The Ashes - 5th Test

England v Australia

England won by 197 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

8.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, short of a length to begin with, touch of shape back into Strauss who leaves it alone

8.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, beats him! Lovely, full delivery with just enough nibble off the surface

8.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump

8.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, good, off-stump delivery to which Strauss is firmly defending with the straightest of bats

8.5

Clark to Strauss, 1 leg bye, flicked off his pads

8.6

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell presents a solid, straight bat and blocks this firmly. Good delivery. Well played. Good cricket.

England 29/1   SR Clark 1-1-0-0

10.1

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, another of those neat flick of the wrists by Strauss, playing well back in his crease, and he gets two

10.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, a loopy teaser outside off, but Strauss is not for luring, much as Maggie was not for turning

10.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, way too wide from Clark

10.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, another filthy wide. Clark knows he's lost his radar here, grinning wryly as he trudges purposefully back to his mark

10.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, that's much more like it, with a bit of movement into the left-handed Strauss

10.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

England 43/1   SR Clark 2-1-2-0

12.1

Clark to Bell, 1 leg bye, on his pads and flicked for a single

12.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, nice delivery, just shaping back a touch on Strauss. But he's in terrific nick and calmly pats a forward defensive

12.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump, at 79mph. Clark really slowing his pace down here

12.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, again, calmly forward to defend

12.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, that's too wide

12.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, well wide

England 47/1   SR Clark 3-2-2-0

14.1

Clark to Bell, no run, right on line from Clark, Bell defends

14.2

Clark to Bell, no run, short, Bell shapes to hook and then leaves it alone

14.3

Clark to Bell, no run, fuller and straighter, Bell defends

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

14.5

Clark to Bell, no run, there's some outswing, trying to tempt Bell to drive, but he lets it go

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, even fuller, Bell jams down a drive straight back to the bowler

England 56/1   SR Clark 4-3-2-0

16.1

Clark to Bell, no run, trying to tempt Bell again with an outswinger on a drivable length, but it's left alone

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, no shot offered once again, Clark continues to get some shape away

16.3

Clark to Bell, no run, probing again, Bell shows patience and lets it go

16.4

Clark to Bell, FOUR, this time Bell does lash a drive and it's found the gap behind point, Bell had to reach for that and wasn't really in control of the shot, good bowling

16.5

Clark to Bell, no run, fuller and straighter, Bell defends

16.6

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone once more

England 64/1   SR Clark 5-3-6-0

27.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, wide enough for Strauss to leave that well alone

27.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump, and left alone

27.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off once more

27.4

Clark to Strauss, FOUR, superb stroke from Strauss after lunch. That was nothing more than a checked-drive, just calmly onto the front foot and driving through the line

27.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, played with soft hands to the gully

27.6

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, tucked off his hip

England 114/1   SR Clark 6-3-11-0

29.1

Clark to Bell, no run, inswinger, well defended

29.2

Clark to Bell, 3 runs, super shot, lovely work off his pads through midwicket. Needs to be careful that he doesn't hit it aerially to the short midwicket, and very shot mid-on. But he didn't, and he got three

29.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a wide leg-cutter, left well alone

29.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended on the back foot

29.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

29.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended solidly on the back foot

England 121/2   SR Clark 7-3-14-0

31.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a fuller delivery for Collingwood but just outside the off stump. Steps across and defends

31.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, well defended on the front foot

31.3

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, shorter delivery, Collingwood goes for a pull and chops it down

31.4

Clark to Bell, no run, and that's an excellent, probing delivery on middle-and-off. Solidly defended - but that's the area for Clark. And, indeed, to Bell

31.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, flicked through leg

31.6

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, comes forward and pats it to leg once more

England 126/2   SR Clark 8-3-17-0

33.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, an awkward shovel to leg. A Colly-shovel. You know what I mean. A shot to inspire no confidence whatsoever, but yet somehow he survives

33.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot

33.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, clamps down on the front foot

33.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, another defensive from Collingwood, his bat coming down in an arc. Safely blocked nevertheless

33.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, on the front foot, he defends

33.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, and it's swishily defended once more to finish the over

England 131/2   SR Clark 9-4-17-0

54.1

Clark to Trott, no run, a sharp leg cutter, left alone by Trott

54.2

Clark to Trott, no run, comes forward and tries to drive, but gets a thick inside edge which squirts tamely to the leg side

54.3

Clark to Trott, no run, prods this to mid-on

54.4

Clark to Trott, no run, drives this solidly out to mid-off

54.5

Clark to Trott, no run, slower delivery. My sort of pace - 71mph on middle stump, and it's defensively nudged to leg

54.6

Clark to Trott, no run, solid defensive on the back foot. Nice straight bat from Trott

England 181/4   SR Clark 10-5-17-0

56.1

Clark to Trott, no run, thrashed to cover. Timed that well

56.2

Clark to Trott, no run, late swing away from the right-hander. Wisely ignored

56.3

Clark to Trott, no run, onto the front foot and pats this to mid-off. Held up, just a touch

56.4

Clark to Trott, 3 runs, whipped across to leg. Dangerous, horribly dangerous shot, but timed it well enough. That was taken from middle-and-off

56.5

Clark to Prior, 1 run, turned with a flick of the wrists to square leg. They think of two as the fielder made a pig's ear of it, but rightly decide against it

56.6

Clark to Trott, no run, driven to Ponting

England 185/4   SR Clark 11-5-21-0

58.1

Clark to Trott, no run, steps forward before shouldering arms to a leg-cutter

58.2

Clark to Trott, FOUR, gorgeous shot for four. An orthodox and elegant first four in Test cricket for Trotters

58.3

Clark to Trott, 2 runs, edged - short of mid-off! Squared up and again he tried to work it across his pads, but got a thick leading edge short of the fielder. Terrific ball

58.4

Clark to Trott, no run, left alone outside off

58.5

Clark to Trott, no run, nicely driven, if lacking timing and power

58.6

Clark to Trott, no run, again, Trott tries to work it to the leg side from the off stump. Hmm

England 191/4   SR Clark 12-5-27-0

60.1

Clark to Prior, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

60.2

Clark to Prior, 1 run, works this neatly to leg. A calm tuck

60.3

Clark to Trott, no run, wide of the off side and swinging wider still

60.4

Clark to Trott, 1 run, on the off stump, Trott again works it to mid-on. It's a tactic which is just about working, but it's fraught with danger

60.5

Clark to Prior, 3 runs, oh, nicely played - elegant, flashy cover-drive.

60.6

Clark to Trott, no run, defended on the back foot

England 205/4   SR Clark 13-5-32-0

62.1

Clark to Trott, no run, touch too wide

62.2

Clark to Trott, no run, wide and swinging wider still

62.3

Clark to Trott, no run, comes forward, steps out wide of the off stump - almost a charge - and thrashes it to cover

62.4

Clark to Trott, FOUR, a slower ball but Trott's up to the mark, tickling it down the leg side for four

62.5

Clark to Trott, FOUR, slapped wide of the slip for four more. Audacious shot - just threw his hands a it and got a bottom edge, but it was safe enough

62.6

Clark to Trott, 1 run, elegant punch off his toes and point misfields, parrying the ball out to cover

England 218/4   SR Clark 14-5-41-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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England won by 197 runs
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Aug 23, 2009

Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and the Australians show their disappointment, England v Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, 4th day, August 23, 2009

Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and the Australians show their disappointment

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Aug 23, 2009

The pain of the Ashes defeat gets to Michael Clarke, England v Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, 4th day, August 23, 2009

The pain of the Ashes defeat gets to Michael Clarke

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