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

0.1

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, McGrath is bang on target first up and Trescothick leaves the ball alone

0.2

McGrath to Trescothick, FOUR, banged in short and this one climbs on Trescothick. Brute of a ball, Trescothick fends it awkwardly and the ball flies over the slip for four

0.3

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, fuller this time and just outside the off, McGrath right on the money as usual, played at and missed

0.4

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and a touch straighter, on middle and leg, defensive shot played and missed, rapped on the pad

0.5

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, perfect line and length again, seam bolt upright, Trescothick thinks about playing but withdraws the bat at the last moment

0.6

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

England 4/0   GD McGrath 1-0-4-0

2.1

McGrath to Trescothick, 3 runs, on the pads this time and Trescothick has no trouble working the ball through mid-wicket and the batsmen run the first two hard enough to pick up a third

2.2

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, short ball but slipping down the leg side, Strauss gets on top of it nicely and tucks it away down to fine-leg

2.3

McGrath to Trescothick, 1 no ball, just short of a length and outside the off, another one that does a bit off the pitch, moving away from the left-handed Trescothick

2.3

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, outside the off and shaping away, left alone

2.4

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, defended towards point with an angled bat

2.5

McGrath to Trescothick, 2 runs, on the pads again and eased through mid-wicket for a couple of runs

2.6

McGrath to Trescothick, FOUR, short and a bit of width outside the off, Trescothick glides this one past gully to the vacant third-man region for a boundary to end the over

England 17/0   GD McGrath 2-0-15-0

4.1

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper. You're going to see a bit of that line while McGrath is bowling!

4.2

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length and on the stumps, Trescothick stands tall and defends back down the pitch with a straight bat

4.3

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, slightly fuller and just outside the off, left alone to Adam Gilchrist

4.4

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, good length ball just outside the off, a hint of away movement, left alone to the keeper

4.5

McGrath to Trescothick, 1 run, Dropped! fullish and outside the off, edged neatly towards first slip, no movement of the feet, Gilchrist dives in front of first slip and goes for the one-handed catch and grasses the catch!

4.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, defended to the on side to end an over that could so easily have given Australia their first breakthrough

England 18/0   GD McGrath 3-0-16-0

6.1

McGrath to Trescothick, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, driven through cover for a quick single, the strike is rotating quite nicely for England here

6.2

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, just short of a good length and this time drifting on to the pads, Strauss has time to go back and work the ball through fine-leg for a couple of runs

6.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, once again a touch too straight from McGrath but Strauss can only dab the ball to midwicket

6.4

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

6.5

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

6.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, clipped to the on side for a single

England 24/0   GD McGrath 4-0-20-0

8.1

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, fullish ball on the off, defended carefully towards cover

8.2

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, another short one, this time from McGrath and not quite as menacing as Lee, Trescothick sways out of the way

8.3

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, fullish and outside the off, this time Trescothick has a poke and misses, the ball just beats the outside edge and goes to the keeper

8.4

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

8.5

McGrath to Trescothick, 2 runs, fullish and on the off, Trescothick waits on the ball and punches well, the ball beats mid-off and a couple of runs result

8.6

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, fuller and outside the off, Trescothick shoulders arms and leaves the ball alone to the keeper

England 26/0   GD McGrath 5-0-22-0

10.1

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, fullish and on the off, just a hint of inswing, Vaughan defends carefully to the off side

10.2

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, once again on the off and the ball threatens to come in but doesn't quite do that, defended carefully

10.3

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

10.4

McGrath to Vaughan, 1 run, outside the off this time and Vaughan can open the face of the bat and runs the ball down to third-man

10.5

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, on the off to the left-handed Trescothick who watches the ball onto bat and defends back down the pitch

10.6

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, back of a length and on the off, Trescothick edges but down into the ground and to the slips cordon

England 29/1   GD McGrath 6-0-23-0

12.1

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, played down to gully

12.2

McGrath to Trescothick, 1 run, fullish and on the off, Trescothick drops the ball down to the off side and steals a single

12.3

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, good length ball on the off, a touch of late movement in to the batsman, defended back down the pitch

12.4

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, pushed through a bit fuller and outside the off, Vaughan shoulders arms and lets the ball go through to the keeper

12.5

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, good length ball on the off, Vaughan is very watchful in defence

12.6

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, short of a length and outside the off, the ball jags back in to the batsman who defends awkwardly

England 40/1   GD McGrath 7-0-24-0

14.1

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, full and on the off, driven back to McGrath who bends in his follow-through and fields

14.2

McGrath to Vaughan, 4 runs, just short of a length and outside the off, Vaughan stands tall and punches through cover off the back foot, desperate attempt to save the boundary by Brad Hodge but the batsmen run four anyway

14.3

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

14.4

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, on the off this time and shaping in late, defended back down the pitch to the bowler

14.5

McGrath to Vaughan, 1 run, on the pads this time and Vaughan tucks the ball to the leg side for a single

14.6

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, full and pushed through just wide of the off stump, left alone to the keeper

England 49/1   GD McGrath 8-0-29-0

26.1

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, just short of a driving length and on the off, defended carefully back down the pitch

26.2

McGrath to Trescothick, FOUR, full and on the off, Trescothick plants his front foot down the pitch and punches well, the timing is so good that the ball runs away for four

26.3

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, on the off and full, defended to cover

26.4

McGrath to Trescothick, FOUR, full and outside the off, Trescothick defends but the ball moves enough off the seam to take the outside edge and run down to the third-man fence

26.5

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, round the wickets and angled in to the left-handed Trescothick, defended

26.6

McGrath to Trescothick, 3 runs, short one dug in, Trescothick pulls but it's not the most convincing shot, lands safely in the deep

England 105/1   GD McGrath 9-0-40-0

28.1

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, fullish and outside the off, swinging in a touch, late, left alone

28.2

McGrath to Vaughan, FOUR, Dropped! short and a bit of width, Vaughan slashes at it and Gilchrist lunges across to his right but can only parry the ball over Shane Warne at first slip

28.3

McGrath to Vaughan, (no ball) 2 runs, Bowled him! And it's a no-ball! Michael Vaughan living a charmed life here! It really is all happening at Old Trafford

28.3

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, driven to cover

28.4

McGrath to Vaughan, 3 runs, eased to third-man and that is 50 for the England captain

28.5

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, defended towards cover

28.6

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, defended back down the pitch

England 120/1   GD McGrath 10-0-50-0

30.1

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, fullish and on the off, driven to mid-on

30.2

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, fullish and outside the off, driven to cover

30.3

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, just short of driving length and outside the off, prodded to cover

30.4

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, left well alone this time around

30.5

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, full and outside the off, this one keeps a bit low and bounces twice before reaching Gilchrist

30.6

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, full and on the off, defended back to McGrath

England 123/1   GD McGrath 11-1-50-0

32.1

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, just short of a length and on the off, moving in a touch, defence played and missed, rapped high on the pad

32.2

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, driven firmly but straight on to Trescothick's bat

32.3

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, full and on the stumps, slower ball, Vaughan watches it late and works the ball to the leg side

32.4

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, yorker on off stump, Vaughan keeps that one out carefully

32.5

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

32.6

McGrath to Vaughan, 1 no ball, another no-ball, and this one jags back in from outside the off stump, defended back down the pitch

32.6

McGrath to Vaughan, 1 run, full and on the stumps, nudged to the leg side for a single

England 130/1   GD McGrath 12-1-52-0

34.1

McGrath to Vaughan, FOUR, just short of a length and enough width outside the off for Vaughan to get on the back foot and ease the ball to the vacant third-man region for a boundary

34.2

McGrath to Vaughan, FOUR, slightly fuller this time but Vaughan can still play off the back foot - it's a gorgeous cover drive! This is Vaughan at his best

34.3

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, full and on the off, swinging in late, but not sharply, defended back to the on side

34.4

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, on the stumps again, clipped to the leg side

34.5

McGrath to Vaughan, 1 run, full and on the stumps, McGrath getting the ball to move in nicely, Vaughan on-drives and Brett Lee mis-fields

34.6

McGrath to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, punched to point

England 142/1   GD McGrath 13-1-61-0

54.1

McGrath to Vaughan, 1 run, just short of a good length and on the off, coming in to McGrath a touch, played down to the off side with soft hands and Bell sees the opportunity for a quick single and the batsmen cross over

54.2

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

54.3

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, back of a length and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper

54.4

McGrath to Vaughan, no run, fullish and outside the off stump, driven to point

54.5

McGrath to Vaughan, 1 run, squeezed down to third-man to being up the England 200

54.6

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

England 200/2   GD McGrath 14-1-66-0

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

56.3

McGrath to Vaughan, 3 runs, There it is! Century for Michael Vaughan. That is the first 100 of this Ashes series! fullish and on the stumps, Vaughan drives through midwicket

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   GD McGrath 15-1-71-0

58.1

McGrath to Vaughan, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, slanted down to third-man for a single

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   GD McGrath 16-1-72-0

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   GD McGrath 17-2-72-0

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   GD McGrath 18-3-72-0

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   GD McGrath 19-3-76-0

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   GD McGrath 20-4-76-0

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   GD McGrath 21-5-76-0

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   GD McGrath 22-5-80-0

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   GD McGrath 23-6-80-0

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   GD McGrath 24-6-84-0

99.1

McGrath to GO Jones, 1 run, a bit of width outside the off and Jones unveils the flashing cut, Katich cleans up on the cover-point fence

99.2

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

99.3

McGrath to GO Jones, no run, full and on the stumps, worked away to the leg side

99.4

McGrath to GO Jones, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper

99.5

McGrath to GO Jones, no run, back of a length and outside the off, punched to point

99.6

McGrath to GO Jones, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, a hint of inswing, Jones waits on it and defends

England 369/6   GD McGrath 25-6-86-0
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Series Results
England v Australia at The Oval - Sep 8-12, 2005
Match drawn
England v Australia at Nottingham - Aug 25-28, 2005
England won by 3 wickets
England v Australia at Manchester - Aug 11-15, 2005
Match drawn
England v Australia at Birmingham - Aug 4-7, 2005
England won by 2 runs
England v Australia at Lord's - Jul 21-24, 2005
Australia won by 239 runs
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Aug 28, 2005

Aleem Dar and Steve Bucknor chew the cud, England v Australia, 4th Test, Nottingham, August 28, 2005

Aleem Dar and Steve Bucknor chew the cud

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Aug 15, 2005

Ricky Ponting is beaten, England v Australia, 3rd Test, Old Trafford, 5th day, August 15, 2005

Ricky Ponting is beaten

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