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

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!

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 4* (4b 1x4)   JN Gillespie 0.4-0-4-0

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

England 9/0   ME Trescothick 4* (7b 1x4)   B Lee 1.1-0-5-0

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!

England 13/0   ME Trescothick 8* (11b 2x4)   B Lee 1.5-0-9-0

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   ME Trescothick 12* (12b 3x4)   B Lee 2-0-13-0

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

England 21/0   ME Trescothick 16* (16b 4x4)   B Lee 2.4-0-17-0

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

England 26/0   AJ Strauss 8* (13b 2x4)   JN Gillespie 2.1-1-8-0

7.1

Gillespie to Trescothick, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off stump, that's where Banger likes it, crashed through extra-cover for four

England 31/0   ME Trescothick 20* (23b 5x4)   JN Gillespie 3.1-1-13-0

7.5

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

England 36/0   AJ Strauss 13* (24b 3x4)   JN Gillespie 3.5-1-18-0

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

England 41/0   ME Trescothick 25* (27b 6x4)   B Lee 4.2-1-23-0

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!

England 50/0   AJ Strauss 17* (34b 4x4)   MS Kasprowicz 0.4-0-6-0

11.4

Gillespie to Trescothick, FOUR, short ball banged in but there's nothing in this pitch at all, Trescothick moves across and pulls effortlessly to the fine-leg fence

England 54/0   ME Trescothick 32* (38b 7x4)   JN Gillespie 5.4-1-24-0

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!

England 60/0   AJ Strauss 22* (41b 5x4)   SK Warne 0.4-0-4-0

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

England 64/0   AJ Strauss 26* (47b 6x4)   SK Warne 1.4-0-8-0

15.5

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

England 68/0   AJ Strauss 30* (48b 7x4)   SK Warne 1.5-0-12-0

18.5

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, FOUR, full and wide outside the off stump, Trescothick goes for the big drive but can only edge the ball, luckily it goes past the gully fielder and runs down to the third-man fence

England 82/0   ME Trescothick 43* (65b 8x4 1x6)   MS Kasprowicz 4.5-2-13-0

18.6

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, FOUR, just short of a length and outside the off, punched well through cover this time and the timing is excellent!

England 86/0   ME Trescothick 47* (66b 9x4 1x6)   MS Kasprowicz 5-2-17-0

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!

England 90/0   AJ Strauss 37* (61b 8x4)   SK Warne 4.2-1-25-0

22.3

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

England 99/0   AJ Strauss 43* (66b 9x4)   MS Kasprowicz 6.3-3-21-0

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!

England 103/0   AJ Strauss 47* (67b 10x4)   MS Kasprowicz 6.4-3-25-0

23.1

Warne to Trescothick, FOUR, tossed up and outside the off, heaved through the onside for four more. That was uppish but safe

England 107/0   ME Trescothick 54* (75b 10x4 1x6)   SK Warne 5.1-1-34-0

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

England 118/1   ME Trescothick 63* (84b 11x4 1x6)   B Lee 6.1-1-29-0

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

England 128/1   ME Trescothick 73* (87b 12x4 2x6)   B Lee 6.4-1-39-0

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   ME Trescothick 77* (89b 13x4 2x6)   B Lee 7-1-43-0

28.4

Kasprowicz to Vaughan, FOUR, back of a length and on the off, pushed just wide of Clarke at cover, enthusiasm gets the best of the young man and he has a powerful shy at the stumps that runs away for four overthrows

England 141/1   MP Vaughan 10* (12b 1x4)   MS Kasprowicz 7.4-3-31-0

28.5

Kasprowicz to Vaughan, FOUR, a more conventional boundary this time as Vaughan strokes a delectable cover drive! He is so good when playing like this

England 145/1   MP Vaughan 14* (13b 2x4)   MS Kasprowicz 7.5-3-35-0

29.1

Gillespie to Trescothick, FOUR, back of a length and slipping down the leg side, Trescothick moves across his stumps and flicks it fine for four to bring up the England 150!

England 150/1   ME Trescothick 81* (90b 14x4 2x6)   JN Gillespie 7.1-1-31-0

29.4

Gillespie to Vaughan, FOUR, short and just a hint of width, Vaughan goes back and launches the ball through point for a boundary! Vaughan in ominously good nick here

England 155/1   MP Vaughan 18* (16b 3x4)   JN Gillespie 7.4-1-36-0

30.5

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, driven very hard to cover where Justin Langer dives over the ball and allows a boundary

England 160/1   ME Trescothick 86* (98b 15x4 2x6)   MS Kasprowicz 8.5-3-41-0

32.5

Kasprowicz to Bell, FOUR, short and a bit of width and Bell can chop it down to the third-man fence. Bell quickly under way at his home ground

England 170/2   IR Bell 6* (2b 1x4)   MS Kasprowicz 9.5-3-51-1

34.1

Kasprowicz to Pietersen, (no ball) FOUR, full and down the leg side, Pietersen walks across his stumps and flicks for four!

England 176/3   KP Pietersen 4* (1b 1x4)   MS Kasprowicz 10-3-56-2

34.2

Kasprowicz to Vaughan, (no ball) FOUR, Another no-ball, this time outside the off and Vaughan drives beautifully through cover

England 182/3   MP Vaughan 22* (32b 4x4)   MS Kasprowicz 10.1-3-62-2

37.4

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, tossed up a great deal and outside the off, Flintoff drives inside out and very unconvincingly, Kasprowicz at mid-off throws himself up in the air but the ball goes over him

England 191/4   A Flintoff 4* (4b 1x4)   SK Warne 8.4-1-46-1

40.4

Gillespie to Pietersen, FOUR, take that! short and Pietersen pulls it away handsomely to the square leg boundary, 200 comes up for England

England 201/4   KP Pietersen 14* (22b 2x4)   JN Gillespie 12.4-2-45-1

41.4

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, fulltoss on the pads and Flintoff punches it away in the air through midwicket, safe shot that

England 205/4   A Flintoff 11* (15b 2x4)   SK Warne 10.4-1-54-1

42.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, FOUR, full and outside the off, timed well through cover

England 215/4   KP Pietersen 18* (25b 3x4)   JN Gillespie 13.1-2-49-1

42.6

Gillespie to Pietersen, FOUR, audacious shot from Pietersen picking the ball from outside the off and flicking it past mid-on for a boundary

England 221/4   KP Pietersen 24* (30b 4x4)   JN Gillespie 14-2-55-1

44.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, FOUR, short and a bit of width and Pietersen frees his arms and pounds that to the point fence in front of square

England 231/4   KP Pietersen 28* (32b 5x4)   JN Gillespie 14.2-2-59-1

44.6

Gillespie to Flintoff, FOUR, short ball and Flintoff climbs into it, pulling with good power through midwicket

England 236/4   A Flintoff 27* (25b 3x4 2x6)   JN Gillespie 15-2-64-1

51.1

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, crashed through cover to give Andrew Flintoff his half-century! the crowd love it and roar in appreciation

England 269/4   A Flintoff 53* (48b 4x4 4x6)   SK Warne 15.1-1-84-1

51.3

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, well flighted and on the pads, Pietersen gives himself room and drives inside out through cover! What a shot!

England 274/4   KP Pietersen 39* (49b 6x4)   SK Warne 15.3-1-89-1

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

England 284/4   A Flintoff 64* (51b 5x4 5x6)   B Lee 10.2-1-68-0

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   A Flintoff 68* (55b 6x4 5x6)   B Lee 11-1-72-0

57.6

Kasprowicz to Giles, FOUR, short and a bit of width outside the off, guided down to the third-man fence

England 297/6   AF Giles 4* (2b 1x4)   MS Kasprowicz 13-3-70-3

59.5

Kasprowicz to Giles, FOUR, lucky there from Giles, poking one past the slips cordon to the vacant third-man region to being up the England 300!

England 303/6   AF Giles 9* (11b 2x4)   MS Kasprowicz 13.5-3-74-3

60.5

Gillespie to Giles, FOUR, back of a length and outside the off, punched off the back foot and Giles has timed this well. All the way to the cover fence

England 310/6   AF Giles 15* (16b 3x4)   JN Gillespie 18.5-3-74-2

61.4

Kasprowicz to Giles, FOUR, timed beautifully through cover and Giles is pleasing his home crowd

England 316/6   AF Giles 19* (21b 4x4)   MS Kasprowicz 14.4-3-80-3

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!

England 320/6   KP Pietersen 50* (64b 7x4)   B Lee 11.2-1-76-0

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

England 324/6   KP Pietersen 54* (66b 8x4)   B Lee 11.4-1-80-0

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   KP Pietersen 58* (68b 9x4)   B Lee 12-1-84-0

63.4

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, full toss down leg side and Pietersen smashesit for four just backward of square

England 335/6   KP Pietersen 62* (69b 10x4)   SK Warne 17.4-1-93-1

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!

England 366/8   SJ Harmison 13* (6b 1x4 1x6)   B Lee 14.3-1-108-1

69.3

Warne to Harmison, FOUR, Harmison! tossed up outside the off stump, Harmison comes down the track gets inside the line and lofts it away to the long-off boundary

England 375/8   SJ Harmison 17* (10b 2x4 1x6)   SK Warne 20.3-2-105-2

71.4

Warne to SP Jones, FOUR, leg-stump full toss, Jones sees it and clouts it to the square-leg fence

England 383/9   SP Jones 7* (8b 1x4)   SK Warne 21.4-2-111-3

77.6

Warne to Hoggard, FOUR, full and outside the off, driven through cover and this time the ball finds the fence

England 393/9   MJ Hoggard 12* (47b 1x4)   SK Warne 25-4-115-3

78.6

Gillespie to Hoggard, FOUR, back of a length and outside the off, Hoggard rocks back and punches well through cover! Such timing and placement from the tailender

England 406/9   MJ Hoggard 16* (48b 2x4)   JN Gillespie 22-3-91-2
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