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

Match State: Day 1 start scheduled for 10.30am local time (9.30am GMT) Hello and a very warm welcome to you wherever you are to Cricinfo's coverage of the second Ashes Test from Edgbaston The first Test was a cracker and the old firm of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne proved they were anything but over the hill What can we expect from this match? I'm Anand Vasu, your commentator for the game, hoping this Test lives up to the excitement of the first one at Lord's Let's cut to the chase and get straight to the news that is coming to us from Edgbaston Australia have won the toss and chosen to bowl England are unchanged for this Test while Australia have suffered a major blow Glenn McGrath stepped on a ball during pre-match warm-up and turned his ankle and has been ruled out Remember Glenn McGrath took 9-82 in the first Test and was the Man of the Match. His absence is a major boost for England Michael Kasprowicz will play in his place Australia have kept the faith in Jason Gillespie, who reportedly had a good bowl in the warm-up match leading up to this Test England have, for their part, decided to put their weight behind Ashley Giles, the King of Spain ... oops Spin, at his home ground Just to remind you, the teams are: Australia: Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (capt), Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee, Michael Kasprowicz. England: Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan (capt), Ian Bell, Kevin Pitersen, Andrew Flintoff, Geraint Jones (wk), Ashley Giles, Stephen Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones. We can tell you that the pitch has caused quite a bit of concern over the last few days A freak hurricane hit the area, just 400 yards from the ground a couple of days back This meant that at one point an inch of rain had fallen on the pitch area in just a minute This makes it very difficult for the groundstaff to prepare the playing surface in the days immediately leading up to the match There is bound to be moisture under the surface, and a crusty top layer, usually indicating a lack of pace A slow seamer is the most likely prospect Steve Rouse, the curator, said recently, 'it's been the worst possible preparation leading up to a Test match' That can hardly be good news for anyone But if anyone will benefit from a slow pitch it is Australia They have the bowlers that can exploit seaming conditions - Kasprowicz and Gillespie, and Lee will anyway be quick through the air And of course, there's Shane Warne, in case the top comes off the pitch at any point England, on the other hand, have bowlers of genuine pace, who hit the deck hard, and they would much rather play on a quick pitch Play will be under way soon, so don't go anywhere and get an early word in at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html We're now getting very close to the start of play. The game gets under way in just about five minutes, that's at 10.30am local time, 0930 GMT. It's Brett Lee to open the bowling

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

End of the first over and the pitch already showing all signs of having very little in it pace wise Jason Gillespie will take the new ball with Lee in the absence of McGrath

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0
ME Trescothick    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    0* (0b)     

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

Australia's opening bowlers have not made the batsmen play as much as McGrath would have. That should help England settle, unless Lee can tighten his line and get the ball on off stump

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 5/0
AJ Strauss    4* (6b 1x4)      JN Gillespie    1-0-4-0
ME Trescothick    0* (6b)     

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

End of over 3 (12 runs) England 17/0
ME Trescothick    12* (12b 3x4)      B Lee    2-0-13-0
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

End of a good over from Gillespie, and if only Warne had been as quick with his hands as he is with a mobile phone, England may have been one wicket down! Rare lapse from a quality slip fielder.

End of over 4 (maiden) England 17/0
AJ Strauss    4* (12b 1x4)      JN Gillespie    2-1-4-0
ME Trescothick    12* (12b 3x4)     

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

End of over 5 (5 runs) England 22/0
ME Trescothick    16* (19b 4x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-0
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

5.4

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, Trescothick facing Gillespie for the first time today, ,left alone

5.5

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, defended back down the pitch, the batsmen think about a quick single and wisely decide against it

5.6

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, just outside the off this time, defended towards gully

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 27/0
ME Trescothick    16* (22b 4x4)      JN Gillespie    3-1-9-0
AJ Strauss    9* (15b 2x4)     

6.1

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

Attacking field when Strauss is facing Lee - four slips and a gully

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

Don't forget Lee got Strauss quite a few times in the one-dayers

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

End of over 7 (maiden) England 27/0
AJ Strauss    9* (21b 2x4)      B Lee    4-1-18-0
ME Trescothick    16* (22b 4x4)     

7.1

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

7.2

Gillespie to Trescothick, 1 run, back of a length and on the off, placed down to the off side for a quick single

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

Ricky Ponting might just be wondering whether he did the right thing by putting England in on this docile pitch

End of over 8 (9 runs) England 36/0
AJ Strauss    13* (25b 3x4)      JN Gillespie    4-1-18-0
ME Trescothick    21* (24b 5x4)     

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

Surely it's time now for Ponting to consider taking Lee out of the attack and giving Michael Kasprowicz a go. Lee has gone for 24 from 5 overs.

End of over 9 (6 runs) England 42/0
AJ Strauss    13* (28b 3x4)      B Lee    5-1-24-0
ME Trescothick    26* (28b 6x4)     

9.1

Gillespie to Trescothick, 2 runs, back fo a length and on the pads, easy for Trescothick to nurdle the ball away to fine-leg and add two to his tally

9.2

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, slightly fuller and on the off, defended with soft hands and an angled bat

9.3

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, full again and on the off stump, played back towards the bowler

9.4

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, back of a length this time, outside the off stump, angling away with the arm, left alone to the keeper

9.5

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, Trescothick defends back down the pitch with care

9.6

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, Gillespie hits his line and length again with the last ball of the over, left alone easily

England are off to a great start here, 44 for no loss after 10 overs. That's Langer-Hayden type numbers. Ponting must surely be wondering why he didn't bat first. And just as we wondered at the end of e's last over, he's been taken out of the attack and replaced by Kasprowicz

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 44/0
ME Trescothick    28* (34b 6x4)      JN Gillespie    5-1-20-0
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

End of over 11 (6 runs) England 50/0
AJ Strauss    17* (36b 4x4)      MS Kasprowicz    1-0-6-0
ME Trescothick    28* (34b 6x4)     

11.1

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, full and outside the off, Trescothick leaves that alone, but was that just te first hinto of swing? The ball appeared to curve in after it had passed the batsman

11.2

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, just a bit of width and Trescothick bangs the ball, but Michael Clarke is at point

11.3

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, played back down the pitch to the bowler

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

11.5

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, played away to the off side with soft hands and an angled bat

11.6

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, very full this time and on the off stump, driven to the off side with a straight bat

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 54/0
ME Trescothick    32* (40b 7x4)      JN Gillespie    6-1-24-0
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

12.2

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, 1 no ball, full and outside the off, Trescothick drives and edges, straight to Hayden at gully. Hayden takes the catch and hears the no-ball call!

12.2

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, left alone outside the off stump

Two no-balls in the first over from Kasprowicz but a really costly one in his second

12.3

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

12.4

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, punched to cover

12.5

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, full again and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

12.6

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length and on the stumps, another careful defensive stroke

How long before we see Warne in the attack? Not long at all. Here comes the champion legspinner Warne warming up and getting his field right

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 56/0
ME Trescothick    32* (46b 7x4)      MS Kasprowicz    2-0-8-0
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!

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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

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 60/0
AJ Strauss    22* (43b 5x4)      SK Warne    1-0-4-0
ME Trescothick    32* (46b 7x4)     

14.1

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, played back down the pitch

This could be a very vital phase, with Kasprowicz and Warne bowling in tandem

14.2

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, back of a length and outside the off stump, going away with the angle, elft alone to the keeper

14.3

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, outside the off, punched to point

14.4

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, fuller and closer to the stumps, driven to mid-off

14.5

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, full and on the stumps this time, patted back to Kasprowicz

14.6

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, outside the off and short of a length, left well alone

End of over 15 (maiden) England 60/0
ME Trescothick    32* (52b 7x4)      MS Kasprowicz    3-1-8-0
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

End of over 16 (8 runs) England 68/0
AJ Strauss    30* (49b 7x4)      SK Warne    2-0-12-0
ME Trescothick    32* (52b 7x4)     

16.1

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, defended back towards the bowler

16.2

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length and drifting onto the pads, worked to the on side

16.3

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, fuller and on the off, Trescothick squeezes the ball towards the off side but it almost rolls back into his stumps

16.4

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, fullish and on the off, pushed to cover

16.5

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length and on the off, glided to point

16.6

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

End of over 17 (maiden) England 68/0
ME Trescothick    32* (58b 7x4)      MS Kasprowicz    4-2-8-0
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

17.2

Warne to Trescothick, no run, fullish and outside the off, Trescothick defends with bat and pad held together

17.3

Warne to Trescothick, 1 run, and there's the sweep again, this seems to be the plan against Warne, a single to fine-leg

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

17.6

Warne to Trescothick, SIX, tossed up just a bit more and outside the off, Trescothick goes for the big hit and makes clean contact! Huge six back over Warne's head!

End of over 18 (9 runs) England 77/0
ME Trescothick    39* (61b 7x4 1x6)      SK Warne    3-0-21-0
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

18.2

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

18.3

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, slightly fuller and once again Trescothick defends and the ball almost rolls back onto the stumps

18.4

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, Trescothick leaves the ball alone to the keeper

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

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!

End of over 19 (9 runs) England 86/0
ME Trescothick    47* (66b 9x4 1x6)      MS Kasprowicz    5-2-17-0
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

End of over 20 (maiden) England 86/0
AJ Strauss    33* (59b 7x4)      SK Warne    4-1-21-0
ME Trescothick    47* (66b 9x4 1x6)     

20.1

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off stump, Trescothick, nearing his half-century, watches it carefully and leaves it well alone to the keeper

20.2

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, fuller and on the stumps, Trescothick is forced to play and defends towards gully with an angled bat

20.3

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length and on the stumps this time, rare movement off the pitch as it comes in to the left-handed Trescothick who takes the ball awkwardly on thigh pad

20.4

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, back to that line outside the off and slanting away, left alone to the keeper

20.5

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, full and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

20.6

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, pushed through a bit wider, driven well but to Clarke at point

End of over 21 (maiden) England 86/0
ME Trescothick    47* (72b 9x4 1x6)      MS Kasprowicz    6-3-17-0
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

21.4

Warne to Trescothick, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, clipped off the toes to midwicket where Lee tumbles and fields

21.5

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

21.6

Warne to Trescothick, 2 runs, eased through cover for a brace that gives Marcus Trescothick his 50! It's come off 74 balls and included 9 fours and one tremendous six off Warne!

End of over 22 (9 runs) England 95/0
ME Trescothick    50* (74b 9x4 1x6)      SK Warne    5-1-30-0
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

End of over 23 (8 runs) England 103/0
AJ Strauss    47* (69b 10x4)      MS Kasprowicz    7-3-25-0
ME Trescothick    50* (74b 9x4 1x6)     

23.1

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

23.2

Warne to Trescothick, no run, full and on the stumps, kicked away to the off side

23.3

Warne to Trescothick, 1 run, on the off, slightly short, the googly, we did not see a single one in the first Test, worked to the on side

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

23.6

Warne to Trescothick, 1 run, flat and on the pads, worked away to the on side

Lee comes back into the attack

End of over 24 (7 runs) England 110/0
ME Trescothick    56* (78b 10x4 1x6)      SK Warne    6-1-37-0
AJ Strauss    48* (71b 10x4)     

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

End of over 25 (1 run) England 111/0
AJ Strauss    48* (74b 10x4)      B Lee    6-1-25-0
ME Trescothick    57* (81b 10x4 1x6)     

25.1

Warne to Trescothick, 1 run, outside the off and full, square-driven, Clarke has to scramble and dive to stop that

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

There you go, Shane Warne is back in business. You can't keep this man out of the action - either on or off the field - for too long! What a terrific bowler he has been for Australia. On any pitch, in any conditions he delivers when his captain needs it the most

25.4

Warne to Vaughan, no run, well flighted and on the middle and leg stump, defended very carefully

25.5

Warne to Vaughan, 1 run, fuller and just outside the leg stump, clipped to the leg side

25.6

Warne to Trescothick, 1 run, on the pads, worked away for a single

And finally, an over where Australia taste success. Just before the lunch break as well.

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 114/1
ME Trescothick    59* (83b 10x4 1x6)      SK Warne    7-1-40-1
MP Vaughan    1* (2b)     

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!

Match State: Lunch - Day 1 At lunch on the first day England have had the best of it Put in to bat by Ricky Ponting they have raced to 132 for 1 in 27 overs. Marcus Trescothick has been the star, crashing 77 from 89 balls with 13 fours and two sixes. We'll be back with all the action from the post-lunch session in about half an hour, at 1210 GMT Till then, this is your commentator, Anand Vasu, signing off, inviting you to send all feedback to http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Welcome back

End of over 27 (18 runs) England 132/1
ME Trescothick    77* (89b 13x4 2x6)      B Lee    7-1-43-0
MP Vaughan    1* (2b)     

27.1

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, swinging away from the right-hander, Vaughan leaves it for the keeper

27.2

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

27.3

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, slightly fuller this time and still outside the off, left alone easily to Gilchrist

27.4

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, a touch of away movement as well, that should please Gillespie

27.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, slightly fuller, but the same result, a hint of away movement and Vaughan is happy to leave the ball alone

27.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, 3 runs, very straight this time and full, Vaughan leans across and flicks through midwicket for some much-welcome runs early on in his innings

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 135/1
MP Vaughan    4* (8b)      JN Gillespie    7-1-27-0
ME Trescothick    77* (89b 13x4 2x6)     

28.1

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

28.2

Kasprowicz to Vaughan, no run, full and on the off, defended back down the pitch

28.3

Kasprowicz to Vaughan, 2 runs, just short of a length and outside the off but Vaughan manages to get to it nicely and stroke it through extgra-cover

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

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

28.6

Kasprowicz to Vaughan, 1 no ball, fullish and on the stumps, defended

28.6

Kasprowicz to Vaughan, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, punched off the back foot to mid-off

End of over 29 (11 runs) England 146/1
MP Vaughan    14* (15b 2x4)      MS Kasprowicz    8-3-36-0
ME Trescothick    77* (89b 13x4 2x6)     

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!

29.2

Gillespie to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps this time, played back down the pitch

29.3

Gillespie to Trescothick, 1 run, fullish and on the off, defended down towards point with soft enough hands to steal a good single

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

29.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, full and straight, driven well but straight to mid-on

29.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, short and a bit of width, cut towards cover

End of over 30 (9 runs) England 155/1
MP Vaughan    18* (18b 3x4)      JN Gillespie    8-1-36-0
ME Trescothick    82* (92b 14x4 2x6)     

30.1

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, good length ball outside the off, carefully left alone to the keeper

30.2

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, 1 no ball, punched to extra cover

30.2

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, just short of a driving length and on the middle stump, tucking up Trescothick a bit, played back down the pitch with a straight bat

30.3

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

30.4

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, fullish and on the off, played down to backward point where clarke tidies up without fuss

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

30.6

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, 2 runs, back of a length and a bit of width, cut well, Clarke dives and half stops the ball

End of over 31 (7 runs) England 162/1
ME Trescothick    88* (99b 15x4 2x6)      MS Kasprowicz    9-3-43-0
MP Vaughan    18* (18b 3x4)     

31.1

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, full and on the off, Vaughan is careful in defense

31.2

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, Vaughan judges line and length early and leaves the ball alone

31.3

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, just short of a length and on the off, a hint of away movement, defended towards cover

31.4

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, back of a length and on the off, played down to mid-on with good use of the wrists

31.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, a touch fuller and outside the off, defended very carefully once more

31.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, closer to the off and full, Vaughan punches to cover to end a maiden over

It's worth noting that this is Trescothick's highest score against Australia. His previous best was 76, four years ago, at this very ground.

End of over 32 (maiden) England 162/1
MP Vaughan    18* (24b 3x4)      JN Gillespie    9-2-36-0
ME Trescothick    88* (99b 15x4 2x6)     

32.1

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, no run, back of a length and on the stumps, defended to the on side

32.2

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, 2 runs, on the pads this time and Trescothick has enough time to work the ball to fine leg

32.3

Kasprowicz to Trescothick, OUT, Gone! Back of a length and outside the off, just seaming away a touch, Trescothick feathers the edge to Gilchrist!

ME Trescothick c †Gilchrist b Kasprowicz 90 (143m 102b 15x4 2x6) SR: 88.23

Disappointing end to a fine innings from Trescothick. He's never made a Test hundred against Australia and that is going to have to wait for a while

32.4

Kasprowicz to Bell, 2 runs, back of a length and on the pads, glanced to the on side to get off the mark

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

32.6

Kasprowicz to Bell, OUT, Gone! Bell tentatively pokes at this one from Kasprowicz that comes in just a touch and then straightens! End of Ian Bell even before Warne could get a crack at him! Australia are well and truly back in this one

IR Bell c †Gilchrist b Kasprowicz 6 (2m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Somehow or the other Australia find a way to claw back into the game. Here it is Kasprowicz doing the job

End of over 33 (8 runs) England 170/3
     MS Kasprowicz    10-3-51-2
MP Vaughan    18* (24b 3x4)     

33.1

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, defended to the off side with some care

33.2

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

33.3

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, defended to the off side

33.4

Gillespie to Vaughan, 1 no ball, just short of a length and slanting in to the right-handed batsman, defended to off

33.4

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, fullish and just outside the off, left alone to the keeper

33.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, just short of a driving length and on the off, Vaughan dutifully defends

33.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, fullish but a bit too wide to tempt Vaughan to play at it, left alone

Kasprowicz is pretty much the best mediumpacer you could ask for on a flat deck. He bowls his heart out at all times. Have to see what more he has in him.

End of over 34 (1 run) England 171/3
MP Vaughan    18* (31b 3x4)      JN Gillespie    10-2-37-0
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)     

34.1

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

34.1

Kasprowicz to Pietersen, 1 run, another leg-stump half-volley, this time clipped towards midwicket

34.2

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

34.2

Kasprowicz to Vaughan, 1 run, just short of a length and on the stumps, tucked away to the leg side

34.3

Kasprowicz to Pietersen, no run, short of a length and a bit of width ouitside off, Pietersen cuts to point

34.4

Kasprowicz to Pietersen, no run, fuller and on the off, worked to the on side to mid-on

34.5

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

34.6

Kasprowicz to Pietersen, no run, just short of a length and on the off, punched to cover off the back foot

The complexion of the game has changed slightly here with those wickets. Do write in with all your comments at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Warne back in the attack

End of over 35 (12 runs) England 183/3
KP Pietersen    5* (6b 1x4)      MS Kasprowicz    11-3-63-2
MP Vaughan    23* (33b 4x4)     

35.1

Warne to Vaughan, no run, full and on the pads, kicked away

35.2

Warne to Vaughan, 1 run, flat and down the leg side, swept well down to fine-leg

35.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, full and on the leg stump, Pietersen jabs at it and the ball goes off the inside edge just past the man at short-leg

35.4

Warne to Vaughan, no run, tossed up and on the pad, awkward defense, the ball goes off the pad to the leg side

35.5

Warne to Vaughan, no run, fuller and on the off this time, not much turn, defended

35.6

Warne to Vaughan, no run, once again it's flat and on the pads, once again it's defended

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 185/3
MP Vaughan    24* (38b 4x4)      SK Warne    8-1-42-1
KP Pietersen    6* (7b 1x4)     

36.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, 1 no ball, full and outside the off, a hint of away swing, left alone

36.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, just short of a driving length and on the off, thick inside edge off an attempted drive sends the ball to the on side

36.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, fuller and straighter, driven well but hit straight to mid-on

36.3

Gillespie to Pietersen, 1 run, full and on the off, driven just wide of mid-off for a quick single

36.4

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, fuller and slightly wide outside the off, left alone to the keeper

36.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, just short of a length and on the stumps, driven watchfully to mid-on

36.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, OUT, short ball banged in, Vaughan takes the bait and goes for the pull, the top edge goes very very high in the air, you can barely see that. Lee watches it perfectly and takes an outstanding catch at fine-leg!

MP Vaughan c Lee b Gillespie 24 (54m 41b 3x4 0x6) SR: 58.53

That is the end of Michael Vaughan and you have to say it's not the smartest thing to have done

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 187/4
     JN Gillespie    11-2-39-1
KP Pietersen    7* (11b 1x4)     

37.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flat and on the stumps, padded away

37.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, fullish and on the stumps, defensive shot played, off the pad to the leg side

37.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, fuller and just outside the off, Flintoff watches carefully and leaves it alone

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

37.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, quicker, flatter and on the pad, kicked away

37.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, full and on the pad, floating in, bat and pad close together, loud shout from the bowler and support fielders, turned down

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 191/4
A Flintoff    4* (6b 1x4)      SK Warne    9-1-46-1
KP Pietersen    7* (11b 1x4)     

38.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, left well alone

38.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, once again outside the off, short of a length, left alone

38.3

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, fuller and a bit quicker too from Gillespie, wide of the stumps, watched carefully and left alone

38.4

Gillespie to Pietersen, 2 runs, clipped away backward of square for a couple of runs

38.5

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

38.6

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, slower ball - very well bowled - on the stumps and fullish, Pietersen defends with great care

End of over 39 (2 runs) England 193/4
KP Pietersen    9* (17b 1x4)      JN Gillespie    12-2-41-1
A Flintoff    4* (6b 1x4)     

39.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, tossed up and on middle and leg, half shout as the ball is padded away

39.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flat and on the stumps, defended to the on side

39.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, quicker one on the stumps, defended to the leg side with hard hands, dangerous that

39.4

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, tossed up and outside the leg stump, the ball spins in and its the bat and runs down to fine-leg

39.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, slightly short this time and Flintoff has time to go back and punch the ball wide of midwicket for a single

39.6

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, full and outside the off, driven wide of mid-off for a single

Drinks are on the field and it's time for a quick break Match State: Drinks

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 197/4
KP Pietersen    10* (18b 1x4)      SK Warne    10-1-50-1
A Flintoff    7* (11b 1x4)     

40.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and Pietersen plays off the back-foot to the cover region

40.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, angling in from outside the off stump but not enough to make Pietersen at it

two slips and a gully in position

40.3

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length delivery, again angling in from outside the off stump, Pietersen leaves it for the keeper

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

40.5

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, defended down to mid-on

40.6

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, good delivery to end the over, Pietersen reads it well and leaves it for the keeper

Warne to continue - slips, silly point and a short leg in place

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 201/4
KP Pietersen    14* (24b 2x4)      JN Gillespie    13-2-45-1
A Flintoff    7* (11b 1x4)     

41.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, lovely delivery, pitched in line and turning away from the right-hander, Flintoff watchfully leaves it for the keeper

41.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, drifting down the leg side

41.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, defended on the front-foot, ball rolls down to the mid-on region

41.4

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

41.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run

41.6

Warne to Flintoff, SIX, Flintoff's contribution to the hole in the ozone layer, tossed up and Freddy lofts it over the long-on fence, massive hit

End of over 42 (10 runs) England 211/4
A Flintoff    17* (17b 2x4 1x6)      SK Warne    11-1-60-1
KP Pietersen    14* (24b 2x4)     

42.1

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

42.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, fuller and on the off, driven back to the bowler

42.3

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, full again and on the off, driven to mid-off

42.4

Gillespie to Pietersen, 2 runs, back of a length and outside the off, driven off the back foot through cover-point

42.5

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, back of a length and outside the off once more, punched off the back foot to cover

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

End of over 43 (10 runs) England 221/4
KP Pietersen    24* (30b 4x4)      JN Gillespie    14-2-55-1
A Flintoff    17* (17b 2x4 1x6)     

43.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, well flighted and on the stumps, defended carefully

43.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, outside the leg stump and spinning in to flintoff, off the pad to the leg side

43.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, fuller again and on the stumps, Warne drawing Flintoff forward well, defended

43.4

Warne to Flintoff, SIX, full and on the pads, Flintoff plants his foot forward and flicks magnificently over midwicket. Such power!

43.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, outside the off this time and spinning away, defended carefully

43.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, straighter one on the stumps, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

End of over 44 (6 runs) England 227/4
A Flintoff    23* (23b 2x4 2x6)      SK Warne    12-1-66-1
KP Pietersen    24* (30b 4x4)     

44.1

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

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

44.3

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, fuller and outside the off, shaping away, left alone to the keeper

44.4

Gillespie to Pietersen, 1 run, back of a length and outside the off, punched towards mid-off for a single

44.5

Gillespie to Flintoff, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, driven off the back foot to the bowler

44.6

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

End of over 45 (9 runs) England 236/4
A Flintoff    27* (25b 3x4 2x6)      JN Gillespie    15-2-64-1
KP Pietersen    29* (34b 5x4)     

45.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, tossed up and on the middle and leg, defended to the on side

45.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, full and on the pads, and a single to the on-side brings up the 50 partnership in 50 balls!

45.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, down the leg side and full, flicked down towards fine-leg

45.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, legbreak outside the leg stump, spinning in, dabbed away to the on side

45.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, full and down the leg side, sweep played and missed

45.6

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, tossed up and on the pads, clipped to midwicket

Lee is back in the attack. He's the only one not to pick up a wicket so far.

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 240/4
A Flintoff    29* (28b 3x4 2x6)      SK Warne    13-1-70-1
KP Pietersen    31* (37b 5x4)     

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

End of over 47 (2 runs) England 242/4
KP Pietersen    32* (40b 5x4)      B Lee    8-1-45-0
A Flintoff    30* (31b 3x4 2x6)     

47.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flat and on the leg stump, defended

47.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, outside the off and tossed up a bit more, Pietersen looks to cut and misses

47.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, on the stumps this time and pushed in, defended back down the pitch

47.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, drifting into the pads, full, a bit of spin, clipped to midwicket

47.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, driven to mid-on

47.6

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, once again tossed up, Flintoff heaves unconvincingly through the leg side

End of over 48 (2 runs) England 244/4
A Flintoff    31* (33b 3x4 2x6)      SK Warne    14-1-72-1
KP Pietersen    33* (44b 5x4)     

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

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End of over 49 (11 runs) England 255/4
A Flintoff    42* (39b 3x4 3x6)      B Lee    9-1-56-0
KP Pietersen    33* (44b 5x4)     

49.1

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, flighted and on the pads, heaved down to fine-leg

49.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, again on the pads, Pietersen sweeps and sweeps well, Lee cleans up on the fence

49.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, tossed up and on the off, a bit of turn, Flintoff pokes at it, tries to defend and is beaten

49.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, punched powerfully to mid-on

49.5

Warne to Flintoff, SIX, tossed up a touch more and outside the off and Flintoff just lofts it over long-off, effortless almost! Big hitting from Freddie here!

49.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flat and quick, pulled to midwicket

End of over 50 (8 runs) England 263/4
A Flintoff    49* (44b 3x4 4x6)      SK Warne    15-1-80-1
KP Pietersen    34* (45b 5x4)     
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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