Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 4th match

Australia v England

Australia won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)

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.

0.3

Lee to Loye, no run, No gift to the debutant. Loye receives a yorker first up. Full, furious, and tailing in late, it crashed into the boot. Beaten for pace and by the blockhole length. Welcome to international cricket.

0.4

Lee to Loye, 2 runs, Loye is up and running. International cricket is not so bad after all. Fullish, and he leans forward to drive it straight down the ground. Two runs.

0.5

Lee to Loye, no run, short of length, on the off stump line, defended to point

0.6

Lee to Loye, no run

England 3/0   B Lee 1-0-3-0

2.1

Lee to Loye, 3 runs, Easy runs. Full and the legs, Lee strays, Loye flicks it past square leg. He doesn't get his front foot across, keeps his feet outside the line and gets two runs

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.

2.4

Lee to Loye, no run, lands on a length, on the middle stump line, the ball hits the bat, rather than the other way, the bat-handle rotates in the hand, and the ball rolls away to the on side

2.5

Lee to Loye, no run

2.6

Lee to Loye, no run, In the channel outside off stump, Loye shuffles across and lets it sail past him.

England 9/0   B Lee 2-0-7-0

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

4.2

Lee to Loye, SIX, Oh ho! what a shot! 34-years of frutstration released into that shot. 150 kmph delivery on the middle stump line, Loye does his special. Goes on the bended knee, and swings it over long leg. Sweeping a fast bowler! He does it in Twenty20, we were wondering whether he can pull it off in the international cricket. Obviously he can and how.

4.3

Lee to Loye, no run

4.4

Lee to Loye, FOUR, Thwack! On the middle stump line, short of length, Loye short-arm jabs it over square leg! Can we call on all the veterans from the county please.

4.5

Lee to Loye, no run

4.6

Lee to Loye, 1 run, pitched up, outside off stump and driven past point

England 24/0   B Lee 3-0-19-0

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   B Lee 4-0-27-0

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

24.6

Lee to Nixon, OUT, short of a good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling away. Nixon stays back and pokes at it, playing well away from his body. Thick edge and the ball goes straight to Hayden at first slip who snaffles it as clean as a whistle. England six down.

PA Nixon c Hayden b Lee 9 (29m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 39.13

England 93/6   B Lee 5-0-32-1

26.1

Lee to Dalrymple, no run, short of a good length delivery and this one nipped back in a touch. Dalrymple jumps into position and plays it down on the off side.

26.2

Lee to Dalrymple, no run, another short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and this one went straight on after hitting the deck. Dalrymple once again lines it up nicely and defends it down

26.3

Lee to Dalrymple, 1 run, clipped away towards midwicket, slight mix-up going for the single but in the end they make it across comfortably

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

26.6

Lee to Dalrymple, no run, pitched up outside the off stump and Dalrymple defends it down, solid shot

England 97/6   B Lee 6-0-34-1

28.1

Lee to Dalrymple, no run, good length delivery and Dalrymple drives it away towards cover

28.2

Lee to Dalrymple, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Dalrymple gets on his toes and defends it down on the off side

28.3

Lee to Dalrymple, 1 run

28.4

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

28.5

Lee to Dalrymple, 1 run, worked away off the back-foot to the midwicket region

28.6

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

England 108/6   B Lee 7-0-37-1

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   B Lee 8-0-41-2

32.1

Lee to Tremlett, no run, short rising deliverty and Tremlett sways away from the line

32.2

Lee to Tremlett, no run, And Lee troubles the 6 foot 8 gaint with a nasty bouncer. This one nipped back in a long away and Tremlett was caught on the wrong foot, ball clips the outside edge and pops up towards point

32.3

Lee to Tremlett, 1 run, worked away off the back-foot to the square leg region, not a convincing shot but they cross over for a single

32.4

Lee to Dalrymple, no run, worked away towards gully, no room for a single there

32.5

Lee to Dalrymple, 1 run, bit of width offered and Dalrymple cuts it away through point

32.6

Lee to Tremlett, 1 run, worked away off the back-foot to the midwicket region

England 122/7   B Lee 9-0-44-2

34.1

Lee to Dalrymple, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven away towards cover

34.2

Lee to Dalrymple, 2 runs, fuller length delivery outside the off stump and Dalrymple drives it past the fielder at cover, nicely opened the face of the bat at the point of impact to get the placement right

34.3

Lee to Dalrymple, no run, short rising delivery outside the off stump and Dalrymple leaves it through to the keeper

34.4

Lee to Dalrymple, 2 runs, short of a good length delivery and this time he cuts it away through point

34.5

Lee to Dalrymple, FOUR, even better! good length delivery outside the off stump and Dalrymple lofts it away to the cover fence. Good hit through the line and he comfortably cleared the fielder inside the circle.

34.6

Lee to Dalrymple, 1 run, turned away off the back-foot to the square leg region, easy single to end the over

England 135/7   B Lee 10-0-53-2
Tournament Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 11, 2007
England won by 34 runs (D/L method)
Australia v England at Melbourne - Feb 9, 2007
England won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
England v New Zealand at Brisbane - Feb 6, 2007
England won by 14 runs
Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne - Feb 4, 2007
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 2, 2007
England won by 92 runs
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Photos

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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