Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2005 / Commentary

The Ashes - 5th Test

England v Australia

Match drawn

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

0.1

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, short of a good length and slipping down the leg side, decent pace and carry, left alone to the keeper

0.2

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, short of a driving length, McGrath is on target, defended carefully

0.3

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, left well alone this time, nerves must be jangling in the early overs of this high-pressure match

0.4

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, slightly fuller and outside the off, left alone as the ball hints at shaping away

0.5

McGrath to Trescothick, 1 run, fullish and outside the off, Trescothick pushes that one into the off side for the first run of this match, Trescothick and England are under way

0.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short one banged in, Strauss watches the ball carefully and lets it go through to Adam Gilchrist

England 1/0   GD McGrath 1-0-1-0

2.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, McGrath's wrist action gets the ball to bounce nicely and the batsman leaves the ball well alone

2.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, full and on the off this time, punched well, off the middle of the bat, but to the man at mid-off

2.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short of a good length once more and outside the off, easily left alone to the keeper

2.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, full and outside the off, driven at, off the edge towards gully

2.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper, neither batsman has taken a chance so far

2.6

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, back of a length and on the pad, Strauss works the ball to the fine-leg region for a brace that gets him off the mark

England 7/0   GD McGrath 2-0-3-0

4.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper, good true bounce here at The Oval

4.2

McGrath to Strauss, 4 byes, That one takes off! Bouncer banged in and it jags sharply away after hitting the deck and almost decapitates Shane Warne at first slip

4.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, closer to the off and a touch fuller, Strauss gropes awkwardly for that one like an adolescent in the back row of a cinema, lucky not to get an edge!

4.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, fuller this time and on the off, defended carefully back down the pitch

4.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short one banged in and Strauss goes for the pull, can't quite get hold of it and the ball passes the edge and goes through to the keeper

4.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, fullish and on the pads, worked to the leg side, the man under the helmet at short-leg cleans up

England 11/0   GD McGrath 3-1-3-0

6.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, just short of a driving length and outside the off, once again Strauss plays with an angled bat, steering the ball down to gully

6.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, fuller this time and perhaps a touch too straight, slipping onto the pads, clipped to the leg side with a turn of the wrists

6.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, fuller and on the off, Strauss drives firmly back down the pitch, McGrath bends low and scoops the ball up in his followthrough

6.4

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, single pinched to the leg side

6.5

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, fuller and on the off, Trescothick watches the ball carefully and drives back down the pitch to the bowler

6.6

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, beauty! The ball pitches on off and moves a touch, a bit of extra bounce as well, Trescothick is forced to play at it but is well beaten. Good ball to end the over

England 21/0   GD McGrath 4-1-4-0

8.1

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, short of a length and outside the off stump, Trescothick is not tempted to play at that one. He shoulders arms and leaves the ball alone to the keeper

8.2

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, excellent ball! Closer to the stumps and just full enough to invite the shot. Trescothick plays and misses

8.3

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, another one just outside the off stump and shaping away a touch, this time left alone to the keeper, McGrath is settling into a good rhythm here

8.4

McGrath to Trescothick, 1 run, just short of a good length and just slipping onto the pads, worked past short-leg for a single

8.5

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, too full this time and a bit of width, Strauss crunches this one through the covers. Rare loose ball from McGrath and Strauss cashes in!

8.6

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, overpitched and on the pads this time, that's two loose balls in a row from McGrath! driven well through midwicket for yet another boundary

England 38/0   GD McGrath 5-1-13-0

10.1

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

10.2

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, fuller and on the stumps, Trescothick gets the front foot well down the pitch and defends with the full face of the bat

10.3

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, on the pads this time, just short of driving length, clipped to short midwicket but there's no chance of a run

10.4

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, full and outside the off, driven well but straight to the man at mid-off

10.5

McGrath to Trescothick, FOUR, short ball well down the leg side, Trescothick is quickly onto it and pulls very fine, struck with power and fine-leg does not stand a chance

10.6

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, fuller and on the off, driven to the leg side

England 44/0   GD McGrath 6-1-17-0

12.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, defended towards the off side with an angled bat

12.2

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, fullish and on the off, Trescothick drives well back past the bowler to the long-on boundary. That is well timed!

12.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, full and on the pads, defended to the leg side

12.4

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

12.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, full and straight, driven to mid-on

12.6

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

England 62/0   GD McGrath 7-1-21-0

18.1

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

18.2

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, another probing delivery outside the off stump, this one is bit wide and Vaughan leaves it for the keeper

18.3

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, short of a good length delivery, angling back in from outside the off stump, Vaughan gets right behind the line and defends it cleanly

18.4

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, another good line and length delivery outside the off stump, Vaughan forces it away towards gully

18.5

McGrath to Vaughan, 1 run, drifting down the leg side and Vaughan turns it away to the fine leg region for a single

18.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, on the middle and off stump line, Strauss gets right behind the line and defends, presenting the full face of the bat and the ball rolls back down the track

England 84/1   GD McGrath 8-1-22-0

20.1

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, good length delivery, nipping back in after hitting the deck but not enough to make Vaughan play at it

20.2

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, this one keeps its line after pitching and Vaughan offers no shot

20.3

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, fuller and outside the off stump, Vaughan leaves it for the keeper

20.4

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, again too wide outside the off stump and Vaughan is not interested

20.5

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, closer to the off stump line and Vaughan forces it away straight to the fielder at gully

20.6

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, pitched up and swinging in, Vaughan gets forward and drives it away to the mid-off region and it's a maiden over

England 93/1   GD McGrath 9-2-22-0

22.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, hit on the pad trying to work it away on the leg side, bowled from round the stumps and that was missing leg, half hearted appeal for lbw turned down

22.2

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, turned away off the pads to the vacant deep square leg region, runs hard and comes back for the second

22.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended

22.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, again drifting on to the pads and Strauss turns it away straight to the fielder at square leg

22.5

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, not too wide but Strauss leans back, makes room and cuts it away to the backward point boundary, 100 comes up for England!

22.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, defended outside the off stump

England 102/1   GD McGrath 10-2-28-0

24.1

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads and Strauss flicks it away to the fine leg region

24.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, bouncer and Bell awkwardly ducks under it

24.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended watchfully

24.4

McGrath to Bell, no run

24.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, short rising delivery outside the off stump, Bell defends - standing tall on the back-foot and the ball rolls back to the bowler

24.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, left alone

England 103/2   GD McGrath 11-2-29-0

40.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, fullish and outside the off, left alone, McGrath is on the spot right away

40.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, full and outside the off, shaping in, defended to gully with an angled bat

40.3

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

40.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, full and on the off, driven to the bowler

40.5

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, flintoff goes back and chops the ball through cover

40.6

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, leg stump half-volley, Strauss crunches the ball through midwicket for a boundary bang on the drinks break

England 161/4   GD McGrath 12-2-34-0

42.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Strauss presents the full face of the bat and the ball rolls back to the bowler

42.2

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, on the pads and Strauss flicks it away to the deep midwicket region, sweeper is square and they comfortably come back for the second

42.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling in, defended on the back-foot

42.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, drifting down the leg side, Strauss looking to turn it away on the leg side fails to make contact, ball kisses the pad and goes to the keeper, appeal for caught behind turned down

42.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run

42.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Strauss stands tall on the back-foot and punches it back to the bowler, got right behind the line and presented the full face of the bat

England 163/4   GD McGrath 13-2-36-0

44.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and on the off, slanting in with the angle, defended back down the pitch

44.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, full again and on the off, driven to the off side

44.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, full and outside the off, driven to cover off the front foot

44.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, short ball banged in, Strauss sways inside the line of the ball and leaves it alone

44.5

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, full and this time slanting down leg, worked easily to fine-leg

44.6

McGrath to Flintoff, 2 runs, short of a length and outside the off, Flintoff chops well through cover-point

England 168/4   GD McGrath 14-2-39-0

46.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, full and on the off, dead straight, Strauss watches the ball onto the bat and drives back towards mid-on

46.2

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, short and down the leg side, paddled away towards fine-leg

46.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, good length ball on the off, a touch of inswiing, defended back down the pitch

46.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, slightly slower and on the off, driven to mid-on with a straight bat

46.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, slightly shorter and Flintoff goes for the pull and misses, rapped on the pad

46.6

McGrath to Flintoff, FOUR, full and outside the off, Flintoff jams the bat down and squeezes the ball past slip for a boundary

England 180/4   GD McGrath 15-2-44-0

68.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run

68.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run

68.3

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, short and a bit of width, cut played, hit very hard indeed, the ball races to the fence

68.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, played at and missed, good response from McGrath

68.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, full and on the off, defended to the off

68.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run

England 273/4   GD McGrath 16-2-48-0

70.1

McGrath to Flintoff, OUT, fullish, outside the off, just a bit of a wobble through the air, a McGrath special, Flintoff plays at it and edges, Warne takes a good catch at slip. That is a big wicket for Australia

A Flintoff c Warne b McGrath 72 (162m 115b 12x4 1x6) SR: 62.60

70.2

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

70.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, full and on the off, driven back down the pitch to the bowler

70.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, reverse swinging yorker attempted, just outside the off, left alone to the keeper

70.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, full and on the off, a bit of swing in as well, defended back down the pitch

70.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, full and on the off, driven to mid-off with a straight bat

England 274/5   GD McGrath 17-3-48-1

72.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, short of a length and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper

72.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, short one banged in, Collingwood leaves this one well alone

72.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, full and outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper

72.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, short ball banged in outside the off, ducked under once more

72.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, full and on the off, swinging in late, McGrath going for the yorker but can't quite get it right, driven to cover

72.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, full and outside the off, driven to point

England 282/5   GD McGrath 18-4-48-1

86.1

McGrath to Jones, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, worked to the leg side

86.2

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

86.3

McGrath to Jones, no run, short of a good length and on the off, defended back down the pitch

86.4

McGrath to Jones, no run, short of a length and on the stumps, played back down the pitch to the bowler

86.5

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

86.6

McGrath to Jones, no run, short of a length and outside the off, left alone

England 315/7   GD McGrath 19-5-48-1

88.1

McGrath to Giles, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, the ball shapes in a touch, left alone

88.2

McGrath to Giles, no run, fullish this time and outside the off, played at and missed

88.3

McGrath to Giles, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, played back down the pitch to the bowler

88.4

McGrath to Giles, no run, short of a length and outside the off, left well alone

88.5

McGrath to Giles, no run, another one banged in short, Giles ducks under it

88.6

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, flicked to square leg

England 320/7   GD McGrath 20-5-49-1

90.1

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, just short of a length and on the stumps, sliding down leg, clipped through square leg

90.2

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, short ball banged in, fended away awkwardly towards the keeper, shout for the catch behind but the ball went off the forearm guard and you can't give that

90.3

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, fullish and outside the off, played at and missed

90.4

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

90.5

McGrath to Hoggard, no run

90.6

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

England 326/8   GD McGrath 21-5-50-1

92.1

McGrath to Giles, no run, fullish and on the off, the ball shapes in a touch but Giles covers the line well and defends

92.2

McGrath to Giles, no run, just short of a good length and on the pads, worked to the leg side

92.3

McGrath to Giles, no run, fullish and outside the off, fished at and missed, through to the keeper

92.4

McGrath to Giles, 1 run

92.5

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, fullish and outside the off, a touch of away swing, left alone to the keeper

92.6

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, played down to gully

England 330/8   GD McGrath 22-5-51-1

94.1

McGrath to Giles, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, chopped towards cover

94.2

McGrath to Giles, no run, short of a length and outside the off, driven to cover

94.3

McGrath to Giles, no run, fullish and on the off, driven to cover

94.4

McGrath to Giles, FOUR, short ball banged in, hook played and missed, off the top edge down to fine leg for a boundary

94.5

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, another short one, another pull, this one is played a bit better down to fine-leg

94.6

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, good length ball that jags sharply back in, Hoggard is cut in half! That was too good for the batsman

England 336/8   GD McGrath 23-5-56-1

96.1

McGrath to Giles, no run, fullish and on the off, swinging in to the right-handed Giles, defended back down the pitch

96.2

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, driven well off the back foot with a straight bat to the sweeper on the off side

96.3

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

96.4

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, played at and missed, through to the keeper

96.5

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, full and on the off, driven to cover

96.6

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, full once more and on the off, pushed to cover

England 338/8   GD McGrath 24-5-57-1

98.1

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, Giles brings his bat down hard on it and the ball races away to deep point, there is a sweeper in place

98.2

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, beaten outside the off stump

98.3

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, this time Hoggard carefully leaves it for the keeper

98.4

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, short and angling in from outside the off stump but not enough to make Hoggard play at it

98.5

McGrath to Hoggard, 1 run, finally the edge is found but Ponting at second slip fails to hold on to a fairly hard chance, was low and to the left of Ponting

98.6

McGrath to Giles, 1 wide, wayward delivery outside the off stump, harsh call that

98.6

McGrath to Giles, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, Giles flashes hard at it but fails to make contact, confident appeal for caught behind turned down

England 344/8   GD McGrath 25-5-60-1

100.1

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, fullish and on the off, a touch of swing in to the batsman, defended to the leg side

100.2

McGrath to Hoggard, OUT, slower ball, very cleverly bowled, it's the split-finger delivery, Hoggard goes for a drive, ambitious, the ball lands safely in Martyn's hands at short cover

MJ Hoggard c Martyn b McGrath 2 (47m 36b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.55

100.3

McGrath to Harmison, 1 run, short ball banged in, Harmison goes for the pull, the ball bobs up towards the on side

100.4

McGrath to Giles, 1 run

100.5

McGrath to Harmison, FOUR, short ball banged in, pulled and pulled well, the ball beats the fielder at deep bacward square-leg

100.6

McGrath to Harmison, 1 run, another short one, again pulled away for a single

England 352/9   GD McGrath 26-5-67-2

102.1

McGrath to Giles, no run, fullish and just outside the off, Giles gives himself some room and tries to drive, he misses

102.2

McGrath to Giles, 2 runs, fullish and outside the off, Giles works the ball towards midwicket and two ambled runs result

102.3

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, short ball banged in, the pull comes out, the ball bobs up towards mid-on

102.4

McGrath to Harmison, no run, short ball banged in, Harmison pulls and misses and is hit high on the pad

102.5

McGrath to Harmison, 2 runs, full and outside the off, Harmison swats the ball to the on side and two more runs are added to the total

102.6

McGrath to Harmison, no run

England 357/9   GD McGrath 27-5-72-2
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Sep 13, 2005

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