Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2005 / Commentary

The Ashes - 4th Test

England v Australia

England won by 3 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

1.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 1 run, just short of a length and outside the off, angled down past the gully fielder for England's first run of the fourth Test

England 1/0   AJ Strauss 1* (1b)

2.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, this is definitely Lee's length, at 92.1 mph Strauss wisely defends back down the pitch

2.2

Lee to Strauss, 3 runs, a bit too straight, Strauss has no trouble picking the ball off his hips and clipping the through square-leg

England 4/0   AJ Strauss 4* (3b)

3.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 1 no ball, full and outside the off, Kasprowicz straining for some swing early on, but only manages a no-ball

3.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, a bit of extra bounce from Kasprowicz as the ball leps off a length, Strauss adjusts well enough to keep the ball down towards gully

3.2

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

3.3

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, once again an immaculate line and length, just short of driving length and a touch outside the off, watchfully left alone

3.4

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off yet again - Kasprowicz bowling beautifully to the left-handed batsmen - left alone

3.5

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, slightly straighter this time and the ball is defended to the leg side, but there's no chance of a run

3.6

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, played down towards gully to end an immaculate over from Kasprowicz

England 7/0   AJ Strauss 4* (10b)

5.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 1 no ball, just short of a good length and threatening to move away, it's another great ball, but ironically another no-ball

5.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, slightly fuller this time and this gives Strauss the chance to drive. Drive he does but straight to the man at mid-off

5.2

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, .;just short of a length and on the pads, defended to the leg sidew

5.3

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, left alone to the keeper once more as Kasprowicz keeps up a teasing line and length

5.4

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, this one is played forcefully through the leg side but Shaun Tait, the big man, gets down quickly and fields

5.5

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, slightly fuller and angling beautifully away from the left-handed Strauss, left alone to the keeper

5.6

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, back of a length and on the pads, turned to the on side

England 13/0   AJ Strauss 4* (17b)

6.5

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, just too straight once more from Lee and Strauss tickles it away fine. This was a slower ball that went wrong, but still had enough paceto run away to the fine-leg fence

6.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, quick one just outside the off to end the over as Strauss leaves the ball weell alone

England 18/0   AJ Strauss 8* (19b 1x4)

7.3

Kasprowicz to Strauss, (no ball) FOUR, short and on the stumps, Strauss sees that one very early and says thank you very much before smashing the ball over midwicket with a fine pull stroke

7.3

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, normal service resumes in terms of line and length, played down to point

7.4

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

7.5

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, fuller this time and on the off, driven to mid-off

7.6

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run

England 26/0   AJ Strauss 12* (24b 2x4)

8.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, a bit of pace and bounce here, Strauss leaves that alone on length and the ball sails over the stumps

8.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, slightly fullish this time and outside the off, Strauss leaves this one well alone and there is just the slightest hint of swing after the ball passes the batsman

8.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off stump, Strauss follows the ball carefully and tucks the bat inside the line

8.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and just outside the off, Strauss drops his wrists and sways inside the line of the ball, allowing it to pass to Gilchrist

8.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, slightly fuller this time but it is a bit too wide for Strauss to seriously consider having a go. Left alone to the keeper

England 27/0   AJ Strauss 12* (29b 2x4)

9.4

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, dragged back a touch shorter but the line is excellent and all Strauss can do is follow the ball and let it pass harmlessly to the keeper

9.5

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads this time and the ball is clipped away through midwicket for a single

England 31/0   AJ Strauss 13* (31b 2x4)

10.1

Tait to Strauss, no run, fullish and outside the off, that is a bit of a loosener and not much pace on it, left alone to the keeper

10.2

Tait to Strauss, no run, slightly closer to the stumps, just short of a good length, through to the keeper

10.3

Tait to Strauss, no run, short one banged in, that's 93.5 mph, hard work on this largely paceless pitch, left alone to the keeper

10.4

Tait to Strauss, no run, this time pushed through quicker and fuller, just a hint of inswing, defended to the off side

10.5

Tait to Strauss, 2 runs, short ball once more and Strauss goes for the pull, does not quite get hold of it, two runs result anyway

10.6

Tait to Strauss, no run, pushed through very full and outside the off, left alone

England 37/0   AJ Strauss 15* (37b 2x4)

12.1

Tait to Strauss, 1 run, just short of a good length and outside the off, eased through cover

12.6

Tait to Strauss, 1 no ball, just short of a good length and outside the off, left alone, the ball passes over the off stumps, a no-ball called

12.6

Tait to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, left alone

England 48/0   AJ Strauss 16* (40b 2x4)

14.1

Tait to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

14.2

Tait to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

14.3

Tait to Strauss, FOUR, short ball again but this one does not get up very high, Strauss goes back and pulls well through square-leg

14.4

Tait to Strauss, no run, fullish and outside the off, driven fluently to cover but Langer dives and fields well

14.5

Tait to Strauss, no run, very full this time, a full-toss, patted back towards mid-off

14.6

Tait to Strauss, 1 no ball, this one is banged in short, good pace and bounce, but it is a no-ball

14.6

Tait to Strauss, 1 run, fullish and down the leg side, deflected to fine-leg

England 59/0   AJ Strauss 21* (47b 3x4)

15.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 1 no ball, fuller and on the off, defended, and that is another no-ball

15.1

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, full and outside the off, driven to gully

15.2

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 2 runs, on the pads again and this is not a problem for Strauss, flicked through the on side

15.3

Kasprowicz to Strauss, 3 runs, a bit too full this time, Strauss drives well past mid-on, good chase from Lee who dives and fields well

15.6

Kasprowicz to Strauss, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, punched well through the off side but Clarke fields at cover-point

England 72/0   AJ Strauss 26* (52b 3x4)

16.5

Tait to Strauss, no run, just short of a length and on the stumps, played at and missed, off the edge on to the pad

16.6

Tait to Strauss, 1 run, short of a length and enough width to cut through point, Clarke runs across and throws himself full length to stop the ball

England 74/0   AJ Strauss 27* (54b 3x4)

17.1

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, a bit short to begin from Warne, worked through midwicket

England 75/0   AJ Strauss 28* (55b 3x4)

18.2

Tait to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and on the pads, defended to the leg side

18.3

Tait to Strauss, 1 run, overpitched and outside the off, driven through cover-point for a single

18.6

Tait to Strauss, no run, fullish and on the off, driven back to Tait

England 81/0   AJ Strauss 29* (58b 3x4)

20.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, just short of a length and on the pads, defended to the leg side for a single

England 92/0   AJ Strauss 30* (59b 3x4)

21.1

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, Strauss gets in on the act and creams the ball through cover

21.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted this time and outside the off, eased to midwicket

21.3

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

21.4

Warne to Strauss, OUT, Premeditated sweep shot, replays show clearly that the ball goes off the inside edge on to the boot and then to Hayden at slip. That is the first English wicket, falling completely against the grain of play!

AJ Strauss c Hayden b Warne 35 (99m 64b 4x4 0x6) SR: 54.68

England 105/1   AJ Strauss 34 (63b 4x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Aug 29, 2005

Matthew Hoggard and Ashley Giles celebrate victory at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, August 29, 2005

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Aug 29, 2005

Duncan Fletcher talks about England's win at Trent Bridge, which gave England a 2-1 series lead in the Ashes, August 29, 2005

Duncan Fletcher talks about England's win

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