Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2005 / Commentary

The Ashes - 1st Test

England v Australia

Australia won by 239 runs

Overs 0-50

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

Australia 7/0   ML Hayden 4* (2b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 0.5-0-7-0

1.2

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

Australia 13/0   JL Langer 7* (5b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 0.2-0-4-0

3.3

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, down the leg side, and Hayden has no difficulty walking slightly across his stumps and working the ball away down to the fine-leg fence

Australia 18/0   ML Hayden 11* (11b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 1.3-0-8-0

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

Australia 24/0   JL Langer 12* (14b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 2.1-0-13-0

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

Australia 29/0   JL Langer 17* (21b 3x4)   SJ Harmison 3.4-0-15-0

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

Australia 39/1   JL Langer 26* (29b 4x4)   SJ Harmison 4.5-0-20-0

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

Australia 55/1   RT Ponting 9* (14b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 6.1-0-30-0

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

Australia 61/2   JL Langer 35* (38b 5x4)   MJ Hoggard 6.2-0-28-1

15.4

SP Jones to Clarke, FOUR, outside the off and swinging away, Clarke drives at it. The ball goes off the bat, but not especially convincingly, down to the third man fence

Australia 71/4   MJ Clarke 4* (3b 1x4)   SP Jones 0.4-0-5-1

17.4

SP Jones to Katich, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, Katich waits on the ball and drives it beautifully through cover to pick up his first boundary

Australia 78/4   SM Katich 6* (11b 1x4)   SP Jones 1.4-0-10-1

21.3

SP Jones to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke gets hold of this one - a touch too straight - well and clips iot through midwicket for his second boundary

Australia 87/4   MJ Clarke 11* (20b 2x4)   SP Jones 3.3-0-15-1

22.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, After playing and missing at one Gilchrist gets well on top of the next one and chops it down to the point fence

Australia 92/5   AC Gilchrist 4* (3b 1x4)   A Flintoff 4.4-1-11-1

22.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, outside the off and full, Gilchrist has a go, the ball flies over gully to the fence

Australia 97/5   AC Gilchrist 8* (5b 2x4)   A Flintoff 4.5-1-16-1

25.3

SP Jones to Katich, FOUR, short and slipping down the leg side, Katich swivels and pulls it fine to the fence past the man at fine leg

Australia 107/5   SM Katich 12* (40b 2x4)   SP Jones 5.3-0-20-2

26.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, overpitched again but this time there's a bit of width for gilchrist to free his arms, and he does so fearlessly and the ball sails over the gully region for a boundary

Australia 111/5   AC Gilchrist 12* (10b 3x4)   A Flintoff 6.2-1-22-1

26.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, once again just a touch short. Would have been ok to most batsmen, but this is Gilchrist. He rocks back and creams the ball through the cover-point region

Australia 115/5   AC Gilchrist 16* (11b 4x4)   A Flintoff 6.3-1-26-1

27.1

SP Jones to Gilchrist, FOUR, just a touch short and Gilchrist climbs into it, pulling in front of midwicket

Australia 121/5   AC Gilchrist 21* (14b 5x4)   SP Jones 6.1-0-24-2

28.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, short and a bit of width, Gilchrist goes for it, all arms whirling, the ball flies over the slips and races to the fence

Australia 126/5   AC Gilchrist 26* (17b 6x4)   A Flintoff 7.2-1-32-1

29.2

SP Jones to Warne, FOUR, short ball, this time on the stumps. Warne goes for a half-hearted pull and somehow manages to get it away from the fielder at fine leg

Australia 132/6   SK Warne 4* (4b 1x4)   SP Jones 7.2-0-29-2

29.5

SP Jones to Katich, FOUR, slightly fuller this time and Simon Katich won't pass up such an offering. He gets his front foot well down the ground and times the ball sweetly past mid-off for four

Australia 137/6   SM Katich 16* (53b 3x4)   SP Jones 7.5-0-34-2

30.2

Flintoff to Warne, FOUR, another well-direct short ball! This one screams up at Warne's throat and all he can do is open the face of the bat and fend the ball over the slips cordon. A lucky boundary that

Australia 141/6   SK Warne 9* (7b 2x4)   A Flintoff 8.2-1-37-2

30.3

Flintoff to Warne, FOUR, A bit of width and Warne gets a legitimate boundary carving the ball over point for four

Australia 145/6   SK Warne 13* (8b 3x4)   A Flintoff 8.3-1-41-2

31.2

SP Jones to Warne, FOUR, just short of a driving length, but we know Warne isn't one to resist temptation, he goes for a flowing drive on the up and sends the ball sailing to the cover fence

Australia 150/6   SK Warne 18* (13b 4x4)   SP Jones 8.2-0-38-2

31.5

SP Jones to Warne, FOUR, short one and Warne responds with a rasping pull that beats both the men on the fence on the leg side

Australia 154/6   SK Warne 22* (16b 5x4)   SP Jones 8.5-0-42-2

33.4

SP Jones to Katich, FOUR, just a bit of width, a touch overpitched, and Katich gets down on one knee and plays a languid cover-drive! Shot!

Australia 163/6   SM Katich 22* (61b 4x4)   SP Jones 9.4-0-48-2

35.5

Hoggard to Katich, FOUR, outside the off, no swing on that one, Katich drives magnificently off the back foot through point

Australia 175/6   SM Katich 27* (66b 5x4)   MJ Hoggard 7.5-0-40-1

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   GD McGrath 4* (2b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 11-0-43-4

39.4

Flintoff to McGrath, FOUR, short one outside the off, fended over third and fourth slip for a streaky boundary

Australia 190/9   GD McGrath 10* (5b 2x4)   A Flintoff 10.4-2-50-2
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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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