Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2005 / Commentary

The Ashes - 2nd Test

England v Australia

England won by 2 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

12.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, round the wicket straightaway, on the off, quick, a suggestion of away movement after pitching, driven to cover

12.2

Flintoff to Langer, OUT, just short of a good length, on the off stump, Langer plays at it slightly away from the body and can only manage an inside edge back on to the stumps!

JL Langer b Flintoff 28 (54m 47b 4x4 0x6) SR: 59.57

12.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, this one jags back in from outside the off, Ponting gets across and is hit on the pad, loud shout for lbw from Flintoff but it is way too high

12.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, played down to slip

12.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, another nip-backer, again Ponting is hit on the pad and a bit of an appeal goes up, not out says Bowden

12.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 no ball, back of a length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

12.6

Flintoff to Ponting, OUT, full and outside the off, Ponting goes for the drive but the ball moves away just enough after pitching to kiss the outside edge!

RT Ponting c †GO Jones b Flintoff 0 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 48/2   A Flintoff 1-0-1-2

14.1

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, short of a good length delivery wide outside the off stump, Martyn leaves it for the keeper

14.2

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, pitched outside the off stump and angling in, Martyn defends on the back-foot, watchfully played

14.3

Flintoff to Martyn, 1 run, short of a good length delivery, drifting onto middle and leg, turned away to the vacant midwicket region, easy single

14.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short of a good length delivery, bit wide to make Hayden play at it

14.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, pitched up and swinging away from the left-hander, Hayden defends watchfully

14.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, driven back, Flintoff takes it on the bounce

Australia 49/2   A Flintoff 2-0-2-2

16.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, pushed to mid-on

16.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, angling across, driven straight to the man at mid-off

16.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 no ball, on the middle and leg stump line, played down to mid-on

16.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 no ball, full and on the off, driven to mid-off

16.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, full and on the pads, worked away through square-leg

16.4

Flintoff to Martyn, FOUR, fullish and outside the off, played late and with an angled bat, boundary to third-man

16.5

Flintoff to Martyn, FOUR, too straight and too full this time, Martyn flicks well and beats the man at fine-leg. That is a good shot

16.6

Flintoff to Martyn, 1 run, eased towards cover for a single to keep the strike

Australia 65/2   A Flintoff 3-0-14-2

18.1

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, fullish and outside the off, eased to cover

18.2

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, full and outside the off stump, left well alone to the keeper

18.3

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, quick ball just outside the off that comes in with the arm, hits the deck and seams away, played at and missed

18.4

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, again angling in and leaving the right-handed Martyn after pitching, off the edge but along the floor to gully

18.5

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, this one jags back in and Martyn is forced to defend awkwardly

18.6

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, full and on the off, defended towards cover

Australia 68/2   A Flintoff 4-1-14-2

20.1

Flintoff to Martyn, 1 leg bye, slipping down the leg side, flick played and missed, off the pad past the keeper for a leg bye

20.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run

20.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short of a length and outside the off, left well alone

20.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short and wide outside the off, Hayden is not tempted to play a shot

20.5

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 no ball, full and on the off, driven to cover

20.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, played back to the bowler

20.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, outside the off, moving away, played at and missed

Australia 72/2   A Flintoff 5-1-15-2

30.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length delivery, Clarke stays back and plays it with soft hands, looks at his partner and they take off for a quick single

30.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, Katich plays the ball down towards point and thinks about a single but wisely decides against it

30.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, just short of a length and on the off, bowling from round the wicket, tucked to the on side

30.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off stump, that comes in with the arm but leqaves the left-handed Katich after pitching, left alone to the keeper

30.5

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, from over the wicket this time, pushed away into midwicket for a single

30.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short and a bit of width, Clarke's quick hands launch into a cut but the ball goes straight to the man at gully

Australia 132/4   A Flintoff 6-1-17-2

32.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full and very quick, Flintoff is pumped up here, left alone outside the off

32.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short and a bit of width outside the off, played down to gully

32.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper

32.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, defended to the leg side

32.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, fullish and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

32.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, coming in with the arm, defended back down the pitch

Australia 134/5   A Flintoff 7-2-17-2

34.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads, played down towards fine-leg

34.2

Flintoff to Gillespie, OUT, full, straight, the killer yorker from Andrew Flintoff, Gillespie does not have a chance and is trapped plumb in front!

JN Gillespie lbw b Flintoff 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

34.3

Flintoff to Warne, 1 run, full and slipping down the leg side, flicked through square-leg for a single

34.4

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads and just short of a length, Clarke walks across his stumps and flicks to fine-leg

34.5

Flintoff to Warne, no run, fullish and on the off, Warne walks across his stumps and defends

34.6

Flintoff to Warne, no run, fullish and on the stumps, Warne once again walks across to defend, takes it on the pad

Australia 139/7   A Flintoff 8-2-20-3

36.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, just short of a length and on the off, driven to the on side for a quick single

36.2

Flintoff to Warne, no run, full and on the stumps, swinging in, Warne shuffles across, Flintoff appeals loud and long, but there's bat on that one

36.3

Flintoff to Warne, no run, jagging back from a good length, defensive shot played and missed, rapped on the pad

36.4

Flintoff to Warne, 2 runs, high full toss on the pads, Warne swats it past mid-on and gets a couple of runs for that

36.5

Flintoff to Warne, no run, full and outside the off, driven to point

36.6

Flintoff to Warne, 1 run, full and straying down the leg side, Warne clips it through square-leg for a single

Australia 144/7   A Flintoff 9-2-24-3

38.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, good length ball on the pads, from round the wicket, flicked well through square-leg for a couple

38.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, driven to point

38.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, dabbed down to point

38.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, attempted yorker, very quick, just a fraction outside the off stump. Clarke misses it and is lucky not to lose his off stump

38.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, defended carefully back down the pitch with a straight bat

38.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, another full toss from Flintoff, quick, just below waist height, Clarke blocks it

Australia 146/7   A Flintoff 10-2-26-3

40.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full and on the stumps, driven to mid-on, no chance of a run there

40.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full inswinging yorker, Clarke watches it carefully and keeps it out

40.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short and a bit of width, Clarke cuts hard into the ground to point

40.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, slower ball down the leg side, Jones dives and saves

40.5

Flintoff to Clarke, (no ball) 2 runs, full and on the pads, flicked well through midwicket for a couple of runs, and it is a no-ball as well

40.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short one dug in outside the off stump, Clarke thinks about playing and then withdraws the bat. Words between Flintoff and Clarke! Heating up here!

40.6

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, another full toss from Flintoff, this time low and slipping down the leg side, Clarke tickles it away fine for a boundary

Australia 165/7   A Flintoff 11-2-33-3

42.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short ball banged in, easily ducked under

42.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short once more and again left well alone to the keeper

42.3

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, full and on the off, pushed out towards cover for a quick single

42.4

Flintoff to Warne, no run, good length and jagging back into the pads, flick played and missed, off the pad to the on side

42.5

Flintoff to Warne, FOUR, good length ball outside the off, Warne spots it early and plays a flowing cover drive! That is a good shot late in the day

42.6

Flintoff to Warne, no run, full and on the stumps, attempted yorker, well dug out back to the bowler

Australia 174/7   A Flintoff 12-2-34-3

44.1

Flintoff to Warne, no run, full and on the off, driven towards cover

44.2

Flintoff to Warne, no run, yorker attempted, Warne is up to keeping this one out

44.3

Flintoff to Warne, no run, back of a length and on the stumps, jagging back in to Warne, pull played and missed, hit high on the pad, loud shout for lbw from Flintoff

44.4

Flintoff to Warne, no run, on the stumps this time and defended

44.5

Flintoff to Warne, no run, on the stumps once more, fullish, driven to the on side

44.6

Flintoff to Warne, 1 no ball, fullish and just outside the off, driven hard but straight to the man at short cover

44.6

Flintoff to Warne, 1 run, short ball and this time Warne pulls, and manages to keep the ball down and run a single

Australia 179/8   A Flintoff 13-2-36-3

46.1

Flintoff to Warne, 1 run, good length ball outside the off, Warne jams it to the off side and takes a single

46.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, full and quick, slipping down the leg side, flick played and missed, the ball hits the pad and bobs towards slip

46.3

Flintoff to Lee, 1 no ball, just short of a good length and outside the off, slanting in late, chopped towards cover

46.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run, another one quite full and quick, tucked away to the on side

46.4

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short of a length and outside the off, cut played and missed

46.5

Flintoff to Lee, 1 no ball, back of a length and on the pads, tucked away to the on side

46.5

Flintoff to Lee, 1 no ball, and another no-ball! Flintoff bowling a few no-balls here

46.5

Flintoff to Lee, no run, outside the off, driven towards cover

46.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, big cut played and missed

Australia 186/8   A Flintoff 14-2-40-3

48.1

Flintoff to Warne, FOUR, just a bit of width and Warne can cut it with a fair bit of power just behind point to bring up the Australian 200!

48.2

Flintoff to Warne, no run, full and straight, Flintoff striving for that reverse-swinging yorker, Warne watches it well and digs it out

48.3

Flintoff to Warne, 1 run, shortish and on the off, eased through point

48.4

Flintoff to Lee, no run, quick one on the pads, hits Lee hard on the pad

48.5

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, short one dug into Lee's ribs, dabbed away for a single

48.6

Flintoff to Warne, (no ball) 1 run, on the pads again and fended awkwardly away, and a no-ball to boot

48.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, fullish and on the off, driven to mid-off

Australia 207/8   A Flintoff 15-2-48-3

50.1

Flintoff to Warne, 1 run, short one outside the off, pulled awkwardly towards mid-on

50.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, cut to point

50.3

Flintoff to Lee, 3 runs, fullish and on the off, Lee once again straight drives well, just past the fielder at mid-off

50.4

Flintoff to Warne, no run, full and down the leg side, Warne jumps out of the way taking evasive action, a leg-bye is taken, but Bowden rules that no shot was offered and sends Warne back

50.5

Flintoff to Warne, no run, short one down the leg side, Warne walking far across his stumps and Flintoff is eyeing that leg stump, make no mistake about that

50.6

Flintoff to Warne, no run, short one on the stumps, Warne somehow walks across so far that he is outside the line of the ball and it passes behind him

Australia 220/8   A Flintoff 16-2-52-3

52.1

Flintoff to Warne, OUT, full and down the leg side, Warne has walked so far back and across that this time he has trod on his stumps! What a way to get out at a crucial time like this! That's the wicket England wanted

SK Warne hit wicket b Flintoff 42 (79m 59b 4x4 2x6) SR: 71.18

52.2

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, 1 run, full and on the pads, flicked through midwicket for a single

52.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short one banged in, this one angles in to Lee and he cannot get out of the way and cops a nasty blow on the arm

52.4

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short ball banged in outside the off, Lee sways inside the line and leaves it alone to the keeper

52.5

Flintoff to Lee, (no ball) FOUR, short and a bit of width, Lee opens the face of the bat and jams it into the gap between slips and gully

52.5

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short of a good length and on the off, the ball jags in quite sharply and Lee takes it on the pad

52.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short again and somehow dabbed to the on side

Australia 226/9   A Flintoff 17-2-58-4

54.1

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, 1 leg bye, full and on the stumps, Kasprowicz has walked across his stumps and tried to flick, rapped on the pad, loud shout, turned down

54.2

Flintoff to Lee, 2 runs, short one outside the off, Lee slices it over the slips, Pietersen at third man fires in a wild throw and an overthrow gets Lee back on strike

54.3

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, short and a bit of width, eased through point

54.4

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, 1 no ball, fullish and on the off, punched towards cover, another no-ball

54.4

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run, short ball, outside the off, Kasprowicz ducks under it

54.5

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, FOUR, very full and on the pads, Kasprowicz walks across his stumps and flicks over leg gully for four. Living dangerously

54.6

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run, excellent reverse-swinging yorker zooming in on the base of off stump but you sense Kasprowicz saw it coming. He is in place early and digs the ball out

Australia 236/9   A Flintoff 18-2-66-4

56.1

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, short and a bit of width, Lee guides it past the slip cordon for a single that takes Australia to 250 and puts Kasprowicz on strike

56.2

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, 2 runs, full and on the pads, attempted yorker, flicked down to fine-leg and they run hard for a couple

56.3

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run, short one banged in, Kasprowicz watches the ball well and ducks

56.4

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run, full and outside the off, driven to point

56.5

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run, full and on the off, punched towards mid-on

56.6

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run, short and outside the off, Kasprowicz negotiates this one leaving it alone

Australia 252/9   A Flintoff 19-2-69-4

59.1

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short and a bit of width outside the off, Lee goes for a booming drive through cover but misses

59.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, coming in with the angle, Lee takes the sensible route this time and defends

59.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run, once again short of a driving length and angling in to the right-handed Lee, defended back down the pitch

59.4

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short one banged in and Lee cops that on the fingers! That is a very painful blow and Lee drops the bat at once. He is in some pain here

59.5

Flintoff to Lee, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, jagging back in quite a bit, struck on the pad

59.6

Flintoff to Lee, 1 leg bye, another one that jags back in to Lee, this one goes off the thigh pad to the on side for a single

Australia 263/9   A Flintoff 20-3-69-4

61.1

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, 1 run, just short of a good length and outside the off, Kasprowicz scoops it over the slips cordon, Simon Jones runs in from third man and dives to take the catch but can't quite hold on to it

61.2

Flintoff to Lee, 5 no balls, full, fast and far down the leg side, Lee flicks and misses, Jones cannot get it and that is four leg byes on top of the no-ball

61.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, fullish and on the off, driven uppishly but to mid-off

61.3

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, played just wide of point for a quick single

61.4

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, 1 run, full and outside the off, Kasprowicz squeezes the ball through point for yet another single

61.5

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, defended to the on side for yet another run

61.6

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, poked at and missed, through to the keeper

Australia 276/9   A Flintoff 21-3-78-4

63.1

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short ball banged in and Lee ducks under this one, watching the ball very carefully

63.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, just short of a good length once more and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

63.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run, another short one banged in, and again Lee ducks, Geraint Jones moves well and collects down the leg side

63.4

Flintoff to Lee, no run, and almost an action replay. Another short one banged in and Lee ducks out of the way leaving Jones to collect behind the stumps

63.5

Flintoff to Lee, no run, slightly fuller and outside the off, Lee has a waft at it and the ball goes just past the outside edge to the keeper

63.6

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, just short of a length and on the pads, Lee hits the ball to the on side, drops the bat in the process, but runs across for the single and keeps the strike

Australia 278/9   A Flintoff 22-3-79-4
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