Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 4th match

Australia v England

Australia won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)

Ok. All set for the chase. One slip and a gully. Three inside the circle on the off and two, inside the circle, on the leg side. Here we go.

0.1

Lewis to Gilchrist, no run, Starts off with one in the channel outside off, Gilchrist shuffles across, covers the off stump and shoulders arms.

0.2

Lewis to Gilchrist, 1 run, on the hips, Gilchrist waits for the ball to arrive, works his wrists, tucks it away to fine leg. Australia are off.

Similar field setting for Hayden as well. Hayden does his usual routine, takes guard, goes down on his knee and meditates.

0.3

Lewis to Hayden, 1 leg bye, on the thigh, bobs away off the thigh pad, towards square-leg and they will take a run.

0.4

Lewis to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, again on the legs, another leg bye. He is operating from round the stumps and, at the moment, is spearing them down.

0.5

Lewis to Hayden, no run, banging in at short of length, dabbed away to the off side

0.6

Lewis to Hayden, 1 run, again on the legs, this can't be the plan, nudged past in front of square leg

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0 (152 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.10)
ML Hayden    1* (3b)      J Lewis    1-0-2-0
AC Gilchrist    1* (3b)     

1.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run, good delivery to start off. Fullish, tailing in late, at middle stump line, Hayden arrests his front foot movement, drives it towards mid-off

1.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, No swing this time, ends up as a overpitched delivery, on middle and off stump line, again driven to mid-off. The mid-off is standing pretty straight for Hayden

1.3

Anderson to Hayden, no run, slants across the off stump, full in length, Hayden leans forward, shoulders arms

1.4

Anderson to Hayden, 2 runs, on the hips, Hayden eases back, punches it through midwicket region

1.5

Anderson to Hayden, no run, Anderson hurls if full and fast, around the off stump line, driven to mid-off

1.6

Anderson to Hayden, FOUR, There we go. Hayden frees his arms. Didn't take long. Fullish, on the stumps, Hayden decides that should disappear, biffs it across, over midwicket, one bounce over the ropes.

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 10/0 (146 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 3.04)
ML Hayden    7* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-6-0
AC Gilchrist    1* (3b)      J Lewis    1-0-2-0

2.1

Lewis to Gilchrist, no run, from round the stumps, just in the channel outside off, Gilchrist moves across, and lets it fly past him

2.2

Lewis to Gilchrist, no run, lands on a good length, outside off, comes in a touch, Gilchrist opens the bat-face, runs it to point

2.3

Lewis to Gilchrist, no run

2.4

Lewis to Gilchrist, no run, slightly short of length, comes in towards the off stump, Gilchrist gets behind the line, head over the ball, left elbow high and defends solidly. Hmm....

2.5

Lewis to Gilchrist, no run, lands on middle, on a length, slips down towards the pads, Gilchrist tries to dab it away, doesn't make contact and the ball rolls off the pads.

2.6

Lewis to Gilchrist, no run, around the off stump line, continues with the general theme of the over, Gilchrist moves back, pushes it out into the cover region.

End of over 3 (maiden) Australia 10/0 (146 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 3.10)
AC Gilchrist    1* (9b)      J Lewis    2-1-2-0
ML Hayden    7* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-6-0

3.1

Anderson to Hayden, 1 wide, Ala Harmison. Way outside off stump.

3.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run, closer to the off and from a length, Hayden lets it sail into the 'keeper's gloves.

3.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, shorter and width outside off but Hayden turns into a monk and shoulders arms

3.3

Anderson to Hayden, no run, fuller but again well outside off stump, Hayden doesn't flirt at it.

3.4

Anderson to Hayden, 1 wide, wide down the leg side. All over the shop.

3.4

Anderson to Hayden, no run, short of length and again bit of width outside the off stump, left alone.

3.5

Anderson to Hayden, no run, again angling away, Hayden leans forward, and lets it go past him.

3.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, And again.

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 12/0 (144 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 3.13)
ML Hayden    7* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0
AC Gilchrist    1* (9b)      J Lewis    2-1-2-0

4.1

Lewis to Gilchrist, FOUR, upper cut over slips! Gilchrist breaks free! Slightly short of length and outside off stump, Gilchrist throws his blade at it and it flies off the top edge, over the slips.

4.2

Lewis to Gilchrist, no run, again from round the stumps, honing in on the off stump, defended back down the track, the bat came down at an angle and the ball rolls away towards the leg side

4.3

Lewis to Gilchrist, 1 no ball, beaten! In the zone outside off, holding its line and Gilchrist has a poke at it.

4.3

Lewis to Gilchrist, 1 run, goes wide the crease, full and on the middle stump line, Gilchrist goes back, turns it past square-leg.

4.4

Lewis to Hayden, no run, back to over the wickets for Hayden. Just whistling through the corridor, Hayden lets that one go through as well.

4.5

Lewis to Hayden, 3 runs, Hayden had enough of shouldering arms. Walks down the wicket, Lewis drags back his length, and pushes it outside off, Hayden adjusts to cut it past point

4.6

Lewis to Gilchrist, no run, back to round the stumps. On the middle and off, again that bat comes down in an angle, the bat-face shut, and the ball rolls away to the leg side.

End of over 5 (9 runs) Australia 21/0 (135 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 3.00)
AC Gilchrist    6* (14b 1x4)      J Lewis    3-1-11-0
ML Hayden    10* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0

5.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run, Hayden loves walking. Again he is down the track, Anderson bangs it in, on the hips, Hayden is cramped for room and tries to jab it away to the on side, is hit on the thigh pad.

5.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, on the middle and off stump line, slanting across, pushed to the off side

5.3

Anderson to Hayden, 1 wide, slips down leg side.

5.3

Anderson to Hayden, no run

5.4

Anderson to Hayden, 2 runs, Again that walk down the track. Again the shortening of the length by the bowler but this time Anderson pushes it outside off and that allows Hayden attempt a cut, and the ball flies to the right of thirdman

5.5

Anderson to Hayden, no run, huge shout for lbw. Lands on a length, on the middle stump line, Hayden shuffles across, and is trapped on the pads. But it is going over off stump line.

5.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run

End of over 6 (3 runs) Australia 24/0 (132 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.00)
ML Hayden    12* (23b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-11-0
AC Gilchrist    6* (14b 1x4)      J Lewis    3-1-11-0

6.1

Lewis to Gilchrist, 2 runs, on a length, just outside the off stump, Gilchrist opens the bat-face, runs it past point

6.2

Lewis to Gilchrist, OUT, Anderson takes a very good running catch at long leg. It was banged in slightly short of length, on the middle stump line, Gilchrist goes for the pull, ends up skying it high and Anderson runs to his right and holds on to a smart catch.

AC Gilchrist c Anderson b Lewis 8 (24m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

6.3

Lewis to Hayden, no run, Full and on the middle and off stump line, Hayden drives it back to the bowler

6.4

Lewis to Hayden, FOUR, Super shot! Full and around the off stump line, Hayden leans forward and unfurls a lovely square-drive.

6.5

Lewis to Hayden, no run, fuller, outside off stump, Hayden goes hard at it, too much bottom-hand, and the ball rolls towards mid-off

6.6

Lewis to Hayden, no run, pushed across Hayden who shoulders arms.

End of over 7 (6 runs) Australia 30/1 (126 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 2.93)
ML Hayden    16* (27b 2x4)      J Lewis    4-1-17-1
BJ Hodge    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    3-0-11-0

Two slips in place for Hodge.

7.1

Anderson to Hodge, no run, on a length, around the off stump line, Hodge gets behind the line to defend. He averages just around 15 in the ODIs.

7.2

Anderson to Hodge, no run, back-of-length delivery, outside off stump, Hodge pushes it, bat away from his body, towards point

7.3

Anderson to Hodge, OUT, Hodge's one-day travails continue. Full and on the middle and leg, it holds its line a touch, Hodge looks to turn it the on side, gets a outer edge and it flies to point where Darlymple takes it right in front of his face. Australia lose their second wicket. No Ricky Ponting today. Under slight pressure

BJ Hodge c Dalrymple b Anderson 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

7.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Beauty! Fullish, outside off and it holds its line again, Clarke lunges forward, late, and is beaten

7.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run

7.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, shaves past off stump. Landed outside off, came back in, Clarke shoulders arms and the ball just whizzes past the stick.

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) Australia 30/2 (126 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 3.00)
MJ Clarke    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    4-1-11-1
ML Hayden    16* (27b 2x4)      J Lewis    4-1-17-1

8.1

Lewis to Hayden, 2 runs, fullish outside off, swatted away through extra cover

8.2

Lewis to Hayden, no run

8.3

Lewis to Hayden, 1 run, on the off stump line, full in length, Hayden leans forward, pushes it out towards mid-off

8.4

Lewis to Clarke, 1 no ball, In the channel outside off stump, left alone. Replays reveal that it was huge no ball.

8.4

Lewis to Clarke, no run, lands on a length, on the off stump line, shaping away slightly, defended off the front foot

8.5

Lewis to Clarke, no run, fuller and outside off, pushing Clarke across who leans towards the line and decides to leave it alone

8.6

Lewis to Clarke, no run, And again. End of a pretty good over. England are keeping it tight here.

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 34/2 (122 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 3.77, RRR: 2.97)
MJ Clarke    0* (7b)      J Lewis    5-1-21-1
ML Hayden    19* (30b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-11-1

9.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run, slanted across Hayden, left alone.

9.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, nippy delivery, on the middle and leg, this one shapes back in a touch and Hayden is cramped for room. The ball bobs away off the thigh pad.

9.3

Anderson to Hayden, no run, Back to outside off stump, angling away, left alone

9.4

Anderson to Hayden, no run, The routine continues. After a delivery outside off, this one is on the middle and leg, and holdings its line and again Hayden has no room to work around with. And the ball thuds into the thigh pad

9.5

Anderson to Hayden, no run, no prize for guessing where this one went. Full and outside off, angling away

9.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, for variety, he takes this one away as well, left alone. Another good tight over from Anderson.

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 34/2 (122 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 3.40, RRR: 3.05)
ML Hayden    19* (36b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-11-1
MJ Clarke    0* (7b)      J Lewis    5-1-21-1

Powerplay on.

10.1

Lewis to Clarke, no run, on the off stump line, Clarke leans forward and pats it to the off side. Australia need another 122 runs.

10.2

Lewis to Clarke, no run, Lewis pings the outside-off channel, Clarke, as usual, comes forward, sees the line and shoulders arms. Test match cricket on.

10.3

Lewis to Clarke, no run, Fullish, on the off stump line, defended away. Australia continue to play it cautiously. Even the England fielders must be surprised.

10.4

Lewis to Clarke, 1 run, on the hips Clarke goes back, dabs it to fine leg

10.5

Lewis to Hayden, OUT, Oh ho! Hayden falls. Again that walk down the track, this time its fatal. Lewis drags back the length and hurls it at the body, Hayden pulls it to long leg into the waiting palms of Anderson. Three down! Game on?

ML Hayden c Anderson b Lewis 19 (45m 37b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.35

Roy walks in. The crowd roar.

10.6

Lewis to Clarke, 3 runs, Short of length, outside off, Clarke forces it through the off side ring, Flintoff gives the chase. 38 for 3.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 38/3 (118 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 3.45, RRR: 3.02)
MJ Clarke    4* (12b)      J Lewis    6-1-25-2
A Symonds    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    5-2-11-1

11.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 wide, a bouncer! Wide called for the height. Too short and it sails harmlessly over Clarke's head. Good intent as Clarke's first movement is to get forward.

11.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, lands on a length, on the off and middle, defended to the on side

11.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, whistles through the zone outside off. left alone and it thuds into Nixon's gloves

11.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, left alone again. Bell goes across to have a animated chat with Flintoff. Hopefully ,he has convinced his skipper about his run out

11.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run

11.5

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, on a length, on the middle stump line, holding its line, worked past square-leg

11.6

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, slightly short of length, on the leg and middle, whipped in front of square-leg and they run hard and will get two.

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 43/3 (113 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 3.58, RRR: 2.97)
MJ Clarke    8* (18b)      JM Anderson    6-2-16-1
A Symonds    0* (0b)      J Lewis    6-1-25-2

12.1

Lewis to Symonds, no run, full and on the off stump line, Symonds leans forward and pats it gently towards cover

12.2

Lewis to Symonds, no run, nice probing delivery, just outside off stump, Symonds thinks about playing it but decides against it.

12.3

Lewis to Symonds, 1 no ball, again that off stump line, pushed out to cover region

12.3

Lewis to Symonds, no run

12.4

Lewis to Symonds, FOUR, Enough is enough, says Symonds and drills this past point. Fullish and outside offstump, Symonds just transfers his immense weight back and slices it past point.

12.5

Lewis to Symonds, OUT, Revenge! Lewis sends Symonds packing. Again full and outside off stump line, looked pretty similar to the previous delivery but a tad wider, and Symonds throws his bat at it and gets a thick edge. Nixon goes airborne and takes it in front of first slip. Surely, hopefully for all of you out there desperate for a contest, game on!

A Symonds c †Nixon b Lewis 4 (11m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

12.6

Lewis to Hussey, no run, shout for a catch behind! Off the thigh pad. Slipping down the leg side, and attempted flick doesn't make contact and Nixon dives to his right to gather that one.

End of over 13 (5 runs) Australia 48/4 (108 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 3.69, RRR: 2.91)
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      J Lewis    7-1-30-3
MJ Clarke    8* (18b)      JM Anderson    6-2-16-1

13.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, on the off stump line, dabbed to point

13.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, full and well outside off, left alone

13.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run

13.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, sailing through full outside that off stump line, they have continued pinging that line, left alone.

13.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Clarke leans forward, towards the line, pushes it out to cover region. Flintoff at mid-off has a chat with the bowler.

13.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Just short of Collingwood at gully. Slightly short of length, around the off stump line, holds its line, a unsure Clarke pushes hard at it and gets an outside-edge but ....

End of over 14 (maiden) Australia 48/4 (108 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 3.42, RRR: 3.00)
MJ Clarke    8* (24b)      JM Anderson    7-3-16-1
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      J Lewis    7-1-30-3

14.1

Lewis to Hussey, no run, pushes that one full and well outside offstump, inviting a loose drive but Hussey resists.

14.2

Lewis to Hussey, 1 no ball, beauty! oh but it is a no ball. Lands on a length, on the off stump line and shapes away, Hussey had to play at it and is beaten. But to his credit , he pushes his bat inside the line and doesn't follow the ball.

14.2

Lewis to Hussey, no run, outside off stump line, dabbed away to point

14.3

Lewis to Hussey, no run, Fullish, on the off and middle stump line, tapped away to off side

14.4

Lewis to Hussey, 1 run, slips down leg side, glanced to fine leg

14.5

Lewis to Clarke, 3 runs, hits the deck short of length, outside off stump and it shapes away further, punched through cover point

14.6

Lewis to Hussey, no run, just outside off stump, on a length, left alone.

End of over 15 (5 runs) Australia 53/4 (103 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 3.53, RRR: 2.94)
MEK Hussey    1* (7b)      J Lewis    8-1-35-3
MJ Clarke    11* (25b)      JM Anderson    7-3-16-1

15.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, well outside off stump, Clarke guides it to left of point

15.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, fullish, on the middle and leg, pushed to mid-on

Anderson and Lewis will have another couple of overs each. Will Flintoff bowl them out or ...

15.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, full and slanting away, Hussey tries to ping the gap in cover and is beaten

15.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, on the middle stump line, the bat comes down straight and he pats it back to the bowler

15.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, on the off stump line, Hussey remains wonderfully side-on, pushes it out to cover

15.6

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, fuller, just outside off stump, Hussey leans forward, opens the bat-face, runs it past point.

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 56/4 (100 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 2.94)
MEK Hussey    3* (12b)      JM Anderson    8-3-19-1
MJ Clarke    12* (26b)      J Lewis    8-1-35-3

We got our answer. Flintoff will have a bowl. Slip and a gully.

16.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, right away on target. In the zone outside off stump, left alone.

16.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, on the off stump line, punched back towards the left of Flintoff who flings himself to make the stop.

16.3

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, Fuller and outside off and Clarke is caught at the crease a bit, drives and it goes off the outer edge through cover.

16.4

Flintoff to Clarke, 3 runs, banged in short, outside off stump, Clarke presses back to pull it over midwicket. Doesn't get it on the sweet spot but sweet enough for it to almost reach the ropes.

16.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Just outside off stump, angling away, 144 kmph, Hussey lets that one sting Nixon

16.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, And again. Good start from Flintoff.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 61/4 (95 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.58, RRR: 2.87)
MEK Hussey    3* (14b)      A Flintoff    1-0-5-0
MJ Clarke    17* (30b)      JM Anderson    8-3-19-1

Double bowling change. It will be Tremlett.

17.1

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, hits the deck short of length, gets bounce and Clarke shapes for a pull, is beaten for pace and bounce and that ball thuds into his tummy. Ouch.

17.2

Tremlett to Clarke, no run

17.3

Tremlett to Clarke, 1 wide, way outside off, lost control at the release. It appeared as if he was trying to for a outswinger there.

17.3

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, on the middle stump line, defended compactly to the on side.

17.4

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, goes for the yorker this time. Fullish and on the middle stump line, stabbed back at the bowler. Tremlett makes the stop, threatens to throw it back at the stumps.

17.5

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, on the middle stump line, fuller, worked to midwicket

17.6

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, length-delivery, just outside off and holding its line, Clarke is squared-up a touch, pushes it out to point.

Over to Sajan Nair for a while.

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 62/4 (94 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 3.44, RRR: 2.93)
MJ Clarke    17* (36b)      CT Tremlett    1-0-1-0
MEK Hussey    3* (14b)      A Flintoff    1-0-5-0

Thanks Sriram. Australia require another 94 runs off 32 overs with six wickets in hand. Anderson and Lewis bowled extremely well and they have succeeded in making a match out of this. However, it's still advantage Australia. England need wickets and more wickets, they will have to bowl out Australia to notch up a victory.

Flintoff to continue...

18.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Hussey judges the bounce to precision and leaves it through to the keeper.

18.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, good length delivery but well wide of the off peg, Hussey shoulders arms

18.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, good length and close to the off stump line but Hussey reads it well and once again leaves the ball through to the keeper. They are in on hurry.

18.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, and again. Good length and angling across the left-hander. Hussey shoulders arms

18.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, short of a good length delivery, in the channel outside the off stumpand Hussey plays it away towards point

18.6

Flintoff to Hussey, 2 runs, fuller length delivery outside the off stump and Hussey drives it away behind point, takes on the fielder in the deep and he comfortably comes back for the second.

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 64/4 (92 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 3.36, RRR: 2.96)
MEK Hussey    5* (20b)      A Flintoff    2-0-7-0
MJ Clarke    17* (36b)      CT Tremlett    1-0-1-0

19.1

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Clarke stays back and works it away towards midwicket. Straight to the fielder

19.2

Tremlett to Clarke, 1 run, slightly short and shaping away late. Clarke pushes forward and ends up with a thick edge down to third man.

19.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, left alone outside the off stump. Hussey playing the waiting game

19.4

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, bit of width offered outside the off stump and Hussey glides it away towards gully, one more added to the total - they need another 90 runs to wrap this up.

19.5

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump. Clarke pushes forward and taps it away towards point

19.6

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, line and length delivery on the middle and off stump line. Clarke gets well forward and defends it straight back to the bowler. Another tidy over from Tremlett comes to an end.

Comparison shows England well in front at this stage but...

End of over 20 (2 runs) Australia 66/4 (90 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 3.30, RRR: 3.00)
MJ Clarke    18* (40b)      CT Tremlett    2-0-3-0
MEK Hussey    6* (22b)      A Flintoff    2-0-7-0

20.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven away towards cover

20.2

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 wide, surprise bouncer and Hussey was caught on the wrong foot, in the end the ball angled away from the left-hander and Hussey safely swayed away from the line. Too high says the square leg umpire

20.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone outside the off stump

20.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, short of a good length delivery, once again Hussey is not interested

20.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Hussey shoulders arms. Is this the right approach - well time will tell

20.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and angling across. You guessed it - again left through to the keeper

Flintoff decides to counter Hussey's cold approach by coming round the stumps

20.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, well, well. short of a good length and angling in but not enough to make Hussey play at it.

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 67/4 (89 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 3.19, RRR: 3.06)
MEK Hussey    6* (28b)      A Flintoff    3-0-8-0
MJ Clarke    18* (40b)      CT Tremlett    2-0-3-0

21.1

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, not to be left behind, Clarke too shoulders arms

21.2

Tremlett to Clarke, 1 run, Tremlett drifts on to the pads and Clarke nicely tucks it away behind square on the leg side

21.3

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 wide, Tremlett gets the ball to swing a fair distance but he needs a new radar. Way down the leg side. 'That's a wide' is the verdict

21.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Hussey gets behind and defends it away towards cover

21.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, left alone outside the off stump.

21.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good length and angling across. Finally Hussey decides to play a shot, good looking drive but the ball goes straight to the fielder at cover.

21.6

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

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 69/4 (87 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.13, RRR: 3.10)
MEK Hussey    6* (32b)      CT Tremlett    3-0-5-0
MJ Clarke    19* (42b)      A Flintoff    3-0-8-0

22.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, short of a good length delivery, slanting away from the righ-hander. Clarke get under the bounce and cuts it away in the air and well over the fielder at gully

22.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

22.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, again shoulders arms to perfection and the ball sails through to the keeper at good pace. 142 kmp to be excat

22.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, hit on the pads trying to flick it away through midwicket

22.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, quick bouncer and Clarke had no option but to duck under it

22.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 71/4 (85 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.08, RRR: 3.14)
MJ Clarke    21* (48b)      A Flintoff    4-0-10-0
MEK Hussey    6* (32b)      CT Tremlett    3-0-5-0

23.1

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Hussey leaves it through to the keeper. So what's new.

23.2

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, worked away off the pads to the backward square leg region

23.3

Tremlett to Clarke, 1 run, off-cutter. Clarke ends up with an inside edge on to the pad and the ball rolls away on the off side, just enough room and they steal a single

23.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, slightly short and outside the off stump, for a moment it looked like he was going to play a shot but finally he leaves the ball through to the keeper.

23.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

23.6

Tremlett to Hussey, FOUR, finally! short and wide outside the off stump, this time even Hussey couldn't resist going after it. Rocks back nicely and cuts the ball through point. Refreshing shot

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 77/4 (79 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.20, RRR: 3.03)
MEK Hussey    11* (37b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    4-0-11-0
MJ Clarke    22* (49b)      A Flintoff    4-0-10-0

24.1

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump. Clarke gets well forward and drives it through the gap between the cover fielders. No stopping that - Slowly but steadily this game is slipping away - England desperately need a wicket

24.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing and Carke leaves it through to the keeper

24.3

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, pitched up outside the off stump, Clarke leans forward and thuds it straight back down the track to the long-off fence. Not a pretty looking shot but he got enough bat on it to beat the fielder at mid-off

24.4

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Clarke stays back and clips it away behind square on the leg side. This is excellent cricket from the young man

24.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 leg bye, off the pads and the ball rolls away towards square leg, they scamper through for a single

24.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 leg bye, good length and drifting down the leg side, Clarke fails to make contact but the ball rolls away off the pad to short fine leg. End of a good over for Australia

End of over 25 (11 runs) Australia 88/4 (68 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.52, RRR: 2.72)
MJ Clarke    31* (54b 2x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-19-0
MEK Hussey    11* (38b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    4-0-11-0

25.1

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended outside the off stump.

Flintoff has left the field. Australia require another 68 runs with 6 wickets remaining

25.2

Tremlett to Clarke, no run

25.3

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Clarke goes for the cut but fails to make contact. Too close to cut

25.4

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump. Clarke pushes forward and defends it down watchfully

25.5

Tremlett to Clarke, FOUR, take that! good length and in the channel outside the off stump, nothing wrong with the delivery. Clarke stretches forward and across, gets close to the line of the ball and drives it through cover. Perfect timing and the placement was even better

25.6

Tremlett to Clarke, 1 run, tucked away off the back-foot to the square leg region, another good over for Australia comes to an end

End of over 26 (5 runs) Australia 93/4 (63 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 3.57, RRR: 2.62)
MJ Clarke    36* (60b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    5-0-16-0
MEK Hussey    11* (38b 1x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-19-0

Lewis is back on, can he break this partnership.

26.1

Lewis to Clarke, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

26.2

Lewis to Clarke, OUT, and he strikes! good length and drifting down the leg side, Clarke follows the ball in a effort to clip it down to fine leg but fails to make solid contact. Not sure if there was any wood involved, hard to say from here. The keeper and the bowler were convinced and so was the umpire. That's the wicket they were looking for - Australia five down.

MJ Clarke c †Nixon b Lewis 36 (91m 62b 3x4 0x6) SR: 58.06

26.3

Lewis to White, no run, bouncer first up and White ducks under it. Lewis is pumped up and he lets White know what his plans are for the evening.

26.4

Lewis to White, no run, another bouncer and White ducks under this one too.

26.5

Lewis to White, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and White defends it down safely

26.6

Lewis to White, no run, short of a good length delivery, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away towards point.

End of a fine over.

End of over 27 (wicket maiden) Australia 93/5 (63 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 3.44, RRR: 2.73)
CL White    0* (4b)      J Lewis    9-2-35-4
MEK Hussey    11* (38b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    5-0-16-0

27.1

Tremlett to Hussey, FOUR, short delivery on the middle and off stump line and Hussey pulls it away through midwicket

27.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Hussey leaves it through to the keeper

27.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

27.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, short of a good length and Hussey is troubled by the extra bounce, ball clips the glove and rolls away behind the stumps on the off side

27.5

Tremlett to Hussey, 2 runs, short delivery outside the off stump and Hussey pulls it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket. Australia need another 57 runs. England need 5 more wicekts. Any bets?

27.6

Tremlett to Hussey, 2 runs, make that 55. Clipped away off the pads to the vacant square leg region, runs hard for the first run and comfortably comes back for the second

End of over 28 (8 runs) Australia 101/5 (55 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.60, RRR: 2.50)
MEK Hussey    19* (44b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    6-0-24-0
CL White    0* (4b)      J Lewis    9-2-35-4

Lewis into his final over now.

28.1

Lewis to White, 1 run, worked away behind square for an easy single

28.2

Lewis to Hussey, no run, good length delivery on the stumps and Hussey defends it off the front-foot

28.3

Lewis to Hussey, no run, with the keeper standing up Lewis bangs it in short. Hussey leaves it through and Nixon had to jump high to collect the ball, just about got there in time. Excellent take

28.4

Lewis to Hussey, 1 leg bye, short of a good length and drifting down the leg side, ball clips the pad and runs down to short fine leg

28.5

Lewis to White, no run, in the channel outside the off stump, White on the back-foot defending

28.6

Lewis to White, no run, punched away off the back-foot to the cover region. End of a fine spell from Lewis.

Time for drinks. Australia require another 53 runs with 5 wickets and 21.0 overs remaining.

"My bet is on Australia! They are so confident unlike any other team that they believe they can do anything in any circumstances. And I think that's the key..."pings Abdul Baseer.

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 103/5 (53 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 3.55, RRR: 2.52)
CL White    1* (7b)      J Lewis    10-2-36-4
MEK Hussey    19* (47b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    6-0-24-0

Anderson back on

29.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, and he starts off with Jaffa! Good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and shaping away. Hussey is sucked forward and the ball goes through to the keeper. Loud pleading appeal turned down. Anderson is not happy.

29.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, steered down to third man and they cross over for an easy single

29.3

Anderson to White, FOUR, slightly short and slightly wide, White unleashes a ferocious slap and the ball screams away to the backward point fence. Try stopping that

29.4

Anderson to White, OUT, Anderson strikes back for England and the see-saw battle continues. Good length delivery and this one nipped back in off the deck. White plays across the line and the ball thuds into the pad. Loud shout and on this occasion the umpire adjudicates in favour of the bowler.

CL White lbw b Anderson 5 (19m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

It's game on here as Brett Lee walks in.

29.5

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, bit too straight and Lee flicks it away through square leg, off the mark first ball

29.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone outside the off stump

Over to Sriram

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 109/6 (47 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 3.63, RRR: 2.35)
MEK Hussey    20* (50b 2x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-25-2
B Lee    1* (1b)      J Lewis    10-2-36-4

Thanks Sajan.

30.1

Flintoff to Lee, no run, Bouncer and he ducks under it

The snickometer reveals that Hussey had got a nick in that Anderson delivery couple of overs ago Hmm...

30.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short of length, around off stump, dabbed to point

30.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run

30.4

Flintoff to Lee, no run, Another bouncer, Lee evades that one.

30.5

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, short of length, outside off, dabbed away to thirdman

30.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, slanted across, outside off stump, left alone

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 110/6 (46 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.54, RRR: 2.42)
MEK Hussey    20* (51b 2x4)      A Flintoff    6-0-20-0
B Lee    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    9-3-25-2

Two slips and a gully in place.

31.1

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, Fullish, just outside off stump, Lee goes back and across, square-drives it to deep point. Pleasing stroke.

31.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Lovely delivery. Lands on the off stump line, shapes away, Hussey is bit late in pulling out of the shot, just about manages it

31.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, on the stumps, nudged to the on side

31.4

Anderson to Lee, no run, nip-backer. Lands on a length, on the off stump line, jags back in, Lee stabs at it, gets a inside edge on to his thigh

31.5

Anderson to Lee, no run, Again Lee is troubled by the in-coming delivery. Lands on the seam around off stump line and comes back in, Lee tries to force it off the back foot, gets his bat down the wrong line and the ball threads the bat and pad gap and whistles through to Nixon.

31.6

Anderson to Lee, 2 runs, fuller and on the leg and middle, clipped past square leg

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 114/6 (42 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.56, RRR: 2.33)
B Lee    5* (10b)      JM Anderson    10-3-29-2
MEK Hussey    21* (53b 2x4)      A Flintoff    6-0-20-0

32.1

Flintoff to Hussey, SIX, Top-edges a six! That one flew right into the stands. Banged in short and Hussey goes for the pull and it almost crashes into a lady standing in the aisles. She just about jumps out of the way!

32.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run

32.3

Flintoff to Hussey, 2 runs, The ball just rolled towards square-leg, was still inside the 30-yard circle but they complete two runs! Awesome running between the wickets. Dabbed to that region and by the time the man from the deep rushes in, they take two.

32.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Pushed across Hussey, who withdraws his bat from the line and watches it sail into Nixon's gloves

32.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, beaten! On a length, just around the off stump and shapes away, Hussey tries to punch it down the ground and the ball shaves past the outside edge

32.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, fuller and a tad wider outside off, Hussey leans forward, covers the line and lets that one go through to the 'keeper

End of over 33 (8 runs) Australia 122/6 (34 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.69, RRR: 2.00)
MEK Hussey    29* (59b 2x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    7-0-28-0
B Lee    5* (10b)      JM Anderson    10-3-29-2

Two slips and a gully in place

33.1

Tremlett to Lee, 1 wide, None of them come into play as this one slips down the leg side. Costly. Another 32 runs to get.

33.1

Tremlett to Lee, no run, back of length, outside off stump, Lee pushes it, bat away from the body, to point.

33.2

Tremlett to Lee, no run, swing and a miss. Short of length and well outside the off stump, Lee tries to cut but doesn't make any contact. The camera pans to Hussey, no emotion there.

33.3

Tremlett to Lee, no run, hones in on the middle stump, Lee doesn't quite get behind the line, just pushes it away back down the track. The camera now pans to Aussie dressing room. Emotions there. Tense and their eyeballs fixed at the action in the middle.

33.4

Tremlett to Lee, no run

33.5

Tremlett to Lee, 1 run, fuller and touch outside off stump, Lee leans forward, gets close to the line, square-drives and gets it past point.

The second slip has disappeared. We have a man at deep cover.

33.6

Tremlett to Hussey, 2 runs, Fullish, outside off stump, Hussey doesn't quite lean forward fully, drives and it runs off a thickish outside edge, to thirdman region.

End of over 34 (4 runs) Australia 126/6 (30 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.70, RRR: 1.87)
MEK Hussey    31* (60b 2x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    7-0-28-0
B Lee    6* (15b)      A Flintoff    7-0-28-0

Three slips and a short leg in place.

34.1

Flintoff to Lee, no run, banged in short of length, it rears up chest-high, Lee hops up, gets on top of the bounce and remains side-on, dabs it away to the off side.

34.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, Another one that kicks up from just short of length, Lee hops but this one comes in at the body, he fends at it ungainly - the bottom-hand is taken out, and he just pushes his bat out like a shield and it bobs away towards short leg.

34.3

Flintoff to Lee, 3 runs, After two probing deliveries at the body, Flintoff hurls this one short and well outside off stump, Lee drills it through the off side ring. 3 valuable runs.

34.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 wide, This one is way outside off. wide called. He was trying to push it across Hussey but ended up slanting it too wide

34.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, straighter and fuller, on the middle and leg, too straight and Hussey tucks it behind square-leg

34.5

Flintoff to Lee, no run, Flintoff gets back to the routine. At the ribs, Lee jumps up, again the bottom-hand is out and he dabs it away towards shortleg. There is a man at leg gully now.

34.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, This one is just outside off, kicking up from short of length, Lee pushes it out to point

End of over 35 (5 runs) Australia 131/6 (25 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.74, RRR: 1.66)
B Lee    9* (20b)      A Flintoff    8-0-33-0
MEK Hussey    32* (61b 2x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    7-0-28-0

25 runs from 90 balls. Four wickets in hand and the master finisher Hussey still in. You got to think advantage Australia.

35.1

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, from round the stumps, short and wide, that won't help England, slapped to deep point

35.2

Tremlett to Lee, no run, fuller, outside off stump, drawing Lee forward - he has been hopping against Flintoff, so this is a good move from the bowler - but Lee does well, immediately leans forward, pushes it out to cover region

35.3

Tremlett to Lee, no run, Ah! back to the ribs. dabbed away. This is rivetting stuff.

35.4

Tremlett to Lee, 2 runs, Lee leans forward to a delivery angling in, turns it fine down leg side. Will get two.

35.5

Tremlett to Lee, FOUR, THat one screams over slips. Full and outside off stump, Lee tries to swing it to Melbourne and gets a thick outside edge and away she flies

35.6

Tremlett to Lee, no run, Banged in short of length, Lee goes for the pull shot but doesn't get a touch. An interesting over comes to an end. He pinged the ribs and slipped in a few fuller-length deliveries. Produced an edge but no luck

End of over 36 (7 runs) Australia 138/6 (18 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 1.28)
B Lee    15* (25b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    8-0-35-0
MEK Hussey    33* (62b 2x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    8-0-33-0

36.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey continues to be rock solid. Flintoff tries to melt him outside off stump with a teasing delivery but Hussey is unmoved.

Flintoff goes round the stumps.

36.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, beats him rightaway. Fullish on the off stump line, and Hussey goes for a drive but Flintoff has the key, bends the delivery away .

36.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey gets right behind this one - around the off stump line- pushes it out to cover region

36.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, hits the deck around back of length, just outside off stump and Hussey goes back, shoulders arms.

36.5

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, Caressed to cover drive! Fullish, outside off stump, Hussey leans forward to drive it through extra cover. 14 runs to win.

36.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, In the channel outside off stump, Hussey is not interested in the program, lets that sail past him

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 142/6 (14 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 1.07)
MEK Hussey    37* (68b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    9-0-37-0
B Lee    15* (25b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    8-0-35-0

37.1

Tremlett to Lee, no run

37.2

Tremlett to Lee, FOUR, Whack! Slapped to point boundary. Short and wide, Lee goes back and across and spanks it flat over point and it goes one bounce into the ropes. Now only 10 runs left.

37.3

Tremlett to Lee, no run, on a length, around off stump line, holds its line, Lee adjusts to that straightening and nudges it away to the off side.

37.4

Tremlett to Lee, 1 run, Banged in short, at the ribs, Lee fends it away in front of him and is trying to find where it landed. Meanwhile Hussey spots a run in it and calls Lee over. They rush across and make it rather easily at the end.

37.5

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, Tremlett checks whether Hussey can play a pull shot. Gets a positive answer. Banged this one short and Hussey pulls it over midwicket

37.6

Tremlett to Lee, no run, hits the deck short of length, it screams up, Lee backs away a touch, stabs at it and the ball goes off a inside edge, just past the stumps.

End of over 38 (6 runs) Australia 148/6 (8 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.89, RRR: 0.66)
B Lee    20* (30b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    9-0-41-0
MEK Hussey    38* (69b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    9-0-37-0

38.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, In the corridor outside off stump, Hussey is in the bedroom, lets that go past him

38.2

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, Just four more needed. One stroke away. Short and just outside off stump (Flintoff is bowling from round the stumps) and Hussey rocks back and pulls it down and it screams to the midwicket boundary.

38.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, yorker-length delivery, on the stumps, driven to mid-off

38.4

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, That's it. All over. Fullish and just outside off stump, Hussey leans forward, square-drives it past point where Collingwood is beaten and the man at deep point rushes to his right, flings himself near the ropes and the ball evades him. Despairing drive, so close, yet so far. The story of the day as far as England are concerned. Australia register yet another win, do they ever get bored of it?!

Man-of-the-Match Hussey's post-match comments: " It was hard work. The ball did something all through the night. I think England did well .... It was really pleasing to get through this. We wanted to get a partnership going but unfortunately we kept losing wickets. And Lee did a great job at the end. He was quite pumped up."

And that wraps our coverage for the day. Meanwhile Shoaib Akthar and Danish Kaneria have rocked South Africa in the second Test. Please do tune in to that game. From me, Sriram Veera, and Sajan Nair, good bye and good luck.

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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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