Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2005 / Commentary

The Ashes - 1st Test

England v Australia

Australia won by 239 runs

Overs 0-50

Match State: Match start scheduled for 10.30am local time (9.30am GMT) A big hello and a very warm welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the biggest Ashes series in a long, long time. The day everyone has been waiting for - July 21 - has finally arrived, and it is a perfect one for cricket. Lord's, the cathedral of cricket, is bathed in sunshine, and the stage is well and truly set. The moment of reckoning is near. No series has generated as much interest in recent time, and the time for talk is well and truly over. In a short while Michael Vaughan, the captain of a resurgent England team, will walk out to toss with Ricky Ponting, leading Australia for the first time in an Ashes series Before every Ashes series the hype is overwhelming, but this time around the excitement is real, for England have the guns in their armoury to stand up to Australia. Ponting acknowledges as much in his pre-match press conference, when he said: An Shes series is the biggest an Australia team ever plays and this one made more special by the way England team have played of late. England would do well to remember that Australia have not lost a Test match at Lord's since 1934. But, history is one thing, and today truly is a new day. Steve Harmison has proven himself as one of the best fast bowlers in the world He is well supported by Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones and Ashley Giles. England's batting is also at its healthy best - Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss get things under way. The classy Vaughan comes in at one-drop, followed by the promising and solid with Ian Bell at No. 4. The real explosiveness is in the middle order with Kevin Pietersen Geriant Jones, whose batting has never been in doubt tops off a most capable line-up. But let's not get too carried away just yet. Man for man Australia has the personnel to do as well or better than the England team. Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden have plundered English bowlers for years now. Hayden won't be pleased at suggestions that he is past his best and will want to prove a point. Ricky Ponting struggled for form at the start of the summer but roared back just in time Damien Martyn was at his silken best in the warm-up match against Leicestershire, scoring 154. Simon Katich is the strong, silent type in the middle order, all solidity Then there's the flash and excitement of Michael Clarke, who comes in one place behind Katich. Just when you've had enough of the Australian batting line-up, out walks Adam Gilchrist, the most destructive batsman in world cricket today The bowlers are no chumps either - Shane Warne for spin, Glenn McGrath, the eternal nemesis of English batsman, Brett Lee in barnstorming form and Jason Gillespie keen as anything to do well and silence his critics We're happy to tell you the captains have now made their way out to the middle for the toss, accompanied by Ranjan Madugalle, the former Sri Lankan cricketer, and match referee for the series News has just come in that Australia have won the toss and chosen to bat. Not particularly surprising considering the pitch at Lord's is traditionally good for batting to start with To recap, here are the teams for you: Australia: Langer, Hayden, Ponting, Martyn, Clarke, Katich, Gilchrist, Warne, Lee, Gillespie, McGrath England: Trescothick, Strauss, Vaughan, Bell, Pietersen, Flintoff, Geriant Jones, Giles, Hoggard, Harmison, Simon Jones The players are on the field now Michael Vaughan has his players around him in a huddle, going through a last pre-match chat Hayden and Langer now stride onto the field The appreciative and healthy crowd at Lord's cheers as this game is about to get under way It will be Justin Langer taking first strike and he will face Steve Harmison

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

Langer in a bit of pain there. The ball hit him just above where the forearm protector ends. That is a painful blow. Errol Alcott the Australian physio has run on Already the first bit of action in this series Harmison right on the money from the word go here

0.3

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

This brings Hayden to the crease

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

End of over 1 (9 runs) Australia 9/0
ML Hayden    6* (3b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    1-0-9-0
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

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 13/0
JL Langer    7* (9b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-4-0
ML Hayden    6* (3b 1x4)     

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

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 14/0
JL Langer    7* (10b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    2-0-10-0
ML Hayden    7* (8b 1x4)     

3.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, the ball swings in late, that's just what Hoggard is looking for. Punched confidently to the off side

3.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, once again full and shaping in to the left-handed Hayden. This time the whipping on-drive heads to mid-on

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

3.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, Hoggard gets back on target and Hayden is up to it, covering the swing with his broad bat, playing a straight drive so straight that it clatters onto the stumps at the non-striker's end

3.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, once again just slipping onto the pads, Hoggard wants to avoid that. Hayden jabs it awkwardly to the on-side

3.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, Much better ball this time around, on the off and swinging in a touch, Hayden drives back but Hoggard fields in his follow-through and flings the ball back towards the stumps

End of over 4 (4 runs) Australia 18/0
ML Hayden    11* (14b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-8-0
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

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

Harmison has now struck both openers with well-directed short balls Hayden just takes his helmet off to check that everything is ok

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!

Don't go anywhere, the Ashes are well and truly under way here

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 19/0
ML Hayden    11* (18b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    3-0-11-0
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

5.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, outside the off, not much swing there, left alone without any difficulty

5.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and on the stumps, pushed away to the off side to end the 6th over

Not the most convincing of starts from either batsman, but the scoreboard looks quite healthy at 25 for no loss after the first half-hour of play

End of over 6 (6 runs) Australia 25/0
ML Hayden    11* (20b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-14-0
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

6.6

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

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 30/0
ML Hayden    11* (21b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    4-0-16-0
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

7.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, down the leg side again from Hoggard. Unless he takes a wicket this might well be the last over of this spell for him

7.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, better line and length this time, outside the off, perhaps a touch too wide to make the batsman play, though, left alone easily to the wicketkeeper

7.4

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, on the stumps this time and there is just a hint of late swing, Hayden plays it away to the off side with ease and saunters a single

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

7.6

Hoggard to Hayden, OUT, There's the peach from Hoggard. Perfectly pitched up, swinging in late, Hayden leans forward to drive and misses as the ball shatters the off stump! Hoggard strikes! Now you can bet he'll be bowling another over or two!

ML Hayden b Hoggard 12 (38m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 48.00

Hoggard struggled early to consistently hit a line and length, but when he did get it all right it was a beauty. Hayden will be utterly disappointed, but you can see England are over the moon Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain, comes out to the middle at he fall of the first wicket

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 35/1
     MJ Hoggard    4-0-19-1
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

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 39/1
JL Langer    26* (30b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    5-0-20-0
RT Ponting    0* (0b)     

9.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 no ball, No-ball from Hoggard as Ponting takes his first delivery, it's outside the off and goes through to the keeper

9.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, full and swinging away, Ponting drives hard at it and the edge flies to Pietersen in a close gully, and he puts down a sharp chance!

9.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, down the leg side and Ponting won't play at that

9.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, and again the ball slips well down the leg side

9.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on the stumps, just short of a length, Ponting chops the ball down awkwardly

9.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 3 runs, on the pads and Ponting has no trouble getting off the mark flicking that one through square leg

9.6

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

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 43/1
JL Langer    26* (31b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    5-0-23-1
RT Ponting    3* (6b)     

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

Another disruption in play here as the helmet seems to have jammed on Ponting's face and caused a bit of bleeding It looks a bit gory there as the blood pours down Ponting's cheek, but it's not as bad as it looks The physio has come onto the field and is attending to Ponting Meanwhile the umpires have called for drinks Match State: Drinks The physio is still trying to stop the bleeding on Ponting's face Ponting taking the treatment quite bravely here - it looks like he might even be getting a stitch or two Now there's a plaster come on, just between his right ear and eye

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

End of over 11 (7 runs) Australia 50/1
JL Langer    31* (34b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    6-0-26-0
RT Ponting    4* (9b)     

11.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, good length and line, just on the off and shaping away from the right-handed Ponting who moves early and defends well to the off side

11.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, down the leg side this time, Ponting thinks about playing at it but leaves the ball alone in th eend

11.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Hoggard gets one to come back in now, almost like an offcutter, Ponting plays and misses and is hit on the pad

11.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, just short of a good length and outside the off, Ponting eases the ball through the off side for a single

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

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 51/1
JL Langer    31* (36b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-0-24-1
RT Ponting    5* (13b)     

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

Just reward for Harmison there, he's bowled a magnificent spell on a pitch that doesn't have too much in it for fast bowlers England are overjoyed, and why not? Thatw as a key wicket. Martyn is the new batsman

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

End of over 13 (6 runs) Australia 57/2
DR Martyn    2* (1b)      SJ Harmison    7-0-32-1
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

13.5

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, outside the off, swinging away, Martyn very watchful early on, leaves the ball well alone to Jones behind the stumps

13.6

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, a bit wider this time from Hoggard and Martyn is not even tempted to play a shot

The first bowling change of the day - Andrew Flintoff replaces Harmison at the Pavilion End

End of over 14 (9 runs) Australia 66/2
DR Martyn    2* (3b)      MJ Hoggard    7-0-33-1
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 are in disarray at 66 for 3 and Flintoff has struck with his first over in an Ashes Test! England off to a roaring start in their campaign to wrest back the Ashes

14.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, just short of a length, dug in , Clarke defends to the on side

14.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, fuller and on the stumps, Flintoff bowling very intelligently here, Clarke is up to the task and works the ball to the on side

Another bowling change, Simon Jones comes into the attak

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) Australia 66/3
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      A Flintoff    1-1-0-1
DR Martyn    2* (3b)     

15.1

SP Jones to Martyn, OUT, Simon Jones strikes with his first delivery! Just short of a length and oustdie the off, Martyn goes for the shot and can only manage an edge to the keeper!

DR Martyn c †GO Jones b SP Jones 2 (13m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Jones has struck with his very first ball and Australia are now in deep trouble at 66 for 4!

15.2

SP Jones to Katich, no run, Jones gets his second ball through as well, good pace and bounce, Katich leaves the ball alone to the keeper

15.3

SP Jones to Katich, 1 run, on the pads, clipped down to fine leg for a single

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

15.5

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, this one is left alone outside the off stump

15.6

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, a good outswinger from simon Jones, Clarke watches it well and leaves iot alone

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 71/4
MJ Clarke    4* (5b 1x4)      SP Jones    1-0-5-1
SM Katich    1* (2b)     

16.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, Flintoff bangs one in very short, Katich takes note and lets the ball go to the keeper. Good stuff this from flintoff, taking over from where Harmison left off

16.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run

16.3

Flintoff to Katich, 1 no ball, just short of a length and on the stumps, played back down the pitch

Flintoff now comes round the wicket

16.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, Katich struggles as the ball jags in towards his pads, awkward defense but the ball goes off the pads

16.4

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, a touch down the leg side and Katich is able to nurdle the ball away down to fine leg for a single and put clarke back on strike

16.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short one, Clarke sees it early though, and ducks well under it

16.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, outside the off this time and quite full, Clarke lets the ball go through to the keeper

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 73/4
MJ Clarke    4* (7b 1x4)      A Flintoff    2-1-2-1
SM Katich    2* (7b)     

17.1

SP Jones to Katich, no run, just short of a driving length and outside the off, a hint of swing in to the left-handed Katich, left alone to the keeper

17.2

SP Jones to Katich, no run, Jones takes his turn to bang it in short, but it's not a threat, Katich leaves it alone

17.3

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full this time but far too wide outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper

17.4

SP Jones to Katich, 1 wide, sprayed so far wide by an over-enthusiastic Simon Jones that Rudi Koertzen has to call that a wide!

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

17.5

SP Jones to Katich, no run, outside the off and full, this one shapes away from the left-handed Katich. Through to the keeper

17.6

SP Jones to Katich, no run, outside the off and left alone

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 78/4
SM Katich    6* (13b 1x4)      SP Jones    2-0-10-1
MJ Clarke    4* (7b 1x4)     

18.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run

18.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short and a bit of width outside the off, Clarke goes for the cut but the ball goes off the bottom edge to the slips

18.3

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 no ball

18.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, just short of a length and slnting in to Clarke, inside edge onto the pads

18.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, outside the off, and it is a quick one, Clarke shapes to leave the ball alone but the ball comes in and hits the bat

18.5

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, tucked away towards midwicket for a single

18.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, pushed to point

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 80/4
SM Katich    6* (14b 1x4)      A Flintoff    3-1-4-1
MJ Clarke    5* (13b 1x4)     

19.1

SP Jones to Clarke, 1 run, full and on the pads, Clarke flicks it away with a clever use of the wrists, only a single as there's a man on the fence at square leg

19.2

SP Jones to Katich, no run, outside the off, this one shoots straight though, left alone

19.3

SP Jones to Katich, no run

19.4

SP Jones to Katich, no run, outside the off, just short of a driving length, this one from Jones angles away from the left0-handed Katich, no stroke offered and the ball goes through to the keeper

19.5

SP Jones to Katich, no run, quick one, full, swinging in late, Katich shiuffles across and drives, the ball beats bat thanks to late inswing and sneaks between bat and pad and goes to the keeper

19.6

SP Jones to Katich, no run, left alone outside the off, through to the keeper, end of another good over from Jones

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 81/4
SM Katich    6* (19b 1x4)      SP Jones    3-0-11-1
MJ Clarke    6* (14b 1x4)     

20.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, just back of a length and slanting in to the right-handed clarke. Defended to the on side

20.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, clipped to the on side but straight to the man under the helmet

20.3

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, attempted yorker speare in, dug out to the on side for a single

20.4

Flintoff to Katich, 1 no ball

20.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, outside the off and left well alone

20.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, shoirt of driving length once more, good pace and carry from Flintoff. Katich is being very watchful and leaves the ball alone

20.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, shorter and outside the off, once again the ball sails through to the keeper

End of over 21 (2 runs) Australia 83/4
SM Katich    6* (23b 1x4)      A Flintoff    4-1-6-1
MJ Clarke    7* (17b 1x4)     

21.1

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, full and way down the leg side, off the pad to the keeper

21.2

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, outside the off, a shade of away movement, Clarke shoulders arms and the ball goes through to the keeper

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

21.4

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, outside the off and swining away, Clarke has a big drive without quite moving his feet, the ball goies just past the edge to the keeper

21.5

SP Jones to Clarke, OUT, Full delivery, pitches just outside the line of off stump and hurries onto Clarke. He plays and misses and is struck on the pad. Loud shout from the England team and slow finger of death from Rudi Koertzen sends Clarke on his way

MJ Clarke lbw b SP Jones 11 (35m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Incredible scenes here at Lord's! A resurgent England team have Australia on the run. Australia have lost five wickets and it isn't even lunch on the first day yet. But here comes Adam Gilchrist. He has come in with Australia struggling before and turned things around. Can he dpo it again?

21.6

SP Jones to Gilchrist, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, Gilchrist gets well behind the ball and defends

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 87/5
AC Gilchrist    0* (1b)      SP Jones    4-0-15-2
SM Katich    6* (23b 1x4)     

22.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, short of a length and outside the off, Katich calm as ever, lets iot go

22.2

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, angled into Katich, he defends awkwardly, the ball runs down to the off side

22.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, quick, perfectly pitched just outside the off and shaping away, Gilchrist plays and misses. That is a cracker of a ball!

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

22.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 no ball, A no-ball from Flintoff to extend this over, probably the last one before lunch

22.5

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

22.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, full one on the pads,, Gilchrsit tries to work the ball to the leg side but misses. The ball goes off the pads towards the slips cordon

Match State: Lunch - Day 1 And that, is lunch on the first day of the first Ashes Test of this series England are well and truly on on top. Who would have imagined Australia would be five down with less than hundred on the board before lunch on the first day? This has set up a cracking day The players are off for lunch now, and Cricinfo's coverage will return minutes before play starts, in about 30 minutes. That's at 12.10 GMT. Welcome back to Cricinfo's coverage of the first Test. The post-lunch session is about to get under way. It will be simon Jones to get us started, and Simon Katich facing

End of over 23 (10 runs) Australia 97/5
AC Gilchrist    8* (6b 2x4)      A Flintoff    5-1-16-1
SM Katich    7* (25b 1x4)     

23.1

SP Jones to Katich, no run, good line and length, Jones on the spot first thing after lunch, Katich is up to it. Defends watchfully to the off side

23.2

SP Jones to Katich, no run, back of a length and outside the off stump, chopped away nicely but Giles dives to his right and stops the ball at gully

23.3

SP Jones to Katich, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps. Defended to the on side.

23.4

SP Jones to Katich, no run, just short of a driving length this time. Outside the off stump. A shade of inswing. Left alone to the wicketkeeper.

23.5

SP Jones to Katich, 1 run, just short of a good length once more. A shade outside the off stump. Katich goes back and across and pushes the ball to the off side for a single.

23.6

SP Jones to Gilchrist, no run, A bit quicker to gilchrist, on the off, defended to the off side. Good tidy over after lunch from jones

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 98/5
AC Gilchrist    8* (7b 2x4)      SP Jones    5-0-16-2
SM Katich    8* (30b 1x4)     

24.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, left alone to the keeper who tidies up and ensures there are no extras

24.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, outside the off stump from round the wickets, angled in towards the left-handed Katich, who shoulders arms and lets the ball go through to the keeper

24.3

Flintoff to Katich, 1 no ball, No-ball again, left alone to the keeper

24.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, sprayed well down the leg side, no trouble at all for Katich there

24.4

Flintoff to Katich, 1 no ball, And the hundred comes up with a no-ball. Flintoff seems to be struggling a bit here just pushing himself for that extra yard of pace

24.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, good pace and bounce this time as the ball lands outside the off and passes Simon Katich on its way to the keeper

24.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, once again Katich is happy to wait and watch, leaving the ball alone to the keeper as it is harmlessly outside the off stump

24.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, full, fast and way down the leg side, somehow Jones scrambles to his right behind the stumps and cleans up

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 100/5
SM Katich    8* (38b 1x4)      A Flintoff    6-1-18-1
AC Gilchrist    8* (7b 2x4)     

25.1

SP Jones to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, short, Gilchrist plays and misses. Off the pads down to fine leg.

25.2

SP Jones to Katich, 2 leg byes, This one from Jones swings in late, and quite sharply and hits the pad and runs down to third man for a leg bye

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

25.4

SP Jones to Katich, no run, left alone to the keeper

25.5

SP Jones to Katich, no run, and again Katich watchfully lets the ball go through to the keeper

25.6

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full and swinging into the pads, clipped to the on side

End of over 26 (7 runs) Australia 107/5
SM Katich    12* (43b 2x4)      SP Jones    6-0-20-2
AC Gilchrist    8* (8b 2x4)     

26.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, full and on the off, slanting in to Gilchrist, defended to the on side with a bat straighter than an arrow

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

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

26.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, chopped down towards the off side

26.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, (no ball) 1 run

26.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run

26.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run

End of over 27 (10 runs) Australia 117/5
SM Katich    12* (45b 2x4)      A Flintoff    7-1-28-1
AC Gilchrist    17* (13b 4x4)     

27.1

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

27.2

SP Jones to Gilchrist, 1 run, single stolen to midwicket

27.3

SP Jones to Katich, no run

27.4

SP Jones to Katich, no run, defended

27.5

SP Jones to Katich, no run, pushed to the off side

27.6

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full and outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 122/5
SM Katich    12* (49b 2x4)      SP Jones    7-0-25-2
AC Gilchrist    22* (15b 5x4)     

28.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, full and on the stumps, angled in from wide of the crease, well defended back down the pitch

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

28.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, OUT, Flintoff gets sweet revenge! Full and shaping away late, Gilchrist goes for the big drive, the ball does just enough to beat the middle of the bat and take the outside edge before disappearing into Geraint Jones's waiting gloves

AC Gilchrist c †GO Jones b Flintoff 26 (30m 19b 6x4 0x6) SR: 136.84

That's the big one! England are well and truly in control of this game now. Make no mistake about that! Shane Warne is the new man in with Australia struggling at 126 for 6

28.4

Flintoff to Warne, 1 no ball, Flintoff follows the wicket up with a no-ball

28.4

Flintoff to Warne, 1 leg bye, on the pads, Warne walks across and tries to whip the ball to fine leg, off the pads

28.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, full and on the stumps to Katich, who defends carefully after sizing up the line and length of the delivery

28.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, outside the off this time and Katich is not tempted. Left alone to the keeper

End of over 29 (6 runs) Australia 128/6
SM Katich    12* (51b 2x4)      A Flintoff    8-1-33-2
SK Warne    0* (2b)     

29.1

SP Jones to Warne, no run, short ball outside the off, swinging away as well, Warne thinks about going for the pull and then decides against it

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

29.3

SP Jones to Warne, 1 run, quick one, pushed through a bit fuller, Warne jams the bat down on the ball and gets it away to the leg side for a single to bring Katich back on strike

29.4

SP Jones to Katich, no run, fuller and outside the off, Katich in no mood to nibble leaves it well alone

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

29.6

SP Jones to Katich, no run, swinging full delivery, defensive shot played and missed. Rapped on the pad. but no danger of an lbw shout.

End of over 30 (9 runs) Australia 137/6
SM Katich    16* (54b 3x4)      SP Jones    8-0-34-2
SK Warne    5* (5b 1x4)     

30.1

Flintoff to Warne, no run, short one speared in towards Warne's chest. He backs away and fends the ball towards the slips

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

30.3

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

30.4

Flintoff to Warne, no run, slightly fuller, outside the off, Warne has a go but misses. The ball goes past the edge to the keeper.

30.5

Flintoff to Warne, no run, Flintoff goes for the swinging yorker but Warne sees it early enough to keep the ball out

30.6

Flintoff to Warne, 1 run, another full one, this time slipping down the leg side, clipped away to fine leg

End of over 31 (9 runs) Australia 146/6
SK Warne    14* (11b 3x4)      A Flintoff    9-1-42-2
SM Katich    16* (54b 3x4)     

31.1

SP Jones to Warne, no run, Jones bowls another beauty, quick and swinging away late. Warne has a poke but misses. Dangerously close there!

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

31.3

SP Jones to Warne, no run, closer to the stumps and quick enough to hurry Warne. He defends awkwardly to the on side

31.4

SP Jones to Warne, no run, Warne drives to mid-off, Vaughan fields and has a massive shy at the stumps, Warne just manages to get out of the way of the ball, but falls firmly on the most padded part of his body doing so! Laughter all around!

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

31.6

SP Jones to Warne, 1 run, Warne keeps the strike with a glance to fine leg

Harmison comes back into the attack, replacing Flintoff at the Pavilion End.

End of over 32 (9 runs) Australia 155/6
SK Warne    23* (17b 5x4)      SP Jones    9-0-43-2
SM Katich    16* (54b 3x4)     

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

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 158/6
SM Katich    18* (58b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    8-0-35-1
SK Warne    24* (19b 5x4)     

33.1

SP Jones to Warne, 1 run, on the pads, Warne doesn't mind it there. Flicked down to backward square leg for a single

33.2

SP Jones to Katich, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, punched efficiently to the off side

33.3

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full and on the off, driven well back down the pitch. Jones stretches and fields well in his follow-through

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!

33.5

SP Jones to Katich, no run, down the leg side, Katich shapes to pull but misses

33.6

SP Jones to Katich, no run, just short of a length and on the off, defended

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 163/6
SM Katich    22* (63b 4x4)      SP Jones    10-0-48-2
SK Warne    25* (20b 5x4)     

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

Hoggard comes back at the Nursery End, replacing simon Jones

End of over 35 (5 runs) Australia 168/6
SM Katich    22* (64b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    9-0-36-1
SK Warne    26* (25b 5x4)     

35.1

Hoggard to Warne, 1 run, overpitched and outside the off, Hoggard looking for some swing here, driven through cover for a single

35.2

Hoggard to Katich, 1 run, just short of a length and outside the off, eased past gully for a single

35.3

Hoggard to Warne, no run, perfectly pitched outswinger from Hoggard, Warne plays and misses

35.4

Hoggard to Warne, 1 run, straighter and on the pads, Warne tucks it away to fine leg for a single

35.5

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

35.6

Hoggard to Katich, no run, fuller and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper

Match State: Drinks Rudi Koertzen signals drinks and the players can take a well-earned break. Australia may have lost a lot of wickets, but they are running along at a fast clip. At the moment they are going at over 4.8 and over, and they don't look like slowing down.

End of over 36 (7 runs) Australia 175/6
SM Katich    27* (67b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-0-40-1
SK Warne    28* (28b 5x4)     

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

A wicket right after the drinks break. Harmison has done just as his captain wouold have wanted. Australia in serious trouble now. Brett Lee is in, and he too can bat a bit. Expect a few short ones to fly from Harmison to Lee

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

Australia in deep, deep trouble now, and it's Jason Gillespie the new man, but he won't face as the batsmen crossed while the catch was being taken

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

Flintoff comes back into the attack at the Nursery End

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 178/8
B Lee    3* (4b)      SJ Harmison    10-0-39-3
JN Gillespie    0* (0b)     

37.1

Flintoff to Gillespie, no run, down the leg side and Gillespie gets out of the way of that one

37.2

Flintoff to Gillespie, no run, just short of a good length and speared in at Gillespie who gingerly defends the ball to the off side with an angled bat

37.3

Flintoff to Gillespie, no run, a repeat of the last ball, though Gillespie manages to play the ball back down the pitch

37.4

Flintoff to Gillespie, no run, on the pads, flicked down towards square leg

37.5

Flintoff to Gillespie, no run, outside the off this time, just short of a good length, Gillespie stands tall and defends to the off side

37.6

Flintoff to Gillespie, no run, short one outside the off, Gillespie has a nibble but misses

End of over 38 (maiden) Australia 178/8
JN Gillespie    0* (6b)      A Flintoff    10-2-42-2
B Lee    3* (4b)     

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

It's not entirely clear if that was off bat, glove or nothing at all, but it must be said that it looked out when it happened Glenn McGrath is at the crease, batting, and it's not even the 40th over of the Australian innings

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

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 182/9
GD McGrath    4* (2b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    11-0-43-4
JN Gillespie    0* (6b)     

39.1

Flintoff to Gillespie, no run, short and down the leg side, gillespie is not troubled by that one and can sway inside the line easily and let the ball go through to the keeper

39.2

Flintoff to Gillespie, 1 run, full and on the pads, flicked past mid-on for a single that brings McGrath on strike

39.3

Flintoff to McGrath, (no ball) 2 runs, pushed away past point for a brace, and it is a no-ball as well

39.3

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, short ball, left alone easily even by No. 11

39.4

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

39.5

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, another short one, this time at pace, defended awkwardly but safely

39.6

Flintoff to McGrath, no run

End of over 40 (8 runs) Australia 190/9
GD McGrath    10* (7b 2x4)      A Flintoff    11-2-50-2
JN Gillespie    1* (8b)     

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

Amazing scenes here at Lord's as Australia are bowled out on the first day having faced just 40.2 overs. Stephen Harmison came to the party - 5 for 43 - and wrecked Australia This is Harmison's 6th five-wicket haul. But he did not work alone, he was well supported by Hoggard, Jones and Flintoff There will be a short break as England prepare to bat. Don't go anywhere though, there's sure to be more excitement soon! Welcome back to Lord's It's McGrath to Trescothick

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