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

50.1

Katich to Vaughan, no run, tossed up outside the off, a bit of turn, driven hard but off the inside edge to the leg side

50.2

Katich to Vaughan, no run, low full toss outside the off, driven to mid-on

50.3

Katich to Vaughan, 1 run, slightly shorter this time, Vaughan can go back and work the ball through square-leg

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

End of over 51 (1 run) England 186/2
IR Bell    10* (30b 1x4)      SM Katich    3-0-12-0
MP Vaughan    89* (139b 10x4)     

51.1

Warne to Vaughan, 2 runs, squeezed past the slip fielder and Michael Vaughan gets a couple of runs that takes his score in to the 90s

51.2

Warne to Vaughan, no run, flat and on the pads, Vaughan pats it back down the pitch

51.3

Warne to Vaughan, 1 run, down the pitch, a bit of room and eased through cover

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

End of over 52 (7 runs) England 193/2
IR Bell    14* (33b 2x4)      SK Warne    10-2-29-1
MP Vaughan    92* (142b 10x4)     

52.1

Katich to Vaughan, no run, full and on the off, played back to Katich

52.2

Katich to Vaughan, no run, low full-toss outside the off, driven to cover

52.3

Katich to Vaughan, no run, full once more and on the off, worked to the on side

52.4

Katich to Vaughan, no run, well outside the off, defended carefully

52.5

Katich to Vaughan, 1 run, on the off and Vaughan can put it just wide enough of mid-on to pinch a single

52.6

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

End of over 53 (1 run) England 194/2
IR Bell    14* (34b 2x4)      SM Katich    4-0-13-0
MP Vaughan    93* (147b 10x4)     

53.1

Warne to Vaughan, no run, full and far down the leg side, Warne from round the wicket into the rough, padded away

53.2

Warne to Vaughan, no run, big ripper from the rough, Vaughan takes that one on the thigh and the ball gets stuck between his legs

53.3

Warne to Vaughan, no run, slightly short and a bit of width, cut well but straight to cover

53.4

Warne to Vaughan, no run, another big spinning leg break from far outside the off, Vaughan ends up defending it on off stump

53.5

Warne to Vaughan, 1 leg bye, full and on the pads once more, off the boot to the leg side for a leg-bye

53.6

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

Match State: Tea - Day 1 that's the end of the second session This gives the players, and the rest of us, a chance to take a short break This is Anand Vasu, your commentator, signing off for the moment. We'll be back with all the action in about 15 minutes, at 1430 GMT Till then, if you want to have your say, please do so at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Welcome back to our coverage of the third Ashes Test The umpires are back on the field and the players can't be far away The Australians are taking their positions McGrath will start proceedings at the Stretford End

End of over 54 (1 run, maiden) England 195/2
IR Bell    14* (35b 2x4)      SK Warne    11-3-29-1
MP Vaughan    93* (152b 10x4)     

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

End of over 55 (5 runs) England 200/2
IR Bell    17* (37b 2x4)      GD McGrath    14-1-66-0
MP Vaughan    95* (156b 10x4)     

55.1

Warne to Vaughan, FOUR, full toss outside leg stump, Michael Vaughan sees it early, puts it away through square-leg and gets to 99

55.2

Warne to Vaughan, no run, full and fired in outside the leg stump, kicked away

55.3

Warne to Vaughan, no run, once again wide of the leg stump and spinning in, kicked away

55.4

Warne to Vaughan, no run, again into the rough outside the leg stump and again kicked away

55.5

Warne to Vaughan, no run, and again, Warne testing Vaughan's patience, outside the leg stump, padded away

55.6

Warne to Vaughan, no run, fuller and on the stumps, defended towards mid-off but no chance of a run there either

End of over 56 (4 runs) England 204/2
MP Vaughan    99* (162b 11x4)      SK Warne    12-3-33-1
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

56.3

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

End of over 57 (5 runs) England 209/2
IR Bell    18* (43b 2x4)      GD McGrath    15-1-71-0
MP Vaughan    102* (163b 11x4)     

57.1

Warne to Vaughan, no run, full and fired down the leg side, kicked away

57.2

Warne to Vaughan, no run, short of a length and on the stumps, punched off the back foot to mid-off

57.3

Warne to Vaughan, no run, on the stumps this time and turning away, defended carefully

57.4

Warne to Vaughan, no run, down the leg side and full, again kicked away

57.5

Warne to Vaughan, no run, again outside the leg stump and big spin from the rough, kicked away

57.6

Warne to Vaughan, 1 run, down the pitch and eased inside-out through cover

End of over 58 (1 run) England 210/2
MP Vaughan    103* (169b 11x4)      SK Warne    13-3-34-1
IR Bell    18* (43b 2x4)     

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!

End of over 59 (1 run) England 211/2
IR Bell    18* (48b 2x4)      GD McGrath    16-1-72-0
MP Vaughan    104* (170b 11x4)     

59.1

Warne to Vaughan, no run

59.2

Warne to Vaughan, no run, fast leg break from round the wicket into the pad, kicked away

59.3

Warne to Vaughan, FOUR, too short this time and Vaughan does not miss out. He goes back and puts the ball away through midwicket

59.4

Warne to Vaughan, no run, and normal service resumes, flat and in to the pads, kicked away

59.5

Warne to Vaughan, no run, once again kicked away easily

59.6

Warne to Vaughan, no run, a bit of turn from the rough but Vaughan can go back and pad

End of over 60 (4 runs) England 215/2
MP Vaughan    108* (176b 12x4)      SK Warne    14-3-38-1
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

End of over 61 (maiden) England 215/2
IR Bell    18* (54b 2x4)      GD McGrath    17-2-72-0
MP Vaughan    108* (176b 12x4)     

61.1

Warne to Vaughan, no run, kicked away to short-leg

61.2

Warne to Vaughan, 2 runs, slightly shorter and on the pads, tucked away through square-leg

61.3

Warne to Vaughan, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, driven off the back foot to cover

61.4

Warne to Vaughan, no run, flat and on the pads, kicked away

61.5

Warne to Vaughan, no run, ditto

61.6

Warne to Vaughan, no run, on the off and fuller, defended

End of over 62 (2 runs) England 217/2
MP Vaughan    110* (182b 12x4)      SK Warne    15-3-40-1
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

End of over 63 (maiden) England 217/2
IR Bell    18* (60b 2x4)      GD McGrath    18-3-72-0
MP Vaughan    110* (182b 12x4)     

63.1

Warne to Vaughan, 3 runs, too short from Warne and Vaughan can go back and pull through square-leg

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

Gillespie back in the attack

End of over 64 (4 runs) England 221/2
IR Bell    18* (66b 2x4)      SK Warne    16-3-44-1
MP Vaughan    113* (183b 12x4)     

64.1

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, full and down the leg side, left alone to the keeper

64.2

Gillespie to Vaughan, SIX, short ball outside the off, no real pace or bounce, Vaughan picks it early and pulls with authority for six over midwicket!

64.3

Gillespie to Vaughan, FOUR, fullish and outside the off, steered past the keeper to the third-man fence

64.4

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, very full and on the pads, clipped to mid-on

64.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, short and a bit of width, cut hard but to point

64.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, sliding down the leg side, defended

End of over 65 (10 runs) England 231/2
MP Vaughan    123* (189b 13x4 1x6)      JN Gillespie    12-2-57-0
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

End of over 66 (maiden) England 231/2
IR Bell    18* (72b 2x4)      SK Warne    17-4-44-1
MP Vaughan    123* (189b 13x4 1x6)     

66.1

Gillespie to Vaughan, 2 runs, again down the leg side from Gillespie, who has been disappointing, to say the least, worked away through square-leg

66.2

Gillespie to Vaughan, FOUR, another one on the pads, Gillespie losing the plot here, picked off for another boundary through midwicket

66.3

Gillespie to Vaughan, 1 run, and yet another one on the pads, heaved round the corner to fine-leg

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

End of over 67 (7 runs) England 238/2
IR Bell    18* (75b 2x4)      JN Gillespie    13-2-64-0
MP Vaughan    130* (192b 14x4 1x6)     

67.1

Warne to Vaughan, 1 run, full and outside the leg stump, paddled to Gillespie at fine-leg

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

Ponting persists with Gillespie from the Stretford End

End of over 68 (3 runs) England 241/2
IR Bell    20* (80b 2x4)      SK Warne    18-4-47-1
MP Vaughan    131* (193b 14x4 1x6)     

68.1

Gillespie to Vaughan, FOUR, Sorry to say this, but more terrible bowling from Gillespie, down the leg stump, easy pickings for Vaughan who dispatches the ball to the square-leg fence

68.2

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, full and so far down the leg side with time that Vaughan can't reach it

68.3

Gillespie to Vaughan, 1 run, fullish and on the off, Vaughan drives and inside edges the ball back on to pad

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

68.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, 1 run, finally Gillespie gets one outside the off stump, played down to third-man 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

Match State: Drinks

End of over 69 (11 runs) England 252/2
IR Bell    25* (82b 3x4)      JN Gillespie    14-2-75-0
MP Vaughan    137* (197b 15x4 1x6)     

69.1

Warne to Vaughan, (no ball) FOUR, short and wide, half-tracker, and a no-ball to boot, cut away with ease

69.1

Warne to Vaughan, no run, Dropped! Vaughan goes after another one and the edge flies to Hayden at slip and he floors it! What is happening with Australia today?

69.2

Warne to Vaughan, 1 run, squeezed past point

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

End of over 70 (6 runs) England 258/2
IR Bell    25* (85b 3x4)      SK Warne    19-4-53-1
MP Vaughan    142* (200b 16x4 1x6)     

70.1

Gillespie to Vaughan, FOUR, half-volley on the off stump, Vaughan plays the copybook off-drive, Vaughan is in some form here

70.2

Gillespie to Vaughan, FOUR, now one the other side of the field, on-driven in fine style through midwicket to bring up the 150!

70.3

Gillespie to Vaughan, FOUR, short one this time and a fine pull, Vaughan loves that shot and it is a hat-trick of fours as the ball disappears to the midwicket fence

70.4

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, full this time and once more slanting in to the pads, flicked to square-leg

70.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, 2 runs, full again and on the pads, driven wide of McGrath at mid-on who fields and throws so badly that the overthrow is conceded

70.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, fullish and on the off, played down to point, Vaughan thinks about a single and goes down the pitch but is sent back by Bell

End of over 71 (14 runs) England 272/2
MP Vaughan    156* (206b 19x4 1x6)      JN Gillespie    15-2-89-0
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

71.6

Warne to Vaughan, no run, on the stumps, driven to mid-off

Katich back in the attack

End of over 72 (3 runs) England 275/2
MP Vaughan    156* (207b 19x4 1x6)      SK Warne    20-4-56-1
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

72.3

Katich to Vaughan, no run, on the off and straightening after pitching, defended

72.4

Katich to Vaughan, FOUR, down the pitch and effortlessly lofted over midwicket, the placement is good and the ball runs down to the midwicket fence

72.5

Katich to Vaughan, 2 runs, outside the off this time, Vaughan slides it past slip

72.6

Katich to Vaughan, 1 run, this time sent to square-leg for a single

End of over 73 (8 runs) England 283/2
MP Vaughan    163* (211b 20x4 1x6)      SM Katich    5-0-21-0
IR Bell    29* (92b 3x4)     

73.1

Warne to Vaughan, no run, short and a bit of width, cut hard but just short of the fielder at point

73.2

Warne to Vaughan, 2 runs, low full-toss on the leg stump, whipped through midwicket

73.3

Warne to Vaughan, 1 run, quicker ball, stays a bit low, Vaughan works it through square-leg

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

End of over 74 (4 runs) England 287/2
IR Bell    30* (95b 3x4)      SK Warne    21-4-60-1
MP Vaughan    166* (214b 20x4 1x6)     

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

74.3

Katich to Vaughan, OUT, Gone! Can you believe it? Vaughan takes a Simon Katich full-toss and hit it straight down Glenn McGrath's throat at long-on!

MP Vaughan c McGrath b Katich 166 (281m 215b 20x4 1x6) SR: 77.20

Loud applause from this appreciative Old Trafford crowd for Vaughan's 166 That was a soft dismissal after a great innings

74.4

Katich to Bell, no run

74.5

Katich to Bell, no run

74.6

Katich to Bell, no run

End of over 75 (3 runs) England 290/3
IR Bell    33* (100b 3x4)      SM Katich    6-0-24-1
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)     

75.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flat and on the pads, quite quick, played at and missed, off the pads to the off side

75.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, fullish and on the leg stump, flick played through the on side for a single

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

End of over 76 (1 run) England 291/3
IR Bell    33* (104b 3x4)      SK Warne    22-4-61-1
KP Pietersen    1* (2b)     

76.1

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

76.2

Katich to Pietersen, 3 runs, just short of a length and outside the off, hammered through cover off the back foot

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

76.5

Katich to Pietersen, no run

76.6

Katich to Pietersen, 1 run, tossed up and outside the off, pushed to mid-off for a single

End of over 77 (5 runs) England 296/3
KP Pietersen    5* (6b)      SM Katich    7-0-29-1
IR Bell    34* (106b 3x4)     

77.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, tossed up and outside the off, Pietersen reaches for it and drives, through to the keeper

77.2

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, full and down the leg side, flicked through midwicket for a couple of runs

77.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, flatter and quicker, hurries on the batsman, worked to the on side

77.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, another quick one, on the off, defended

77.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, floated in on the pads, defended back down the pitch

77.6

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, slightly short and Pietersen can go back and pull wide of mid-on

Lee into the attack with the second new ball due

End of over 78 (3 runs) England 299/3
KP Pietersen    8* (12b)      SK Warne    23-4-64-1
IR Bell    34* (106b 3x4)     

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

End of over 79 (6 runs) England 305/3
KP Pietersen    13* (16b 1x4)      B Lee    16-5-44-1
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

79.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, tossed up and spinning, Pietersen has a go trying to heave the ball over midwicket but the ball flies off the outside edge and lands safely wide of point

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

End of over 80 (2 runs) England 307/3
IR Bell    36* (113b 3x4)      SK Warne    24-4-66-1
KP Pietersen    14* (17b 1x4)     

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

End of over 81 (8 runs) England 315/3
IR Bell    41* (117b 4x4)      B Lee    17-5-52-1
KP Pietersen    17* (19b 1x4)     

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

Katich back in the attack, clearly Ponting saving Lee for the second new ball

End of over 82 (maiden) England 315/3
IR Bell    41* (123b 4x4)      SK Warne    25-5-66-1
KP Pietersen    17* (19b 1x4)     

82.1

Katich to Pietersen, no run, just short of a length, outside the off and spinning in, played back to the bowler

82.2

Katich to Pietersen, no run, fullish and on the off, defended carefully to the off side

82.3

Katich to Pietersen, no run, full and on the off, driven back to the bowler

82.4

Katich to Pietersen, no run, fullish and on the stumps, worked to the on side

82.5

Katich to Pietersen, no run, again on the off, Pietersen gently works the ball to the leg side

82.6

Katich to Pietersen, no run, fuller and outside the off, edged towards gully. Katich sends down a maiden over

End of over 83 (maiden) England 315/3
KP Pietersen    17* (25b 1x4)      SM Katich    8-1-29-1
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

End of over 84 (4 runs) England 319/3
IR Bell    45* (129b 5x4)      SK Warne    26-5-70-1
KP Pietersen    17* (25b 1x4)     

84.1

Katich to Pietersen, 1 run, just short of a length and on the off, worked through square-leg

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

End of over 85 (7 runs) England 326/3
IR Bell    51* (134b 6x4)      SM Katich    9-1-36-1
KP Pietersen    18* (26b 1x4)     

85.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, just short of a length and outside the off, punched inside-out through cover

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

Ricky Ponting finally decides that the time is right to take the second new-ball Lee will have first bite of the fresh cherry from the Stretford End

End of over 86 (5 runs) England 331/3
IR Bell    55* (139b 7x4)      SK Warne    27-5-75-1
KP Pietersen    19* (27b 1x4)     

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

You have to wonder about the need for that shot with just 13 minutes left in the day's play Once again Australia are staying in the game despite some fine performances from England's players Do write in with your thoughts at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Hoggard is the nightwatchman

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

McGrath from the Statham End

End of over 87 (6 runs) England 337/4
MJ Hoggard    4* (4b 1x4)      B Lee    18-5-58-2
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

End of over 88 (4 runs) England 341/4
IR Bell    59* (145b 8x4)      GD McGrath    19-3-76-0
MJ Hoggard    4* (4b 1x4)     

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

That brings us to the close of the first day of the third Test. England enjoyed the best past of the day but Australia fought back with some late wickets It's been a pleasure bringing you this day's play. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. If not do let us know so we can improve: http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html This is Anand Vasu, your commentator, signing off saying cheers and goodnight! Match State: Stumps - Day 1 Hello and welcome to the start of the second day's play of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford Australia clawed their way back with some late wickets towards the end of the first day But England are still well placed at 341/5 with Andrew Flintoff about to come to the crease Ian Bell defended stoutly to begin with and grew more confident and fluent as the day wore on, playing some delectable cover drives The first ball will be bowled soon enough so don't go too far I'm Anand Vasu, your commentator, and will be more than happy to call the play for you today The players are on the field now The local hero Andrew Flintoff is walking out to bat and Old Trafford roars in appreciation Play is about to get under way. Fasten your seat-belts! It is Ian Bell on strike. Glenn 'Pigeon' McGrath has the ball in his hand and is good to go

End of over 89 (wicket maiden) England 341/5
     B Lee    19-6-58-3
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

End of over 90 (maiden) England 341/5
IR Bell    59* (151b 8x4)      GD McGrath    20-4-76-0
A Flintoff    0* (0b)     

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

End of over 91 (5 runs) England 346/5
IR Bell    59* (153b 8x4)      B Lee    20-6-63-3
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

End of over 92 (maiden) England 346/5
A Flintoff    5* (10b 1x4)      GD McGrath    21-5-76-0
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

That is an important wicket for Australia early on in the second day. Bell was looking good for a big one.

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

End of over 93 (4 runs) England 350/6
GO Jones    4* (5b 1x4)      B Lee    21-6-67-4
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

If you've just signed on we can tell you that Michael Clarke is still off the field with a back problem. He is back in the team hotel taking rest. Brad Hodge is on the field in his place.

End of over 94 (4 runs) England 354/6
A Flintoff    9* (16b 2x4)      GD McGrath    22-5-80-0
GO Jones    4* (5b 1x4)     

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

End of over 95 (4 runs) England 358/6
GO Jones    8* (11b 2x4)      B Lee    22-6-71-4
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

End of over 96 (maiden) England 358/6
A Flintoff    9* (22b 2x4)      GD McGrath    23-6-80-0
GO Jones    8* (11b 2x4)     

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

End of over 97 (3 runs) England 361/6
A Flintoff    10* (28b 2x4)      B Lee    23-6-74-4
GO Jones    9* (12b 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

End of over 98 (4 runs) England 365/6
A Flintoff    14* (34b 3x4)      GD McGrath    24-6-84-0
GO Jones    9* (12b 2x4)     

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

End of over 99 (2 runs) England 367/6
A Flintoff    14* (36b 3x4)      B Lee    24-6-76-4
GO Jones    10* (17b 2x4)     

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

End of over 100 (2 runs) England 369/6
GO Jones    11* (22b 2x4)      GD McGrath    25-6-86-0
A Flintoff    15* (37b 3x4)     
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