Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 4th match

Australia v England

Australia won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)

11.1

Bracken to Loye, OUT, And Bracken nails Mal Loye after a run a ball 36. short of a good length delivery, pitched on middle and off and shaping away from the right-hander. Loye plays at it late, more of an afterthought. Ball clips the edge and goes straight to Hayden at first slip.

MB Loye c Hayden b Bracken 36 (49m 36b 5x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

England 52/1   AJ Strauss 15* (31b 1x6)   NW Bracken 5.1-0-10-1

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   IR Bell 1* (3b)   GD McGrath 2.4-0-14-1

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   IR Bell 10* (14b 1x4)   GD McGrath 5-1-19-2

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

England 70/4   PD Collingwood 0* (0b)   MG Johnson 2.1-0-9-0

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

England 71/5   A Flintoff 0* (5b)   GD McGrath 5.1-1-19-3

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   A Flintoff 13* (23b 1x4)   B Lee 5-0-32-1

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   JWM Dalrymple 11* (21b 1x4)   B Lee 8-0-41-2

36.5

Bracken to Tremlett, OUT, Bracken strikes! well disguised slower delivery. Tremlett tries to open the face of the bat and run it down to third man but fails miserably. Just the thinnest of edges and the ball flies straight to Gilchrist behind the stumps. Eight down - two more go.

CT Tremlett c †Gilchrist b Bracken 8 (20m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.10

England 141/8   JWM Dalrymple 26* (37b 2x4)   NW Bracken 6.5-0-17-2

38.5

Bracken to Lewis, OUT, got'm! and once again it's the slower ball that does the trick. Low fulltoss on the middle and off stump line. Lewis jams his bat down, probably he thought it was the yorker. Ball hits the bottom part of the bat and spoons up straight back to the bowler.

J Lewis c & b Bracken 1 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

England 145/9   JWM Dalrymple 29* (45b 2x4)   NW Bracken 7.5-0-21-3

41.6

White to Dalrymple, OUT, There you go. England shot out for 155. The awful summer continues. Short of length, outside the off stump, Dalrymple could have pulled it anywhere but he decides this is the time to end the misery and hits it right at the throat of long on.

JWM Dalrymple c Johnson b White 31 (70m 51b 2x4 0x6) SR: 60.78

England 155/10   JM Anderson 4* (13b)   CL White 2-1-5-1
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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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