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

Harmison to Langer, no run, back of a length and on the stumps, defense played and missed, rapped on the pad

0.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, back of a length and on the off, driven back down the pitch to the bowler

0.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, banged in short and ouch! that hurt! Justin Langer cops that on the helmet! Nasty one that!

0.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, left alone outside off

0.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, very gingerly played back down the pitch

0.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, good pace and bounce, left alone, end of a cracking over from Harmison

Hoggard shares the new ball with Harmison

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0
JL Langer    0* (6b)      SJ Harmison    1-1-0-0
ML Hayden    0* (0b)     

1.1

Hoggard to Hayden, OUT, fullish and on the off, Hayden clips it straight to Strauss at short cover! What scenes here at Edgbaston! Australia in early trouble

ML Hayden c Strauss b Hoggard 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, full and outside the off, played at and missed, Hoggard has it on the spot right away and Ponting is tentative

1.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, back of a length and on the off, a suggestion of away swing, defended with an open face to point

1.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper, that's the sensible option early on with the ball doing just a little bit

1.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, defended down to the off side and a risky single stolen, Pietersen has a shy and misses, that was very risky, a direct hit would have had Ponting miles out

1.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and on the pads, swinging a bit, played at and missed

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 1/1
JL Langer    0* (7b)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-1-1
RT Ponting    1* (4b)     

2.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, back of a length and outside the off, left alone

2.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, on the pads this time and turned down to fine-leg for a single

2.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, full and on the pads, clipped to the on side

2.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, full and on the off, Langer drives well off the front foot but finds the man at mid-off

2.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, back of a length and outside the off, left well alone

2.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, once again left well alone and that ends the over

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 6/1
JL Langer    0* (11b)      SJ Harmison    2-1-1-0
RT Ponting    6* (6b)     

3.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, full and outside the off, Hoggard looking for swing here and pitching the ball up, Ponting is very watchful and shoulders arms, the ball carries nicely to Geraint Jones

3.2

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, too full, too straight and on the pads, that is like offering Ponting a pint of lager, he licks his lips and clips the ball nonchalantly off his pads to the square-leg fence

3.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left well alone outside the off

3.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 no ball, and a no-ball creeps in giving Australia an extra run, you don't want that from Hoggard if you're Michael Vaughan

3.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, and back of a length this time and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

3.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 no ball, and another no-ball, left alone to the keeper

3.5

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, back of a length and outside the off, Ponting leans back, puts the meat of that sizeable Kookaburra bat on ball and it fairly races to the cover fence

3.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, fullish and on the stumps, Ponting falls over slightly but works the ball to the on side

End of over 4 (10 runs) Australia 16/1
RT Ponting    14* (14b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-11-1
JL Langer    0* (11b)     

4.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, defended to the off side with an angled bat

4.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, back of a length and outside the off, left well alone

4.3

Harmison to Langer, 2 runs, chopped past point for a brace

4.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, another short one, another nasty blow for Langer. This one hits him smack in the midriff! A player brought up at the WACA is hopping around against an English bowler! How many years is it since that happened?

4.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, tucked away to the on side, Langer must be happy to get off strike

4.6

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, too full and on the pads, easily smacked through square-leg for a four

Just to let you know, there were four overthrows that we missed earlier on. We have now checked with the official scorers and corrected that. Apologies for any confusion this might have caused

End of over 5 (7 runs) Australia 23/1
RT Ponting    18* (15b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    3-1-8-0
JL Langer    3* (16b)     

5.1

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, full and a bit of width, Langer goes after that and the ball flies over the slips cordon and runs down to the vacant third-man area

5.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, punched to point

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5.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and on the off, driven to cover with a straight bat

5.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full again and on the off, pushed to the man at point, no chance of a run

5.5

Hoggard to Langer, (no ball) 1 run, full and on the pads, clipped through square-leg

5.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, full and straight, played back to the bowler with a straight bat

5.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, full and on the off, played down to point with an angled bat

End of over 6 (6 runs) Australia 29/1
RT Ponting    18* (17b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-21-1
JL Langer    8* (21b 1x4)     

6.1

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, tucked away for a single

6.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, short one outside the off, ducked well under, Harmison breathing fire on a docile wicket here. This is some speel we're watching

6.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, fuller and on the off, driven to cover, no chance of a run

6.4

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, short ball, not climbing enough on Ponting and he has time to swivel and play a tremendous pull

6.5

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

6.5

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, again short, again not quick enough or high enough, Ponting gets on top of that and pulls

6.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, back of a length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 39/1
RT Ponting    26* (23b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    4-1-18-0
JL Langer    9* (22b 1x4)     

7.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, back of a length and outside the off, driven to cover

7.2

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, on the pads and full, clipped down to fine-leg

7.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, full and outside the off, Ponting plays at this one but not convincingly, the ball goes off the outside edge to point

7.4

Hoggard to Ponting, (no ball) 3 runs, on the pads again, no-ball again, worked through the gap for easy runs

7.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, better ball this time, fullish and on the stumps, played carefully

7.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and on the off, driven hard but straight to mid-off

7.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, played to point with an angled bat

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 44/1
JL Langer    10* (27b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    4-0-26-1
RT Ponting    29* (25b 5x4)     

8.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, fu;llish and outside the off, very quick too, played at and missed

8.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, straighter and fuller, Ponting tries to work it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pad

8.3

Harmison to Ponting, (no ball) 1 run, full and on the off, driven to cover

8.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and on the pads, defended to the leg side

8.4

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, slightly short and Langer goes for the pull, not quite off the meat of the bat but enough on it to run down to the midwicket fence

8.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, back of a length and outside the off, played at and missed

8.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, back of a length and on the stumps, played back to the bowler

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 50/1
JL Langer    14* (31b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    5-1-24-0
RT Ponting    30* (28b 5x4)     

9.1

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, back of a length and on the off, driven well but straight to the man at cover-point

9.2

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, just short of a length and on the stumps, clipped to the man at mid-on

9.3

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, full and on the stumps, no sign of swing yet, defended to the off side

9.4

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, full and on the off, driven back awkwardly yo the bowler

9.5

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, full and outside the off, driven to point

9.6

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, full and on the off, driven to cover, no chance of a run

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 50/1
RT Ponting    30* (34b 5x4)      SP Jones    1-1-0-0
JL Langer    14* (31b 2x4)     

10.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, beaten outside the off stump trying to defend

10.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, outside the off stump and Langer pushes it away to the point region

10.3

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Langer drops it in front of the stumps on the off side and calls, Ponting responds well and a single is added to the total

10.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, defended to silly mid-off, Harmison follows it up

10.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, opens up Ponting with a probing delivery outside the off stump, ball clips the outer half of the bat and rolls away towards point

10.6

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, drifting on to middle and leg, Ponting moves across a bit and works it away behind square on the leg side, easy single to end the over

End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia 52/1
RT Ponting    31* (37b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    6-1-26-0
JL Langer    15* (34b 2x4)     

11.1

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, good length delivery close to the off stump line, Ponting forces it away straight to the cover fielder

two slips and a gully waiting

11.2

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, almost! short of a good length delivery, the one that goes straight on after pitching, Ponting plays for the swing and gets beaten - well bowled

11.3

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, pitched up and Ponting drives down to mid-off

11.4

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Ponting leaves it for the keeper - quicker delivery of sorts

11.5

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, fuller and angling in, Ponting pushes forward in defence and gets it on the middle, ball rolls away straight to the fielder at cover

11.6

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, swinging away late and Ponting leaves it for the keeper, consecutive maidens for Jones

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 52/1
RT Ponting    31* (43b 5x4)      SP Jones    2-2-0-0
JL Langer    15* (34b 2x4)     

12.1

Harmison to Langer, no run

12.2

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, on the middle and off stump line, Lander drops it in front of the stumps on the off side and Ponting sprints across - excellent running between the wickets there

12.3

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, slightly short and Ponting pulls it away handsomely to the long-leg fence, solid hit that

12.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run

12.5

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, fore more! pitched up and drifting onto the legs, Ponting quickly gets into a good position and drives it away through midwicket, once again the shot is timed to perfection - Australia moving along nicely now

12.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone outside the off stump and the umpire calls for drinks

Match State: Drinks

End of over 13 (9 runs) Australia 61/1
RT Ponting    39* (47b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    7-1-35-0
JL Langer    16* (36b 2x4)     

13.1

SP Jones to Langer, 1 run, turned away to the fine leg region, easy single

13.2

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, fulltoss on the middle and leg stump line, was the attempted yorker, Ponting defends it down to the mid-on region

13.3

SP Jones to Ponting, FOUR, Shot! in the slot outside the off stump and Ponting drives with a straight bat, ball races away to the long-off boundary, excellent timing

13.4

SP Jones to Ponting, FOUR, shot again! half volley, angling in from outside the off stump, Ponting pushes forward and drives it down the track to the long-on boundary, another cracking four!

13.5

SP Jones to Ponting, FOUR, make that three in a row! under pressure Jones slips in a fulltoss and Ponting hits through midwicket - that's fifty for Ponting! 50 in 51 balls - what an innings

13.6

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, again pitched up, driven down to the mid-off region

Flintoff into the attack now

End of over 14 (13 runs) Australia 74/1
RT Ponting    51* (52b 10x4)      SP Jones    3-2-13-0
JL Langer    17* (37b 2x4)     

14.1

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, starts off with a delivery drifting down the leg side and Langer turns it away to the fine leg region for an easy single

two slips and a gully in position

14.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Ponting plays off the back-foot towards point

14.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Ponting gets well forwards and defends it watchfully

14.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, angling in from outside the off stump, Ponting moves across to the off side and plays it back down the pitch, Flintoff fields on his follow through

14.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Ponting leaves it for the keeper

14.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, wide outside the off stump and Jones is the only person interested

Jones is out of the attack - Giles on now Giles to bowl over the wicket to the left hander, slip - short leg and a short cover catching

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 75/1
RT Ponting    51* (57b 10x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-1-0
JL Langer    18* (38b 2x4)     

15.1

Giles to Langer, no run, on target right away and Langer turns it away towards midwicket

15.2

Giles to Langer, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Langer defends watchfully

15.3

Giles to Langer, no run, another good delivery, close to the off stump line and Langer defends it on the back-foot

15.4

Giles to Langer, no run, drifting down the leg side, Langer goes for the sweep but fails to make contact

15.5

Giles to Langer, 1 run, pushed away wide of the cover fielder, quick single taken, shy at the stumps from Vaughan misses the target and Langer makes it across safely

15.6

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, down the leg side, Ponting goes down on one knee and slaps it away wide of the fielder at short fine leg - there is no protection in the deep and four more runs are added to the total

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 80/1
RT Ponting    55* (58b 11x4)      AF Giles    1-0-5-0
JL Langer    19* (43b 2x4)     

16.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, full and on the off, defended

16.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, back of a length and on the pad, defended to the leg side

16.3

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, full and on the off, defended down for a single

16.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, back of a length and on the stumps, played back down the pitch

16.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, fullish and on the off, driven back fo the bowler

16.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, tucked past mid-on for a quick single

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 82/1
RT Ponting    56* (61b 11x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-3-0
JL Langer    20* (46b 2x4)     

17.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, full and on the pads, played back to the bowler

17.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, driven powerfully to mid-off

17.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, full and outside off, pushed to cover

17.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, on the pads and full, defended

17.5

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, too full, a bit of width, driven magnificently through cover

17.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, on the pads, single taken to retain strike

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 87/1
RT Ponting    61* (67b 12x4)      AF Giles    2-0-10-0
JL Langer    20* (46b 2x4)     

18.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, back of a length and outside the off, defensive shot played and missed, hit high on the pad, stifled appeal

18.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended well towards point

18.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, chopped to the off side

18.4

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

18.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, full and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

18.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, quick one just outside the off, Ponting plays at it and misses, through to the keeper

End of over 19 (maiden) Australia 87/1
RT Ponting    61* (73b 12x4)      A Flintoff    3-1-3-0
JL Langer    20* (46b 2x4)     

19.1

Giles to Langer, no run, well flighted and on the off, defended carefully

19.2

Giles to Langer, 1 run, pushed wide of the man at cover for a single

19.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, flatter and on the stumps, played back down the pitch with surprisingly soft hands

19.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, down the pitch and driven to mid-off

19.5

Giles to Ponting, OUT, tossed up, on the pad, Ponting goes for the sweep and top edges straight to Michael Vaughan at short fine-leg. That is a tame, tame dismissal for a lion of a batsman who looked well set

RT Ponting c Vaughan b Giles 61 (87m 76b 12x4 0x6) SR: 80.26

Ashley Giles has struck. He is understandably ecstatic. There's nothing quite as good as doing it in front of your home crowd!

19.6

Giles to Martyn, no run, down the pitch, tucked to the on side

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End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 88/2
DR Martyn    0* (1b)      AF Giles    3-0-11-1
JL Langer    21* (48b 2x4)     

20.1

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, full and on the pads, worked towards midwicket for a single

20.2

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, fullish and on the off, slanting in to Martyn, defended down to short-leg

20.3

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, back of a length and on the off, punched to cover

20.4

Flintoff to Martyn, 2 runs, whipped away through square-leg for an easy brace

20.5

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, slightly fuller and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper

20.6

Flintoff to Martyn, 1 run, risky single stolen to end the over and Martyn will keep the strike

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 92/2
DR Martyn    3* (6b)      A Flintoff    4-1-7-0
JL Langer    22* (49b 2x4)     

21.1

Giles to Martyn, 1 run, full and down the leg side, Martyn comes down the pitch and flicks

21.2

Giles to Langer, no run, full and far outside the off, left well alone

21.3

Giles to Langer, 1 run, outside the off, squeezed to third man for a couple, but one short signaled by the umpire

21.4

Giles to Langer, no run, full and on the off, driven to mid-off

21.5

Giles to Langer, 1 run

21.6

Giles to Martyn, FOUR, smashed through covers to end the over, classive Martyn shot that

End of over 22 (7 runs) Australia 99/2
DR Martyn    8* (8b 1x4)      AF Giles    4-0-18-1
JL Langer    24* (53b 2x4)     

22.1

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, full and on the pads, tucked away to the on side to bring up the 100 for Australia

22.2

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, short one dug in, Martyn looks at it carefully and ducks under

22.3

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

22.4

Flintoff to Martyn, FOUR, full and outside the off, driven at, off the outside edge to the vacant third-man region past the slips cordon

22.5

Flintoff to Martyn, FOUR, back of a length and just slipping down leg, Martyn shimmies across and clips that one past the diving keeper to the fine-leg fence

22.6

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, full and a bit outside the off, pushed to cover

End of over 23 (9 runs) Australia 108/2
DR Martyn    16* (13b 3x4)      A Flintoff    5-1-16-0
JL Langer    25* (54b 2x4)     

23.1

Giles to Langer, no run, full and on the off, defended

23.2

Giles to Langer, no run, flat and on the pads, worked to the leg side

23.3

Giles to Langer, 4 byes, outside the off and into the rough, Langer drives, beats everyone and runs away for four byes

23.4

Giles to Langer, 2 runs, eased down to third man for a couple of runs

23.5

Giles to Langer, no run, played at and missed, half a shout for both the catch and the stumping

23.6

Giles to Langer, no run, flat and on the pads, kicked away

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 114/2
JL Langer    27* (60b 2x4)      AF Giles    5-0-20-1
DR Martyn    16* (13b 3x4)     

24.1

Flintoff to Martyn, FOUR, short and a bit of width, Martyn plays that one well through point, he likes that area

24.2

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, played in the same area but this time straight to Ian Bell at point

24.3

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, another one with a bit of width, cut to point

24.4

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, back of a length and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper

24.5

Flintoff to Martyn, OUT, RUN OUT! Tip and run goes awry again as Martyn plays this one towards Michael Vaughan and tries to scamper a single. Vaughan nails the stumps and Martyn's a goner

DR Martyn run out 20 (23m 18b 4x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

And with that it is lunch on the second day Another action-packed session and again you have to say England have the best of it This is Anand Vasu, your commentator, saying bye for now. We'll be back in about 30 minutes, at 12.10 GMT Match State: Lunch - Day 2 Welcome back to our coverage of this Test match The players are back on the field for the post-lunch session This is Anand Vasu, your commentator, welcoming you back

24.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 118/3
JL Langer    27* (61b 2x4)      A Flintoff    6-1-20-0
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)     

25.1

SP Jones to Clarke, no run

25.2

SP Jones to Clarke, 2 runs

25.3

SP Jones to Clarke, no run

25.4

SP Jones to Clarke, no run

25.5

SP Jones to Clarke, FOUR, driven magnificently back past the bowler to the fence at long-off

25.6

SP Jones to Clarke, FOUR, on the pads this time and clarke whips it away wristily through square-leg for a boundary

End of over 26 (10 runs) Australia 128/3
MJ Clarke    10* (6b 2x4)      SP Jones    4-2-23-0
JL Langer    27* (61b 2x4)     

26.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and on the pads, Langer shapes to flick but misses

26.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, driven to point, no chance of a run there

26.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, outside the off again and quite full, driven nicely to cover

26.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, slightly wider this time and quite full, pushed to cover

26.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, back of a length and angled onto the pads, worked to the on side for a single

26.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads this time and Clarke glances fine to keep the strike

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 130/3
MJ Clarke    11* (7b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    8-1-37-0
JL Langer    28* (66b 2x4)     

27.1

SP Jones to Clarke, 1 run, full and outside the off, driven through cover

27.2

SP Jones to Langer, FOUR, too full, outside the off, no swing at all, Langer watches it carefully and drives well through coiver

27.3

SP Jones to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, crashed to point where Strauss dives and fields brilliantly

27.4

SP Jones to Langer, no run, just short of a good length this time, driven back towards mid-off

27.5

SP Jones to Langer, no run, fullish and on the off, defended with a dead straight bat

27.6

SP Jones to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, defended awkwardly back down the pitch

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 135/3
JL Langer    32* (71b 3x4)      SP Jones    5-2-28-0
MJ Clarke    12* (8b 2x4)     

28.1

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, short ball, clarke sees it very early and pulls ferociously in front of square

28.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, back of a length and outside the off, defended carefully

28.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, worked through the on side for a quick single

28.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper

28.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, pad first and then bat, half a shout for lbw, no way that was going to be given

28.6

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, turned around the corner for a single

End of over 29 (6 runs) Australia 141/3
JL Langer    33* (74b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    9-1-42-0
MJ Clarke    16* (11b 3x4)     

29.1

SP Jones to Langer, 1 run, on the leg side and slightly short, pulled down to fine-leg

29.2

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

29.3

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, just short of a length once more and outside the off stump, left alone to the keepetr

29.4

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, once again left clean alone to the keeper

29.5

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, and again it's well outside the off, once again it is easily left alone

29.6

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, full and on the off, driven to mid-off

End of over 30 (1 run) Australia 142/3
MJ Clarke    16* (16b 3x4)      SP Jones    6-2-29-0
JL Langer    34* (75b 3x4)     

30.1

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, played down towards cover with soft hands, quick single stolen as the man runs in and tidies up

30.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, defended with soft hands towards podint

30.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, just short of a good length and on the pads, Clarke tucks it away easily to square-leg and picks up a single

30.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, banged in a bit short and Langer shoulders arms, the line is very good and the ball nearly comes back and hits his body

30.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, on the pads this time and Langer can work it away for a single

30.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, just short of a driving length once more, outside the off, defended towards cover

End of over 31 (3 runs) Australia 145/3
MJ Clarke    17* (19b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    10-1-45-0
JL Langer    36* (78b 3x4)     

31.1

SP Jones to Langer, 1 wide, full and far wide of the stumps, so far wide that the umpire calls it

31.1

SP Jones to Langer, 1 run, fullish and on the off, worked through cover for a single

31.2

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, full and very far wide of the stumps, this is an odd line from Jones, easily left alone

31.3

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, full and wide again, this time Clarke drives but cannot pierce the field. Well stopped by point

31.4

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, fullish and on the off, played back down the pitch towards mid-off

31.5

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, defended towards the off side

31.6

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, full and far outside the off, left well alone

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 147/3
MJ Clarke    17* (24b 3x4)      SP Jones    7-2-31-0
JL Langer    37* (79b 3x4)     

32.1

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, full and on the off, driven just past the man at mid-on for a single

32.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, just short of driving length and on the off, punched towards cover

32.3

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

32.4

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, too full, too straight, easily flicked down to fine-leg

32.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, short one slipping down the leg side, Langer swats it down to fine-leg to bring up the 150

32.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended watchfully to end the over

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 150/3
MJ Clarke    18* (28b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    11-1-48-0
JL Langer    39* (81b 3x4)     

33.1

SP Jones to Langer, 1 run

33.2

SP Jones to Clarke, no run

33.3

SP Jones to Clarke, FOUR, pulled well through midwicket

33.4

SP Jones to Clarke, no run

33.5

SP Jones to Clarke, no run

33.6

SP Jones to Clarke, no run

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 155/3
MJ Clarke    22* (33b 4x4)      SP Jones    8-2-36-0
JL Langer    40* (82b 3x4)     

34.1

Giles to Langer, no run

34.2

Giles to Langer, no run

34.3

Giles to Langer, no run, padded away to the off side

34.4

Giles to Langer, 1 run, full and on the off, defended with soft hands for a quick single

34.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, flat and on the pads, defensive shot played, off the pad to the on side

34.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, again on the pads, kicked away to the on side

End of over 35 (1 run) Australia 156/3
MJ Clarke    22* (35b 4x4)      AF Giles    6-0-21-1
JL Langer    41* (86b 3x4)     

35.1

SP Jones to Langer, FOUR, short one, again this sits up, Langer pulls very well in front of square, that is a cracking shot

35.2

SP Jones to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, punched to cover

35.3

SP Jones to Langer, 1 run, full this time and on the stumps, eased back past the bowler for a single

35.4

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, full and outside the off stump, not much movement at all, either off the pitch or in the air, left alone to the keeper

35.5

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, overpitched and outside the off, driven to point

35.6

SP Jones to Clarke, 1 run, pushed just past the man at cover for a single to end the over

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 162/3
MJ Clarke    23* (38b 4x4)      SP Jones    9-2-42-0
JL Langer    46* (89b 4x4)     

36.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, full and on the stumps, driven straight to short cover

36.2

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads and full, flicked down to fine-leg

36.3

Giles to Langer, 2 runs, tossed up and outside the off, driven well through cover for a couple of runs

36.4

Giles to Langer, no run, punched to mid-off

36.5

Giles to Langer, 1 run, placed down to the off side for a quick single

36.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, down the pitch and defended

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 166/3
MJ Clarke    24* (41b 4x4)      AF Giles    7-0-25-1
JL Langer    49* (92b 4x4)     

37.1

Hoggard to Langer, 2 runs, overpitched and on the pads, Langer squeezes past Michael Vaughan at mid-on to bring up a very well-made half-century

37.2

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, outside the off this time and quite full, eased down to third man for a single

37.3

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, just a hint of inswing, driven perfectly inside out and through cover. That is a classic shot

37.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, full and outside the off stump, left well alone

37.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, just outside the off and fullish, defended awkwardly

37.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, fullish and on the off, driven to mid-off

End of over 38 (7 runs) Australia 173/3
MJ Clarke    28* (45b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    5-0-33-1
JL Langer    52* (94b 4x4)     

38.1

Giles to Langer, 1 run, swept square of the wicket for a single

38.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, full and on the off, driven to mid-off

38.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, flat and on the legs, kicked away to the on side

38.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, on the off stump this time, defended towards silly mid-off

38.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, tossed up just a bit more and Clarke comes down the pitch and drives to short cover

38.6

Giles to Clarke, FOUR, short and a bit of width, Clarke cuts late and the ball flies just past the lone slip fielder to the third-man fence

Match State: Drinks And with the end of that over the players take drinks players are back, Hoggard to continue

End of over 39 (5 runs) Australia 178/3
MJ Clarke    32* (50b 6x4)      AF Giles    8-0-30-1
JL Langer    53* (95b 4x4)     

39.1

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, swinging away and Lagers forces it away in front of point, easy single

39.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, pitched up, driven down to mid-off

39.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Clarke gets forward and pushes it away to extra cover

39.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, another good delivery outside the off stump, again defended to extra cover

39.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, fuller in length, close to the off stump line and swinging in, driven straight back to the bowler

39.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, bit wide outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot, ball rolls away to the cover region

End of over 40 (1 run) Australia 179/3
MJ Clarke    32* (55b 6x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-0-34-1
JL Langer    54* (96b 4x4)     

40.1

Giles to Langer, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Langer comes down the track and drives hard but fails to beat Harmison at mid-off

40.2

Giles to Langer, no run, Langer once again comes down the track looking for the big one, gets to the pitch of the delivery but this time fails to beat the fielder at mid-on

40.3

Giles to Langer, no run, and again, steps out of his crease but this time gets too close to the pitch of the delivery, defends it in the end but not cleanly, ball rolls back and Langer stops with his boot

40.4

Giles to Langer, no run

40.5

Giles to Langer, no run

40.6

Giles to Langer, 1 run, inside edge and the ball rolls away to the short fine leg region

End of over 41 (1 run) Australia 180/3
JL Langer    55* (102b 4x4)      AF Giles    9-0-31-1
MJ Clarke    32* (55b 6x4)     

41.1

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, fulltoss outside the off stump, Langer forces it away through cover point

41.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, pitched up and angling in, driven straight to the fielder at mid-on

41.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Clarke drives on the front-foot, manages to beat the fielder moving in from cover but not the fielder at mid-off

41.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run

41.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, driven back to the bowler on the bounce

41.6

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, drifting onto the pads, played away through square leg, easy single to end the over

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 182/3
MJ Clarke    33* (60b 6x4)      MJ Hoggard    7-0-36-1
JL Langer    56* (103b 4x4)     

42.1

Giles to Clarke, FOUR, comes down the track and drives it away wide of the diving fielder at midwicket, excellent placement

42.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, defended on the fornt-foot

42.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, driven down to the mid-off region, the fielder is at the edge of the circle and a quick single is added, well run

42.4

Giles to Langer, 1 run, pushed away on the off side, bit upish but well wide of the fielder at silly point

42.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, driven down to the mid-off region, fielder moves across quickly to his right and cuts off the single

42.6

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads and Clarke turns it away to the fine leg region for a single

End of over 43 (7 runs) Australia 189/3
MJ Clarke    39* (65b 7x4)      AF Giles    10-0-38-1
JL Langer    57* (104b 4x4)     

43.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, full and on the off, a bit of reverse swing going now, the ball shapes in to Clarke, driven to cover

43.2

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, overpitched and on the pads, flicked well down to square-leg

43.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, Langer flashes at it and misses, streaky shot

43.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and angled wide outside the off, easily left alone

43.5

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, Langer laces this one through cover. That is a shot of a batsman well set

43.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, left alone

End of over 44 (5 runs) Australia 194/3
JL Langer    61* (108b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-0-41-1
MJ Clarke    40* (67b 7x4)     

44.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, back of a length and on the pads, shot played and missed, hit on the pad

44.2

Giles to Clarke, OUT, quick and flat outside the off, Clarke feels at that one and can only tickle it through to the keeper. Good catch that from Jones

MJ Clarke c †GO Jones b Giles 40 (85m 68b 7x4 0x6) SR: 58.82

44.3

Giles to Katich, no run, full and far outside the off, left alone to the keeper

44.4

Giles to Katich, no run, tossed up and aimed into the rough, squeezed to point

44.5

Giles to Katich, no run, flatter and on the off, defended carefully

44.6

Giles to Katich, no run, on the off once more and Katich defends carefully

End of over 45 (wicket maiden) Australia 194/4
SM Katich    0* (4b)      AF Giles    11-1-38-2
JL Langer    61* (108b 5x4)     

45.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, played down to a wide fourth slip position

45.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, full and a bit of width, eased past point

45.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, full and well down the leg side, easily left alone

45.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, full and outside the off from round the wicket, shaping away a touch after pitching, left alone

45.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, full again and outside the off, Katich shoulders arms and lets the ball through

45.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, on the off this time, eased to point

End of over 46 (1 run) Australia 195/4
SM Katich    0* (8b)      A Flintoff    7-1-21-0
JL Langer    62* (110b 5x4)     

46.1

Giles to Langer, no run, speared down the leg side, played at and missed

46.2

Giles to Langer, no run, full and on the off, defended

46.3

Giles to Langer, no run, tucked to midwicket

46.4

Giles to Langer, 4 byes, into the rough outside the off, big ripper, the ball spins in and beats the friving bat and the keeper and runs away for four

46.5

Giles to Langer, no run

46.6

Giles to Langer, 1 run, fullish and on the off, worked away through aquare-leg to being up the 200

End of over 47 (5 runs) Australia 200/4
JL Langer    63* (116b 5x4)      AF Giles    12-1-39-2
SM Katich    0* (8b)     

47.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, shaping away after pitching, left alone

47.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, once again outside the off, left alone

47.3

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, full and outside the off, played down to third man for a single

47.4

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

47.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, once again outside the off, once again left well alone

47.6

Flintoff to Katich, 1 no ball, overpitched and on the stumps, driven to mid-on

47.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, full and outside the off, left well alone, Katich being very watchful here

End of over 48 (2 runs) Australia 202/4
SM Katich    0* (12b)      A Flintoff    8-1-23-0
JL Langer    64* (119b 5x4)     

48.1

Giles to Langer, no run, flat and on the off, defended

48.2

Giles to Langer, 1 run, quicker one outside the off, worked to third man

48.3

Giles to Katich, FOUR, just short of a length and outside the off, cut away to the third-man fence

48.4

Giles to Katich, no run, defended to the off side

48.5

Giles to Katich, no run, defended once again

48.6

Giles to Katich, no run, left well alone outside the off stump

End of over 49 (5 runs) Australia 207/4
SM Katich    4* (16b 1x4)      AF Giles    13-1-44-2
JL Langer    65* (121b 5x4)     

49.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, played down to point

49.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, hit wide of midwicket for a quick single

49.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, full and on the off, pushed to cover

49.4

Flintoff to Katich, OUT, fullish and outside the off, Katich prods at a ball that slants away from him and edges to the keeper. Another key breakthrough

SM Katich c †GO Jones b Flintoff 4 (22m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

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49.5

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

49.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, driven well through cover to get off the mark

End of over 50 (5 runs) Australia 212/5
AC Gilchrist    4* (2b 1x4)      A Flintoff    9-1-28-1
JL Langer    66* (123b 5x4)     
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