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

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

England 5/0   ME Trescothick 5* (9b 1x4)   B Lee 0.4-0-4-0

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

England 16/0   ME Trescothick 9* (22b 2x4)   B Lee 2.4-1-9-0

5.5

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

England 20/0   ME Trescothick 13* (23b 3x4)   B Lee 2.5-1-13-0

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

England 25/0   AJ Strauss 7* (20b 1x4)   B Lee 3.3-1-17-0

7.6

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

England 29/0   AJ Strauss 11* (23b 2x4)   B Lee 4-1-21-0

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!

England 34/0   AJ Strauss 15* (24b 3x4)   GD McGrath 4.5-1-9-0

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   AJ Strauss 19* (25b 4x4)   GD McGrath 5-1-13-0

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

England 44/0   ME Trescothick 19* (40b 4x4)   GD McGrath 5.5-1-17-0

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

England 51/0   AJ Strauss 23* (29b 5x4)   SW Tait 1.1-0-9-0

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

England 57/0   AJ Strauss 28* (31b 6x4)   SW Tait 1.4-0-15-0

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!

England 62/0   AJ Strauss 33* (34b 7x4)   GD McGrath 6.2-1-21-0

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

England 66/0   AJ Strauss 37* (40b 8x4)   SK Warne 0.2-0-4-0

13.5

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

England 71/0   ME Trescothick 24* (44b 5x4)   SK Warne 0.5-0-9-0

14.1

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

England 75/0   AJ Strauss 42* (43b 9x4)   SW Tait 2.1-0-20-0

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

England 88/1   MP Vaughan 6* (9b 1x4)   SK Warne 3.2-0-19-1

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

England 92/1   MP Vaughan 10* (11b 2x4)   SK Warne 3.4-0-23-1

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!

England 102/1   AJ Strauss 39* (55b 7x4)   GD McGrath 9.5-2-28-0

26.2

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

England 109/3   KP Pietersen 4* (1b 1x4)   SW Tait 4.2-0-27-0

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

England 113/3   KP Pietersen 8* (4b 2x4)   SW Tait 4.5-0-31-0

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

England 128/3   AJ Strauss 52* (79b 8x4)   B Lee 6.2-1-29-0

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

England 146/4   A Flintoff 6* (14b 1x4)   B Lee 9-1-38-0

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

England 152/4   A Flintoff 10* (20b 2x4)   B Lee 9.4-1-43-0

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   AJ Strauss 66* (101b 9x4)   GD McGrath 12-2-34-0

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

England 174/4   AJ Strauss 75* (117b 10x4)   SK Warne 16.4-3-49-4

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   A Flintoff 21* (44b 3x4)   GD McGrath 15-2-44-0

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

England 185/4   A Flintoff 25* (46b 4x4)   SK Warne 17.3-3-55-4

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

England 192/4   AJ Strauss 85* (127b 11x4)   SM Katich 0.3-0-6-0

50.5

Tait to Flintoff, FOUR

England 198/4   A Flintoff 29* (57b 5x4)   SW Tait 6.5-0-39-0

54.4

Tait to Flintoff, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, this is fairly ordinary from Tait, beautiful cover drive for four!

England 212/4   A Flintoff 38* (68b 6x4)   SW Tait 8.4-0-46-0

55.5

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, full and down the leg side, heaved over midwicket for a boundary

England 217/4   A Flintoff 43* (74b 7x4)   SK Warne 18.5-3-59-4

56.6

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, short of a length and enough width for Strauss to go back and across and chop the ball to the third-man boundary. This takes him on to 97, one stroke from a century

England 223/4   AJ Strauss 97* (148b 12x4)   B Lee 11-1-50-0

57.2

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, tossed up and on the pads, Flintoff gets down on one knee and sweeps regally through square leg

England 227/4   A Flintoff 48* (78b 8x4)   SK Warne 19.2-3-63-4

57.3

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, once again far down the leg side, once again a big hit from Flintoff and this beats Lee on the ropes at deep backward square-leg. That's 50 for Freddie Flintoff

England 231/4   A Flintoff 52* (79b 9x4)   SK Warne 19.3-3-67-4

57.4

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, Three in a row! Another boundary. This one is smashed back past the bowler to long-on

England 235/4   A Flintoff 56* (80b 10x4)   SK Warne 19.4-3-71-4

58.2

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, driven well through midwicket to bring up a century for Andrew Strauss! That is a 7th Test hundred for Strauss and boy oh boy is this South London crowd appreciative

England 239/4   AJ Strauss 101* (150b 13x4)   B Lee 11.2-1-54-0

61.6

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, short of a length and outside the off, cut down to the third-man fence

England 248/4   AJ Strauss 109* (164b 14x4)   SK Warne 22-3-79-4

62.3

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, short and wide, that is a terrible ball, Flintoff hammers it past point for four

England 252/4   A Flintoff 61* (93b 11x4)   B Lee 13.3-2-59-0

62.6

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, full and outside the off, driven well through cover, good shot that, can't say the same about the ball though

England 256/4   A Flintoff 65* (96b 12x4)   B Lee 14-2-63-0

63.3

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, swept from outside the off, and swept well, no chance for fine-leg or square leg, no need to run for that one

England 260/4   AJ Strauss 113* (167b 15x4)   SK Warne 22.3-3-83-4

68.3

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

England 273/4   AJ Strauss 120* (184b 16x4)   GD McGrath 15.3-2-48-0

71.2

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, short of a length and outside the off, cut played, and played well, Clarke runs around on the ropes but cannot stop the ball

England 278/5   AJ Strauss 124* (191b 17x4)   SK Warne 26.2-3-96-4

73.4

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, fullish and on the pads, Collingwood works it well through midwicket for his first boundary

England 287/5   PD Collingwood 7* (14b 1x4)   SK Warne 27.4-3-105-4

78.1

Tait to Jones, FOUR, off the mark in style! half volley outside the off stump and Jones drives it away through the cover region, excellent shot to get off the mark

England 295/6   GO Jones 4* (4b 1x4)   SW Tait 11.1-1-52-1

80.1

Tait to Jones, FOUR, full and fast, outside the off, swinging in to the right-handed Jones who flashes the ball past slip to take the score past 300

England 301/7   GO Jones 9* (12b 2x4)   SW Tait 12.1-1-56-1

83.1

Warne to Jones, FOUR, a bit of width outside the off and slightly short, Jones takes the chance and cuts well past point

England 308/7   GO Jones 15* (23b 3x4)   SK Warne 32.1-4-115-5

84.4

Tait to Jones, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, this is christmas come early for Geraint Jones, smashed away through cover

England 313/7   GO Jones 20* (28b 4x4)   SW Tait 14.4-1-61-1

89.2

Lee to Jones, FOUR, short of a length and outside the off, punched well off the back foot through cover

England 325/7   GO Jones 25* (40b 5x4)   B Lee 17.2-3-73-0

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

England 335/8   AF Giles 17* (46b 1x4)   GD McGrath 22.4-5-55-1

100.5

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

England 351/9   SJ Harmison 5* (2b 1x4)   GD McGrath 25.5-5-66-2

104.4

Lee to Harmison, FOUR, full and outside the off, Harmison plants his foot down the pitch and bangs the ball back past mid-off! That is a cracking shot, Lee would not have enjoyed that

England 365/9   SJ Harmison 12* (18b 2x4)   B Lee 22.4-3-86-1

104.5

Lee to Harmison, FOUR, short one, predictable response, pull played, the ball goes off the top edge over the keeper's head for four

England 369/9   SJ Harmison 16* (19b 3x4)   B Lee 22.5-3-90-1

104.6

Lee to Harmison, FOUR, another short one, this time Harmison manages to get a decent amount of bat on it, the pull shot sends the ball towards fine-leg but easily beats the fielder

England 373/9   SJ Harmison 20* (20b 4x4)   B Lee 23-3-94-1
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Sep 13, 2005

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