3

McGrath to Loye, no run, to the classic McGrath line. Boring. Just short of length, on the off stump line. Loye pats it back cautiously as if he is defusing a bomb. McGrath has a few words to say to him. Its nice to see you and such greetings. Yeah right.

8.4

McGrath to Loye, 1 run, that one day dab shot to thirdman. Outside off stump and you know how this one goes.

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   GD McGrath 1-0-9-0

10.1

McGrath to Loye, FOUR, Short and wide outside the off stump and Loye flays it away through backward point, this is refreshing cricket. Actually the ball was not there to be cut but he room, got on top of the bounce and played into the ground

10.2

McGrath to Loye, 1 run, swept away top deep backward square, just a single on this occasion

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   GD McGrath 2-0-14-0

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

12.5

McGrath to Joyce, no run, bouncer first up and Joyce ducks under it

12.6

McGrath to Joyce, no run, good length delivery on the stump and Joyce is made to defend. Wicket maiden

England 56/2   GD McGrath 3-1-14-1

14.1

McGrath to Joyce, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Joyce gets right behind the line and defends it down on the off side

14.2

McGrath to Joyce, no run, driven away towards cover, Symonds at short cover, dives across full length and cuts off the single. This is the kind of support that every bowler dreams off.

14.3

McGrath to Joyce, no run, forced away towards point, again no run there

14.4

McGrath to Joyce, FOUR, short delivery on the middle and leg stump line, not fiery enough to trouble the batsman. Joyce gets right on top of the bounce and pulls it away to through square leg. Fine leg fielder quickly gave up the chase. Excellent timing and placement

14.5

McGrath to Joyce, no run, in the channel outside the off stump and Joyce leaves it through to the keeper

14.6

McGrath to Joyce, no run, this one straightened after pitched and Joyce shoulders arms, close call as the ball zips past the stumps

England 62/2   GD McGrath 4-1-18-1

16.1

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Bell shuffles across a bit and works it away towards midwicket for an easy single

16.2

McGrath to Joyce, no run, good length delivery, pitched on and around the off stump line and shaping away a touch. Joyce leaves it through to the keeper

16.3

McGrath to Joyce, no run, and this time he comes down the track but the result is almost the same, Joyce was looking for the drive through cover but the ball rolled away off the inner half of the bat

16.4

McGrath to Joyce, no run, slightly short and angling across the left-hander. Joyce on the back-foot defending

16.5

McGrath to Joyce, no run, worked away towards gully, no room for a single there

16.6

McGrath to Joyce, OUT, and McGrath ends Joyce's uneasy stay at the crease with a beauty! short of a good length delivery, this one hit the deck and shaped back in. Joyce was clueless and in the end it was a nothing poke, ball clipped the inside edge and went straight to Gilchrist behind the stumps. That's the end of that and we are back to square one.

EC Joyce c †Gilchrist b McGrath 5 (19m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

England 70/3   GD McGrath 5-1-19-2

18.1

McGrath to Collingwood, OUT, and the party continue! short of a good length, pitched right in the channel outside the off stump and shaping away late - special delivery for poor mortals and a McGrath usual. Collingwood had no option but to play at it and the edge went straight to Gilchrist behind the stumps. England five down and they are melting like butter on a hot pan.

PD Collingwood c †Gilchrist b McGrath 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.2

McGrath to Nixon, no run, good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Nixon ends up with an inside edge on to his pad

18.3

McGrath to Nixon, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and Nixon pushes it away towards cover point

18.4

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

18.5

McGrath to Nixon, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the pads and Nixon works it away behind square on the leg side

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   GD McGrath 6-1-20-3

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

20.5

McGrath to Nixon, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, almost a yorker. Nixon gets behind the line and tamely defends it back to the bowler

20.6

McGrath to Nixon, 1 run, short delivery on the stumps, Nixon goes back and pulls it away through square leg

England 74/5   GD McGrath 7-1-22-3

22.1

McGrath to Nixon, no run, defended off the back-foot and the ball rolls away towards midwicket

22.2

McGrath to Nixon, no run, line and length delivery, Nixon gets behind the line and forces it away towards cover

22.3

McGrath to Nixon, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Nixon says back and defends it down on the leg side

22.4

McGrath to Nixon, no run, again on the middle and off stump line, no room offered and Nixon is made to defend. Amazing stuff this from McGrath

22.5

McGrath to Nixon, no run, good length delivery on the stumps and this time Nixon plays it away far, as far as the fielder at midwicket

22.6

McGrath to Nixon, 2 runs, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, bit of width offered and Nixon cuts it away to third man. Easy two to end the over

England 83/5   GD McGrath 8-1-24-3
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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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