Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2005 / Commentary

The Ashes - 1st Test

England v Australia

Australia won by 239 runs

Overs 0-50

0.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off stump, Langer watches the ball carefully and lets it go through to the wicketkeeper, and with that the Ashes are finally under way!

0.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short of a good length once more, this time on the stumps, Justin Langer takes his eyes off the ball and cops a nasty blow on the arm, just above the elbow

0.3

Harmison to Langer, 3 runs, and Langer responds in style, whipping a slightly fuller delivery through midwicket

Australia 3/0   JL Langer 3* (3b)

1.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, fullish to begin with from Hoggard, Langer leans forward and has a poke, the ball squirts off to the legside

1.2

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, just slightly short and Langer wastes no time unveiling an aggressive shot, flaying the ball backward of point

1.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, down the legside and very full, swinging a bit as well, easily left alone

1.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, Langer has another heave, this time the ball comes in just a touch and goes between bat and pad to the wicketkeeper

1.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, once again down the legside, and once again left well alone as the ball shapes away

1.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, and another one down the legside to end the over

Australia 13/0   JL Langer 7* (9b 1x4)

2.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, A beauty from Harmison, on te stumps, lifting off a good length almost, Langer in two minds is cut in half and the ball sails through to Jones behind the stumps

Australia 14/0   JL Langer 7* (10b 1x4)

4.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, good bounce and carry. This time Langer decides to take the safe option and leaves the ball alone instead of havving a big heave

4.2

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, fuller and on the off, no movement in the air, Langer brings the bat down firmly and pushes that one through the covers for an easy single

Australia 19/0   JL Langer 8* (12b 1x4)

5.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and on the off, that's Hoggard's length and line, quite different from Harmison who is more pacy and back of a length, and Langer watchfully defends

5.2

Hoggard to Langer, (no ball) FOUR, No-ball! is the call from the umpire, and the ball is short and wide as well, Langer loves it there, spanked magnificently through point

5.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, now it's down the leg side, not the best control from Hoggard, left well alone

5.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, just short of a length this time, still a bit of swing in to the left-handed Langer. Defended carefully back down the pitch.

5.4

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, Langer uses soft hands this time as the ball curls into him from the off side, the ball drops to the off side and the batsmen scamper through for a single

Australia 25/0   JL Langer 13* (17b 2x4)

6.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, again just short of a length from Harmison, left well alone purely on height

6.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, slightly shorter from Harmison and the ball climbs nicely as it goes past Langer who just opens up a shade to get out of the way

6.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, outside the off this time and Langer has no trouble whatsoever leaving the ball. No chances against Harmison seems to be the plan at the moment

6.4

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off stump, that is a half-volley, Harmison's first bad ball, Langer welcomes it with a smile and cracks it through cover

6.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, Now Harmison overcompensates and spears the ball onto the pads, Langer fiddles the ball away to the on-side for a single

Australia 30/0   JL Langer 18* (22b 3x4)

7.1

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, just short of a length and outside the off, Langer pushed the ball towards cover and runs, Pietersen sprints in and has a shy, if that had hit Langer was gone for all the world! Risky single that

7.5

Hoggard to Langer, 3 runs, another poor delivery down the leg side, Langer tickles it away to fine-leg where Harmison is forced to dive to save the boundary

Australia 35/0   JL Langer 22* (24b 3x4)

8.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, short ball from Harmison, good pace and bounce, Langer drops his wrists and leaves the ball alone to the keeper

8.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, once again just short of a length and lifting well, Langer shoulders arms and the ball sails through to Geriant Jones

8.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, back of a length, on the leg stump and anglin in to Langer, defended to the on side

8.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, plenty of pace and bounce from Harmison early on, and Langer is watchful

8.5

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, outside the off, not quite full enough for the drive but Langer launches himself into it, driven on the up, and beautifully so, through point

8.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, on the pads this time, tucking Langer up a bit, off the pad to the off side

Australia 39/1   JL Langer 26* (30b 4x4)

9.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, fullish and outside the off, defended with hard hands to point

Australia 43/1   JL Langer 26* (31b 4x4)

10.2

Harmison to Langer, 2 runs

10.3

Harmison to Langer, 3 runs, again on the pads and once more Langer has no trouble in clipping the ball off his pads through the big gap at midwicket

10.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, slightly fuller, very quick again from Harmison, Langer defends with utmost care, the ball goes hard onto the pitch and bounces back towards the keeper

Australia 50/1   JL Langer 31* (34b 4x4)

11.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and swinging in, driven to the on side

11.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, slightly slower from Hoggard, almost floating down the pitch, Langer defends very carefully, watching the swing till bat meets ball

Australia 51/1   JL Langer 31* (36b 4x4)

13.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, quicker and quite full from Hoggard, defended awkwardly to the on side

13.2

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, short and wide, you don't bowl there to someone who grew up batting at the WACA! Cut brutally for four

13.3

Hoggard to Langer, 2 runs, this one is eased away down to fine leg for a couple, Langer is scoring freely here

13.4

Hoggard to Langer, 3 runs, full and swinging in towards the off stump, punched well through cover. That takes Langer to 39, and 1000 runs versus England

Australia 66/2   JL Langer 40* (40b 5x4)

14.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, flintoff gets it on target right away, Langer chops the ball to the off side

14.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, once again Langer is watchful as he dabs the ball away. Flintoff getting good bounce from a decent length

14.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, another ball bang on target from Flintoff - just on the stumps and short of a length - and Langer is forced to defend back ddown the pitch

14.4

Flintoff to Langer, OUT, short ball, Langer goes for the pull but can't get hold of it. The ball flies high in the air but Harmison watches it carefully and settles under it at square leg

JL Langer c Harmison b Flintoff 40 (77m 44b 5x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

Australia 66/3   JL Langer 40 (44b 5x4)
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Jul 24, 2005

A glum looking Michael Vaughan after defeat, England v Australia, 1st Test, Lord's, July 24

A glum looking Michael Vaughan

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Jul 24, 2005

Shane Warne traps Steve Harmison lbw as England slide to defeat, England v Australia, 1st Test, Lord's, July 24

Shane Warne traps Steve Harmison lbw

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