Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2nd Test: England v Australia at Birmingham, Aug 4-7, 2005
The Ashes - 2nd Test
England won by 2 runs
4,5,6,7 August 2005 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
1.1

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper, decent carry to the keeper on this occasion and Gillespie is right on the spot first up

1.2

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, full and outside the off and once again it is left alone to the keeper

1.3

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, slightly shorter, slightly wider, just dragged down a bit, left alone to the keeper

1.4

Gillespie to Strauss, FOUR, on the off this time and Strauss is forced to play, and he does, with soft hands and an angled bat and sends the ball between the slips cordon and gully to the third-man fence for the first boundary of the day!

1.5

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, pushed to the off side with a straight bat

1.6

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, just short of a length and outside the off stump and once again no trouble leavig that alone

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 4* (6b 1x4)
3.1

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, back of a length and on the off, that is the place to bowl on a slow pitch like this, defended towards gully with a straight bat

3.2

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, once again close enough to the stumps to make the batsman play but not full enough to allow him to drive, defended back watchfully

3.3

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, Dropped! Shane Warne spits the dummy at first slip! A tough chance low to his left as Strauss nicks one, but Warne can't get down quickly enough and a chance goes down!

3.4

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, back of a length and on the off, pushed to mid-off

3.5

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, full and just outside the off, left alone to the keeper

3.6

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, back of a length and outside the off, left alone

England 17/0   AJ Strauss 4* (12b 1x4)
5.1

Gillespie to Strauss, FOUR, fullish and outside the off, Strauss sees it well and times it magnificently, on the up and through cover-point

5.2

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, pushed to mid-off, no chance of a run here

5.3

Gillespie to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, tucked away down to fine-leg for a single

England 27/0   AJ Strauss 9* (15b 2x4)
6.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, full one outside the off, Strauss leaves it alone

6.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off stump, Strauss is taking no chances with Lee at the moment, left alone to the keeper

6.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, pushed through slightly wider, still full of length, Strauss watches it carefully but leaves it alone

6.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, defended towards cover

6.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, once again just short of a length and on the stumps, defended towards the off side with a straight bat

6.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a length once more, outside the off, left alone to the keeper. Lee keeping Strauss quiet that over

England 27/0   AJ Strauss 9* (21b 2x4)
7.3

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, slightly fuller and on the off, defended to the off side with a straight bat

7.4

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and on the off stump, played back to the bowler

7.5

Gillespie to Strauss, FOUR, Strauss joins the party! crashed square of the wicket with an angled bat

7.6

Gillespie to Strauss, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, this has obviously hit a spot on the pitch because it takes off, beats bat and Gilchrists collects it over shoulder height

England 36/0   AJ Strauss 13* (25b 3x4)
8.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, slightly fuller to Strauss, on the off, punched straight to the man at cover with an angled bat

8.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a length and on the stumps, clipped to the on side, no chance of a run there

8.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, on the stumps and at a decent pace, defended to the on side

England 42/0   AJ Strauss 13* (28b 3x4)
10.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, back of a length and outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper

10.2

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 1 no ball, slightly short and on the off, Strauss shapes to pull but can only awkwardly bunt the ball to mid-on

10.2

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, once again Strauss can't quite get the ball away, defended to the off side

10.3

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, just short of a driving length and outside off, punched to cover

10.4

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 1 no ball, fuller and on the off, slanted to gully, and that's another no-ball from Kasper the friendly ghost

10.4

Kasprowicz to Strauss, FOUR, short and wide, the friendly ghost just got friendlier! Take that says Strauss cracking a square-cut to the point fence!

10.5

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, fuller this time and just outside the off, left alone to the keeper

10.6

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

England 50/0   AJ Strauss 17* (36b 4x4)
12.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 1 run, just short of a length and outside the off, pulled down to fine-leg

England 55/0   AJ Strauss 18* (37b 4x4)
13.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, tossed up and outside the off, spinning in a bit, Strauss pads it away

13.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, fuller, flatter and outside the off, this one skids through a bit straighter and Strauss is able to leave it safely alone

13.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, plenty of air from Warne, outside the off, he's just guaging the spin in this pitch, padded away

13.4

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, tossed up again and slightly shorter, Strauss jumps down the pitch and lofts Warne back over his head! Good shot that!

13.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted and outside the off, Warne on target here, left alone

13.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, flatter one on the stumps, Strauss thinks about coming down the pitch but wisely decides against it

England 60/0   AJ Strauss 22* (43b 5x4)
15.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, fullish and outside the off, driven to cover

15.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted and on the off, defended back down the pitch, good drift and spin from Warne

15.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, again on the stumps, clipped to the on side where the fielder under the helmet at short leg stops the ball

15.4

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, slightly short, outside the off, and Strauss has no trouble rocking onto the back foot and easing the ball through cover

15.5

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, and Strauss goes after Warne! Front foot down and a massive slog-sweep over midwicket for a boundary

15.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, back of a length and on the pads, worked to the on side

England 68/0   AJ Strauss 30* (49b 7x4)
17.1

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up and outside the off, Strauss leans to his left and laps the ball round the corner

17.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, it's the quicker, flatter one on the stumps, worked to the leg side

17.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, full and outside the off, once again the sweep, it is now obvious that this is the strategy these two batsmen have for Warne, single to fine-leg

England 71/0   AJ Strauss 32* (52b 7x4)
18.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length and on the stumps, worked away to the on side

England 78/0   AJ Strauss 33* (53b 7x4)
19.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, tossed up and on the off, defended carefully back down the pitch

19.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, slightly fuller and on the off, Strauss goes forward and pads

19.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, dragged down the leg side, left alone to the keeper

19.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, full and far outside the off, Strauss has no trouble kicking it away

19.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, and another one is kicked away. This can be dangerous. Is it football season in England yet?

19.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, the straight one on the off, defended awkwardly towards slip

England 86/0   AJ Strauss 33* (59b 7x4)
21.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, tossed up and on the off, spinning in, defended towards mid-on

21.2

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, short, but only just, and Strauss sees it early and puts it away wide of mid-on. Top shot that!

21.3

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, fuller and on the off, froom round the wicket, Strauss jams the ball towards cover for a single

21.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up a bit more and outside the off, eased through cover for a single

England 93/0   AJ Strauss 39* (63b 8x4)
22.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, full and outside the off, left well alone, Kasprowicz comes round the wicket now

22.2

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, full and on the off, defended to the off side with bat held close to pad

22.3

Kasprowicz to Strauss, FOUR, overpitched and a touch wide outside the off stump, driven well through cover for another boundary

22.4

Kasprowicz to Strauss, FOUR, once again outside the off and too full, Strauss plays a classy cover drive to bring up England's 100!

22.5

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, back of a length and on the off, defended carefully

22.6

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, closer to the off stump as Kasprowicz comes back over the wicket, left alone to the keeper

England 103/0   AJ Strauss 47* (69b 10x4)
23.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, full and outside the off, big legbreak this time, padded away dangerously as Warne appeals to Billy Bowden

23.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, on the off, turning in, single picked off wide of mid-on

England 109/0   AJ Strauss 48* (71b 10x4)
24.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, fullish and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

24.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, Strauss shapes to cut but can't get it off the meat of the bat and the ball squirts down to point

24.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, fuller this time and angling in to the stumps, defended to gully

England 111/0   AJ Strauss 48* (74b 10x4)
25.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted and outside the off, padded away

25.3

Warne to Strauss, OUT, tossed up, outside the off, very far outside the off and Strauss gets ready to play a big cut, the ball breaks back a long way and hits timber!

AJ Strauss b Warne 48 (113m 76b 10x4 0x6) SR: 63.15

England 112/1   AJ Strauss 48 (76b 10x4)
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