Australia tour of England and Scotland, 3rd Test: England v Australia at Birmingham, Jul 30-Aug 3, 2009
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Match drawn
30,31 July, 1,2,3 August 2009 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, shot. Too wide from Anderson - England have bowled much too wide so far - but a fantastic shot from Watson, smashing this on the up behind square for four

Australia 8/0   SR Watson 5* (11b 1x4)   JM Anderson 2.3-0-7-0

Flintoff to Watson, FOUR, squirted wide of gully. Flintoff stands, staring, nodding as if to say "what sort of a shot was that?" Well, either way, it went for four perfectly safely. Watson smiles and smirks back

Australia 13/0   SR Watson 9* (18b 2x4)   A Flintoff 2.5-1-6-0

Flintoff to Katich, FOUR, wow. What timing from Katich square of the wicket off the back foot. He has laced that for four - given how wet it was only one hour ago, that has sped for four

Australia 20/0   SM Katich 9* (22b 1x4)   A Flintoff 3.2-1-11-0

Flintoff to Watson, FOUR, shot, shot, shot. Four! Gorgeous leg-side flick through midwicket, though it was an absolute half-volleying gift from Fred

Australia 25/0   SR Watson 15* (25b 3x4)   A Flintoff 4-1-16-0

Anderson to Katich, FOUR, bang! Four through point, driving ferociously. This outfield is surprisingly quick

Australia 33/0   SM Katich 17* (27b 2x4)   JM Anderson 4.5-0-17-0

Anderson to Katich, FOUR, four more. Katich isn't using his feet at all, but he's timing the pants off everything this evening. Gorgeous straight drive hands him another boundary

Australia 37/0   SM Katich 21* (29b 3x4)   JM Anderson 5.1-0-21-0

Anderson to Katich, FOUR, a spanking cut shot. An absolute spanking. Dross from Anderson, mind - short, wide and dealt with by the left-hander

Australia 41/0   SM Katich 25* (30b 4x4)   JM Anderson 5.2-0-25-0

Onions to Watson, FOUR, oh shot, shot Watson! Off-driven beautifully down the ground

Australia 50/0   SR Watson 24* (42b 4x4)   G Onions 0.2-0-4-0

Onions to Watson, FOUR, four. Only fractionally short and pulled massively for four. This is one good surface, I'm here to tell you!

Australia 54/0   SR Watson 28* (44b 5x4)   G Onions 0.4-0-8-0

Broad to Katich, FOUR, worked through the leg-side. And I say worked, because that's all it was, yet it races for four. Katich has found some sublime form here today, and it's notable just how swift the turf is - in spite of all the moisture

Australia 58/0   SM Katich 30* (34b 5x4)   SCJ Broad 0.2-0-4-0

Broad to Katich, FOUR, another one. Identical shot! A leg-stump half-volley dealt with beautifully

Australia 62/0   SM Katich 34* (35b 6x4)   SCJ Broad 0.3-0-8-0

Onions to Katich, FOUR, on the pads and that's a lovely clip through midwicket from Katich, who has been timing the ball nicely, and it just reaches the boundary

Australia 67/0   SM Katich 38* (40b 7x4)   G Onions 2.2-0-13-0

Onions to Watson, FOUR, crashing straight drive! Too full from Onions and Watson slammed that into the ground so hard that it sounded like a gunshot, and it was so straight that Aleem Dar had to duck to avoid a blow to the head

Australia 72/0   SR Watson 33* (60b 6x4)   G Onions 2.5-0-17-0

Onions to Watson, FOUR, and a really strong pull to follow up, Onions overcorrects and pitches too short, Watson is quickly onto a pull that flies through square leg and beats the man in the deep, this outfield is admirably quick

Australia 76/0   SR Watson 37* (61b 7x4)   G Onions 3-0-21-0

Broad to Katich, FOUR, and another boundary! Katich plays this one off the back foot and crunches a drive through cover, well placed

Australia 80/0   SM Katich 42* (43b 8x4)   SCJ Broad 2.2-1-12-0

Broad to Katich, FOUR, another boundary, but this one was a stroke of luck for Katich. He drives and a thick edge sails just wide of Flintoff at second slip, that could so easily have been catchable

Australia 84/0   SM Katich 46* (44b 9x4)   SCJ Broad 2.3-1-16-0

Broad to Watson, FOUR, that's a lovely cut shot, Watson has placed that one nicely just forward of gully and it races away

Australia 93/1   SR Watson 45* (78b 8x4)   SCJ Broad 4.2-1-21-0

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, crunching back-foot cut through cover-point there, Ponting was given width and was quickly onto it

Australia 101/1   RT Ponting 5* (10b 1x4)   JM Anderson 7.1-0-32-0

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, well placed by Ponting here, Flintoff tries for the yorker but it's a fraction too full and he drives it wide of mid-on

Australia 108/1   RT Ponting 10* (18b 2x4)   A Flintoff 7-2-23-0

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, shouts of 'catch' here as Watson cuts hard, it wasn't very wide of gully at all there, but would have required something magical from Swann to reach it all the same

Australia 112/1   SR Watson 55* (91b 9x4)   JM Anderson 8.1-0-39-0

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, clipped off his hips nicely to fine-leg for a boundary, that ball was just a bit too straight

Australia 116/1   SR Watson 59* (95b 10x4)   JM Anderson 8.5-0-43-0

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, edged, or steered, past gully - played all along the ground. Sheesh, runs really have flown today

Australia 126/1   RT Ponting 17* (25b 3x4)   A Flintoff 8.4-2-31-0

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, inside edge down the leg side. Clarke, understandably nervous about getting forward to Flintoff, especially nervous given the two shock wickets that have brought him to the crease, flicked it very late and past the keeper

Australia 132/3   MJ Clarke 5* (10b 1x4)   A Flintoff 10-2-36-0

Onions to Ponting, FOUR, outside edge for four! Ponting came lunging forward, as he has done all his career, though he did open the face

Australia 138/3   RT Ponting 22* (29b 4x4)   G Onions 4.3-0-28-2

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, he reached for that, Clarke, but his off-side play this summer has been quite majestic. Four to him, and though he played it a long way from his body, such was the timing that it shot to the extra-cover boundary

Australia 146/3   MJ Clarke 10* (14b 2x4)   A Flintoff 10.3-2-43-0

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, Flintoff altered his delivery, sending it down with a double-whirl of the arm, but Ponting's played that beautifully through midwicket for four. Too straight

Australia 159/3   RT Ponting 37* (43b 5x4)   A Flintoff 12.1-2-51-0

Onions to Clarke, FOUR, shot! He's so good off his legs, and clips it powerfully and elegantly through midwicket. Superb stroke!

Australia 168/4   MJ Clarke 18* (33b 3x4)   G Onions 8.1-2-38-3

Anderson to North, FOUR, lovely cover drive, angled across North and it didn't swing, so the batsman punched it superbly between cover and mid-off

Australia 180/4   MJ North 9* (29b 1x4)   JM Anderson 13.4-3-51-0

Broad to Clarke, FOUR, really good cover drive this, it's an outswinger right on that drivable length and Clark punches between cover and mid-off

Australia 190/4   MJ Clarke 29* (51b 4x4)   SCJ Broad 6.2-1-30-0

Anderson to Manou, FOUR, and Manou gets off the mark in Tests with a leg-glance off his hips for four

Australia 197/5   GA Manou 4* (2b 1x4)   JM Anderson 16-4-56-1

Broad to Manou, FOUR, no lack of confidence here from Manou, he gets a short one from Broad and pulls it hard forward of square leg for a boundary, and on its way it clips the fingers of Bell at short leg. Wow, I guess that's technically dropped, but Bell was sensibly ducking to save doing himself a mischief.

Australia 202/5   GA Manou 8* (3b 2x4)   SCJ Broad 7.4-1-36-0

Broad to Siddle, FOUR, but it's too straight here and shovelled through midwicket for four by Siddle - that's a top shot, not looking to hit it too hard and timing it superbly

Australia 216/8   PM Siddle 8* (14b 1x4)   SCJ Broad 11.4-2-43-0

Broad to Siddle, FOUR, edged past gully for four! Played with softish hands, but nevertheless was not in control of that poke on the front foot. Collingwood didn't have a hope of stopping it

Australia 220/8   PM Siddle 12* (15b 2x4)   SCJ Broad 11.5-2-47-0

Anderson to Hauritz, FOUR, a filthy half-tracker from Anderson and slapped, tonked, boshed, flapped over extra cover for four! Take that, son. Bosh

Australia 224/8   NM Hauritz 7* (22b 1x4)   JM Anderson 20.1-6-64-4

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, full and fast and dug out, with a thick outside edge flying past gully

Australia 236/9   BW Hilfenhaus 4* (4b 1x4)   JM Anderson 22.2-7-70-5

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, well he's timed that! A squirt outside off which flies through point for four more!

Australia 240/9   BW Hilfenhaus 8* (7b 2x4)   JM Anderson 22.5-7-74-5

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, bosh - take that! Good, tailend humpty-dumpty hitting. Cracked over extra cover. You can't beat tailenders swinging the bat - much entertainment

Australia 250/9   BW Hilfenhaus 13* (13b 3x4)   JM Anderson 23.4-7-78-5

Onions to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, top shot, that! Short, wide and clattered over backward point with a, well, a clatter

Australia 263/9   BW Hilfenhaus 20* (29b 4x4)   G Onions 16.2-2-58-3
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Hours of play (local time) 11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 16.10-16.30, Close 19.00

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