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

41.6

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and drifting on to the pads, played back down the pitch to Warne

England 163/2   IR Bell 0* (1b)

42.2

Lee to Bell, no run, fullish and outside the off, played down to point

42.3

Lee to Bell, no run, full and swinging in late, defended to the leg side

42.4

Lee to Bell, no run, short ball banged in Bell has to move very quickly indeed to sway out of the way of that one

42.5

Lee to Bell, no run, full and outside the off, driven to cover

42.6

Lee to Bell, no run, fullish and down the leg side, Bell plays a flick and misses

England 164/2   IR Bell 0* (6b)

44.1

Lee to Bell, 1 run, full and outside the off, driven through cover for a single to hand the strike back to Vaughan

England 167/2   IR Bell 1* (7b)

45.1

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and outside the off, driven inside out, and well, but straight to the man at cover so there's no chance of a run

45.2

Warne to Bell, no run, just short of a length and on the pads, Bell defends carefully with a straight bat

45.3

Warne to Bell, no run, faster one on the stumps, defended with a straight bat

45.4

Warne to Bell, no run, this one bounces and turns, ripping across the face of Bell's bat. Warne showing Bell how much purchase he can get on this pitch

45.5

Warne to Bell, no run, on the off this time and spinning away, a bit flatter, defended

45.6

Warne to Bell, no run, it's the straight one on the stumps and Bell goes back and defends at the last moment

England 173/2   IR Bell 1* (13b)

47.1

Warne to Bell, no run, full and on the off, defended watchfully towards the slip region

47.2

Warne to Bell, no run, just short of a good length and pitched outside leg, defended carefully down the track

47.3

Warne to Bell, no run, faster and flatter, on the stumps, defended with soft hands tot he off side

47.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, worked through the leg side this time and Bell is able to get off the strike against Warne

England 176/2   IR Bell 2* (17b)

48.1

Katich to Bell, FOUR, tossed up juicy full toss, much like this man's nickname KitKat, that was coated in chocolate and wrapped in silver foil, smashed back past mid-off for four!

48.2

Katich to Bell, no run, defended towards the off side

48.3

Katich to Bell, 1 run, short and a bit of width outside the off, cut well past point

48.6

Katich to Bell, 3 runs, outside the off and pushed through a bit quicker, the defensive shot is not great and the ball goes off the edge past the slip fielder

England 185/2   IR Bell 10* (21b 1x4)

49.1

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and on the off, Bell defends past the man at silly mid-off

49.2

Warne to Bell, no run, flat and on the pads, Bell watches this carefully, goes back and defends

49.3

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and outside the off, big ripper of a leg spinner, Bell leaves it alone

49.4

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and drifting in to the pads, the ball pitches and turns away a touch, defended watchfully

49.5

Warne to Bell, no run, pushed through even fuller, on the stumps, again Bell defends

49.6

Warne to Bell, no run, just outside the off, a bit of bounce but not so much turn, left alone anywhere

England 185/2   IR Bell 10* (27b 1x4)

50.4

Katich to Bell, no run, low full toss, Bell pats it back just past a diving Simon Katich to mid-off

50.5

Katich to Bell, no run, just outside the off and spinning in, defended carefully

50.6

Katich to Bell, no run, outside the off this time and left alone to the keeper

England 186/2   IR Bell 10* (30b 1x4)

51.4

Warne to Bell, FOUR, a bit too short from Warne and Bell has enough time to rock back and flick that one away wide of the midwicket fielder

51.5

Warne to Bell, no run, full and on the off, defended with care

51.6

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up a bit more and just outside the off, Bell pokes at it and misses

England 193/2   IR Bell 14* (33b 2x4)

52.6

Katich to Bell, no run, full and flat, outside the off, Bell defends

England 194/2   IR Bell 14* (34b 2x4)

53.6

Warne to Bell, no run, short and a bit of width, Bell cuts to cover to bring up the tea interval

England 195/2   IR Bell 14* (35b 2x4)

54.2

McGrath to Bell, 3 runs, short of a length and outside the off, Bell punches off the back foot through extra-cover

54.6

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

England 200/2   IR Bell 17* (37b 2x4)

56.1

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

56.2

McGrath to Bell, 1 no ball, just short of a length and outside the off, Bell cuts and misses

56.2

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, just short of a good length and on the off, driven through square-leg to get Vaughan back on strike

56.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, full and straight, Bell tries to work the ball to the on side but can only edge onto his pad

56.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, full and on the off, swinging in a touch, driven to mid-off

56.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, again fullish and on the off, swerving in, clipped to the on side

England 209/2   IR Bell 18* (43b 2x4)

58.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, full and on the off, shaping in a touch, defended back to the bowler

58.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, fullish and on the off, a hint of reverse swing in to Bell who defends carefully with a straight bat

58.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, once again on the stumps and shaping in, defended back down the pitch

58.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, pushed through a bit fuller in search of the yorker, Bell defends stoutly

58.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, Dropped! slower ball, Bell pats it back past McGrath who puts a hand out and gets to it but can't hold it. That has to go down as another dropped catch!

England 211/2   IR Bell 18* (48b 2x4)

60.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, full and on the off, McGrath clearly striving for the reverse swing here, the ball comes in to Bell, defended to the off side

60.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, the yorker this time, slipping down leg, clipped to the on side

60.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, full and pushed slightly wide outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper

60.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, slower ball, Bell hits uppishly towards cover but the ball falls short of the fielder

60.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, quicker ball this time, on the stumps, defended on to pad

60.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, outside the off, patted back towards mid-on

England 215/2   IR Bell 18* (54b 2x4)

62.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, chopped down to point

62.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, short ball banged in outside the off, Bell goes for the pull but misses

62.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, full and on the stumps, played back to the bowler

62.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, another one a touch short and this time Bell connects with the pull but can only find midwicket

62.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, short of a length and outside the off, defended back down the pitch

62.6

McGrath to Bell, no run

England 217/2   IR Bell 18* (60b 2x4)

63.2

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and on the off, Bell defends but is beaten by the bounce and turn, past the outside edge to the keeper

63.3

Warne to Bell, no run, on the leg stump this time and turning a bit, defended late

63.4

Warne to Bell, no run, on the off, turn for Warne, defended towards slip

63.5

Warne to Bell, 1 no ball, flat and down the leg side, defended

63.5

Warne to Bell, no run, back of a length and on the pads, played back to the bowler

63.6

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and on the off, big turn there, left alone

England 221/2   IR Bell 18* (66b 2x4)

65.1

Warne to Bell, no run, full and outside the off, eased to cover

65.2

Warne to Bell, no run, flatter, quicker and on the legs, defended past short-leg

65.3

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up just a touch more, on the pads, flick played and missed, off the pad

65.4

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

65.5

Warne to Bell, no run, full and on the off, pushed to mid-off

65.6

Warne to Bell, no run, quicker one on the pads, defended to the leg side

England 231/2   IR Bell 18* (72b 2x4)

66.4

Gillespie to Bell, no run, full and on the stumps, played back to the on side

66.5

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

66.6

Gillespie to Bell, no run, full and on the off, easily pushed to cover

England 238/2   IR Bell 18* (75b 2x4)

67.2

Warne to Bell, no run, straight one on the off, defended carefully, Bell taking no chances

67.3

Warne to Bell, no run, another pretty straight one on the off stump, defended back towards the bowler

67.4

Warne to Bell, 2 runs, full and down the leg side, Bell gets two runs and finally moves from 18 where he had been stuck for 38 balls

67.5

Warne to Bell, no run, turn and a bit of bounce from off stump, Bell plays and misses

67.6

Warne to Bell, no run, flat and on the legs, defended

England 241/2   IR Bell 20* (80b 2x4)

68.4

Gillespie to Bell, 1 run, just short of a length and - you guessed it - down the leg side, worked away past square-leg for a single

68.6

Gillespie to Bell, FOUR, yorker on the stumps, it's well-directed, but Gillespie has nothing going his way, off the inside edge to the fence at fine-leg

England 252/2   IR Bell 25* (82b 3x4)

69.3

Warne to Bell, no run, good turn and bounce from just outside the off, Bell leaves it alone

69.4

Warne to Bell, no run, short and wide again, Bell cuts but finds the fielder at cover

69.5

Warne to Bell, no run, what a beauty to end the over! Drifts down leg side, squares up Bell and spins sharply to go past off stump

England 258/2   IR Bell 25* (85b 3x4)

71.1

Warne to Bell, no run, defended

71.2

Warne to Bell, no run, played back down the pitch

71.3

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and on the off, spinning away, left alone

71.4

Warne to Bell, no run, fullish and on the pads, defended carefully towards the off side

71.5

Warne to Bell, 3 runs, on the pads and slightly short, flick played, tickled down to fine-leg

England 275/2   IR Bell 28* (90b 3x4)

72.1

Katich to Bell, no run, well flighted and outside the off, spinning in to the batsman, defended back down the pitch

72.2

Katich to Bell, 1 run, full and outside the off, Bell opens the face of the bat and runs the ball down towards third-man

England 276/2   IR Bell 29* (92b 3x4)

73.4

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and drifting on to the pads, edged to slip but Hayden seems to grass it just before taking the catch, tough one that

73.5

Warne to Bell, no run, outside the off, played down to slip

73.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, short and a bit of width, cut past point for a single

England 287/2   IR Bell 30* (95b 3x4)

74.1

Katich to Bell, 2 runs, driven through cover for a couple more to Bell and the total

74.2

Katich to Bell, 1 run, just short of a good length and on the pads, worked through the on side

74.4

Katich to Bell, no run

74.5

Katich to Bell, no run

74.6

Katich to Bell, no run

England 290/3   IR Bell 33* (100b 3x4)

75.3

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up, slower to Bell, on the leg stump, a bit of drift, defended

75.4

Warne to Bell, no run, floated in on the off, defended with soft hands to th off side

75.5

Warne to Bell, no run, another one that bounces and turns a bit, defended to the off side

75.6

Warne to Bell, no run, fullish and on the pads, flicked to the on side

England 291/3   IR Bell 33* (104b 3x4)

76.3

Katich to Bell, no run, flatter and quicker, on the stumps, worked to the on side

76.4

Katich to Bell, 1 run, hurries a bit on Bell from around the off stump, worked to the on side

England 295/3   IR Bell 34* (106b 3x4)

78.2

Lee to Bell, no run, short and a bit of width, played down to point

78.3

Lee to Bell, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, pushed to cover for a single

England 301/3   IR Bell 35* (108b 3x4)

79.1

Warne to Bell, no run, well flighted and on the off, defended carefully

79.2

Warne to Bell, 1 run, slightly short and a bit of width outside the off, eased through cover

79.4

Warne to Bell, no run, fullish an don the pads, Bell tries to work the ball to the on side but closes the face of the bat early and the ball balloons off the leading edge towards mid-on

79.5

Warne to Bell, no run, big ripping leg break, pulled straight into the fielder at short-leg

79.6

Warne to Bell, no run, outside the off and slower, defended down with soft hands

England 307/3   IR Bell 36* (113b 3x4)

80.3

Lee to Bell, no run, short ball, Bell goes for a half-hearted pull and misses

80.4

Lee to Bell, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, driven to cover

80.5

Lee to Bell, FOUR, short and wide, no trouble crashing that to the cover-point fence

80.6

Lee to Bell, 1 run, pulled through midwicket

England 315/3   IR Bell 41* (117b 4x4)

81.1

Warne to Bell, no run, short and wide, cut well but straight to point

81.2

Warne to Bell, no run, flatter and on the pads, down the pitch and defended

81.3

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up and outside the off, a bit of turn and bounce, left alone

81.4

Warne to Bell, no run, flat and on the middle and leg, defended very carefully

81.5

Warne to Bell, no run, full and on the pads, defended watchfully to the off side

81.6

Warne to Bell, no run, straighter one on the stumps, defended carefully

England 315/3   IR Bell 41* (123b 4x4)

83.1

Warne to Bell, FOUR, fullish and on the pads, driven back past Warne and that will beat mid-on

83.2

Warne to Bell, no run, tossed up just a touch more and on the leg stump, defended with care

83.3

Warne to Bell, no run, flat and on the middle and leg, defended towards slip with an angled bat

83.4

Warne to Bell, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, played back to the bowler

83.5

Warne to Bell, no run, floated in outside leg stump, looking for the rough, defended

83.6

Warne to Bell, no run, flat and on the pads, worked to the on side

England 319/3   IR Bell 45* (129b 5x4)

84.2

Katich to Bell, no run, full and outside the off, driven to cover

84.3

Katich to Bell, FOUR, low full-toss outside the off, Bell drives well, in control of the ball all along and through cover

84.4

Katich to Bell, no run, defended back down the pitch

84.5

Katich to Bell, no run, fullish and outside the off, played to cover

84.6

Katich to Bell, 2 runs, short and down the leg side, Bell flicks through square-leg and reaches his half-century. Gutsy knock from the young batsman, cheered well by this crowd

England 326/3   IR Bell 51* (134b 6x4)

85.2

Warne to Bell, no run, flat and far outside the leg stump, kicked away

85.3

Warne to Bell, FOUR, too full and outside the off, Bell plays a fine cover-drive to pick up four more. Bell playing some cultured strokes here

85.4

Warne to Bell, no run, flat and outside the leg stump, in to the rough, kicked away

85.5

Warne to Bell, no run, very full and in to the rough from round the wicket, once again kicked away

85.6

Warne to Bell, no run, and again carefully kicked away

England 331/3   IR Bell 55* (139b 7x4)

87.1

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

87.2

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, fullish and a bit of width outside the off, Bell plays a beautiful cover drive to bring up his 8th boundary

87.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, played back down the pitch

87.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, played down towards point with soft hands

87.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, just short of a driving length and on the off, played back down the pitch

87.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, just outside the off and full, driven to cover

England 341/4   IR Bell 59* (145b 8x4)

89.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, full and on the off, the ball wobbles just a touch in the air but ends up pretty straight, Bell is very watchful and pats the ball back down the pitch to McGrath

89.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, slightly shorter this time and outside the off stump, Bell moves across nicely, covers the line and defends

89.3

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

89.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, this one starts outside the off stump and swings in late after pitching, Bell defends but the ball goes off the inside edge on to the pad and to the leg side

89.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, fullish and outside the off, this one hints to go away from Bell, but it is far enough outside the off to be comfortably ignored

89.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, slightly quicker, McGrath and the troublesome ankle are warming up, the ball shapes away, Bell plays at it and misses

England 341/5   IR Bell 59* (151b 8x4)

90.5

Lee to Bell, no run, defended towards the off side

90.6

Lee to Bell, no run, short ball banged in, Bell sways out of the way

England 346/5   IR Bell 59* (153b 8x4)

92.1

Lee to Bell, OUT, short one banged in, it's well directed, Bell plays the pull but is late on it, the ball kisses the outside edge and floats up towards Gilchrist who snaffles the catch!

IR Bell c †Gilchrist b Lee 59 (205m 155b 8x4 0x6) SR: 38.06

England 346/6   IR Bell 59 (155b 8x4)
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