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

1.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, left alone to the keeper, decent bounce and carry to the keeper

1.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, pushed through quicker and fuller, Lee warming up here, Strauss leaves it alone as it is outside the off

1.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, driven towards the off side with an angled bat. Lee now up to 89 MPH

1.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee goes for the yorker, he has got Strauss this way in the past, Strauss is up to it and digs the ball out

1.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, played down to gully with soft hands

1.6

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, on the pads this time, Strauss clips it down to fine-leg to get off the mark

England 6/0   B Lee 1-0-2-0

3.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, quick one just outside the off, just short of a good length, left alone to the keeper

3.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, short ball banged in and that climbs quite a bit, Strauss can easily duck under the ball

3.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a driving length and on the stumps, played at and missed, half-hearted shout for the lbw as the ball thuds into pad

3.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, good pace again as Lee sends down another bouncer, Strauss carefully ducks under the ball

3.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, Strauss pokes at the ball and it takes the edge, but falls just short of Langer at third slip

3.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, another quick one on the stumps that Strauss tries to work to the on side, misses, and is hit on the pad. End of a maiden over from Lee

England 17/0   B Lee 2-1-2-0

5.1

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

5.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length, on the off and pacy at 92.6 MPH, defended to point with an angled bat

5.3

Lee to Trescothick, 1 no ball, short ball banged in, down the leg side and a no-ball to boot

5.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, on the middle and leg this time, not quite short but certainly not full, clipped to Simon Katich under the helmet at short leg

5.4

Lee to Trescothick, no run, short ball and on the stumps, Trescothick fends awkwardly down to the slips cordon

5.5

Lee to Trescothick, 1 run, short of a length and on the off, Trescothick drops the ball down to his toes with a gentle dab and takes off for a quick single

5.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, quick one, just short of a length, wobbles a bit in the air, Strauss leaves it well alone to Gilchrist

England 20/0   B Lee 3-1-4-0

7.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, short one banged in just outside the off, left alone to the keeper

7.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, short ball banged in, this one is well directed, Strauss goes for the pull and misses, copping one on the helmet. That was some blow!

7.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, just short of a length and outside the off stump, Strauss leaves that well alone

7.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, and another short one sent down, Strauss chooses to leave the ball alone this time and ducks under the ball

7.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, good length ball just outside the off, once again good pace and carry as Strauss leaves the ball alone to the keeper

7.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, and there's another short one, this time Strauss can get out of the way without any trouble

England 24/0   B Lee 4-2-4-0

9.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, good length ball just outside the off, the line is good too, left alone to the keeper

9.2

Lee to Strauss, OUT, Gone! Slower ball on the off, perfectly pitched up, Strauss is completely flummoxed by the change of pace and plays all over the ball and loses his off stump

AJ Strauss b Lee 6 (43m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

9.3

Lee to Vaughan, 1 run, just short of a good length and angling into the pads, bunted to the on side for a single to get off the mark

9.4

Lee to Trescothick, 1 wide, short one banged in but it is very short and high, so much so that it is called a wide

9.4

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

9.5

Lee to Trescothick, no run, full and far outside the off, angling away from the left-handed Trescothick, left alone

9.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length and on the off, played to cover

England 28/1   B Lee 5-2-6-1

16.1

Lee to Vaughan, 3 runs, fullish and on the pads, Vaughan flicks well, the ball is in the air for a bit but placed well away from the midwicket fielder

16.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, plenty of effort from Lee sending down this one just short of a length outside the off, loud grunt a la Monica Seles at the point of delivery, left alone

16.3

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, a bit of width outside the off stump and Trescothick can put that away through cover with a confident stroke

16.4

Lee to Trescothick, no run, slightly shorter this time and on the stumps, this one comes back in a bit and cuts Trescothick in half

16.5

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

16.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, on the stumps, good length, defended to the leg side

England 65/1   B Lee 6-2-13-1

18.1

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

18.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just back of a length once more, outside the off, played to point with an angled bat

18.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the stumps, defended towards cover

18.4

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

18.5

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

18.6

Lee to Trescothick, 3 runs, very full but on the pads, Lee trying for the yorker there, Trescothick picks up the line and length early and drives through midwicket

England 70/1   B Lee 7-2-16-1

20.1

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

20.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, short ball banged in halfway down the pitch, Trescothick has no difficulty in ducking under that one

20.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, another short one, and once again Trescothick leaves the ball alone

20.4

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, full and wide outside the off stump, Trescothick throws his bat hard at it and the ball runs down to the third-man fence

20.5

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

20.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, fullish and on the off, punched back down the pitch towards mid-off

England 79/1   B Lee 8-2-20-1

22.1

Lee to Vaughan, 1 run, clipped to the on side for a single

22.2

Lee to Trescothick, (no ball) 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, guided past gully but there is a third-man in place now

22.2

Lee to Vaughan, no run, full and outside the off, Vaughan drives elegantly but finds the man at point

22.3

Lee to Vaughan, no run, dug in short, on the stumps, played down with deft hands and a soft touch

22.4

Lee to Vaughan, no run, Lee straining for the yorker, slipping down leg side, well stopped by Gilchrist

22.5

Lee to Vaughan, (no ball) 1 run, short one outside off, Vaughan drops it to his feet and the batsmen scamper a single

22.5

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, Lee comes round the wicket, driven to cover

22.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, defended back down the pitch to end the over

England 93/1   B Lee 9-2-25-1

24.1

Lee to Trescothick, no run, full and outside the off stump, decent pace as well, punched to the off side

24.2

Lee to Trescothick, no run, quick one on the off stump, Lee operating from round the wicket, driven to cover

24.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, short of a length and outside the off, left alone outside the off stump

24.4

Lee to Trescothick, no run, another quick one angling in to Trescothick and tucking him up for room, chopped down to the off side

24.5

Lee to Trescothick, no run, once again on the stumps and Trescothick is forced to play, and he does, dabbing the ball back towards the bowler

24.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, driven to point and two maiden overs signal lunch!

England 93/1   B Lee 10-3-25-1

36.1

Lee to Vaughan, no run, fullish and on the off, a hint of reverse swing there, Vaughan drives back down the wicket and hits the stumps at the bowler's end

36.2

Lee to Vaughan, no run, good pacy yorker on target, the ball is definitely reverse swinging here, driven well to the on side

36.3

Lee to Vaughan, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, defended carefully

36.4

Lee to Vaughan, no run, banged in a touch short, the ball climbs a bit but Vaughan can get on top of it and defend

36.5

Lee to Vaughan, no run, another yorker tried, again Vaughan is up to defending

36.6

Lee to Vaughan, no run, just short of driving length and on the off, defended back down the pitch

England 149/1   B Lee 11-4-25-1

38.1

Lee to Vaughan, no run, quick short one banged in, Vaughan ducks under it and leaves it alone to the keeper

38.2

Lee to Vaughan, no run, another short one, this time down the leg side and left alone with ease

38.3

Lee to Vaughan, no run, full and outside the off, late swing in, driven to point

38.4

Lee to Vaughan, no run, full and down the leg side, flick played and missed

38.5

Lee to Vaughan, 1 run, driven hard but Ponting at short-cover dives and fields

38.6

Lee to Trescothick, FOUR, over pitched and outside the off stump, Trescothick leans in to that one and drives through cover in style

England 156/1   B Lee 12-4-30-1

40.1

Lee to Trescothick, no run, bouncer, ducked under

40.2

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

40.3

Lee to Trescothick, no run, length ball on the stumps, Trescothick defends carefully

40.4

Lee to Trescothick, no run, short of a length and outside the off, played away off the back foot to point

40.5

Lee to Trescothick, no run, just short of a length once more, climbing on Trescothick who stands tall and defends

40.6

Lee to Trescothick, no run, quick one outside the off, defended carefully to cover

England 162/1   B Lee 13-5-30-1

42.1

Lee to Vaughan, 1 run, short ball that climbs on Vaughan but is slipping down the leg side, Vaughan gets on top of that and works the ball down to fine-leg

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   B Lee 14-5-31-1

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

44.2

Lee to Vaughan, no run, short ball banged in from Lee, but it is poorly directed and does not test Vaughan who can easily sway inside the line of the ball and let it sail harmlessly through to Gilchrist

44.3

Lee to Vaughan, no run, another short one, another effort ball from Lee who lets out a Monica Seles style grunt when delivering, but again it's a waste of energy as Vaughan ducks

44.4

Lee to Vaughan, 2 runs, fuller this time and on the stumps, Vaughan waits on it nicely and punches it off the back foot through midwicket for a couple of runs

44.5

Lee to Vaughan, FOUR, down the leg side this time and Vaughan has no trouble moving across his stumps and flicking the ball off his hips to the fine-leg boundary

44.6

Lee to Vaughan, no run, over pitched and outside the off, driven hard to cover

England 173/2   B Lee 15-5-38-1

78.1

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, just short of a length and outside the off, played through cover to bring up the 300

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

78.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, just short of a driving length and on the off, driven to mid-off

78.5

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, just short of a length and on the stumps, punched back past the bowler, that was a defensive push and it is timed so well that it runs away for four!

78.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, fullish and on the off, a hint of reverse swing, defended

England 305/3   B Lee 16-5-44-1

80.1

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, full reverse-swinging delivery slipping down the leg side, flicked well down to fine -leg

80.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, slightly short and on the pads, worked through square-leg

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   B Lee 17-5-52-1

86.1

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, just short of a length and on the pads, worked away through square-leg for a couple

86.2

Lee to Pietersen, OUT, short ball banged in, Kevin Pietersen falls for the old trap, loses his cool and hooks straight to Brad Hodge the substitute fielder on the midwicket boundary

KP Pietersen c sub (BJ Hodge) b Lee 21 (50m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

86.3

Lee to Hoggard, no run, full and wide of the stumps, left alone

86.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, fullish and on the off, Hoggard edges but the ball only reaches the slips cordon on the bounce

86.5

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

86.6

Lee to Hoggard, FOUR, great yorker at pace, Hoggard jams the bat down and squeezes the ball past Langer at slip for his first runs

England 337/4   B Lee 18-5-58-2

88.1

Lee to Hoggard, no run, banged in a touch short, angling in to the body, defended back down the pitch

88.2

Lee to Hoggard, no run, short one but not terribly well directed, down the leg side, left alone

88.3

Lee to Hoggard, no run, full and outside the off, just a hint of swing, edged down to slip

88.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, short ball banged in, Hoggard ducks under it. That was quick though at 94.3 MPH

88.5

Lee to Hoggard, no run, there's the in-swinging yorker, Hoggard somehow gets the bat down in time and keeps that out

88.6

Lee to Hoggard, OUT, full, fast, and far too furious for Hoggard! That is a great sight for a fast bowler, the off stump cartwheeling out of the ground! Cracking end to the day's play!

MJ Hoggard b Lee 4 (13m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

England 341/5   B Lee 19-6-58-3

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

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   B Lee 20-6-63-3

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

92.2

Lee to GO Jones, no run, short one banged in once more, Lee working up a good head of steam here, Jones ducks hastily under it

92.3

Lee to GO Jones, no run, just short of a good length and on the off, Jones defends watchfully

92.4

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

92.5

Lee to GO Jones, no run, full and on the off, just a hint of swing in to the batsman, defended

92.6

Lee to GO Jones, FOUR, fullish and outside the off, a streaky edge past second slip gets Jones off the mark and England to 350

England 350/6   B Lee 21-6-67-4

94.1

Lee to GO Jones, no run, on the stumps, not particularly full from Lee, defended

94.2

Lee to GO Jones, FOUR, outside the off and the ball is once again squeezed through the slips cordon to that vacant third-man region

94.3

Lee to GO Jones, no run, short ball banged in, left alone

94.4

Lee to GO Jones, no run, fuller this time and on the stumps, a slower ball as well, defended carefully

94.5

Lee to GO Jones, no run, short ball banged in once more, again Jones is happy to duck as there are two men out for the hook and pull

94.6

Lee to GO Jones, no run, fuller this time and Jones is up to defending

England 358/6   B Lee 22-6-71-4

96.1

Lee to GO Jones, 1 run, short one dug in, climbing towards Jones's rib cage, fended down to the leg side for a run

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   B Lee 23-6-74-4

98.1

Lee to GO Jones, 1 no ball, full and outside the off, driven to cover where Hodge fields well

98.1

Lee to GO Jones, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, played off the back foot to cover

98.2

Lee to GO Jones, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, driven to cover once more off the back foot

98.3

Lee to GO Jones, no run, full and outside the off this time, left alone to the keeper

98.4

Lee to GO Jones, 1 run, back of a length and just drifting on to the pads, worked through midwicket

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   B Lee 24-6-76-4

100.1

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

100.2

Lee to GO Jones, 2 runs, full and on the off, driven through the on side for a single

100.3

Lee to GO Jones, no run, defended to the on side

100.4

Lee to GO Jones, no run, full one on the stumps and there is a hint of inswing, defended to the leg side

100.5

Lee to GO Jones, no run, just short of a good length this time and Jones goes back and defends

100.6

Lee to GO Jones, 2 runs, fullish and on the off, punched back past the bowler for a couple

England 374/6   B Lee 25-6-80-4

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

102.4

Lee to GO Jones, FOUR, low full-toss to begin with, Jones is ready for it and punches the ball back past the bowler for a boundary. Easy pickings

102.5

Lee to GO Jones, 1 wide, short ball banged in to follow the full toss, it is quite high over the batsman's head and a wide is called

102.5

Lee to GO Jones, 1 run, fullish and outside the off, played towards cover with soft hands 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   B Lee 26-6-87-4

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

104.5

Lee to GO Jones, 2 runs, just short of a length and outside the off, good forcing shot off the back foot from Jones

104.6

Lee to GO Jones, FOUR, full-toss outside the off from round the wicket, Jones just uses the pace of the ball and eases it through cover

England 401/6   B Lee 27-6-100-4
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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