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

Match State: Day 1 start scheduled for 10.30am Local Time (09.30 GMT) Hello and welcome to coverage of the final Test of this cracking Ashes series The series has reached its climax, and The Oval plays host to the fifth Test Let's cut to the chase and give you the early news - England have won the toss and chosen to bat Every match in this series has seen enthralling passages of play, and there's no reason to believe this game will be any different England have got the early edge in this game, winning the toss, but Australia could just as easily wrest that back There's still about 20 minutes before play gets under way, at 0930 GMT, 1030 local time I'm Anand Vasu, your commentator for this game. It's been a pleasure calling the first four games for you. I can only hope this one does not disappoint If you want to get an early word in do feel free to write in at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html And in a moment play will get under way at The Oval in South London The Australian team is already on the field and in position England's openers Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss walk down the pavilion steps amidst rousing applause Paul Collingwood comes in to the England team for Simon Jones Glenn McGrath, fit again, comes in for Michael Kasprowicz It will be Trescothick on strike, with McGrath to bowl Play is the call from the umpire and we're under way!

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

Strauss will face his first ball now

0.6

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

Tidy start from McGrath, but then you've come to expect nothing short of that of this man Brett Lee will share the new ball with McGrath

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0
AJ Strauss    0* (1b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-0
ME Trescothick    1* (5b)     

1.1

Lee to Trescothick, no run, very full and quite pacy, the ball swings in quite sharply and quite late and Trescothick takes the ball on the pad as he tries to flick and misses

1.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, full and far down the leg side, no trouble for Trescothick in leaving this one alone

1.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, another one slipping down the leg side, once again left alone without any trouble at all

1.4

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, once again Lee is off line as he slides one onto the pads, the swing takes it further towards the leg side, Trescothick walks across his stumps and punches that well through square leg for the first boundary of the match

1.5

Lee to Trescothick, no run, short of a good length this time and just on the off stump, Trescothick leaves it alone on bounce and the ball carries well to Adam Gilchrist

1.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, full once more, driven to cover. End of Lee's first over, and it was not a bad one. Encouragement in terms of swing, but the line was not the greatest

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 5/0
ME Trescothick    5* (11b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-4-0
AJ Strauss    0* (1b)     

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

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 7/0
AJ Strauss    2* (7b)      GD McGrath    2-0-3-0
ME Trescothick    5* (11b 1x4)     

3.1

Lee to Trescothick, no run, full swinging delivery, played at and missed, hit on the pad, loud shout from Lee, it's a good one, but turned down

3.2

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

3.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, short ball banged in and no trouble for the batsman to duck under that

3.4

Lee to Trescothick, no run, short of a length and angling away from the left-handed Trescothick who tucks the bat well inside the line of the ball

3.5

Lee to Trescothick, no run, fuller and on the off, Trescothick defends down with soft hands, the batsmen think about a quick single but Lee fields in his followthrough and puts paid to that thought

3.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, fuller and on the off, defended back down the pitch

A better second over from Lee, it's a maiden.

End of over 4 (maiden) England 7/0
ME Trescothick    5* (17b 1x4)      B Lee    2-1-4-0
AJ Strauss    2* (7b)     

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

End of over 5 (4 runs, maiden) England 11/0
AJ Strauss    2* (13b)      GD McGrath    3-1-3-0
ME Trescothick    5* (17b 1x4)     

5.1

Lee to Trescothick, no run, down the leg side, no shot played, off the thigh pad to the keeper

5.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run

5.3

Lee to Trescothick, 1 no ball, full and outside the off, driven with an angled bat to gully

5.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, short ball banged in outside the off, the batsman drops his wrists and leaves the ball alone

5.4

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, short of a length and outside the off, Trescothick opens the face of the bat and runs the ball down to third-man past the slips cordon

5.5

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, too full and too straight, driven well through midwicket this time and another one finds the boundary

5.6

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

End of over 6 (9 runs) England 20/0
ME Trescothick    13* (24b 3x4)      B Lee    3-1-13-0
AJ Strauss    2* (13b)     

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

End of over 7 (1 run) England 21/0
ME Trescothick    13* (26b 3x4)      GD McGrath    4-1-4-0
AJ Strauss    3* (17b)     

7.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and on the off, Strauss watches the ball carefully and plays late, defending back down the pitch with a straight bat

7.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, short ball banged in, Strauss sees it coming and sways out of the way without difficulty

7.3

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, short and plenty of width outside the off, Strauss gets under this one and carves it over the gully fielder for a boundary to the vacant third-man region

7.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, quick one outside the off, left alone to the keeper this time, good decision as there was not enough width on that one for the cut

7.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and outside the off stump, left well alone to the wicketkeeper

7.6

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off stump, driven well through point for a boundary

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 29/0
AJ Strauss    11* (23b 2x4)      B Lee    4-1-21-0
ME Trescothick    13* (26b 3x4)     

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

Shaun Tait into the attack now

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 38/0
AJ Strauss    19* (25b 4x4)      GD McGrath    5-1-13-0
ME Trescothick    14* (30b 3x4)     

9.1

Tait to Trescothick, no run, full and far outside the off, a loosener from Tait, left alone to the keeper

9.2

Tait to Trescothick, no run, fullish and outside the off, defended, the ball goes off the inside edge back onto the pad

9.3

Tait to Trescothick, no run, full and far outside the off, driven to point with an angled bat

9.4

Tait to Trescothick, no run, full and far down the leg side, exaggerated swing, played at and missed, hit on the pad, loud shout for the lbw, turned down

9.5

Tait to Trescothick, 1 run, once again full as Tait searches for the one that swings late, drifting on to the pad, Trescothick works the ball away through square leg for a single

9.6

Tait to Strauss, 1 no ball, short ball banged on, not much pace or bounce on that one, outside the off too, left alone easily and it is a no-ball to boot

9.6

Tait to Strauss, no run, short of a length and outside the off, cut hard but straight to the man at point

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 40/0
AJ Strauss    19* (27b 4x4)      SW Tait    1-0-2-0
ME Trescothick    15* (35b 3x4)     

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

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 44/0
ME Trescothick    19* (41b 4x4)      GD McGrath    6-1-17-0
AJ Strauss    19* (27b 4x4)     

11.1

Tait to Strauss, 3 no balls, full swinging delivery, down the leg side, played at and missed, down to fine-leg, no-ball called

11.1

Tait to Strauss, FOUR, outside the off this time and the ball is eased through cover to bring up the England 50! They've barely worked up a sweat getting there

11.2

Tait to Strauss, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, pushed past cover-point for a single

11.3

Tait to Trescothick, 1 run, full, fast yorker, almost breaches Strauss's defence as he jams the bat down at the last minute

11.4

Tait to Strauss, FOUR, full and on the stumps, punched back down the ground, big Shaun Tait cannot get down in time and the ball races away to the long-on fence

11.5

Tait to Strauss, 1 run, full and on the pads, clipped to the leg side for a single

11.6

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

End of over 12 (14 runs) England 58/0
ME Trescothick    20* (43b 4x4)      SW Tait    2-0-16-0
AJ Strauss    29* (32b 6x4)     

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

Shane Warne comes into the attack. That didn't take long!

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 62/0
AJ Strauss    33* (38b 7x4)      GD McGrath    7-1-21-0
ME Trescothick    20* (43b 4x4)     

13.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

13.2

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, tossed up and outside the off, Strauss has a go at it, off the edge through gully down to the third-man boundary

13.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, tossed up and outside the off, play and a miss, through to the keeper, a bit of turn here

13.4

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, fullish and outside the off, played to the right of Michael Clarke at point and a quick run is stolen

13.5

Warne to Trescothick, FOUR, too full and too wide, Trescothick laces that one through the covers! Cracking shot to a poor delivery

13.6

Warne to Trescothick, no run, flatter and on the pads, worked to the leg side

Match State: Drinks At the drinks break we can take the chance to tell you that there were some difficulties with the scoring earlier. This has meant that we have been forced to make some changes to get everything back on track. Apologies, but there's nothing you can do som

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 71/0
ME Trescothick    24* (45b 5x4)      SK Warne    1-0-9-0
AJ Strauss    38* (42b 8x4)     

14.1

Tait to Strauss, FOUR, full-toss down the leg side and flicked away without any difficulty to the midwicket fence

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

14.4

Tait to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, cut shot played, off the inside edge down towards the keeper

14.5

Tait to Strauss, no run, full and on the pads, driven to mid-on

14.6

Tait to Strauss, no run, very full and on the pads, worked to the leg side but straight to the fielder at midwicket and there is no chance of a run

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 74/0
AJ Strauss    41* (59b 9x4)      SW Tait    3-0-19-0
ME Trescothick    25* (34b 5x4)     

15.1

Warne to Trescothick, no run, outside the off and not much turn on that one, Trescothick plays and misses

15.2

Warne to Trescothick, 2 runs, short of a good length and outside the off, punched off the back foot through cover for a couple

15.3

Warne to Trescothick, no run, tossed up and outside the off, Trescothick heaves at this one and misses, through to the keeper

15.4

Warne to Trescothick, no run

15.5

Warne to Trescothick, no run

15.6

Warne to Trescothick, 2 runs

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 78/0
ME Trescothick    29* (40b 5x4)      SK Warne    2-0-13-0
AJ Strauss    41* (59b 9x4)     

16.1

Tait to Strauss, no run, short of a length and outside the off, played at and missed

16.2

Tait to Strauss, 1 run, picked off the hips through square leg

16.3

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

16.4

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

16.5

Tait to Trescothick, no run, back of a length and on the off, driven to cover

16.6

Tait to Trescothick, 2 runs, on the pads, tucked down to fine-leg

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 81/0
ME Trescothick    43* (63b 5x4)      SW Tait    4-0-22-0
AJ Strauss    30* (42b 9x4)     

17.1

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, swept to the leg side

17.2

Warne to Trescothick, no run, outside the off, defended

17.3

Warne to Trescothick, OUT, tossed up and outside the off, Trescothick pokes at that one and only manages an outside edge. Hayden at slip takes a good catch low down and to his left

ME Trescothick c Hayden b Warne 43 (77m 65b 8x4 0x6) SR: 66.15

17.4

Warne to Vaughan, no run, full and on the pads, defended

17.5

Warne to Vaughan, 1 run, driven to midwicket, Vaughan is off the mark

17.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, full and outside the off, defended carefully

With Warne having got the breakthrough, Ponting brings McGrath back into the attack

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 83/1
AJ Strauss    31* (44b 6x4)      SK Warne    3-0-15-1
MP Vaughan    1* (2b)     

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

End of over 19 (1 run) England 84/1
AJ Strauss    31* (45b 6x4)      GD McGrath    8-1-22-0
MP Vaughan    2* (7b)     

19.1

Warne to Vaughan, no run, tossed up, pitched outside the leg stump and turning across the right-hander, Vaughan defends stretching well forward

19.2

Warne to Vaughan, FOUR, too short, asking to be hit, Vaughan fetches it from wide outside the off stump and pulls it away to the midwicket fence

19.3

Warne to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front-foot

19.4

Warne to Vaughan, FOUR, shot! tossed up outside the off stump, Vaughan gets forward and drives it through extra cover for the second boundary of the over, elegantly shot that

19.5

Warne to Vaughan, 1 run, moves forward, takes it on the full and flicks it away to deep square leg for a single

19.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, defended

End of over 20 (9 runs) England 93/1
AJ Strauss    31* (46b 6x4)      SK Warne    4-0-24-1
MP Vaughan    11* (12b 2x4)     

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

End of over 21 (maiden) England 93/1
MP Vaughan    11* (18b 2x4)      GD McGrath    9-2-22-0
AJ Strauss    31* (46b 6x4)     

21.1

Warne to Strauss, no run

Warne bowling from round the stumps to the left-hander

21.2

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, flighted delivery outside the off stump, Strauss steers it away to the third man region for a single

21.3

Warne to Vaughan, 1 leg bye, turning in from outside the leg stump, Vaughan fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away fine

21.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, short and quicker, Strauss tuns it away on the leg side, Warne moves across and fields

21.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, fuller on the pads and Strauss tucks it away to the fine leg region for a single

21.6

Warne to Vaughan, no run, fraction short, pitched in line with the leg stump and turning across, Vaughan drives off the back-foot but the shot is not timed well enough and the ball rolls back to Warne

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 96/1
MP Vaughan    11* (20b 2x4)      SK Warne    5-0-26-1
AJ Strauss    33* (50b 6x4)     

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

End of over 23 (6 runs) England 102/1
AJ Strauss    39* (56b 7x4)      GD McGrath    10-2-28-0
MP Vaughan    11* (20b 2x4)     

23.1

Warne to Vaughan, no run, tossed up on the stumps, too full and Vaughan drives it down the track to the mid-on region

23.2

Warne to Vaughan, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Vaughan gets inside the line and punches it away towards extra cover

23.3

Warne to Vaughan, no run, fraction short and quicker, defended on the back-foot

23.4

Warne to Vaughan, no run, another tossed up delivery and this time Vaughan ends up driving it back to the bowler

23.5

Warne to Vaughan, OUT, gone! Warne strikes again! short ball, pitched outside the leg stump and turning across, Vaughan goes back looking to flick it away through midwicket but ends up hitting straight to Clarke at short midwicket - England two down!

MP Vaughan c Clarke b Warne 11 (26m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.00

was not a wicket taking delivery but Vaughan failed to keep it down - in the end a soft dismissal Ian Bell is the next man in

23.6

Warne to Bell, no run, hit on the pad outside the line of leg stump, end of a successful over

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) England 102/2
IR Bell    0* (1b)      SK Warne    6-1-26-2
AJ Strauss    39* (56b 7x4)     

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

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

End of over 25 (1 run) England 103/2
IR Bell    0* (6b)      GD McGrath    11-2-29-0
AJ Strauss    40* (57b 7x4)     

25.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, wide outside the off stump and Strauss leaves it alone

at the moment, Warne bowling round the stumps to Strauss

25.2

Warne to Strauss, no run

25.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, tossed up outside the off stump and Strauss drives it straight into Ponting at silly point, that hurts

25.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, beaten outside the off stump, Strauss was looking to force the ball away through cover

25.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, turned away off the back-foot to the midwicket region

25.6

Warne to Bell, OUT, it's that man Warne again! the one that goes straight after pitching and Bell trying to defend it on the front-foot gets hit on the pad plumb in front of the stumps, loud appeal and Bowden's crooked finger goes up

IR Bell lbw b Warne 0 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Pietersen is the next man in

End of over 26 (1 run) England 104/3
     SK Warne    7-1-27-3
AJ Strauss    41* (62b 7x4)     

26.1

Tait to Strauss, 1 run, full and on the legs, worked through the leg side

26.2

Tait to Pietersen, FOUR, full-toss outside the off, patted through cover for a boundary, Pietersen gets off the mark with that

26.3

Tait to Pietersen, no run, low full-toss on the stumps, defended to the leg side

26.4

Tait to Pietersen, no run, fullish and outside the off, a hint of away swing, played at and missed, just past the outside edge

26.5

Tait to Pietersen, FOUR, full-toss once more, this one is down the leg side and easily tickled away down to the fine-leg boundary

26.6

Tait to Pietersen, 2 runs, fullish and outside the off, eased through cover for a couple of easy runs and that is lunch

The players go off the field for lunch on the first day. We'll be back with all the action from the post-lunch session in about 35 minutes at 12.10GMT Till then, this is your commentator, Anand Vasu, signing off, asking you to bear with us for the moments in which we have had scoring errors. We aim to be as accurate as possible, but every now and then there are problems. Match State: Lunch - Day 1 Do send any feedback you have at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Hello and welcome back to coverage of the post-lunch session The players are on the field, and for the second time in the day, play is about to get under way ... Warne has the ball and he's done well so far

End of over 27 (11 runs) England 115/3
KP Pietersen    10* (5b 2x4)      SW Tait    5-0-33-0
AJ Strauss    42* (63b 7x4)     

27.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted and outside the off, driven at and missed, past the edge to the keeper

27.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, short of a length and outside the off, defended with the full face of the bat

27.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, flat and on the stumps, nudged to the leg side

27.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, full and far outside the off, kicked away

27.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, tossed up a touch and outside the off, defended carefully with bat held close to pad

27.6

Warne to Strauss, 2 runs, on the pads this time and Strauss can work the ball through leg for a comfortable brace

Lee from the Pavilion End

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 117/3
AJ Strauss    44* (69b 7x4)      SK Warne    8-1-29-3
KP Pietersen    10* (5b 2x4)     

28.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, full and outside the off, just a suggestion of away swing, left alone to the keeper

28.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, good length ball outside the off, a bit more pace on that one, left carefully alone to the wicketkeeper once more

28.3

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, a bit too straight and too full, Pietersen can move across and work the ball through his favourite leg side

28.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, the ball threatens to come back in but largely holds its line, left alone to the keeper

28.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length once more, on the off, Pietersen pushes the ball out to cover but there is no chance of a run

28.6

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, Pietersen gets behind the line well and works the ball wide of mid-on for a single that will keep him on strike

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 120/3
KP Pietersen    13* (11b 2x4)      B Lee    5-1-24-0
AJ Strauss    44* (69b 7x4)     

29.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, full and on the stumps, Pietersen gets well forward and defends to the leg side

Slip and forward short-leg in place

29.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, full and on the pads, flick played and missed, off the pads to the leg side

29.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flat and fired in on the pads, kicked away

29.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, slightly short and a bit of width outside the off, Pietersen goes back and punches, he hits it well but finds te fielder at cover

29.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flatter and fuller, on the pads, kicked away without much fuss

29.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, very full and on the leg stump, driven back to Warne to cap off a maiden over

End of over 30 (maiden) England 120/3
KP Pietersen    13* (17b 2x4)      SK Warne    9-2-29-3
AJ Strauss    44* (69b 7x4)     

30.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, full and outside the off, slanting away from the left-handed Strauss who leaves the ball well alone

30.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, short of a length and outside the off, played at and missed, through to the keeper

30.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, short ball banged in, decenbt pace as well, Strauss watches keenly and leaves the ball alone

30.4

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

30.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, fullish and on the off, driven well to the man at cover

30.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, short of a good length and on the pads, worked to the on side for a single, that's the only run off a tidy over

End of over 31 (1 run) England 121/3
AJ Strauss    45* (75b 7x4)      B Lee    6-1-25-0
KP Pietersen    13* (17b 2x4)     

31.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, tossed up and outside the off, Strauss comes forward to defend but plays and misses, the ball goes past the edge to the keeper

31.2

Warne to Strauss, 3 runs, tossed up and this time Strauss is able to get a foot out and drive nicely through cover, Martyn gives chase and fields

31.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flat and on the pads, defended down the pitch

31.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, full and far down the leg side, kicked away to the on side

31.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, full and flat, on the stumps, defended to the leg side

31.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flat and on the legs, a bit of turn, defended carefully to the off side

End of over 32 (3 runs) England 124/3
KP Pietersen    13* (21b 2x4)      SK Warne    10-2-32-3
AJ Strauss    48* (77b 7x4)     

32.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and on the pads, Strauss works the ball to the leg side

32.2

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, short and enough width for Strauss to shift his weight onto the back foot and crash the ball past point to the boundary! Half-century for Strauss with that

32.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, back of a length and on te stumps, played to the leg side with a straight bat

32.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, short and a bit of width, cut hard but the man at point is good enough to stop that

32.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, good length ball on the off, the ball climbs a bit on Strauss who fefends well

32.6

Lee to Strauss, (no ball) 1 run, full and on the pads, worked down to fine-leg and it's a no-ball as well, so two runs to the total

32.6

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, full and on the stumps, heading towards leg, helped along wide of short midwicket for a single

End of over 33 (7 runs) England 131/3
KP Pietersen    14* (22b 2x4)      B Lee    7-1-32-0
AJ Strauss    53* (83b 8x4)     

33.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flat and down the leg side, Pietersen sweeps and misses

33.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, fuller, well flighthed and on the pads, driven to mid-on

33.3

Warne to Pietersen, OUT, tossed up and on the pads, drifting in towards the leg stump, Pietersen tries to flick but the ball spins enough to beat the bat and crash into the stumps! What a spell this is from Warne the magician

KP Pietersen b Warne 14 (30m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.00

Flintoff is the new batsman

33.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, full and on the leg stump, flick played and missed, off the pad to the off side

33.5

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, on th epads again, that is the line Warne is bowling to Flintoff, driven through the on side for a couple

33.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, full and on the stumps, played back down the pitch to Warne

End of a successful over. Warne has done extremely well to pick up four wickets on this first-day pitch

End of over 34 (2 runs) England 133/4
A Flintoff    2* (3b)      SK Warne    11-2-34-4
AJ Strauss    53* (83b 8x4)     

34.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, steered wide of point for a single

34.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short ball banged in to flintoff who ducks under this one, not going for the pull or hook

34.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, another one dragged a bit short, very quick as well, Flintoff leaves it alone

34.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short ball, decent pace again, good effort from Lee, defended to the leg side

34.5

Lee to Flintoff, 4 leg byes, QUICK! 93.4 mph bouncer bang on target! Flintoff does not have time to duck and cops a blow on the helmet. That is a painful blow

34.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, once again quick, that was 96.2 mph, defended back down the pitch, quality bowling from Lee here to back up Warne

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 138/4
A Flintoff    2* (8b)      B Lee    8-1-33-0
AJ Strauss    54* (84b 8x4)     

35.1

Warne to Strauss, 2 runs, full and outside the off, sweep played down towards fine-leg

35.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, and there's the googly! turns away from Strauss who leaves the ball alone

35.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, flatter and on the stumps, defended back down the pitch

35.4

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, full and outside the off, predetermined sweep shot, the ball runs down to fine-leg

35.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, full and outside the off, cut played and missed

35.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flat and quick, down the leg side, left alone to the keeper

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 141/4
A Flintoff    2* (10b)      SK Warne    12-2-37-4
AJ Strauss    57* (88b 8x4)     

36.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, quick one again from Lee, Strauss sways safely out of harm's way, taking no chance, Lee is steaming in here

36.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, slower ball, good idea but the execution is not great, full and too straight, easily woirked through midwicket for a single

36.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, quick one slipping down the leg side, left well alone once more

36.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short ball banged in, good pace and carry at 94 mph, left alone to the keeper, this is a hostile spell from Lee

36.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, full and on the off, driven to mid-on with a dead straight bat

36.6

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, short of a length and enough width for Flintoff to time the ball well and place it through cover for a boundary

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 146/4
A Flintoff    6* (14b 1x4)      B Lee    9-1-38-0
AJ Strauss    58* (90b 8x4)     

37.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted and on the stumps, worked to the leg side

37.2

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, full and on the pads, worked awell through fine-leg for a run

37.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, tossed up and outside the off, driven well, inside out, through cover

37.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Beauty! well flighted, drifting in towards the pads, the ball pitches and rips past Flintoff's bat. What a ball!

37.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flat and on the leg stump, kicked back down the pitch

37.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, slower this time, ,on the stumps, defended awkwardly down the pitch

End of over 38 (1 run) England 147/4
A Flintoff    6* (18b 1x4)      SK Warne    13-2-38-4
AJ Strauss    59* (92b 8x4)     

38.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, full and on the off from round the wicket, the ball comes in with te arm, defended towards cover with a straight bat

38.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, short of a length and down the leg side, worked through the on side with a turn of the wrists

38.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short of a length and outside the off, defended off the back foot towards the fielder at mid-off, no chance of a run

38.4

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, full and outside the off, drive pplayed but the result is a thick outside edge that goes past the slips cordon and runs down to the third-man fence

38.5

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, just short of a length and outside the off, played down to the sweeper on the off-side fence with an angled bat

38.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, coming in with the angle, defended towards cover

End of over 39 (6 runs) England 153/4
AJ Strauss    60* (95b 8x4)      B Lee    10-1-44-0
A Flintoff    11* (21b 2x4)     

39.1

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, tossed up and on the stumps, driven to the on side for a single

39.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted and outside the off, kicked away

39.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted and outside the off, Strauss gets behind the line and drives to cover

39.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, thrown up further wide of the off stump, left alone

39.5

Warne to Strauss, 2 runs, full and down the leg side, clipped to fine-leg

39.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, well flighted, quite slow, outside the off, defended carefully towards cover

McGrath is back in the attack, at the Pavilion End

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 156/4
AJ Strauss    62* (100b 8x4)      SK Warne    14-2-41-4
A Flintoff    12* (22b 2x4)     

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

Match State: Drinks It will be Warne to continue after the drinks break

End of over 41 (5 runs) England 161/4
AJ Strauss    66* (101b 9x4)      GD McGrath    12-2-34-0
A Flintoff    13* (27b 2x4)     

41.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, tossed up, pitched outside the leg stump and turning across, Flintoff gets his left leg forward and takes it on the pad

41.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run

41.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, fuller and quicker, Flintoff makes no contact trying to drive it away on the leg side, ball clips the pad and pops up straight to Ponting at silly point, loud appeal turned down

41.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, defended to the leg side

41.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run

41.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, defended with the full face of the bat on this occasion, that's the end off a testing over

End of over 42 (maiden) England 161/4
A Flintoff    13* (33b 2x4)      SK Warne    15-3-41-4
AJ Strauss    66* (101b 9x4)     

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

change of angle, McGrath decides to come round the wicket to the left-hander

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

End of over 43 (2 runs) England 163/4
AJ Strauss    68* (107b 9x4)      GD McGrath    13-2-36-0
A Flintoff    13* (33b 2x4)     

43.1

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, full and on the pads, tucked away through square-leg for a single

43.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, full and outside the off, from round the wicket, kicked away towards slip.;full and on the off, a bit of spin in, kicked away to the off side

43.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, full and on the off, a bit of spin in, kicked away to the off side

43.4

Warne to Strauss, 1 run

43.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, fullish and on the off, defended back down the pitch

43.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, well flighted and drifting on to the pads, played back to the bowler

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 165/4
A Flintoff    14* (36b 2x4)      SK Warne    16-3-43-4
AJ Strauss    69* (110b 9x4)     

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

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 168/4
A Flintoff    16* (37b 2x4)      GD McGrath    14-2-39-0
AJ Strauss    70* (115b 9x4)     

45.1

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up and on the off, worked well through midwicket for a single that gets Flintoff on strike

45.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flat and on the stumps, defended back down the pitch

45.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, tossed up and on the off, defended, off the inside edge down towards fine-leg

45.4

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, tossed up and outside the off, crunched through cover, clarke fields but takes the ball over the ropes with him

45.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, worked through the leg side for a single

45.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, well flighted and on the stumps, defended back down the pitch

End of over 46 (7 runs) England 175/4
A Flintoff    17* (40b 2x4)      SK Warne    17-3-50-4
AJ Strauss    76* (118b 10x4)     

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

End of over 47 (5 runs) England 180/4
A Flintoff    21* (44b 3x4)      GD McGrath    15-2-44-0
AJ Strauss    77* (120b 10x4)     

47.1

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, big spinning legbreak, tucked away to the leg side

47.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, well flighted and drifting onto the pad, flicked to midwicket

47.3

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, fullish and outside the off, Flintoff goes for the booming drive seeing that mid-off is up, well placed and the ball races awy for four

47.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flat and on the stumps, defended with an angled bat

47.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flat and outside the leg stump, kicked back down the pitch

47.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, full and down the leg side, sweep played and missed, off the pad past slip

Tait back in the attack

End of over 48 (5 runs) England 185/4
A Flintoff    25* (49b 4x4)      SK Warne    18-3-55-4
AJ Strauss    78* (121b 10x4)     

48.1

Tait to Strauss, no run, full and just outside the off, Strauss defends back down the pitch without any trouble

48.2

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

48.3

Tait to Strauss, 1 run, short of a length and slipping onto the pads, clipped through square leg for a single

48.4

Tait to Flintoff, no run, full and very straight, perhaps a touch of late swing in, Flintoff flicks and misses, hit on the pad, half-hearted shout for lbw from Tait, clearly slipping down leg though

48.5

Tait to Flintoff, no run, full and far outside the off, driven to mid-off

48.6

Tait to Flintoff, no run, full and on the off, swinging in, driven to mid-on

Simon Katich comes on to bowl

End of over 49 (1 run) England 186/4
A Flintoff    25* (52b 4x4)      SW Tait    6-0-34-0
AJ Strauss    79* (124b 10x4)     

49.1

Katich to Strauss, 2 runs, full and down the leg side, flicked down to fine-leg for a couple

49.2

Katich to Strauss, no run, well flighted and on the off, defended back down the pitch

49.3

Katich to Strauss, FOUR, full and outside the of, a bit quicker, Strauss squeezes that past the slip fielder for four that takes him within 15 runs of a century

49.4

Katich to Strauss, no run, full and on the stumps, driven to the on side

49.5

Katich to Strauss, 1 run, full and down the leg side, worked through square leg

49.6

Katich to Flintoff, no run, tossed up a bit more and outside the off, Flintoff comes forward and defends

End of over 50 (7 runs) England 193/4
A Flintoff    25* (53b 4x4)      SM Katich    1-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    86* (129b 11x4)     
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