Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2005 / Commentary

The Ashes - 4th Test

England v Australia

England won by 3 wickets

Overs 0-50

0.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, fullish and on the off, Langer defends but is hit on the pad first, appeal for the lbw, turned down

0.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, very full and very straight, dug out down the pitch to mid-on

0.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, back of a length and on the pads, played at and missed, hit on the pad

0.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, short ball banged in, easily ducked under

0.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, good length ball outside the off, going away with the arm, left alone

0.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, short of a good length and on the pads, played at and missed, off the pad to the on side

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, no run, fullish and outside the off, a hint of swing in to Hoggard, left alone to the keeper

1.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off stump, driven to cover with a straight bat

1.3

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, very full and very wide, Hayden goes after that one and thrashes it through cover

1.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, a hint of inswing, Hayden defends carefully

1.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fullish and on the off, swinging in a bit, edged to the on side

1.6

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

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 4/0
ML Hayden    4* (6b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-4-0
JL Langer    0* (6b)     

2.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, short of a length and outside the off, Langer plays away from his body with an angled bat, the ball goes off the inside edge and goes just past the stumps

2.2

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, short and wide, Langer loves that, as anyone who grew up playing at the WACA would, cut away in some style

2.3

Harmison to Langer, 1 no ball, just short of a good length and outside the off, defended back to mid-on

2.3

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

2.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, good length ball on the off, punched back down the pitch to mid-off

2.5

Harmison to Langer, 2 runs, short of a good length and outside the off, Langer plays that with soft hands and it goes off the edge down to third-man

2.6

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

End of over 3 (7 runs) Australia 11/0
JL Langer    6* (13b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    2-1-7-0
ML Hayden    4* (6b 1x4)     

3.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fullish and outside the off, left well alone, not much swing there though, left alone to the keeper

3.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, short of a length and outside the off, left alone

3.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, this one swings quite a bit from just outside the off, Hayden looks to play but the ball goes off the pad to the leg side

3.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, left alone, close to off but Hayden knows where his off stump is

3.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, this one goes through gun-barrel straight, just outside the off, left alone

3.6

Hoggard to Hayden, 2 runs, full and on the off, driven at, off the inside edge through square-leg

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 13/0
ML Hayden    6* (12b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-6-0
JL Langer    6* (13b 1x4)     

4.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, short of a length and outside the off, punched to cover off the back foot

4.2

Harmison to Langer, 1 no ball, short of a good length and outside the off, played at and missed, the ball goes past the outside edge to the keeper

4.2

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, short of a good length and outside the off, jammed down to the vacant third-man area for four

4.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, short and a bit of width, cut well but straight to point

4.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, short of a length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

4.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, full and down the leg side, flick played and missed, off the pads to the leg side

4.6

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, down the leg side and worked away to fine-leg

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 19/0
JL Langer    11* (20b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    3-1-13-0
ML Hayden    6* (12b 1x4)     

5.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, swinging in, Langer defends but is struck on the pad, shout for the lbw, turned down

5.2

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

5.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, driven well but straight to cover

5.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, short of a length and outside the off, cut to point

5.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and swinging down the leg side, off the pads towards square-leg

5.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, another one that swings from a leg stump line to down leg, played at and missed, rapped on the pad

End of over 6 (maiden) Australia 19/0
JL Langer    11* (26b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    3-1-6-0
ML Hayden    6* (12b 1x4)     

6.1

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, swinging in, defended back to the leg side

6.2

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, driven inside out to cover

6.3

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, this one swings in late and beats bat and pad, good swing that and Hayden feels for it and misses

6.4

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, overpitched and swinging down the leg side, played at and missed. Both Hoggard and Jones are bowling what would be a good line to a right-handed batsman

6.5

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off this time, left alone

6.6

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off, played at and missed, good first over from Jones

End of over 7 (maiden) Australia 19/0
ML Hayden    6* (18b 1x4)      SP Jones    1-1-0-0
JL Langer    11* (26b 2x4)     

7.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and swinging late, down the leg side, played at and missed

7.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and on the off, swinging in late, defended towards point

7.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and on the off, swinging in late, defended with bat held close to pad

7.4

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

7.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and on the off, defended to the leg side

7.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, short of a length and outside the off, left well alone once more and that is four maiden overs on the trot

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 19/0
JL Langer    11* (32b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    4-2-6-0
ML Hayden    6* (18b 1x4)     

8.1

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, fullish and on the off, Hayden pushes at it, the ball goes off the inside edge on to pad

8.2

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper

8.3

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off, left alone to the keeper again

8.4

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, full once again and on the off, defended back down towards mid-off

8.5

SP Jones to Hayden, no run, full again and on the off, a hint of inswing, defended back down the pitch

8.6

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

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 20/0
ML Hayden    7* (24b 1x4)      SP Jones    2-1-1-0
JL Langer    11* (32b 2x4)     

9.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, overpitched and on the off, swing in to Hayden, driven back to the bowler

9.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, very full once more and again that late inswing, Hayden just manages to get an inside edge and save his wicket, would have been plumb otherwise

9.3

Hoggard to Hayden, OUT, This time there's no edge and Aleem Dar, who has had yet another good game, gets it spot on and raises the finger! The delivery was identical to the last one, full, swinging late and straightening enough

ML Hayden lbw b Hoggard 7 (41m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.92

9.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, down the leg side first up to Ponting, he thinks about playing at that but desists

9.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, full and a bit too far outside the off stump to interest Ponting, left alone

9.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, full and down te leg side, clipped off the hips for a single

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 21/1
RT Ponting    1* (3b)      MJ Hoggard    5-2-7-1
JL Langer    11* (32b 2x4)     

10.1

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

10.2

SP Jones to Ponting, no run, full and on the stumps, defensive shot played, off the pad to the leg side

10.3

SP Jones to Ponting, OUT, This one from Jones comes back in to Ponting who plays outside the line and takes it on the pad. Loud shout, Bucknor thinks about it and up goes the slow finger of death!

RT Ponting lbw b SP Jones 1 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Australia in some trouble here at 21 for 2 as Damien Martyn walks out to the middle

10.4

SP Jones to Martyn, no run, fullish and outside the off, left alone

10.5

SP Jones to Martyn, 1 run, just short of a good length and outside the off, played to cover where Gary Pratt, the substitute on the field for Bell, misfields

10.6

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

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 22/2
JL Langer    11* (33b 2x4)      SP Jones    3-1-2-1
DR Martyn    1* (2b)     

11.1

Hoggard to Martyn, OUT, This time Mr Dar gets it wrong. Big inside edge as Martyn drives. The ball then hits pad and the loud shout for lbw is upheld! Australia in deep trouble now at 22 for 3

DR Martyn lbw b Hoggard 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

11.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, fullish and outside the off, a hint of away movement, driven to the on side

11.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, full and straight, defended back down the pitch with the full face of the bat

11.4

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, eased through cover

11.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run

11.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, fullish and on the off, swinging away, defended,. the ball goes off the outside edge along the ground to slip

There was a mistake in the scoring earlier when Ponting's dismissal was given as bowled. He was in fact lbw. Apologies for the slip.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 26/3
MJ Clarke    4* (5b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-2-11-2
JL Langer    11* (33b 2x4)     

12.1

SP Jones to Langer, no run, full and on the stumps, played back to the bowler

12.2

SP Jones to Langer, no run, full and on the legs, plenty of late inswing for Jones, Langer falls over as he is rapped on the pad

12.3

SP Jones to Langer, no run, full and a bit of width this time, squeezed past point

12.4

SP Jones to Langer, no run

12.5

SP Jones to Langer, FOUR, full and outside the off, driven well through cover for four

12.6

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

And that is the drinks break, says Steve Bucknor Match State: Drinks

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 30/3
JL Langer    15* (39b 3x4)      SP Jones    4-1-6-1
MJ Clarke    4* (5b 1x4)     

13.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, good length ball outside the off, left alone to the keeper

13.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, full and down the leg side, left alone to the keeper

13.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, full and on the stumps, driven past mid-on for a single

13.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, fullish and outside the off, driven to cover

13.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, driven to cover

13.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, short of a length and outside the off, punched to cover

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 31/3
JL Langer    15* (42b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    7-2-12-2
MJ Clarke    5* (8b 1x4)     

14.1

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, fullish and on the off, a hint of away swing, defended down the pitch

14.2

SP Jones to Clarke, 1 run, overpitched and on the pads, flicked through the leg side

14.3

SP Jones to Langer, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, Langer throws everything at this one, flashing it past point for four

14.4

SP Jones to Langer, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper as the ball shapes away

14.5

SP Jones to Langer, 1 run, full and outside the off, eased past the fielder at cover for a single

14.6

SP Jones to Clarke, no run, low full-toss down the leg side, left alone to the keeper

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 37/3
MJ Clarke    6* (11b 1x4)      SP Jones    5-1-12-1
JL Langer    20* (45b 4x4)     

15.1

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, very full and outside the off, Langer drives streakily backward of point

15.2

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, just short of a length and outside the off, defended to the leg side

15.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, fullish and on the off stump, driven to cover with an angled bat

15.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, good length ball outside the off, left alone to the keeper

15.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full an dswinging down leg, through to the keeper

15.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and outsiude the off, a carefu; Langer shoulders arms and lets the ball go through to the keeper

End of over 16 (6 runs) Australia 43/3
JL Langer    25* (50b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-2-18-2
MJ Clarke    7* (12b 1x4)     

16.1

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

16.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, good length ball on the off, defended to the off side

16.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, pushed through a bit fuller outside the off stump, once again left alone

16.4

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

16.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, back of a length and on the off, played back down the pitch to the bowler

16.6

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, too full and too straight, Clarke moves across his stumps well and drives through midwicket

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 47/3
MJ Clarke    11* (18b 2x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-4-0
JL Langer    25* (50b 5x4)     

17.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and on the off, a hint of swing, defended back down the pitch

17.2

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, short of a length and on the off, driven at, the ball goes off the inside edge towards square-leg

17.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, fullish and swinging away late and beautifully, Clarke drives at it but can only edge, but the ball does not carry to first slip

17.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, good length ball outside the off, left alone to the keeper

17.5

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 no ball, Hoggard oversteps

17.5

Hoggard to Clarke, 2 runs, fullish and on the pads, whipped through midwicket

17.6

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, too full and too straight on that occasion and Clarke plays a classy on drive

End of over 18 (8 runs) Australia 55/3
MJ Clarke    17* (23b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    9-2-26-2
JL Langer    26* (52b 5x4)     

18.1

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

18.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, full and outside the off,. driven hard to cover

18.3

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, on the pads and fullish, off the edge towards the leg side for a single

18.4

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, on the off and full once more, Clarke eases it into the gap at midwicket for a single

18.5

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, quick one on the off, Langer plays but seems to be unsighted at the ball misses bat and hits the helmet and bobs off to the off side

Nasty blow on the grill that

18.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full and on the off, driven to the off side to end the over

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 58/3
MJ Clarke    18* (25b 3x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-7-0
JL Langer    28* (56b 5x4)     

19.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, fullish and on the off, extravagant late inswing, defended edgily to the off side

19.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, pushed to mid-off

19.3

Hoggard to Langer, OUT, full and swinging in, Langer plays that one, the ball clips the edge, hits the pad and bobs up, Ian Bell takes a sharp catch at short-leg and Langer is gone

JL Langer c Bell b Hoggard 27 (95m 59b 5x4 0x6) SR: 45.76

19.4

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

19.5

Hoggard to Katich, no run, full and on the off, flicked to short-leg and Bell almost caught that! That would have been an amazing reflex catch

19.6

Hoggard to Katich, no run, fullish and outside the off, p[layed at and missed

End of over 20 (wicket maiden) Australia 58/4
SM Katich    0* (3b)      MJ Hoggard    10-3-26-3
MJ Clarke    18* (25b 3x4)     

20.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run

20.2

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, full and striaght, clipped through the on side

20.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full again and far outside the off, left well alone

20.4

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

20.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, coming in to the off stump with the angle, defended towards mid-off

20.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short and wide, Clarke thinks about playing but leaves it alone at the last moment

End of over 21 (2 runs) Australia 60/4
MJ Clarke    20* (31b 3x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-9-0
SM Katich    0* (3b)     

21.1

Hoggard to Katich, 2 runs, down the leg side and Katich can get off the mark with a wristy flick to fine-leg

21.2

Hoggard to Katich, no run, left alone outside the off

21.3

Hoggard to Katich, no run, once again outside the off and ahint of swing, left alone

21.4

Hoggard to Katich, no run, good length ball on the off, played back to the fielder at mid-off

21.5

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

21.6

Hoggard to Katich, no run, full and straight, played back down the pitch to the bowler

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 62/4
SM Katich    2* (9b)      MJ Hoggard    11-3-28-3
MJ Clarke    20* (31b 3x4)     

22.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full, late reverse swinging delivery, hit on the pad, shout for the lbw, clearly slipping down leg though

22.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, on the off and very full, driven with a straight bat to the on sdie

22.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short ball banged in, Clarke ducks under this

22.4

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 no ball

22.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run

22.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run

22.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run

End of over 23 (1 run, maiden) Australia 63/4
MJ Clarke    20* (38b 3x4)      A Flintoff    4-0-10-0
SM Katich    2* (9b)     

23.1

SP Jones to Katich, no run

23.2

SP Jones to Katich, no run

23.3

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full and on the stumps, played back down the pitch

23.4

SP Jones to Katich, no run, fullish and down the leg side, played at and missed, rapped on the pad

23.5

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full and on the stumps, swinging very very late, defended top the leg side

23.6

SP Jones to Katich, no run

Once again many apologies for the score jumping back and forth. We are experiencing some problems, but it finally looks like everything is sorted.

End of over 24 (maiden) Australia 63/4
SM Katich    2* (15b)      SP Jones    6-2-12-1
MJ Clarke    20* (38b 3x4)     

24.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, short of a good length and on the off, played down towards cover for a quick single

24.2

Flintoff to Katich, 3 runs, a bit too full and no the pads, worked away nicely through the leg side for a couple of runs

24.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full and fast but too wide outside the off to tempt Clarke to play a shot

24.4

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, full and on the off, squeezed down through third-man for a couple

24.5

Flintoff to Clarke, (no ball) 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, worked to the leg side for a single

24.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, short of a length and outside the off, left alone

24.6

Flintoff to Katich, 1 no ball, and another no-ball from Flintoff

24.6

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run

End of over 25 (10 runs) Australia 77/4
SM Katich    10* (19b)      A Flintoff    5-0-20-0
MJ Clarke    24* (42b 3x4)     

25.1

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full and on the stumps, late swing as Katich plays and misses and is hit on the thingh

25.2

SP Jones to Katich, no run, play and a miss from Katich as this one goes away from Katich with the angle

25.3

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

25.4

SP Jones to Katich, no run, slower ball, well picked and played to the leg side

25.5

SP Jones to Katich, no run

25.6

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full one swinging in to the left-handed Katich, an inside saves him from being plumb lbw

End of over 26 (maiden) Australia 77/4
SM Katich    10* (25b 1x4)      SP Jones    7-3-12-1
MJ Clarke    24* (42b 3x4)     

26.1

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, full and outside the off, Clarke throws everything at it and the ball goes through gully for four

26.2

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

26.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, once agin left alone

26.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and Clarke has a go this time at the ball and misses again

26.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, played off the back foot to mid-off

26.6

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

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 81/4
MJ Clarke    28* (48b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    4-1-17-0
SM Katich    10* (25b 1x4)     

27.1

SP Jones to Katich, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, played down to gully with an angled bat

27.2

SP Jones to Katich, no run, short of a length and on the pads, no shot offered and the ball hits the thigh pad

27.3

SP Jones to Katich, no run, again a probing line and length, Katich manages to defend to the leg side

27.4

SP Jones to Katich, 2 runs, fullish and on the pads, flicked away well through the on side

27.5

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full and straight, driven back past the bowler to mid-on

27.6

SP Jones to Katich, 3 runs, once again a bit too straight and Katich is able to work the ball through midwicket and pick up three more runs

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 86/4
SM Katich    15* (31b 1x4)      SP Jones    8-3-17-1
MJ Clarke    28* (48b 4x4)     

28.1

Harmison to Katich, FOUR, full and straight, Katich waits on it and times it very well back past Harmison to the boundary at long-on

28.2

Harmison to Katich, no run, short of a length and outside the off, defended carefully down to the off side

28.3

Harmison to Katich, no run, full again and on thr stumps, worked away back down the pitch

28.4

Harmison to Katich, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, defended down with soft hands

28.5

Harmison to Katich, no run, full and on the pads, flicked to square-leg

28.6

Harmison to Katich, no run, short of a length and outside the off, Katich cuts but the ball goes off the bottom edge towards point

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 90/4
SM Katich    19* (37b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    5-1-21-0
MJ Clarke    28* (48b 4x4)     

29.1

SP Jones to Clarke, 3 runs, full and poutside the off, late swing away from Clarke who drives well through cover

29.2

SP Jones to Katich, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, played down to cover with soft hands

29.3

SP Jones to Clarke, 1 run, full and far outside the off, driven well through cover for a single

29.4

SP Jones to Katich, no run, short of a length and down the leg side, off the thigh pad to the keeper

29.5

SP Jones to Katich, no run, fullish and outside the off, good pace and carry, left alone to the keeper

29.6

SP Jones to Katich, no run, full and down the leg side, swinging quite a bit, played at and missed, off the pad to the leg side

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 95/4
SM Katich    20* (41b 2x4)      SP Jones    9-3-22-1
MJ Clarke    32* (50b 4x4)     

30.1

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, full and fast, outside the off, Clarke drives and the ball flies off the edge and just beats Flintoff at slip and races to the third-man fence

30.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, short of a good length and on the off, played to the on side

30.3

Harmison to Clarke, OUT, fullish, straight, moving in from just outside the off with the angle, Clarke plays all round that one and is trapped plumb in front!

MJ Clarke lbw b Harmison 36 (93m 53b 5x4 0x6) SR: 67.92

And with that we come to the end of the day's play It's been a tough day for Australia, and also for the scorer at Cricinfo. I apologise for the mistakes in the final session. As of now though all things seem to alright with te scorecard. Do join us again for coverage of the third day's play tomorrow morning at 0930 GMT Till then, this is Anand Vasu, your commentator, signing out, wishing you all a good night! Match State: Stumps - Day 2 Hello and welcome to the start of the coverage of the third day's play of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge The players are all on the field, the bowlers are warming up and the batsmen are taking guard Australia are still 378 behind and the doomsday prophets are talking of a follow-on and perhaps the game being finished today itself Adam Gilchrist and Simon Katich are at the crease Play is about to get under way Here we go!

30.4

Harmison to Gilchrist, 1 run, short of a good length and on the pads, glanced fine down to fine-leg to get things under way

30.5

Harmison to Katich, no run, short of a good length once more and well down the leg side, Katich plays and misses

30.6

Harmison to Katich, no run, full and on the off stump, Katich drives but cannot beat the fielder at mid-off

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 100/5
SM Katich    20* (43b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    6-1-26-1
AC Gilchrist    1* (1b)     

31.1

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, full and on the off, Hoggard gets the ball to swing back in just a little bit, Gilchrist waits on it and punches off the front foot to mid-off

31.2

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, just short of a good length this time, still a hint of inswing, Gilchrist gets across slightly and works the ball to the leg side with a straight bat

31.3

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, fullish ball outside the off, Gilchrist chooses to leave this one well alone to Geraint Jones

31.4

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, full and pushed through a bit further wide outside the off stump, Gilchrist is not tempted to play a stroke

31.5

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-off

31.6

Hoggard to Katich, 2 runs

Flintoff into the attack

End of over 32 (3 runs) Australia 103/5
SM Katich    22* (44b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    12-3-35-3
AC Gilchrist    2* (6b)     

32.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, round the wicket straightaway, left alone to the keeper as the ball moves away after pitching

32.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, good length ball outside the off, driven to mid-off with a straight bat

32.3

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

32.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, good length ball on the off, played back down the pitch to the bowler

32.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, played down towards mid-off with a straight bat once more

32.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 no ball, short of a good length and outside the off, placed wide of cover

32.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, (no ball) FOUR, full and outside the off, enough width to free his arms, Gilchrist drives with good power and finds the gap

32.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, fullish and ont he off, driven to the off side

End of over 33 (6 runs) Australia 109/5
AC Gilchrist    6* (14b 1x4)      A Flintoff    6-0-26-0
SM Katich    22* (44b 2x4)     

33.1

Hoggard to Katich, no run, fullish and on the off, Hoggard looking for swing, he gets some, Katich covers the line well and defends

33.2

Hoggard to Katich, no run, fullish and on the off, swinging back in a bit, played back down the pitch

33.3

Hoggard to Katich, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, played past mid-off for a run

33.4

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, fullish and outside the off, a bit of pace and bounce on that one, Gilchrist plays at it and misses

33.5

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, fullish and on the stumps, shaping towards the pads, clipped to the on side

33.6

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 2 runs, just short of a good length and outside the off, punched past cover, Harmison gives chase and fields

End of over 34 (3 runs) Australia 112/5
AC Gilchrist    8* (17b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    13-3-38-3
SM Katich    23* (47b 2x4)     

34.1

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, fullish and on the pads, clipped down to fine-leg

34.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, short and very wide of off stump, the ball swings quite a bit away as well, left alone with ease

34.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 3 runs, back foot push through the cover

34.4

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

34.5

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

34.6

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

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 116/5
SM Katich    24* (51b 2x4)      A Flintoff    7-0-30-0
AC Gilchrist    11* (19b 1x4)     

35.1

Hoggard to Gilchrist, FOUR, smashed away over midwicket, in the air, audacious shot but the ball was short and deserved to go

35.2

Hoggard to Gilchrist, SIX, this one is a biggie! Smashed back over the bowler's head for a big six over long-on!

35.3

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 1 no ball, fullish and outside the off, better line and length, played at and missed, but it is a no-ball anyhow

35.3

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 1 run, tucked away into the leg side for a single

35.4

Hoggard to Katich, (no ball) FOUR, another no-ball and this one is flashed away behind point

35.4

Hoggard to Katich, FOUR, not a no-ball this time but the result is the same, timed magnificently through point

35.5

Hoggard to Katich, no run, fullish and outside the off, played down to gully where Giles dives and fields

35.6

Hoggard to Katich, 1 run, worked away through the leg side and Katich keeps the strike after a costly over from Hoggard

End of over 36 (22 runs) Australia 138/5
SM Katich    33* (55b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    14-3-60-3
AC Gilchrist    22* (23b 2x4 1x6)     

36.1

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

36.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper, the ball is moving away appreciably after pitching

36.3

Flintoff to Katich, 1 wide, big wide outside the off, going away with the angle as Flintoff comes over the wicket

36.3

Flintoff to Katich, FOUR, flashed away over gully and there's no third-man in place

36.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, Katich defends awkwardly, the ball bounces down to slip off the outside edge

36.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, good pace and bounce as another one slants away from Katich who leaves the ball alone

36.6

Flintoff to Katich, FOUR, full, outside the off, driven well through cover to end another good over for Australia

End of over 37 (9 runs) Australia 147/5
SM Katich    41* (61b 6x4)      A Flintoff    8-0-39-0
AC Gilchrist    22* (23b 2x4 1x6)     

37.1

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, good length ball just outside the off, driven on the up but safely to mid-off

37.2

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, just short of a good length, outside the off, a hint of swing in to Gilchrist who defends with a straight bat

37.3

Hoggard to Gilchrist, (no ball) FOUR, short of a length and enough width from Hoggard for Gilchrist to rock back and chop the ball away past point for a boundary that brings up the 50 partnership

37.3

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 1 run, on the pads, clipped past midwicket for a single

37.4

Hoggard to Katich, FOUR, full and on the off, Katich walks nicely into this one and punches well past the bowler, mid-off has no chance because the ball is timed so well

37.5

Hoggard to Katich, no run, a little straighter this time, on the stumps, defended back towards mid-on

37.6

Hoggard to Katich, no run, good ball just outside the off, Katich has a nibble and is lucky not to get an edge

End of over 38 (10 runs) Australia 157/5
SM Katich    45* (64b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    15-3-70-3
AC Gilchrist    27* (27b 3x4 1x6)     

38.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, the ball moves away after pitching, left alone

38.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, once again full and outside the off, Gilchrist leaves it well alone

38.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, slightly closer to the stumps, swinging away after pitching, Gilchrist has a go, massive shot played and missed

38.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, good length ball just outside the off, Gilchrist leaves this one to the keeper

38.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, short of a good length once more and outside the off, a hint of reverse swing away from the left-handed Gilchrist, left alone to the keeper

38.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, slightly closer to the off, Gilchrist forced to play defends to cover

Jones replaces Hoggard

End of over 39 (maiden) Australia 157/5
AC Gilchrist    27* (33b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    9-1-39-0
SM Katich    45* (64b 7x4)     

39.1

SP Jones to Katich, no run, fullish and outside the off, no swing there, left alone

39.2

SP Jones to Katich, OUT, full and quite wide outside the off, Katich takes the bait and reaches for it far outside the off, the ball goes straight to Strauss at gully and Jones has struck in his very first over of the day!

SM Katich c Strauss b SP Jones 45 (91m 66b 7x4 0x6) SR: 68.18

39.3

SP Jones to Warne, OUT, short of a good length, on the stumps, Warne tries to work the ball to the leg side and only manages a loopy leading edge to Bell! Two in two for Jones and England!

SK Warne c Bell b SP Jones 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Simon Jones is on a hat-trick now and Australia are in deep trouble Brett Lee will be facing the hat-trick ball Understandably the field is an attacking one for the hat-trick ball The crowds cheer as Jones prepares to deliver Four slips, a gully, plenty of close catchers ...

39.4

SP Jones to Lee, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, Lee defends. Hat-trick averted

39.5

SP Jones to Lee, 1 run, fullish and on the stumps, tapped to the on side for a single

39.6

SP Jones to Gilchrist, no run, just short of a good length, outside the off, defended towards mid-off

End of over 40 (1 run) Australia 158/7
AC Gilchrist    27* (34b 3x4 1x6)      SP Jones    10-3-23-3
B Lee    1* (2b)     

40.1

Flintoff to Lee, no run, good length ball on the off, defended to the leg side

40.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, good length ball outside the off, pushed to cover

40.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, defended with a striaght bat towards the off side

40.4

Flintoff to Lee, FOUR, a bit of width this time and Lee chops the ball away past Harmison at gully

40.5

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short ball, Lee takes his eyes off it as he ducks, the ball does not quite get up as much as Lee expects and he is hit on the shoulder

40.6

Flintoff to Lee, 1 leg bye, slipping down the leg side, off the thigh pad towards fine-leg

End of over 41 (5 runs) Australia 163/7
B Lee    5* (8b 1x4)      A Flintoff    10-1-43-0
AC Gilchrist    27* (34b 3x4 1x6)     

41.1

SP Jones to Lee, no run, short of a good length and outside the of, the ball shapes away a touch, defended towards off

41.2

SP Jones to Lee, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, Lee fends at that and misses

41.3

SP Jones to Lee, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, that ball kicks off a length, Lee just about manages to get out of the way

41.4

SP Jones to Lee, no run, fuller and outside the off, late away swing, Lee drives and misses

41.5

SP Jones to Lee, no run, fuller and on the off stump, Lee defends back down the pitch to the bowler

41.6

SP Jones to Lee, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, defended down back to the bowler

End of over 42 (maiden) Australia 163/7
B Lee    5* (14b 1x4)      SP Jones    11-4-23-3
AC Gilchrist    27* (34b 3x4 1x6)     

42.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, driven to cover

42.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, OUT, just short of a good length, outside the off, the ball moves away after pitching, Gilchrist edges, Andrew Strauss dives full length to his left and takes a stunning one-handed catch!

AC Gilchrist c Strauss b Flintoff 27 (58m 36b 3x4 1x6) SR: 75.00

That is a catch of the highest quality. Once again Flintoff does Gilchrist in, but you've got to give Strauss credit for that catch, it was an absolute stunner

42.3

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run, left alone outside the off

42.4

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run, once again outside the off, short of a length, left alone

42.5

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, (no ball) FOUR, full and outside the off, fended away past the slip cordon

42.5

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, 1 no ball, and another no-ball from Flintoff

42.5

Flintoff to Kasprowicz, 1 run, punched towards the mid-on area for a single

42.6

Flintoff to Lee, (no ball) FOUR, slightly short and Lee goes for the pull, he's hit this one well and it races down to the midwicket fence

42.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, short of a good length and on the off, rapped on the pad

End of over 43 (12 runs) Australia 175/8
B Lee    9* (16b 2x4)      A Flintoff    11-1-55-1
MS Kasprowicz    5* (5b 1x4)     

43.1

SP Jones to Kasprowicz, no run, full and outside the off, a hint of late away swing, left alone

43.2

SP Jones to Kasprowicz, OUT, full and swinging late, this one heads towards middle and as Kasprowicz shapes to play the ball leaves him and crashes into the off stump

MS Kasprowicz b SP Jones 5 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

43.3

SP Jones to Tait, no run, full and on the leg stump, Jones looking for the yorker, well kept out

43.4

SP Jones to Tait, 1 run

43.5

SP Jones to Lee, FOUR, good length ball on the off, Lee smashes it back past mid-on in some style

43.6

SP Jones to Lee, no run, slightly short, defended down towards gully

End of over 44 (5 runs) Australia 180/9
B Lee    13* (18b 3x4)      SP Jones    12-4-28-4
SW Tait    1* (2b)     

44.1

Harmison to Tait, no run, full and slipping down the leg side, played and missed, hit on the pad

44.2

Harmison to Tait, 1 run, full and outside the off, squeezed past cover for a single

44.3

Harmison to Lee, SIX, short ball banged in, Lee sees this one early and plays the most perfect pull shot you are ever likely to see. The ball goes right off the meat of the bat and sails high, wide and handsome, over the stands and out of the ground!

That is easily the biggest blow we have seen in this series so far!

44.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, slower ball down the leg side, defended awkwardly

44.5

Harmison to Lee, no run, swing and a miss as Lee gives himself some room, the ball just misses leg stump

44.6

Harmison to Lee, 1 run, Lee pushes this carefully to the off side and scampers a single to keep the strike

End of over 45 (8 runs) Australia 188/9
B Lee    20* (22b 3x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    7-1-34-1
SW Tait    2* (4b)     

45.1

SP Jones to Lee, 1 no ball, slower ball, full, on the pads, defended towards mid-off

45.1

SP Jones to Lee, SIX, and once again Lee lines it up and tees off! Cracking shot over long-on. Lee really going for broke here and the crowd are being treated to some fine hitting

45.2

SP Jones to Lee, no run, full and speared in on te pads, played at and missed, hit on the pad

45.3

SP Jones to Lee, FOUR, Lee has a slashing heave at this one, the ball scythes off the bat and flies over the slip cordon and runs down to the third-man fence

45.4

SP Jones to Lee, 1 run, bludgeoned back past the bowler in orthodox fashion, long-off fields

45.5

SP Jones to Tait, no run, full and on the off, Tait defends carefully, looking to survive

45.6

SP Jones to Tait, no run, full and down the leg side, left alone to the keeper

End of over 46 (12 runs) Australia 200/9
SW Tait    2* (6b)      SP Jones    13-4-40-4
B Lee    31* (27b 4x4 2x6)     

46.1

Harmison to Lee, no run, full and on the stumps, Lee pushes to midwicket but declines the single

46.2

Harmison to Lee, no run, short ball banged in, Lee sways out of harm's way

46.3

Harmison to Lee, no run, another short one banged in, again Lee takes evasive action

46.4

Harmison to Lee, FOUR, down the pitch and slashed at, the ball flies off the edge over the keeper for four

46.5

Harmison to Lee, 2 runs, short, but it's a slower ball, sliced back over the bowler's head

46.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, driven to mid-on

End of over 47 (6 runs) Australia 206/9
B Lee    37* (33b 5x4 2x6)      SJ Harmison    8-1-40-1
SW Tait    2* (6b)     

47.1

SP Jones to Tait, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, played at and missed, through to the keeper

47.2

SP Jones to Tait, no run, good length ball outside the off, Tait plays with soft hands and the edge does not carry to first slip

47.3

SP Jones to Tait, 1 run, full and on the stumps, clipped to the leg side for a single

47.4

SP Jones to Lee, 2 runs, fullish and on the pads, flicked through midwicket for a couple that keeps Lee on strike

47.5

SP Jones to Lee, no run, short one banged in, it is well directed too, and Lee has to duck under it

47.6

SP Jones to Lee, 1 run, Lee backs away to the leg side to give himself some room, Jones follows him, Lee somehow manages to squeeze the ball out towards off for a single that will give him the strike

End of over 48 (4 runs) Australia 210/9
B Lee    40* (36b 5x4 2x6)      SP Jones    14-4-44-4
SW Tait    3* (9b)     

48.1

Harmison to Lee, no run, short one banged in, Lee tries to guide the ball to third man and misses

48.2

Harmison to Lee, no run, slightly short again, Lee goes for a big pull and misses

48.3

Harmison to Lee, SIX, Lee gets hold of another one! Harmison can't believe it as one in the slot disappears over the tallest stand in the ground and lands in the road outside!

48.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, and Lee goes for another big hit and misses, past leg stump to the keeper

48.5

Harmison to Lee, 1 no ball, Lee goes for another of those big smears through the leg side and misses

48.5

Harmison to Lee, no run, fullish and on the pads, driven at, off the inside edge on to pad

48.6

Harmison to Lee, 1 run, single down to third man and Lee keeps the strike

End of over 49 (8 runs) Australia 218/9
B Lee    47* (43b 5x4 3x6)      SJ Harmison    9-1-48-1
SW Tait    3* (9b)     

49.1

SP Jones to Lee, OUT, short and a bit of width, Lee cuts uppishly and third man can run around and catch this one. Ian Bell does well there and Simon Jones has five wickets!

B Lee c Bell b SP Jones 47 (51m 44b 5x4 3x6) SR: 106.81

End of the Australian innings. Entertainment from Lee but in the End Australia all out for just 218 Will England enforce the follow-on? That is the question. It's been cracking cricket so far today. Do send any feedback to http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html News has just come in that England have indeed enforced the follow-on. This leaves Australia 259 behind We'll take a short break and be back with all the action shortly Welcome back players are back in the middle and it will Hoggard to bowl to Langer

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