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

0.1

Lee to Trescothick, 1 wide, just short of a length and far outside the off, slanting so much away from the left-handed Trescothick that it is called a wide!

0.1

Lee to Trescothick, no run, back of a length and just outside the off, left well alone

0.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, pushed through a bit quicker and fuller, once again easily left alone to the wicketkeeper

0.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, and there's another one just outside the off and left alone and the ball bounces twice before reaching the keeper. No pace on this pitch at all early on

0.4

Lee to Trescothick, no run, closer to the off stump this time, just short of a good length, plenty of effort from Lee, left alone to the keeper

0.5

Lee to Trescothick, no run, pushed through much fuller, but also too wide to tempt Trtescothick to play a stroke, the ball thuds into Gilchrist's gloves quite low down

0.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, on the off and full, driven hard but straight to the man at mid-off

England 1/0   B Lee 1-0-1-0

2.1

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, on the off this time and Trescothick leans into the shot nicely, transferring weight from back foot to front, the timing is as good as the placement and the ball runs away to that short cover boundary at Edgbaston

2.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, full and straight, defended back down the pitch watchfully

2.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, very full, very far wide, left alone, plenty of effort from Lee on a slow pitch but it just is not coming together for him at the moment

2.4

Lee to Trescothick, no run, back of a length and on the stumps, not much swing or threatening pace here, defended to the on side with a straight bat

2.5

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, full this time, perhaps too much so, and on the off, Trescothick watches the ball nicely onto bat and punches through cover for a tidy boundary!

2.6

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, Take that! A bit of width and full and Trescothick helps himself to a meaty cover drive! The ball scorches the turf and flies to the cover boundary, crashing into the advertising hoardings

England 17/0   B Lee 2-0-13-0

4.1

Lee to Trescothick, no run, full and on the off, decent pace as well, Trescothick opens the face of the bat and runs the ball down to gully

4.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, once again good pace, just outside the off, fullish, left alone

4.4

Lee to Trescothick, no run, and a repeat of the last ball. Lee steaming in and sending it outside the off, left alone to the keeper

4.5

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, full and outside the off, driven well through cover, Martyn gives chase and almost pulls the ball up at the ropes but trods on the rope in the process

4.5

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length and outside the leg stump, left alone to the keeper

4.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, end of another steaming Lee over, but the ball was mostly left alone and a lot of effort wasted from Lee

England 22/0   B Lee 3-0-18-0

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   B Lee 4-1-18-0

8.1

Lee to Trescothick, no run, Lee musters up all his energy and bangs one in short. Hard work on this pitch. Trescothick ducks under it

8.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, once again a slightly shorter length, on the stumps, played back down the pitch

8.3

Lee to Trescothick, (no ball) FOUR, just short of a length and outside the off stump, Trescothick waits on it and chops the ball hard into the ground, the ball bounces over point and rushes to the fence

8.3

Lee to Trescothick, 1 run, just short of a driving length and drifting onto the pads, worked away down to fine-leg awkwardly

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   B Lee 5-1-24-0

24.1

Lee to Trescothick, no run, short and a bit of width, cut but to the man at a rather deep point

24.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off stump, angling in a bit to the left-handed Trescothick, defended towards cover

24.3

Lee to Trescothick, 1 run, short ball, a bit of width too, cut down towards point where Clarke makes a good diving save

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   B Lee 6-1-25-0

26.1

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, short and a bit of width outside the off, Lee from round the wicket, Trescothick guides the ball between gully and backward point to the third-man fence

26.2

Lee to Trescothick, SIX, short again from Lee, this time it is far too wide and Trescothick has no trouble going inside out and over the point fielder for a six over third-man

26.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, defended back down the pitch

26.4

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, Lee losing the plot a bit here, smashed through cover for yet another boundary

26.5

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just back of a length and outside the off, coming in with the arm a little, Trescothick leaves it well alone

26.6

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, And Trescothick helps himself to another boundary through cover before he jogs off the field for the buffet that awaits him in the dressing room!

England 132/1   B Lee 7-1-43-0

46.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, back of a length and on the off, driven to cover

46.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, fullish and outside the off, driven hard to cover

46.3

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, quick and just outside the off, driven at, the ball goes off the inside edge and runs down to fine-leg

46.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, another quick one on the stumps, driven back to Lee who fields in his followthrough

46.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, full and outside the off, driven to mid-off

46.6

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, just short of a length and alnting in to the batsman, worked off the hips to midwicket

England 242/4   B Lee 8-1-45-0

48.1

Lee to Flintoff, 2 runs, just short of a length and outside the off, eased through cover-point

48.2

Lee to Flintoff, 2 runs, short ball banged in, great effort ball from Lee, Flintoff pulls and gets the top edge, the ball flies down towards fine-leg but Kasprowicz can't get there in time

48.3

Lee to Flintoff, SIX, another bouncer banged in! Flintoff plays a half pull half hook almost with his eyes closed andthe ball sails over the fence at square-leg!

48.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, punched to point

48.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, back of a length and outside the off, driven to cover

48.6

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, punched to point and a quick single stolen even as Clarke throws down the stumps with a powerful and accurate fling

England 255/4   B Lee 9-1-56-0

50.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, fullish and on the stumps, defended firmly to mid-on

50.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, full and on the stumps, eased down to midwicket for a single

50.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, driven to mid off

50.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, driven carefully to cover

50.5

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, short ball, pulled well, Langer throws himself on the ropes and saves brilliantly

50.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, fullish and on the stumps, edged back onto the pads

England 265/4   B Lee 10-1-58-0

52.1

Lee to Flintoff, SIX, short ball banged in, Flintoff is happy to hook, and why not, if you can hit it back into the stands like that! What a shot!

52.2

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, full and on the off, driven at with hard hands, the ball races off the edge to the vacant third-man region

52.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, fullish and on the off, defended carefully

52.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, just short of a length and on the off, driven to cover

52.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, full and on the off, driven hard but Clarke at cover is good enough to stop the ball

52.6

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, full and outside the off, flashed hard at, the ball beats a diving gully fielder and the 100 partnership comes off just 96 balls!

England 288/4   B Lee 11-1-72-0

62.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, just short of a length and on the off, driven to mid-on

62.2

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, slightly short and on the off, Pietersen smashes it wide of mid-on, his favourite spot, to pick up four and his third Test fifty in as many innings!

62.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, driven well but straight to cover

62.4

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, driven on the up in fine style! Such power and placement from Pietersen! No fielder has a chance there

62.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, defended to point

62.6

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, a bit of width and KP climbs into this one crashing it to the point fence

England 328/6   B Lee 12-1-84-0

64.1

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, full and on the stumps, eased to long-on

64.2

Lee to Giles, no run, short one on the stumps, Giles ducks under it

64.3

Lee to Giles, 3 runs, short ball this times does not get up too much, Giles pulls and Kasprowicz runs around brilliantly and fields

64.4

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, driven well through midwicket

64.5

Lee to Giles, 1 run

64.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run

England 342/6   B Lee 13-1-90-0

66.1

Lee to Pietersen, SIX, short ball on the stumps, Pietersen gets on the front foot and pulls magnificently in front of square for a big six!

66.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, full and on the pads, clipped to the on side

66.3

Lee to Pietersen, OUT, just short of a good length and outside the off Pietersen goes for the pull and this time cannot clear the field and only finds Katich!

KP Pietersen c Katich b Lee 71 (152m 76b 10x4 1x6) SR: 93.42

66.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, defended to the on side

66.5

Lee to Hoggard, no run, just short of a length and pacy outside the off, playued at and missed

66.6

Lee to Hoggard, (no ball) 1 run, single squeezed past point to bring up the 350

66.6

Lee to Harmison, no run, full and on the off, angling in, defended back down the pitch

England 350/8   B Lee 14-1-98-1

68.1

Lee to Harmison, no run, short and Harmison pulls it away in front of square, not a well timed shot, leg-gully moves across and fields

68.2

Lee to Harmison, SIX, Harmison adds himself to the list! another short delivery and Harmison goes for the hook, ball clips the top edge and sails over the man at fine leg

68.3

Lee to Harmison, FOUR, four more! short ball, bounces only waist high and Harmison pulls it away through midwicket - crowd loves it! that's 108 runs of Lee so far!

68.4

Lee to Harmison, no run, good comeback delivery, outside the off stump and this time Harmison is beaten trying to cut it away

68.5

Lee to Harmison, no run, short of a good length outside the off stump, played straight to the fielder at point

68.6

Lee to Harmison, no run, drifting down the leg side, Harmison has a dab at it but fails to make contact

England 366/8   B Lee 15-1-108-1

70.1

Lee to Hoggard, 1 run, fullish and outside the off, squirted down to third man

70.2

Lee to SP Jones, no run, back of a length and outside the off, left well alone

70.3

Lee to SP Jones, 1 run, back of a length and outside the off, driven through cover

70.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, just short of a length and on the stumps, knocked away to the on side

70.5

Lee to Hoggard, no run, fullish and on the off, driven to mid-off, no chance of a run

70.6

Lee to Hoggard, no run, full and on the stumps, defended awkwardly

England 377/9   B Lee 16-1-110-1

72.1

Lee to Hoggard, no run, quick one outside the off, Hoggard plays a desperate shot and misses

72.2

Lee to Hoggard, no run, driven to cover

72.3

Lee to Hoggard, no run, slower one outside the off stump, Hoggard watches carefully and leaves the ball alone to the keeper

72.4

Lee to Hoggard, 1 run, fast, fiery yorker, dug out, off the inside edge to fine-leg

72.5

Lee to SP Jones, no run, full and outside the off, played at and missed, quite a bit of swinging happening here, and it's not the ball we're talking about

72.6

Lee to SP Jones, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

England 384/9   B Lee 17-1-111-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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