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

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

0.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, fuller this time and on the off, Langer walks across his stumps and defends carefully

0.3

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

0.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, good length ball outside the off, Langer watches this carefully and lets it go through to the keeper

0.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, short ball, Langer pulls, it's mis-timed but wide of midwicket for a single that gets Langer and Australia off the mark

0.6

Harmison to Hayden, no run, fullish and on the off, Hayden drives well but straight to mid-off

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0
ML Hayden    0* (1b)      SJ Harmison    1-0-1-0
JL Langer    1* (5b)     

1.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and slanting away from Langer, big slashing drive played and missed

1.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, fuller and straighter, Langer opens the face of the bat and runs the ball to gully

1.3

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, full once more and on the off, pushed to the off side and a single is pinched

1.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fullish and on the pad, Hoggard striving for swing, defended to the leg side

1.5

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

1.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, good length ball going across the left-handed Hayden who feels for that one and misses

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 2/0
ML Hayden    0* (4b)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-1-0
JL Langer    2* (8b)     

2.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, full and on the stumps, played back down the pitch to Harmison

2.2

Harmison to Langer, 2 runs, full once more and a touch too straight, eased through midwicket for a brace as Kevin Pietersen gives chase and fields

2.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, worked to midwicket, no chance of a run

2.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, short ball, it's cut well but not well enough to beat Paul Collingwood who dives goalkeeper style and fields

2.5

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

2.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, played down towards cover

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 4/0
JL Langer    4* (14b)      SJ Harmison    2-0-3-0
ML Hayden    0* (4b)     

3.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, driven to mid-off

3.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fullish and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper, not a great deal of swing here for Hoggard

3.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, defended towards cover

3.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run

3.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, short ball just outside the off, pull played, off the bottom edge down to the keeper

3.6

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 no ball, a bit of swing, a bit of seam, Hayden plays at that and misses

3.6

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, full and on the pads, clipped down to fine leg for a single

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 6/0
ML Hayden    1* (11b)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-3-0
JL Langer    4* (14b)     

4.1

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

4.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, driven towards cover

4.3

Harmison to Hayden, no run, another one dug in a touch short, Hayden pulls but can only manage an edge back onto pad

4.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, good length ball outside the off, slanting away a touch, left alone to the keeper

4.5

Harmison to Hayden, no run, fuller and on the off, Hayden drives well with te full face of the bat, Harmison fields in his followthrough

4.6

Harmison to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, pushed towards cover

End of over 5 (maiden) Australia 6/0
ML Hayden    1* (17b)      SJ Harmison    3-1-3-0
JL Langer    4* (14b)     

5.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, fullish and on the stumps, a hint of swing towards leg, defended to the leg side

5.2

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, overpitched and outside the off, Langer times this one well, leaning into the shot and driving through cover

5.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, fullish and outside the off, driven at, off the inside edge back onto pad

5.4

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, short and Langer pulls, this time it is hit well enough to beat Michael Vaughan to the midwicket fence

5.5

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

5.6

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

End of over 6 (8 runs) Australia 14/0
JL Langer    12* (20b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-11-0
ML Hayden    1* (17b)     

6.1

Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, good length ball on the pads, Hayden swivels well and pulls to leg

6.2

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

6.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, short of a length and outside the off, Langer shoulders arms to leave the ball, extra bounce causes the ball to rear up and hit him on the elbow. Another painful blow for Langer

6.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, full and outside the off, played at and missed

6.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, short ball banged in, Langer has no trouble ducking under that one

6.6

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, full and outside the off, driven well through extra cover for a boundary on the spot of lunch

That's lunch on the second day The players leave the field for a 40-minute break We'll take a break as well This is Anand Vasu, your commentator, signing off for the moment. See you soon, in about 35 minutes time, at 1210 GMT Do send any feedback you have at: http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Match State: Lunch - Day 2 And the players are back again for the second session of play Play is about to get under way for the second time in the day Hoggard to continue, Hayden on strike

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 19/0
JL Langer    16* (25b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    4-1-8-0
ML Hayden    2* (18b)     

7.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fullish and on the off, just a hint of swing, defended back down the pitch with care

7.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, punched off the back foot to cover

7.3

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

7.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fuller and on the off, played back down the pitch

7.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full once more and just a hint of swing, driven back down the pitch to the bowler

7.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, good length ball on the off, Hayden is content just defending carefully

Harmison from the Pavilion End

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 19/0
ML Hayden    2* (24b)      MJ Hoggard    4-1-11-0
JL Langer    16* (25b 3x4)     

8.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, full and on the off, driven well but straight to mid-off

8.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, full and on the stumps, worked away to midwicket

8.3

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, short of a length and outside the off, sliced over gully, streaky shot but a safe result, four to third man

8.4

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, squeezed down towards fine leg for a single

8.5

Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, short ball, it is pulled well, Hayden rolls his wrists and keeps the ball down

8.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, fullish and outside the off, driven to mid-off

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 25/0
JL Langer    21* (30b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    5-1-14-0
ML Hayden    3* (25b)     

9.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and far outside the off, no difficulty for Hayden in leaving that alone

9.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fullish and far outside the off again, Hayden looks at that with all the interest of a vegetarian in a meat market and leaves it alone

9.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, straighter this time, a bit of swing, Hayden is forced to play at it, defended back down the pitch

9.4

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, full and outside the off, eased well through cover for Hayden's first boundary

9.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, eased to cover, all along the ground

9.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, short of a length and outside the off, punched to cover to end the over

Freddie Flintoff into the attack now

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 29/0
ML Hayden    7* (31b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    5-1-15-0
JL Langer    21* (30b 4x4)     

10.1

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, Flintoff straightaway goes round the wicket to the left-handed batsmen, defended wide of gully for a single

10.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 leg bye, full and on the off, Hayden plants his foot down the pitch and defends, off the pad for a leg bye as the shout for lbw goes up and is denied

10.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, full and down the leg side, left alone to the keeper

10.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, fullish and outside the off, Langer drives at this, off the inside edge onto pad

10.5

Flintoff to Langer, 1 no ball, short of a good length, on the off, a bit of extra bounce surprises Langer, played down awkwardly

10.5

Flintoff to Langer, FOUR, just enough width for Langer to ease the ball between gully and point to the vacant third-man region for four

10.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, full and on the off, defended back down the pitch to the bowler

End of over 11 (7 runs) Australia 36/0
JL Langer    26* (36b 5x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-6-0
ML Hayden    7* (32b 1x4)     

11.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, driven well to mid-off

11.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run

11.3

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, short of a good length and on the off, punched towards cover for a single

11.4

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

11.5

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

11.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, fullish and on the off, defended towards cover

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 37/0
JL Langer    26* (39b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-1-16-0
ML Hayden    8* (35b 1x4)     

12.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, eased to mid-off

12.2

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

12.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off, driven inside out towards cover

12.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full and far outside the off, left well alone to the keeper

12.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, good length ball outside the off, left alone to the keeper

12.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, left alone, end of a good over, a maiden from Flintoff

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 37/0
ML Hayden    8* (41b 1x4)      A Flintoff    2-1-6-0
JL Langer    26* (39b 5x4)     

13.1

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, short of a length and outside the off, cut away uppishly past gully

13.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run

13.3

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run

13.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run

13.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run

13.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run

End of over 14 (5 runs) Australia 42/0
ML Hayden    8* (44b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    7-1-21-0
JL Langer    31* (42b 6x4)     

14.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, short ball banged in, left alone to the keeper

14.2

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

14.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, good length ball outside the off, a touch of shape away, left alone

14.4

Flintoff to Langer, 2 runs, fullish and straight, driven to long on for a brace

14.5

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, once again full and straight, clipped down towards deep backward square-leg for a single

14.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short ball outside the off, pulled to mid-on

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 45/0
ML Hayden    8* (45b 1x4)      A Flintoff    3-1-9-0
JL Langer    34* (47b 6x4)     

15.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, short of a length and down the leg side, left well alone to the keeper

15.2

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

15.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, short of a good length and angling in to the ribs, defended to the leg side

15.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, fullish and on the pads, pushed back down the pitch

15.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, cut through cover

15.6

Harmison to Hayden, no run, short of a length and on the stumps, left easily alone on length

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 46/0
ML Hayden    8* (46b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    6-1-15-0
JL Langer    35* (52b 6x4)     

16.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, straight ball, defended back to the bowler

16.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, full ball down the leg side, flicked away for an easy single

16.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, full again, hayden turns it away for another single, batsmen decide against the second run

16.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, wide of the stumps this time, langer lets it go

16.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, full ball slightly wide of the stumps, langer plays a forceful stroke straight to the cover fielder

16.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, flintoff digs it in short, langer leaves it alone

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 48/0
JL Langer    36* (57b 6x4)      A Flintoff    4-1-11-0
ML Hayden    9* (47b 1x4)     

17.1

Harmison to Hayden, no run, slightly short of a length, shaping away, hayden shoulders arms

17.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, short of a length again, hayden attempts to cut but doesn't time it well enough and it goes straight to the fielder

17.3

Harmison to Hayden, no run, straight and full, hayden punches it to mid-off

17.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, straight and more towards the middle stump, hayden pushes it to mid-on

17.5

Harmison to Hayden, no run, full and wide of the stumps, Hayden lets it go

17.6

Harmison to Hayden, FOUR, short and wide of the stumps, hayden smashes it to the square fence and the fielder backward of square has no chance, punishing shot by Hayden

Fifty partnership comes up. AUstralia off to a solid start here Giles comes into the attack

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 52/0
ML Hayden    13* (53b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    7-1-19-0
JL Langer    36* (57b 6x4)     

18.1

Giles to Langer, no run, tossed up and on the stumps to start with, Langer thinks about coming down the pitch, thn changes his mind, goes back and defends

18.2

Giles to Langer, SIX, no holding back this time! Langer comes down the pitch and hits that ball ferociously hard. It's high, wide and handsome over the ropes at long-on!

Langer signalling his intent early against Giles

18.3

Giles to Langer, no run, flatter this time, understandbly so, on the pads, worked to the leg side with an angled bat, no chance of a run

18.4

Giles to Langer, SIX, Catch it is the call from Giles as Langer comes down the pitch and lofts over midwicket, someone in the stands at midwicket might have heard that and had a go! That was huge!

18.5

Giles to Langer, no run, flat again and on the pads, defended to the leg side, already two big shots this over

18.6

Giles to Langer, 2 runs, down the pitch and driven back past the bowler, that was all along the ground, flintoff misfields at long-on and Langer can come back for a second run to take him to 50!

End of over 19 (14 runs) Australia 66/0
JL Langer    50* (63b 6x4 2x6)      AF Giles    1-0-14-0
ML Hayden    13* (53b 2x4)     

19.1

Harmison to Hayden, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, Harmison bowling from over the wicket here, Hayden defends the ball carefully with a straight bat, the ball rolls down towards mid-off

19.2

Harmison to Hayden, 1 no ball, once again it is slightly short of a driving length and on the off, just about angling away from the left-handed Hayden who goes back in defence. The ball runs toiwards cover and a single to the total as it is a no-ball

19.2

Harmison to Hayden, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, padded away to the on side for a leg bye

19.3

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, just short of a good length and on the off, Langer watches the ball carefully onto his bat and defends it down with soft hands and an angled bat, a quick stolen is pinched as the fielder from cover runs in and tidies up

19.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, short of a good length, on the off, change of angle here as Harmison comes round the wicket, defended back with a dead-straight bat, Hayden being very watchful here

19.5

Harmison to Hayden, no run, full and far down the leg side, Hayden shapes to play that but bails out of the stroke in the last moment, through to Geraint Jones, who collects well

19.6

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

The drinks are on the field now Match State: Drinks Giles is out of the attack, in come Collingwood

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 69/0
ML Hayden    13* (59b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    8-1-21-0
JL Langer    51* (64b 6x4 2x6)     

20.1

Collingwood to Langer, no run, starts off with a pitched up delivery, hint of in swing and Langer jams his bat down, ball rolls away straight to the fielder at short cover

20.2

Collingwood to Langer, 1 run, played away wide of the cover fielder, Strauss in the deep moves across quickly and keeps it down to just one

20.3

Collingwood to Hayden, 2 runs, pitched up outside the off stump and Hayden drives it away wide of Hoggard at mid-off, long chase saves two runs

20.4

Collingwood to Hayden, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, driven away to the mid-on region

20.5

Collingwood to Hayden, no run, short of a good length delivery, angling across the left-hander, Hayden gets behind the line and defends it towards cover

20.6

Collingwood to Hayden, no run, another straight delivery, on the middle and off stump line this time and Hayden carefully defends

Giles back on, so it was just a change of ends Field well spread out, what is Langer going to do this time?

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 72/0
ML Hayden    15* (63b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0
JL Langer    52* (66b 6x4 2x6)     

21.1

Giles to Langer, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, almost a yorker, Langer beaten outside the off stump

21.2

Giles to Langer, 1 run, held it back a bit this time, Langer pushes forward and drives it down to long-on for a single

21.3

Giles to Hayden, no run, fraction short, turning in from outside the off stump, Hayden defends it on the back-foot

21.4

Giles to Hayden, no run, flighted delivery outside the off stump, Hayden stretches well forward, gets to the pitch of the delivery and defends it towards cover

21.5

Giles to Hayden, no run, Hayden comes down the track on this occasion but fails to get to the pitch of the delivery and ends up driving it back to the bowler

21.6

Giles to Hayden, no run, makes Hayden defend and it's a much better over from Giles this time around

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 73/0
ML Hayden    15* (67b 2x4)      AF Giles    2-0-15-0
JL Langer    53* (68b 6x4 2x6)     

22.1

Collingwood to Langer, no run, beauty, short of a good length delivery, pitched in line and angling across the left-hander, Langer pokes at it and gets beaten by the extra bounce

22.2

Collingwood to Langer, FOUR, short and angling across, Langer flashes hard at it and the ball flies of the edge, Trescothick at first slip dives across to his left but fails to hold on, that ball was travelling and it was a very hard chance, Langer lives on

22.3

Collingwood to Langer, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Langer watchfully leaves it for the keeper

22.4

Collingwood to Langer, no run, bit fuller outside the off stump and Langer drives it down to the mid-off region

22.5

Collingwood to Langer, no run, driven back to the bowler

22.6

Collingwood to Langer, 1 run, short rising delivery, pitched in line with the leg stump and angling across, Langer stands tall on the back-foot and defends it towards the vacant midwicket region, easy single added to the total

End of over 23 (5 runs) Australia 78/0
JL Langer    58* (74b 7x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    2-0-8-0
ML Hayden    15* (67b 2x4)     

23.1

Giles to Langer, 1 run, turned away to the midwicket region

23.2

Giles to Hayden, no run, defended back to the bowler

23.3

Giles to Hayden, no run

23.4

Giles to Hayden, 1 run, swept away nicely to the deep square leg region

23.5

Giles to Langer, FOUR, Langer continues on his merry way, once again dances down the track, gets to the pitch of the delivery and drives it well past the fielder at mid-off

23.6

Giles to Langer, 1 run, turned away on the leg side

End of over 24 (7 runs) Australia 85/0
JL Langer    64* (77b 8x4 2x6)      AF Giles    3-0-22-0
ML Hayden    16* (70b 2x4)     

24.1

Collingwood to Langer, no run, fullish and on the off, driven at, off the inside edge to the leg side

24.2

Collingwood to Langer, 1 run, fullish and on the off, shaping in to the left-handed Langer, driven back past the bowler towards mid-off

24.3

Collingwood to Hayden, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, driven wide of cover

24.4

Collingwood to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, driven back down the pitch to the bowler with the full face of the bat

24.5

Collingwood to Hayden, 1 run, fullish and outside the off, driven inside out just wide of mid-off for a single

24.6

Collingwood to Langer, no run, fullish and outside the off, eased to cover with an angled bat

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 87/0
JL Langer    65* (80b 8x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    3-0-10-0
ML Hayden    17* (73b 2x4)     

25.1

Giles to Hayden, 1 run, on the off and full, well flighted, driven just wide of mid-on for a single

25.2

Giles to Langer, no run, Giles holds that back a touch, Langer leans forward to play, misses and almost overbalances as Geraint Jones whips the bails off

25.3

Giles to Langer, no run

25.4

Giles to Langer, no run, down the pitc, eased to mid-on

25.5

Giles to Langer, no run, fullish and on the off, defended towards cover with an angled bat

25.6

Giles to Langer, no run, tossed up and on the off, Langer comes forward and defends to leg

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 88/0
JL Langer    65* (85b 8x4 2x6)      AF Giles    4-0-23-0
ML Hayden    18* (74b 2x4)     

26.1

Collingwood to Hayden, FOUR, low full-toss outside the off, taken on the full and driven wide of mid-off for a boundary

26.2

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

26.3

Collingwood to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, driven well towards the bowler

26.4

Collingwood to Hayden, 1 run, full and on the pads, driven through midwicket for a single

26.5

Collingwood to Langer, 1 run, short of a length and on the stumps, pull played through midwicket

26.6

Collingwood to Hayden, 1 run, just short of a length and outside the off, defended towards mid-off

End of over 27 (7 runs) Australia 95/0
ML Hayden    24* (79b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-17-0
JL Langer    66* (86b 8x4 2x6)     

27.1

Giles to Hayden, no run, well flighted and on the off, down the pitch and defended

27.2

Giles to Hayden, 1 run, swept from well outside the off down to Gary Pratt, the substitute on for Hoggard, at fine-leg

27.3

Giles to Langer, no run, back of a length and on the pads, worked to the leg side

27.4

Giles to Langer, no run, flat and on the off, loud shout as Langer sweeps and misses and takes the ball on pad, not out says Bowden

27.5

Giles to Langer, no run, fullish and on the pads, worked to the leg side

27.6

Giles to Langer, no run, down the pitch and pushed inside out to cover

Flintoff back in the attack from the Pavilion End

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 96/0
JL Langer    66* (90b 8x4 2x6)      AF Giles    5-0-24-0
ML Hayden    25* (81b 3x4)     

28.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off, left alone as the ball angles away from the left-handed Hayden

28.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full and outside the leg stump, defended, off the pad to the leg side

28.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off, driven to cover

28.4

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

28.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short of a length and outside the off, angling away from Hayden who leaves the ball well alone

28.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, end of the over, a maiden from Flintoff

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 96/0
ML Hayden    25* (87b 3x4)      A Flintoff    5-2-11-0
JL Langer    66* (90b 8x4 2x6)     

29.1

Giles to Langer, no run, tossed up and on the off, played back down the pitch to the bowler

29.2

Giles to Langer, 2 runs

29.3

Giles to Langer, no run

29.4

Giles to Langer, no run

29.5

Giles to Langer, 2 runs

29.6

Giles to Langer, 1 run

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 101/0
JL Langer    71* (96b 8x4 2x6)      AF Giles    6-0-29-0
ML Hayden    25* (87b 3x4)     

30.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, left alone to the keeper

30.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, worked through the leg side for a single

30.3

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

30.4

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, squeezed down to point

30.5

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

30.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, full and on the off, driven to mid-off

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 103/0
JL Langer    72* (100b 8x4 2x6)      A Flintoff    6-2-13-0
ML Hayden    26* (89b 3x4)     

31.1

Giles to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off, Hayden comes down the pitch and defends

31.2

Giles to Hayden, no run, full and down the leg side, clipped to short fine-leg

31.3

Giles to Hayden, 1 run, tossed up and outside the off, driven down towards long-on for a single

31.4

Giles to Langer, no run, short of a length and on the off, defended to the leg side

31.5

Giles to Langer, no run, fullish and on the stumps, sweep played and missed

31.6

Giles to Langer, 1 run, full and outside the off, driven to the off side with an angled bat

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 105/0
JL Langer    73* (103b 8x4 2x6)      AF Giles    7-0-31-0
ML Hayden    27* (92b 3x4)     

32.1

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, short of a good length and on the pads, worked to the leg side for a single

32.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, low full-toss outside the off, driven inside out to cover

32.3

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, straight and on the stumps, full too, worked to the leg side

32.4

Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, short and down the leg side, Hayden moves across his stumps and pulls very fine and gets four for his trouble

32.5

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

32.6

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

With that the players walk off the field for tea We will take a break as well and be back in about 15 minutes at 1430 GMT Send feedback at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html This is Anand Vasu, your commentator, signing off for a moment Match State: Tea - Day 2 The players are back on the field now Hayden and Langer walk out soon after the England team It's a bit overcast here and there has been rain in and around London The light is pretty bad here, it must be said, and the umpires are chatting to each other Eventually the umpires off the light to the batsmen and they take it, and walk off the field Slightly strange that these two should walk off now with Australia desperately needing to win this game to retain the Ashes England can't be too disappointed, they only need a draw from this game to win the Ashes Match State: Delay - Day 2 - Bad light stops play UPDATE 1520 GMT: The covers are on, as a precautionary measure and players are still off the field because of bad light. We will keep you updated with news as and when it comes in. UPDATE 1550 GMT: I'm afraid the news from The Oval is not good at the moment. It has begun to rain and the covers are on. The light situation has not improved either. Match State: Delay - Day 2 - Rain stops play Match State: Stumps - Day 2 The umpires have called stumps That's the end of the action from the second day of this final Ashes Test Australia are 112 for 0 in response to England's first-innings 373 We'll be back with you tomorrow morning at 0930 GMT with all the action from the third day's play Till then, this is Anand Vasu, your commentator, saying cheers and goodnight! All feedback is welcome at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Match State: Day 3 start delayed due to wet conditions Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the third day's play. Update (9.28 GMT) - I am afraid the news is not that good, the ground was hit by a passing shower early on, even though it is not raining right now the start of play has been delayed by 30 minutes. And play is just about to get under way Hoggard to Langer

End of over 33 (7 runs) Australia 112/0
ML Hayden    32* (96b 4x4)      A Flintoff    7-2-20-0
JL Langer    75* (105b 8x4 2x6)     

33.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, it's a great first ball, full, pitching in line, swinging late and crashing into the pad, Langer falls over and there is a loud shout for the lbw. Not out, says Bowden, can't see why, though, that was a close call

33.2

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, full and outside the off, pushed to cover for a single

33.3

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, once again full, once again some swing, Hayden drives and gets a thick inside edge to the on side

33.4

Hoggard to Langer, 2 runs, clipped through the leg side, plenty of space there, the batsmen come back for a second

33.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run

33.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, fullish and on the stumps, defended to the leg side, the ball plops down at Langer's feet, end of a good first over from Hoggard, could easily have had a wicket there

End of over 34 (4 runs) Australia 116/0
JL Langer    78* (110b 8x4 2x6)      MJ Hoggard    8-1-25-0
ML Hayden    33* (97b 4x4)     

34.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, fullish and outside the off, played down towards cover-point, Collingwood dives and fields, Langer wants a single but Hayden sends him back, a direct hit at the bowler's end would have found Langer short

34.2

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

34.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, fullish and outside the off, no swing or seam movement, left alone to the keeper

34.4

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

34.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, fullish and slanted across the left-handed Hayden who shopulders arms and leaves the ball to the keeper

34.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, slightly shorter this time, but once again pushed so far wide of off stump that Hayden looks dismissively at the ball and leaves it alone, not tempted by that one

End of over 35 (maiden) Australia 116/0
ML Hayden    33* (103b 4x4)      A Flintoff    8-3-20-0
JL Langer    78* (110b 8x4 2x6)     

35.1

Hoggard to Langer, 2 runs, fullish and on the off, pushed towards cover, quick single stolen, shy at the stumps misses, one more for the overthrow. Living dangerously here

35.2

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, played well through point for an easy single

35.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, good length ball on the off, driven to cover

35.4

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, driven well, on the up and through the off, Hayden loves that big booming drive. It's in the air and the cover fielder, Collingwood, dives for it but is not close

35.5

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

35.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fullish and on the stumps, a bit of late swing in to Hayden who adjusts his stroke well and defends down the pitch

End of over 36 (7 runs) Australia 123/0
ML Hayden    37* (107b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    9-1-32-0
JL Langer    81* (112b 8x4 2x6)     

36.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, slanting away, Flintoff from over the wicket, left alone as the ball cariies on with the angle

36.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, full and on the legs, Langer tries to flick and misses and is hit on the pad, appeal for the lbw, turned down, rightly so, clearly pitched outside leg

36.3

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

36.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, short of a length and a bit of pace and bounce, left alone to the keeper

36.5

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

36.6

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

End of over 37 (maiden) Australia 123/0
JL Langer    81* (118b 8x4 2x6)      A Flintoff    9-4-20-0
ML Hayden    37* (107b 5x4)     

37.1

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, full and down the leg side, late swing, flicked very fine to the boundary

37.2

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

37.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, short of a good length and outside the off stump, no swing for Hoggard on that occasion, left alone

37.4

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

37.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, another one curls in and hits the pad, once again Hoggard goes up in big appeal, turned down

37.6

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, full and on the pads, swing this time, the ball shapes in to Hayden who stands tall and works the ball just wide of midwicket

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 128/0
ML Hayden    42* (113b 6x4)      MJ Hoggard    10-1-37-0
JL Langer    81* (118b 8x4 2x6)     

38.1

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

38.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short of a length and outside the off once more, left alone again to the keeper

38.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short of a length and closer to the off stump his time, decent pace and bounce, left alone to the keeper

38.4

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

38.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, just short of a good length and on the pads, flick played and awkwardly so, off the leading edge towards the off side

38.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, defended, off the edge down the pitch

End of over 39 (maiden) Australia 128/0
ML Hayden    42* (119b 6x4)      A Flintoff    10-5-20-0
JL Langer    81* (118b 8x4 2x6)     

39.1

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, full and outside the off stump, Langer goes for the big drive and crashes the ball with some power through cover. That is a good shot from the pocket rocket

39.2

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, chopped down past point for a single

39.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off, swinging in to the off stump, defended down the pitch with the full face of the bat

39.4

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

39.5

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, full and wide, this time Hayden is drawn into driving away from the body but only manages a thick outside edge that screams past slip to the third-man boundary

39.6

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, good length ball on the off, steered past point for a single

End of over 40 (10 runs) Australia 138/0
ML Hayden    47* (123b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    11-1-47-0
JL Langer    86* (120b 9x4 2x6)     

40.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full length ball, pushed to the cover fielder

40.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, wide of the stumps this time, Hayden leaves it alone

Slight drizzle here. Crowd bring out their umbrellas

40.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Hayden looks to chop the ball but misses

And with that the players walk off the ground because the rain has begun It seems to be just a passing shower but no-one is taking a chance The groundstaff are coming on with the covers Match State: Delay - Day 3 - Rain stops play This is Anand Vasu, your commentator, signing off for the moment. We will keep you posted with all the news from The Oval as and when it comes in Do send feedback to us at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html The players are back on the field again, the rain has stopped and play is about to start Flintoff will continue from where he left off, Hayden is on strike

40.4

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

40.5

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, short of a good length and on the pads, worked down to fine-leg for a single

40.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, fullish ball on the off, defended back down the pitch

Conditions here - overcast and gloomy - should help the bowlers

End of over 41 (1 run) Australia 139/0
JL Langer    86* (121b 9x4 2x6)      A Flintoff    11-5-21-0
ML Hayden    48* (128b 7x4)     

41.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fuller and on the off, just a hint of swing in to the left-handed Hayden, defended back down the pitch

41.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, good length ball on the off, played back down the pitch

41.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, swing in to the batsman, defended back down a pitch

41.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, driven towards cover on the up but straight to cover

41.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, a touch of swing in to the batsman, driven to the on side

41.6

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, full and on the pads, worked through the leg side

End of over 42 (1 run) Australia 140/0
ML Hayden    49* (134b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    12-1-48-0
JL Langer    86* (121b 9x4 2x6)     

42.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, no swing at all, left alone to the keeper

42.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, slightly shorter and slightly straighter, defended awkwardly to the off side, Flintoff has bowled very well so far today

42.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, short of a length and on the pads, worked through the leg side for a single that takes Hayden to his first half-century of the series

Interestingly Hayden does not acknowledge the crowd's cheers or the applause from his dressingroom. He wants more than a half-centurey, clearly

42.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run

42.5

Flintoff to Langer, (no ball) 2 runs

42.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run

42.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 144/0
JL Langer    88* (125b 9x4 2x6)      A Flintoff    12-5-25-0
ML Hayden    50* (137b 7x4)     

43.1

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

43.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, driven awkwardly to mid-on

43.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, good length ball on the off, driven towards mid-off

43.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fullish and on the off, drivento mid-off with a straight bat

43.5

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, just short of a good length and outside the off, Hayden waits on this one and opens the face of the bat late and angles the ball down to third man

43.6

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

Harmison into the attack at the Pavilion End

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 145/0
JL Langer    88* (126b 9x4 2x6)      MJ Hoggard    13-1-49-0
ML Hayden    51* (142b 7x4)     

44.1

Harmison to Hayden, FOUR, short ball, on the stumps, Hayden sees it early and plays a strong pull shot well in front of square

44.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, just short of a length and on the off, played back down the pitch with a broad, dead straight bat

44.3

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

44.4

Harmison to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, eased to mid-off

44.5

Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, short once more and again Hayden pulls authoritatively, keeping the ball well down, Australia's 150 comes up

44.6

Harmison to Langer, no run

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 150/0
JL Langer    88* (127b 9x4 2x6)      SJ Harmison    9-1-26-0
ML Hayden    56* (147b 8x4)     

45.1

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, fullish and outside the off, driven on the up but with such beastly power that no-one has a chance to stop the ball. That is vintage Hayden!

45.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run

45.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, short of a length and on the off, played back down the pitch towards mid-off

45.4

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

45.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and on the pads, played back down the wicket to the bowler

45.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off, driven towards the off side

End of over 46 (4 runs) Australia 154/0
ML Hayden    60* (153b 9x4)      MJ Hoggard    14-1-53-0
JL Langer    88* (127b 9x4 2x6)     

46.1

Harmison to Langer, 2 runs, fullish and on the off, Langer opens the face of the bat and runs the ball past cover for a couple

46.2

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

46.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, short ball banged in, it is quite short and climbs quite high, left alone to the keeper

46.4

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, nurdled away through fine leg for a single

46.5

Harmison to Hayden, no run, full and on the off, eased to cover

46.6

Harmison to Hayden, no run, short of a good length, outside the off and Rudi Koertzen calls lunch

The players will take a break now, and so will we `Do rejoin us for the second session of play in about 35 minutes, at 1210 GMT Till then this is Anand Vasu, your commentator, signing off Do send any feedback you may have at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Match State: Lunch - Day 3 The players are back on the field now `It's Guiles to Langer

End of over 47 (3 runs) Australia 157/0
ML Hayden    60* (155b 9x4)      SJ Harmison    10-1-29-0
JL Langer    91* (131b 9x4 2x6)     

47.1

Giles to Langer, 1 run

47.2

Giles to Hayden, 1 run

47.3

Giles to Langer, 1 run

47.4

Giles to Hayden, 1 run

47.5

Giles to Langer, no run, full and on the off, padded away

47.6

Giles to Langer, no run

End of over 48 (4 runs) Australia 161/0
JL Langer    93* (135b 9x4 2x6)      AF Giles    8-0-35-0
ML Hayden    62* (157b 9x4)     

48.1

Harmison to Hayden, no run, full and on the stumps, driven to midwicket

48.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, full and on the stumps, played back down the pitch to the leg side

48.3

Harmison to Hayden, no run, short of a good length and on the leg and middle, defended to the leg side again

48.4

Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, full and on the pads, easily woirked just past midwicket for a single

48.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, short of a length and down the leg side, eased to fine-leg

48.6

Harmison to Hayden, no run, full and outside the off, angling away from the left-handed Hayden, left well alone

End of over 49 (2 runs) Australia 163/0
ML Hayden    63* (162b 9x4)      SJ Harmison    11-1-31-0
JL Langer    94* (136b 9x4 2x6)     

49.1

Giles to Langer, no run, fullish and outside the off, Langer, nearing his hundred, is watchful in defence

49.2

Giles to Langer, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, eased towards cover for a single that takes Langer to 95

49.3

Giles to Hayden, no run, full and on the pads, played at and missed, off the pad to the leg side

49.4

Giles to Hayden, no run, full and on the pads, Hayden lunges forward and pads away

49.5

Giles to Hayden, 1 run, fullish and Hayden goes for the sweep and makes a good connection to fine leg

49.6

Giles to Langer, 2 runs, short and just a bit of width, Langer rocks back and cuts well past point for a couple of runs

End of over 50 (4 runs) Australia 167/0
JL Langer    97* (139b 9x4 2x6)      AF Giles    9-0-39-0
ML Hayden    64* (165b 9x4)     
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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