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)

Hello and a warm welcome to the fourth game in the CB series. Australia v England I am Sriram Veera and, along with Sajan Nair, shall bring you all the live action today.

Toss England have chosen to bat. Mal Loye, the 34-year old batsman, makes his debut. McGrath and Brett Lee are back while Ricky Ponting takes a breather. Adam Gilchrist will lead the side.

Weather Peter English, our Australian editor at the ground, confirms some bad news. "Showers are expected throughout the afternoon." It was raining in the morning and covers were on till recently. They are off now and we shall have play.

Players are out there, lets play!

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

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • MB Loye 2 (4b)
    • AJ Strauss 1 (2b)
    • B Lee 1-0-3-0
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

1.4

Bracken to Loye, 1 leg bye, Fuller and it swings in late, on the middle and leg side, Loye attempts to flick it away, the ball bobs away to short 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.

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 5/0 (RR: 2.50)

    • AJ Strauss 2 (7b)
    • MB Loye 2 (5b)
    • NW Bracken 1-0-1-0
    • 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.

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 9/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • MB Loye 5 (9b)
    • AJ Strauss 3 (9b)
    • B Lee 2-0-7-0
    • NW Bracken 1-0-1-0
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.

End of over 4 (3 runs) England 12/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • AJ Strauss 6 (15b)
    • MB Loye 5 (9b)
    • NW Bracken 2-0-4-0
    • 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

"Where are the usual commentators? they're funny...there are different people commentating the 4th ODI..." writes in George.

Sajan Nair: Well George, let me assure you that they will be back for the next ODI. In the mean time let me tell you a joke to keep you interested. Former captain Nasser Hussain and ex Test seamer Angus Fraser were both named Thursday as members of a seven-man panel which will conduct an inquest into England's Ashes debacle in Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced.

End of over 5 (12 runs) England 24/0 (RR: 4.80)

    • MB Loye 16 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • AJ Strauss 7 (16b)
    • B Lee 3-0-19-0
    • NW Bracken 2-0-4-0
5.1

Bracken to Loye, FOUR, Bracken gift-wraps a full toss across, Loye rips open the parcel, sends it crashing to the cover fence

5.2

Bracken to Loye, no run

5.3

Bracken to Loye, no run, on the stumps, shovelled to midwicket.

5.4

Bracken to Loye, no run, beaten! Just outside off stump, slightly short of length, Loye thinks he can cut it away, no luck.

5.5

Bracken to Loye, no run, There he goes sweeping. Full and slanted across the off stump, Loye goes forward and tries to sweep it and swing it across, doesn't make contact and it bounds off the pads.

5.6

Bracken to Loye, no run, switches to conservative mode again. Solid back foot defence

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 28/0 (RR: 4.66)

    • MB Loye 20 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • AJ Strauss 7 (16b)
    • NW Bracken 3-0-8-0
    • 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

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 36/0 (RR: 5.14)

    • AJ Strauss 15 (22b 1x6)
    • MB Loye 20 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 4-0-27-0
    • NW Bracken 3-0-8-0
7.1

Bracken to Loye, no run

7.2

Bracken to Loye, no run, on the off stump line, on a length, defended back to the bowler.

7.3

Bracken to Loye, no run, Loye goes sweeping. yet again. Not much luck though. Full and outside the off stump, he tries to swing it behind square, gets a inside edge on to his pads.

7.4

Bracken to Loye, no run, lands on a length, around the off stump line, just pushed back to the bowler

7.5

Bracken to Loye, no run, fullish, just outside the off stump, Loye gets behind the line, nudged to the off side

7.6

Bracken to Loye, 1 run, slower delivery, 119.1 kmph deliver, on the middle stump line, pushed to the right of mid-on. Will retain the strike.

End of over 8 (1 run) England 37/0 (RR: 4.62)

    • MB Loye 21 (26b 2x4 1x6)
    • AJ Strauss 15 (22b 1x6)
    • NW Bracken 4-0-9-0
    • B Lee 4-0-27-0
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

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 46/0 (RR: 5.11)

    • AJ Strauss 15 (24b 1x6)
    • MB Loye 30 (30b 4x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 1-0-9-0
    • NW Bracken 4-0-9-0
9.1

Bracken to Loye, no run, on the middle and off stump line, nudged back to the bowler.

9.2

Bracken to Loye, no run, fullish, outside the off stump line, Loye tries to drill it through the off side, the bat-handle rotates in the hand and the ball bobs away towards mid-off

9.3

Bracken to Loye, 1 run, The intent was to swing it over on field, gets a inside edge and it runs past square leg.

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..

Over to Sajan Nair for a while.

End of over 10 (1 run) England 47/0 (RR: 4.70)

    • AJ Strauss 15 (27b 1x6)
    • MB Loye 31 (33b 4x4 1x6)
    • NW Bracken 5-0-10-0
    • GD McGrath 1-0-9-0

Thanks Sriram

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

Where's the rest of that joke. It's not funny that they are looking into their poor performance, so, what's the joke? pings Andrew from Australia.

Well, just when i was pondering whether to respond to that, Stuart wrote in saying "Well Gus Fraser and Nasser Hussain have more experience of ashes debacles than most so should be able to shed some light on the latest one."

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.

End of over 11 (5 runs) England 52/0 (RR: 4.72)

    • AJ Strauss 15 (31b 1x6)
    • MB Loye 36 (35b 5x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 2-0-14-0
    • NW Bracken 5-0-10-0
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

Loye was beaten there by the late swing and the extra bounce. Excellent delivery to end an entertaining innings.

11.2

Bracken to Bell, no run, on the middle and off stump line, Bell gets right behind the line and defends it with a straight bat

11.3

Bracken to Bell, no run, line and length delivery, Bell being Bell, gets behind the line and defends it back to the bowler

11.4

Bracken to Bell, 1 run, off the mark. Bracken's angle creates the width and Bell nudges it down to third man for an easy single

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

End of a successful over.

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 56/1 (RR: 4.66)

    • AJ Strauss 18 (33b 1x6)
    • IR Bell 1 (3b)
    • NW Bracken 6-0-14-1
    • 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

So McGrath too gets one to his name, both the openers are back in the hut and the dream is slowly fading away.

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

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) England 56/2 (RR: 4.30)

    • EC Joyce 0 (2b)
    • IR Bell 1 (3b)
    • GD McGrath 3-1-14-1
    • NW Bracken 6-0-14-1

Johnson into the attack now.

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

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 58/2 (RR: 4.14)

    • IR Bell 2 (7b)
    • EC Joyce 1 (4b)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-2-0
    • 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

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 62/2 (RR: 4.13)

    • EC Joyce 5 (10b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 2 (7b)
    • GD McGrath 4-1-18-1
    • MG Johnson 1-0-2-0

The run rate is melting.

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

Time for drinks. Loye provided the start that England were missing throughout the series so far. Now it's up to Bell and Joyce to consolidate. McGrath is pinging away on the coin placed outside the off stump and it's going to be a good battle between bat and ball.

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 69/2 (RR: 4.31)

    • IR Bell 9 (13b 1x4)
    • EC Joyce 5 (10b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-9-0
    • 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

McGrath the champion on display here. England three down and in a spot of bother.

End of over 17 (1 run) England 70/3 (RR: 4.11)

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

Flintoff walks out to face the music

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

End of over 18 (1 run) England 71/4 (RR: 3.94)

    • A Flintoff 0 (5b)
    • PD Collingwood 0 (0b)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-10-0
    • 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

End of over 19 (1 run) England 72/5 (RR: 3.78)

    • A Flintoff 0 (6b)
    • PA Nixon 1 (4b)
    • GD McGrath 6-1-20-3
    • 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.

End of over 20 (maiden) England 72/5 (RR: 3.60)

    • PA Nixon 1 (10b)
    • A Flintoff 0 (6b)
    • MG Johnson 4-1-10-0
    • 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

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 74/5 (RR: 3.52)

    • PA Nixon 2 (12b)
    • A Flintoff 1 (10b)
    • GD McGrath 7-1-22-3
    • 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

End of over 22 (7 runs) England 81/5 (RR: 3.68)

    • A Flintoff 3 (13b)
    • PA Nixon 7 (15b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 5-1-17-0
    • GD McGrath 7-1-22-3

This partnership is now worth 10 runs. Now that's what they call a good start in England.

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

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 83/5 (RR: 3.60)

    • PA Nixon 9 (21b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 3 (13b)
    • GD McGrath 8-1-24-3
    • 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

End of over 24 (5 runs) England 88/5 (RR: 3.66)

    • PA Nixon 9 (22b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 8 (18b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 6-1-22-0
    • GD McGrath 8-1-24-3
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

Ball kept a bit low after hitting the deck but apart from that there was nothing in it. Full marks to Nixon for nicking that one.

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 93/6 (RR: 3.72)

    • A Flintoff 13 (23b 1x4)
    • B Lee 5-0-32-1
    • MG Johnson 6-1-22-0

Enter stage left, Dalrymple.

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

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 95/6 (RR: 3.65)

    • JWM Dalrymple 1 (5b)
    • A Flintoff 14 (24b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 7-1-24-0
    • 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

"England can't bat and New Zealand can't bowl, perhaps the finals should be Australia v an ENG/NZ joint team instead of humiliating just one of them." not a bad idea Bob.

26.6

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

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 97/6 (RR: 3.59)

    • JWM Dalrymple 2 (9b)
    • A Flintoff 15 (26b 1x4)
    • B Lee 6-0-34-1
    • 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

The opening partnership was worth 52 runs and from there to 100, it was a long journey and many fell in the heat of the battle.

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

End of over 28 (8 runs) England 105/6 (RR: 3.75)

    • JWM Dalrymple 3 (11b)
    • A Flintoff 22 (30b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 8-1-32-0
    • 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

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 108/6 (RR: 3.72)

    • A Flintoff 23 (32b 2x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 5 (15b)
    • B Lee 7-0-37-1
    • MG Johnson 8-1-32-0

Symonds into the attack now, bowling seam-up

29.1

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, little cutter and Dalrymple defends it on the front-foot

29.2

Symonds to Dalrymple, 2 runs, short and wide outside the off stump, cut away off the back-foot to the deep backward point region

29.3

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, better line and length and Dalrymple defends it on the back-foot

29.4

Symonds to Dalrymple, FOUR, pitched up wide outside the off stump and Dalrymple is sucked forward into the drive, ball clips the outside edge and flies over the fielder fielder at gully.

29.5

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, defended outside the off stump

29.6

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, played down to silly mid-on, Symonds moves across quickly and cuts off the single

Drinks called for.

End of over 30 (6 runs) England 114/6 (RR: 3.80)

    • JWM Dalrymple 11 (21b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 23 (32b 2x4)
    • A Symonds 1-0-6-0
    • B Lee 7-0-37-1

Lee to continue.

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

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 118/7 (RR: 3.80)

    • JWM Dalrymple 11 (21b 1x4)
    • B Lee 8-0-41-2
    • A Symonds 1-0-6-0
31.1

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, defended towards cover

31.2

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, played back to the bowler with a straight bat

31.3

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, worked away on the leg side, no room for a single there

31.4

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, opens the face of the bat and runs it away towards gully

31.5

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, defended on the front-foot

31.6

Symonds to Tremlett, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump and the edge is produced but the ball rolls down to third man

End of over 32 (1 run) England 119/7 (RR: 3.71)

    • CT Tremlett 1 (6b)
    • JWM Dalrymple 11 (21b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 2-0-7-0
    • 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

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 122/7 (RR: 3.69)

    • CT Tremlett 3 (10b)
    • JWM Dalrymple 12 (23b 1x4)
    • B Lee 9-0-44-2
    • A Symonds 2-0-7-0
33.1

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, defended outside the off stump, ball rolls away towards gully

33.2

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, good length delivery on and around the off stump line, Tremlett gets behind the line and defends it back to the bowler

33.3

Symonds to Tremlett, FOUR, in the slot outside the off stump and Tremlett drills it through extra cover for four, Good looking shot that

33.4

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, on the shorter side and Tremlett defends it down on the leg side

33.5

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump

33.6

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, bouncer to end the over and Tremlett ducks under it

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 126/7 (RR: 3.70)

    • CT Tremlett 7 (16b 1x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 12 (23b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 3-0-11-0
    • 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

End of over 35 (9 runs) England 135/7 (RR: 3.85)

    • JWM Dalrymple 21 (29b 2x4)
    • CT Tremlett 7 (16b 1x4)
    • B Lee 10-0-53-2
    • A Symonds 3-0-11-0
35.1

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Dalrymple gets well forward and defends it down watchfully

35.2

Symonds to Dalrymple, 1 run, fuller in length and Dalrymple drives it hard into the track, ball bounces over the bowler and they scamper through for a single

35.3

Symonds to Tremlett, 1 run, cut away off the back-foot to the point region

35.4

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run

35.5

Symonds to Dalrymple, 1 run, good length delivery, driven off the front-foot to the long-off region

35.6

Symonds to Tremlett, no run, in the channel outside the off stump and Tremlett plays it away towards gully

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 138/7 (RR: 3.83)

    • CT Tremlett 8 (18b 1x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 23 (33b 2x4)
    • A Symonds 4-0-14-0
    • B Lee 10-0-53-2

Bracken back on.

36.1

Bracken to Dalrymple, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Dalrymple defends on the back-foot

36.2

Bracken to Dalrymple, 2 runs, steered away off the back-foot and the ball rolls away through gully

36.3

Bracken to Dalrymple, no run, good length and angling across, played straight to the fielder at gully.

36.4

Bracken to Dalrymple, 1 run, pitched up and angling across and Dalrymple drives it down to long-off. Dalrymple is showing some character here

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

36.6

Bracken to Lewis, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and Lewis leaves it through to the keeper

End of over 37 (3 runs) England 141/8 (RR: 3.81)

    • J Lewis 0 (1b)
    • JWM Dalrymple 26 (37b 2x4)
    • NW Bracken 7-0-17-2
    • A Symonds 4-0-14-0
37.1

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run

37.2

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, off-cutter and Dalrymple ends up playing down the wrong line. Loud shout for lbw turned down, Hawkeyes shows that the ball would have clipped the leg stump.

37.3

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, defended

37.4

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, fuller length delivery and Dalrymple is beaten once again, probably an inside edge onto the pad

37.5

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, goes for the drive outside the off stump and the ball salis through to the keeper

37.6

Symonds to Dalrymple, no run, yorker on the stumps and once again Dalrymple is beaten all ends up. End of a good over

End of over 38 (maiden) England 141/8 (RR: 3.71)

    • JWM Dalrymple 26 (43b 2x4)
    • J Lewis 0 (1b)
    • A Symonds 5-1-14-0
    • NW Bracken 7-0-17-2
38.1

Bracken to Lewis, 1 run, edged away behind the stumps on the off side, Hayden at wide first slip fails to time his jump properly and the ball rolls down to third man, looked like he got a touch on it

38.2

Bracken to Dalrymple, 2 runs, good length delivery on the pads and Dalrymple clips it away through midwicket

38.3

Bracken to Dalrymple, 1 run, again worked away on the leg side for an easy single

38.4

Bracken to Lewis, no run, good length delivery, angling across and Lewis drives it away towards cover

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

38.6

Bracken to Anderson, 1 run, pushed past the fielder at point and Anderson is off the mark.

Back to Sriram Veera.

End of over 39 (5 runs) England 146/9 (RR: 3.74)

    • JM Anderson 1 (1b)
    • JWM Dalrymple 29 (45b 2x4)
    • NW Bracken 8-0-22-3
    • A Symonds 5-1-14-0

Thanks Sajan.

39.1

White to Anderson, no run, floated on the off stump line, defended off the front foot&

39.2

White to Anderson, no run

39.3

White to Anderson, no run, Cut and miss. Close to the off stump line, Anderson thinks he can cut ala Lara and is beaten

39.4

White to Anderson, no run, realises he is just Anderson, leaves this delivery outside off stump all alone

39.5

White to Anderson, 2 leg byes, tossed up on the middle stump line, Anderson sweeps it past square-leg. Will get two.

39.6

White to Anderson, no run, perfect forward defence. Head over the ball and all that jazz

End of over 40 (2 runs, maiden) England 148/9 (RR: 3.70)

    • JM Anderson 1 (7b)
    • JWM Dalrymple 29 (45b 2x4)
    • CL White 1-1-0-0
    • NW Bracken 8-0-22-3
40.1

Bracken to Dalrymple, 1 run, Fullish, outside off stump, driven to deep cover.

40.2

Bracken to Anderson, no run

40.3

Bracken to Anderson, no run, full in a length, just outside the off stump, Anderson leans forward, pushes it out into the cover region.

40.4

Bracken to Anderson, no run, Bouncer! Bracken digs it in, Anderson withdraws his bat from the line and the ball just whizzes past his face. Smell the leather!

40.5

Bracken to Anderson, 1 run, slightly slower in pace, on the middle stump line, Anderson doesn't move his feet, is keeping that while he bowls, just shovels this one into midwicket

40.6

Bracken to Dalrymple, no run, sailing through the channel outside off, Dalrymple tries the one-day dab shot, misses.

End of over 41 (2 runs) England 150/9 (RR: 3.65)

    • JWM Dalrymple 30 (47b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 2 (11b)
    • NW Bracken 9-0-24-3
    • CL White 1-1-0-0
41.1

White to Anderson, 1 wide, slips that down leg side. Wide called.

41.1

White to Anderson, 1 run, top spinner on the middle and leg, tucked towards square-leg. The camera pans to Vaughan and Collingwood sitting outside. Some of the crowd cheer, some jeer...

41.2

White to Dalrymple, 1 run, floated on the off stump line, lapped around the corner, Anderson almost turns blind for the second run, and is sent back. Wise move. He just about dives into the crease.

41.3

White to Anderson, 1 wide, googly but again down the leg side

41.3

White to Anderson, 1 run, slides this one again on the legs, worked towards square-leg for a single

41.4

White to Dalrymple, no run

41.5

White to Dalrymple, no run, floated on the leg stump line, flicked to right of Michael Clark midwicket who dives to make the stop

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

It is McGrath's last time at Gabba. He talks to Healy on the sidelines, " It felt great. Hopefully I don't have to come out to bat."

Diarmid is clearly upset. "What a disgrace, it should be mandatory for Australia to bat first when playing England. At least I would get to see some of the match when I get home." As someone said once, Cricket, against Australia, is proof that the English are masochistic. Maybe he was right.

It is going to be a long lunch break. Hopefully the chase would last that long. Catch you in a while.

End of over 42 (5 runs) England 155/10 (RR: 3.69)

    • JM Anderson 4 (13b)
    • CL White 2-1-5-1
    • NW Bracken 9-0-24-3
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