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

0.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, play and a miss! Hayden has a go at one outside the off stump and the ball swings just enough, and just late enough, to beat the bat

0.5

Harmison to Hayden, FOUR, short and down the legside, Hayden fends awkwardly at it and the ball runs off down to fine-leg off the glove

0.6

Harmison to Hayden, 2 runs, short ball, pulled away well wide of the midwicket fielder

Australia 9/0   SJ Harmison 1-0-9-0

2.1

Harmison to Hayden, no run

2.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, down the leg side, the ball clips the pad as Hayden tries to work it to the on side, and runs down to Geriant Jones

2.3

Harmison to Hayden, no run, far outside the off stump this time and Hayden watches the ball carefully but leaqves it alone to the wicketkeeper

2.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, once again very short and a bit wide from Harmison, Hayden has no interest in chasing that one

2.5

Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, on the stumps this time and Hayden plays a stroke, punching the ball back past Harmison with the full face of the bat for a quick single

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   SJ Harmison 2-0-10-0

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

4.3

Harmison to Hayden, no run, just short of a length, Harmison digging the ball in on a placid pitch, easily tucked away to the on-side

4.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, short one again and Hayden goes for the pull. He misses it completely and cops one on the helmet! Hayden jarred as the ball hits him smack on the badge

4.5

Harmison to Hayden, no run, and Harmison bangs another one in! This time Hayden leaves it alone. The crowd loves it and roars in apprciation of Harmison.

4.6

Harmison to Hayden, no run, slightly fuller but well directed just outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper. End of a fine overfrom Harmison!

Australia 19/0   SJ Harmison 3-0-11-0

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

6.6

Harmison to Hayden, no run, Hayden watchfully leaves a trademark Harmison lifter alone

Australia 30/0   SJ Harmison 4-0-16-0

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   SJ Harmison 5-0-20-0

10.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 bye, short but badly directed, well down the leg side, Ponting leaves it alone and Geriant Jones can't stop it properly either

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

10.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, and it is Ponting's turn now! Short ball, Ponting goes for the pull and cops a nasty blow on the grill of the helmet

10.5

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, just slipping onto the pads, and Ponting walks across and lkncks the ball down to fine-leg to pick up a single and take Australia to 50

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   SJ Harmison 6-0-26-0

12.1

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, down the leg side from Harmison and Ponting wastes no time walking across and glancing the ball fine for four

12.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone this time, Ponting not going after everything, just taking his time getting set

12.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, on the off, climbing up from a decent length, Ponting is more than up to the task, clipping the ball to the leg side with a straight bat

12.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, fuller this time and played gently back down the pitch

12.5

Harmison to Ponting, OUT, Harmison strikes! Just short of driving length and outside the off, Ponting drives and edges, the ball carries well to Strauss in the slips who takes an important catch!

RT Ponting c Strauss b Harmison 9 (38m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

12.6

Harmison to Martyn, 2 runs, just short of a length and outside the off, Martyn waits on the ball and caresses it through the off side for a brace to get off the mark

Australia 57/2   SJ Harmison 7-0-32-1

32.1

Harmison to Warne, no run, Harmison begins with a full one to Warne. Defended back down the pitch.

32.2

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, short ball, Warne fends uncomfortably. The ball bobs up towards Strauss at gully who leps up and stretches fully to reach for the ball, but can only get fingertips to the ball! Almost another wicket there

32.3

Harmison to Katich, 2 runs, on the pads and full to Katich who calmly places the ball down to fine leg for a brace

32.4

Harmison to Katich, no run

32.5

Harmison to Katich, no run, defended back down the pitch to the bowler

32.6

Harmison to Katich, no run, full and on the pads, clipped to the leg side

Australia 158/6   SJ Harmison 8-0-35-1

34.1

Harmison to Warne, 4 byes, Warne walks across his stump and Harmison's quick delivery swinging far down the leg side beats everyone and runs away for four byes

34.2

Harmison to Warne, no run, full but far outside the off stump, Warne drives with pad well in front of bat, the ball ricochets off the pad to the off side

34.3

Harmison to Warne, no run, glance played and missed to a ball slipping down the leg side, off the pad

34.4

Harmison to Warne, no run, once again Warne walks right across his stumps, drives, but is happy to take the ball on the pad

34.5

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, This time Warne gets bat to ball, walking across and flicking to fine leg for a single

34.6

Harmison to Katich, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

Australia 168/6   SJ Harmison 9-0-36-1

36.1

Harmison to Warne, OUT, Warne gets a bit too cheeky, walking across his stumps. Harmison spears one in full, fast and on the leg stump. The stump flies out of the ground and Warne's entertaining cameo comes to an end

SK Warne b Harmison 28 (40m 29b 5x4 0x6) SR: 96.55

36.2

Harmison to Lee, 3 runs, Harmison decides to begin with a full one and Lee manages to get it away through cover

36.3

Harmison to Katich, OUT, Short one, Katich goes for it, sensing he's running out of partners, the pull is mistimed, th eball goes off the edge and flies straight up in the air. The wicketkeeper waves the slip cordon away and settles under the catch!

SM Katich c †GO Jones b Harmison 27 (107m 67b 5x4 0x6) SR: 40.29

36.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, left alone outside the opff

36.5

Harmison to Lee, no run, down the leg side and ignored

36.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, short of a length and outside the off, pushed down to point

Australia 178/8   SJ Harmison 10-0-39-3

38.1

Harmison to Lee, no run, quick one on the off, Lee brings the bat down in a hurry to squeeze the ball to the off side

38.2

Harmison to Lee, no run, short and outside the off, Lee pokes at it and the ball goes straight to Pietersen at gully who puts down a sitter! Second miss of the day for Pietersen!

38.3

Harmison to Lee, no run, short one, through to the keeper

38.4

Harmison to Lee, OUT, Harmison fires one of his rockets and Lee is cut in half, the ball squeezes between bat and pad - there's a loud sound as it goes through - and Jones behind the stumps takes a sharp catch

B Lee c †GO Jones b Harmison 3 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

38.5

Harmison to McGrath, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, McGrath shapes to play and then pretends to withdraw

38.6

Harmison to McGrath, FOUR, overpitched and on the pads, even McGrath can get that one away. Good timing and placement and the ball races away to the square-leg fence

Australia 182/9   SJ Harmison 11-0-43-4

40.1

Harmison to Gillespie, no run, fast and furious from Harmison, steaming in looking for his fifth wicket, rapped on the pad, loud shout, but denied. The ball might well ahve gone over the stumps

40.2

Harmison to Gillespie, OUT, This time it's fuller, just as straight and Jason Gillespie is dead in the water as the abll hits pad. Aleem Dar signals the end of the Australian innings!

JN Gillespie lbw b Harmison 1 (19m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

Australia 190/10   SJ Harmison 11.2-0-43-5
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Jul 24, 2005

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

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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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