Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2005 / Commentary

The Ashes - 3rd Test

England v Australia

Match drawn

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

90.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, Flintoff defends back down the pitch and even that shot gets plenty of applause for Big Fred at his home ground

90.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, fullish and outside the off, Flintoff pokes at this one and misses, the ball slides just past the outside edge

90.3

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, short of a length and outside the off, Flintoff plays it down past the slips cordon and down to the third-man fence

90.4

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, fullish and on the stumps, worked away to the leg side for a single

England 346/5   A Flintoff 5* (4b 1x4)

91.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, driven off the back foot to cover

91.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, fullish and on the off, defended

91.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, defended to the leg side, the bat turns in Flintoff's hand

91.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, just short of a driving length and outside the off, Flintoff watches it carefully but leaves the ball well alone

91.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, and again Flintoff is happy to leave as many as he can alone against McGrath early on and just get his eye in on what looks to be a belter of a batting pitch

91.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, just short of a good length again, and this time on the stumps, played to the off side to end a second maiden over for McGrath

England 346/5   A Flintoff 5* (10b 1x4)

93.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, full and on the off, punched firmly to cover

93.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, fullish again and on the off, swinging in a touch, eased to point

93.3

McGrath to Flintoff, FOUR, just a bit of width this time and not much pace from McGrath, Flintoff rocks back and smashes the ball backward of point

93.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, full and on the off, played back down the pitch towards mid-off

93.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, full and outside the off, classic McGrath delivery, Flintoff leaves it alone

93.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, just short of a driving length and on the off, defended with a straight bat

England 354/6   A Flintoff 9* (16b 2x4)

95.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, fullish and outside the off stump, left well alone as the ball begins to move away just a touch

95.2

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, full and far outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper once more

95.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, fuller this time and attacking the stumps, Flintoff covers the line and defends towards mid-on

95.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, short one banged in Flintoff leaves it well alone to Gilchrist

95.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, slower ball outside the off stump, played down to point with an angled bat

95.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, slightly fuller this time and on the off, defended carefully to end another McGrath maiden over

England 358/6   A Flintoff 9* (22b 2x4)

96.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, and again it is short, Flintoff is having none of it and ducks well under the ball

96.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, slightly fuller and outside the off, Flintoff carves the ball to gully

96.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, another short one, decent pace as well from Lee, Flintoff ducks

96.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, down the leg side, the ball clips the thigh pad as Flintoff shapes to flick, Gilchrist dives well and saves four leg-byes

96.6

Lee to Flintoff, 1 no ball, full and a hint of reverse swing, off the inside edge to the pad

96.6

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, just short of a good length and outside the off, played away past point for a run

England 361/6   A Flintoff 10* (28b 2x4)

97.1

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, short one outside the of, climbs quite well despite not being express pace, Flintoff goes for the pull and misses

97.2

McGrath to Flintoff, FOUR, full and a bit of width, Flintoff has to reach for that as it is wide but he does so well and sends the ball down to the third-man fence

97.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, defended carefully

97.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, Flintoff pulls but very unconvincingly, the ball goes off the inside edge and narrowly misses the stumps

97.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, another short one, ducked under

97.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, full and outside the off, shaping in nicely, punched to cover

England 365/6   A Flintoff 14* (34b 3x4)

98.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short one dug in just on off, Flintoff draws himself to full height and defends to the leg side

98.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, full and outside the off, swinging in, driven to cover

England 367/6   A Flintoff 14* (36b 3x4)

99.2

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, clipped through the on side for a single

England 369/6   A Flintoff 15* (37b 3x4)

100.1

Lee to Flintoff, 1 bye, short ball banged in, left alone and the ball just bobs over Gilchrist

England 370/6   A Flintoff 15* (38b 3x4)

101.1

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, a bit of width and cut through point for a single

England 375/6   A Flintoff 16* (39b 3x4)

102.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, worked to the on side

102.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short ball down the leg side, left alone to the keeper

102.3

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, fullish and on the off, driven to the leg side for a single

102.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, fullish and outside the off, a hint of inswing, driven to cover

England 382/6   A Flintoff 17* (43b 3x4)

103.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, tossed up and on middle and leg, defended carefully

103.6

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, low full-toss on the pads, worked easily through square-leg

England 388/6   A Flintoff 18* (45b 3x4)

104.1

Lee to Flintoff, 2 runs, low full toss outside the off stump, driven just wide of cover for a couple

104.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, fuller and outside the off, driven to mid-on

104.3

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, full-toss on the off, Flintoff has no trouble in hitting this with power back past Lee to the long-off boundary

104.4

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, pushed just in front of mid-off for a single

England 395/6   A Flintoff 25* (49b 4x4)

105.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, a bit of bounce and turn, played at and missed

105.2

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, short and a bit of width, eased through point for a brace

105.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, tossed up and on the pads, a bit of spin, deflected to the leg side

105.5

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, full and down the leg side, Flintoff jams the bat down on it and picks up a couple more through square-leg

105.6

Warne to Flintoff, FOUR, down the leg side and quite full, Flintoff smashes this one on one knee backward of square

England 411/6   A Flintoff 34* (54b 5x4)

106.2

Gillespie to Flintoff, 1 run, back of a length and slipping down the leg side, worked through square-leg

106.4

Gillespie to Flintoff, FOUR, short one and bang! Can't really see the sense in Gillespie bowling short to Flintoff at his pace. Four through midwicket

106.5

Gillespie to Flintoff, no run, full and on the off, driven to cover

106.6

Gillespie to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, full and on the pads, flick played and missed, down to fine-leg

England 419/6   A Flintoff 39* (58b 6x4)

107.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, tossed up and on the stumps, played down towards slip

107.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, fuller and pitching outside the leg stump and spinning in, worked to midwicket

107.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, driven through cover

107.5

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, full and on the pads, heaved to the on side well for a couple more

107.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, straight one on the stumps, defended carefully

England 423/6   A Flintoff 42* (63b 6x4)

108.4

Gillespie to Flintoff, no run, full and on the off, played down to point, Flintoff comes down the pitch for a single then changes his mind and sends Jones back, Hayden has a shy and Jones would have been history if the ball hit stump!

108.5

Gillespie to Flintoff, no run, fullish and on the off, driven to mid -off with bat held close to pad

108.6

Gillespie to Flintoff, FOUR, short ball again, pulled back past the bowler with vicious power for yet another boundary off Gillespie

England 432/6   A Flintoff 46* (66b 7x4)

109.2

Warne to Flintoff, OUT, Warne tosses one up a bit more and Flintoff goes for the big hit but can't get hold of it. This one goes straight up in the air and Justin Langer completes the catch

A Flintoff c Langer b Warne 46 (93m 67b 7x4 0x6) SR: 68.65

England 433/7   A Flintoff 46 (67b 7x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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