The Ashes - 2nd Test

England v Australia

England won by 115 runs

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

38.4

North to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and spinning away

38.5

North to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

38.6

North to Cook, no run, a proddy defensive, leaning forward like an old man prodding the pavement with a walking stick

England 154/0   MJ North 0.3-0-0-0

40.1

North to Strauss, 1 run, short, wide and cut hard but not placed particularly well

40.2

North to Cook, 1 run, cut hard once more

40.3

North to Strauss, no run, floaty, loopy, drifty offspin is left alone

40.4

North to Strauss, 1 run, miles wide of the off stump. Incredibly wide. Clashed out to the off side

40.5

North to Cook, no run, clamps forward to defend

40.6

North to Cook, no run, rubbish shot from Cook. An attempted pull and he could easily have top-edged that. Still, he gets away with it. Quite why he didn't just plant his foot and drive straight, I don't know, but then I don't play Test cricket, I only write words about it

England 158/0   MJ North 1.3-0-3-0

42.1

North to Strauss, 4 byes, outside off and left alone. And it nutmegs Haddin! Oh dear. Australia's day isn't getting any better

42.2

North to Strauss, 1 run, cut hard out to point

42.3

North to Cook, 1 run, driven out to mid-off. Who misfields! Ponting the man...oh dear. He's having a shocker out there

42.4

North to Strauss, no run, pushed off the back foot

42.5

North to Strauss, no run, cut hard to point

42.6

North to Strauss, 1 run, flighted on middle, he drives out to the off side

England 168/0   MJ North 2.3-0-6-0

44.1

North to Cook, no run, wide and spinning wider

44.2

North to Cook, no run, wide. Again

44.3

North to Cook, no run, another very, very wide delivery. This is just odd

44.4

North to Cook, 2 runs, darts down the leg side. Square leg sends in an awful throw and they get overthrows

44.5

North to Cook, no run, outside off and turning away

44.6

North to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

England 179/0   MJ North 3.3-0-8-0

46.1

North to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, some turn, but left alone

46.2

North to Cook, 1 run, too wide this time, cut away to deep point

46.3

North to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

46.4

North to Strauss, no run, better line, straightens it, but Strauss can still leave it

46.5

North to Strauss, 1 run, really tossed up this time, Strauss drives out to deep point

46.6

North to Cook, 1 run, good, quick running as they grab a fast single to cover

England 190/0   MJ North 4.3-0-11-0

48.1

North to Strauss, no run, quicker ball from North, fullish and Strauss defends

48.2

North to Strauss, no run, tempting Strauss to drive outside off, but he resists the urge

48.3

North to Strauss, no run, this one goes on with the arm and it's left alone

48.4

North to Strauss, no run, some turn now, but again left alone outside off

48.5

North to Strauss, no run, tossed up again, Strauss was almost about to slog-sweep that, but he checked himself and left it

48.6

North to Strauss, no run, shorter ball turns and is left alone

England 196/1   MJ North 5.3-1-11-0

50.1

North to Strauss, no run, punched to cover

50.2

North to Strauss, no run, flighted outside off, Strauss leaves

50.3

North to Strauss, no run, cut away but straight to gully

50.4

North to Strauss, no run, faster ball now, it's off line though and doesn't make Strauss play

50.5

North to Strauss, no run, driven to cover

50.6

North to Strauss, no run, fullish and straight, driven back to the bowler

England 206/1   MJ North 6.3-2-11-0

52.1

North to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

52.2

North to Strauss, no run, quicker one, defended

52.3

North to Strauss, no run, oh, that was close. An arm ball is left alone by Strauss and gets rather close to his off stump

52.4

North to Strauss, FOUR, bad ball, drifts down leg side and Strauss gets the sweep away to fine leg

52.5

North to Strauss, no run, some turn here, Strauss defends

52.6

North to Strauss, FOUR, that's a classy square drive through point, waited well for that one and found the gap

England 218/1   MJ North 7.3-2-19-0

54.1

North to Strauss, 1 run, fullish ball, driven out to cover

54.2

North to Pietersen, no run, straight ball, that's a good one, Pietersen defends

54.3

North to Pietersen, no run, tossed up, driven back to the bowler

54.4

North to Pietersen, no run, nice drift and drop from North, Pietersen defends

54.5

North to Pietersen, no run, on off stump, decent bowling there, blocks it away

54.6

North to Pietersen, 1 run, and there's the Red Bull run, driven to mid-on and in fact that was a relatively comfortable way for Pietersen to get off the mark

England 224/2   MJ North 8.3-2-21-0

56.1

North to Strauss, 1 run, cut away to point and Strauss inches closer to triple figures

56.2

North to Pietersen, 1 run, shortish outside off, punched to cover for a quick single

56.3

North to Strauss, no run, trying to tempt a drive from Strauss outside off but he leaves it

56.4

North to Strauss, no run, nice drift, Strauss thinks about sweeping then defends

56.5

North to Strauss, no run, driven to point

56.6

North to Strauss, FOUR, and Strauss launches one over midwicket this time, he didn't quite middle that slog-sweep but got enough of it to reach the boundary

England 230/2   MJ North 9.3-2-27-0

58.1

North to Pietersen, 4 runs, ooh, that was a close one! Pietersen drives to mid-on, where Ponting's quick grab and release could have had Strauss in a bit of trouble at the non-striker's end. But he missed and there's overthrows galore

58.2

North to Pietersen, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single

58.3

North to Strauss, no run, on the back foot, cuts straight to point

58.4

North to Strauss, no run, flighted outside off, Strauss leaves it, biding his time to reach his hundred

58.5

North to Strauss, 1 run, driven away through cover and there's a man on the boundary

58.6

North to Pietersen, 3 runs, edge! But it's wide of the sole slip, it was a quicker ball and Pietersen didn't get to it in time, Hilfenhaus chases it down to third man and makes a good sliding save

England 241/2   MJ North 10.3-2-36-0

60.1

North to Pietersen, FOUR, and Pietersen uses his feet well here, advances to the offspinner and lofts a drive over mid-on, not timed perfectly but it was safe all the same

60.2

North to Pietersen, no run, straight-bat defence this time

60.3

North to Pietersen, no run, drifts onto the pads, it's defended to leg

60.4

North to Pietersen, 1 run, worked away to square leg

60.5

North to Strauss, no run, well, not with this ball, though it was wide outside off, his cut doesn't beat point

60.6

North to Strauss, no run, and driven to mid-off

England 251/2   MJ North 11.3-2-41-0

62.1

North to Strauss, no run, outside off and defended

62.2

North to Strauss, no run, tighter line. Strauss smothers it like an experienced murderer

62.3

North to Strauss, no run, good line - or good areas, as Monty might say - which spits away from Strauss

62.4

North to Strauss, 1 run, short and clunked off the back foot

62.5

North to Pietersen, 1 run, nurdled off his toes

62.6

North to Strauss, no run, nice ball - floating it up high and forcing Strauss to reach for it

England 257/2   MJ North 12.3-2-43-0

64.1

North to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump, spinning away from Strauss who ignores it

64.2

North to Strauss, no run, crisply driven - fuller delivery

64.3

North to Strauss, 1 run, gives this massive amounts of flight - that's got snow on it, surely? Neat drive out to cover

64.4

North to Pietersen, 1 run, tickled to leg

64.5

North to Strauss, no run, excellent ball - turn and, crucially, bounce for North who beats Strauss's cut. Good take by Haddin

64.6

North to Strauss, no run, cut off the back foot

England 267/2   MJ North 13.3-2-45-0

66.1

North to Strauss, no run, a little teaser outside off, and bowled incredibly slow. Like one of my filth legbreaks, barely breaking the 40mph mark, but that's the key on this pitch - bowl it slow, let it turn

66.2

North to Strauss, 2 runs, cut away behind square

66.3

North to Strauss, 1 run, waits for it on the back foot, forcing it hard off the back foot past point

66.4

North to Collingwood, no run, flighted outside off, he's forward and blocking

66.5

North to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot, defending this wideish delivery

66.6

North to Collingwood, no run, and it's blocked to end the over

England 270/3   MJ North 14.3-2-48-0

68.1

North to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood comes down the pitch and tries to whip him to mid-on but can't time it

68.2

North to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot, defending it clunkily

68.3

North to Collingwood, no run, driven through cover. Lazy work allows a single

68.4

North to Collingwood, FOUR, solid thump. Down the ground, bunts him with heavy short-arm power down the ground

68.5

North to Collingwood, 1 run, waits for it on the back foot, dangerously so, but Collingwood's nurdling it for a single

68.6

North to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

England 279/3   MJ North 15.3-2-53-0

70.1

North to Collingwood, no run, short of a length, bunted to short midwicket

70.2

North to Collingwood, no run, quicker ball from North, well blocked by Collingwood toward the south of his bat

70.3

North to Collingwood, 3 runs, neat stroke to a stray from North, wide of the off stump and cut behind square

70.4

North to Strauss, 1 run, swept firmly through the leg side

70.5

North to Collingwood, 1 run, a little tickle to the leg side

70.6

North to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss steps forward to sweep

England 286/3   MJ North 16.3-2-59-0
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Jul 20, 2009

The <I>Evening Standard</I> celebrates England's win, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord's, July 20, 2009

The Evening Standard celebrates England's win

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Jul 20, 2009

Ricky Ponting shakes hands with Andrew Flintoff, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 20, 2009

Ricky Ponting shakes hands with Andrew Flintoff

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