Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    16.1 Finn gets Watson! What a terrific yorker! Straight and fast, Watson is late with the bat and it's ball on toe before ball on bat, Billy Doctrove gives it out. Rather forlornly, Watson wants a review, but that remains out! Umpire's call on whether it hit in line, it's crashing into off stump, so Finn gets his man. 36/4
    1.6 gone! Tremlett strikes, early breakthrough. Brilliant bowling. Went fuller at the stumps, Hughes tried to play it to the leg side and is beaten all ends up. Perfect comeback for Tremlett, but not for Hughes 2/1
    4.5 GONE! My oh my. What a catch. This makes up for Strauss's drop. Paul Collingwood has pulled off a ripper at third slip. Anderson gets some extra bounce which takes the shoulder of Ponting's bat as he pushed forward hard and Collingwood dives high to his right to pluck the ball out of the air. 17/2
    7.6 gone! And another. Australia in real trouble. That was a bit weak from Clarke as he pokes outside off stump at a ball that bounces a little, giving a simple edge through to Matt Prior for his 100th catch in Test cricket 28/3
    40.4 Swann strikes! What a breakthrough as Hussey gets a thin edge behind and Prior takes the catch. Initially the umpire gives it not out, but Prior races down the pitch to Swann and signals for the review himself - Strauss then officially asks for the review, Hot Spot shows a clear edge there, and Hussey is gone! 137/6
    27.3 gone! Tremlett strikes again, pitched fuller outside off stump which brought Smith onto the front foot and a comfortable edge flies to Strauss at first slip. Brilliant bowling from Tremlett, short followed by full, and he's having a day to remember 69/5
    57.3 Anderson strikes but it looks a horrid shot. If it came off we'd be cheering but as it is, this is a gift. Well outside off stump at a drive-me length, Haddin threw his arms at it, leaning back, head up, and off the edge it went high to Swann at second slip clasped onto a very sharp catch, jumping high above his head and tumbling back as he held on 189/7
    70.3 gone! Finn gets the breakthrough with another shortish one tempting Johnson to pull, but his shot flies straight to Anderson at square leg, where he takes a simple catch. 233/9
    59.5 and another one goes, Harris's brief foray into runscoring ends with an excellent yorker, squeezes under the bat and knocks back off stump. Anderson celebrates in Johnson's direction, telling him to "shhh" 201/8
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    75.6 ah, there's the last wicket as Hilfenhaus gets an inside edge onto the thigh and it's taken by Cook at short leg 268/10
    Extras
    3 (lb 3)
    TOTAL
    268 all out (76 Overs, RR: 3.52, 322 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (PJ Hughes, 1.6 ov), 2-17 (RT Ponting, 4.5 ov), 3-28 (MJ Clarke, 7.6 ov), 4-36 (SR Watson, 16.1 ov), 5-69 (SPD Smith, 27.3 ov), 6-137 (MEK Hussey, 40.4 ov), 7-189 (BJ Haddin, 57.3 ov), 8-201 (RJ Harris, 59.5 ov), 9-233 (MG Johnson, 70.3 ov), 10-268 (BW Hilfenhaus, 75.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson2036133.0500
    CT Tremlett2336332.7300
    ST Finn1518625.7300
    PD Collingwood20301.5000
    GP Swann1605223.2500
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    31.3 Harris joins the party! Strauss is gone! An edge behind and Haddin takes the straightforward catch! That was just a good line and length - across Strauss and with the swing that has been around he felt he had to play, this one if anything just straightened but didn't really swing 94/4
    24.1 gone! There's the breakthrough for Australia and it goes to Johnson. Full outside off, brings Cook into the drive and it flies low to gully where Hussey picks up a good low catch. 78/1
    26.3 gone! Johnson strikes again. Full on off stump, hint of swing back into the right hander and that's plumb. Trott driving and is beaten by the movement, superb stuff from Mitchell. 82/2
    26.6 another one! Pietersen is gone for a duck! Beautiful bowling from Johnson as this one swings back down the line, Marais Erasmus gives it lbw and Pietersen wants a review. The bat was nowhere near it, and at first glance it looked like it could have slid down leg but that's a great decision - the replays show that crashing right into leg stump. 82/3
    32.3 another lbw shout as this one swings in, but it's given not out. Ponting asks for a review, but that looked high and off-side. But wait, the replays show that shape was enough to straighten it, and it's hitting the off stump cleanly! Decision overturned! Collingwood's gone! 98/5
    61.1 Harris gets his third! And it's Ian Bell! It was fullish and well wide of off, swinging away from Bell, who went for the drive but saw his edge fly to Ponting at a wide second slip. That was a sharp catch taken at head height, that ball was travelling 186/8
    46.4 gone! Well, the short ball has worked in the end but probably not quite as they expected. The ball after getting hit, Prior moves across his stumps to work it away, but it deflects off his body, back down into his gloves, then down into leg stump to knock off the bail. 145/6
    57.1 Harris strikes! Swann is gone, prodding forward and getting an edge through to Haddin, it was another good ball that just straightened enough, well deserved by Harris 181/7
    62.1 gone! Johnson gets five, with a cracking inswinger that takes the off stump out of the ground. Really well bowled and Johnson has deserved that haul - now, can Australia finish England off before tea? 186/9
    62.3 it's all over. Johnson has six. Anderson hangs his bat out at a short ball outside off and the edge flies comfortably to Watson at first slip 187/10
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    100.00
    Extras
    15 (b 8, lb 4, nb 2, w 1)
    TOTAL
    187 all out (62.3 Overs, RR: 2.99, 267 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-78 (AN Cook, 24.1 ov), 2-82 (IJL Trott, 26.3 ov), 3-82 (KP Pietersen, 26.6 ov), 4-94 (AJ Strauss, 31.3 ov), 5-98 (PD Collingwood, 32.3 ov), 6-145 (MJ Prior, 46.4 ov), 7-181 (GP Swann, 57.1 ov), 8-186 (IR Bell, 61.1 ov), 9-186 (CT Tremlett, 62.1 ov), 10-187 (JM Anderson, 62.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    BW Hilfenhaus2165302.5201
    RJ Harris1545933.9310
    PM Siddle922512.7701
    MG Johnson17.353862.1700
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    50.2 Watson's gone! Tremlett has got him for 95 with a straight ball that strikes him on the pad in front, Marais Erasmus gives it out and Watson wants the review. There's no bat involved, and it was clearly hitting the stumps. He's missed his hundred, oh, Shane! 177/4
    12.2 ah, the change of length does the trick, having set up Hughes with the bouncer, Hughes is late getting forward to a fuller ball and it clips the outside edge and flew to third slip where Collingwood held on 31/1
    16.1 what have we here? Massive appeal from England as it goes down the leg side close to Ponting's bat and gloves. Prior was sure but it was given not out and England reviewed, the replay showed it flicked the glove and edge and Ponting has to go 34/2
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    20.4 gone! Clarke's confidence brings his downfall as Tremlett bangs it in short and Clarke gets the inside edge onto his stumps, trying to force it through cover 64/3
    85.6 Tremlett has his fifth, as England eventually are rewarded for bouncing Hussey, but not after a magnificent innings. His 116 could separate the teams. It was short and pulled very hard to Swann at deep midwicket who clung on 309/10
    68.4 gone, the short ball plan works to Smith. Down the leg side and it glances the glove down the leg side through to Prior as Smith pushes away from his body 252/5
    72.3 Haddin is gone this time! And Tremlett gets his fourth wicket! He goes a bit fuller and nips the ball in a fraction off the seam, Haddin is in two minds as to going forward or back, just gets an inside edge onto his pad and back onto the stumps 271/6
    73.3 Collingwood strikes! England are back in this big time! Johnson has gone for the cover drive but the lack of pace did him and he didn't quite commit to the stroke, just prodding it to Bell at short cover 276/7
    76.2 Finn strikes! Not smart at all from Harris, as he pulls straight to Ian Bell at deep midwicket, where he takes a comfortable catch 284/8
    84.1 Anderson strikes, his 200th Test wicket. Good delivery, the simple virtue of pitching the ball up, finding some away movement, clips the edge and Collingwood holds the catch at slip 308/9
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    Extras
    12 (lb 6, nb 2, w 4)
    TOTAL
    309 all out (86 Overs, RR: 3.59, 390 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-31 (PJ Hughes, 12.2 ov), 2-34 (RT Ponting, 16.1 ov), 3-64 (MJ Clarke, 20.4 ov), 4-177 (SR Watson, 50.2 ov), 5-252 (SPD Smith, 68.4 ov), 6-271 (BJ Haddin, 72.3 ov), 7-276 (MG Johnson, 73.3 ov), 8-284 (RJ Harris, 76.2 ov), 9-308 (PM Siddle, 84.1 ov), 10-309 (MEK Hussey, 85.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson2676512.5010
    CT Tremlett2448753.6221
    ST Finn2149734.6101
    GP Swann905105.6600
    PD Collingwood63310.5010
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    9.5 and that could be it for Australia! That's the big prize, Strauss departs. Fullish around off stump, Strauss has been tentative in defence and hanging on the crease, clips the edge and shoots low to Ponting who does not drop many 37/2
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    6.1 Australia's first strike! The big wicket of Cook, Harris was full and Cook fatally went back, touch of nip back meant the batsman couldn't adjust and that is an enormous blow. Cook thought about reviewing but after a chat with his captain, he couldn't find a reason to 23/1
    25.5 gone! Johnson strikes again! It's a juggled catch as Trott gets the edge to second slip where Ponting can't take it cleanly, but on the rebound from his hands it bobs up and Haddin moves across smartly to complete the catch 81/4
    18.1 another wicket goes down! And Hilfenhaus finally strikes, drawing KP into a nothing shot outside off and the edge is snapped up by Shane Watson at first slip 55/3
    26.6 and it costs England! Collingwood has edged the last ball of the day to third slip, where Steven Smith takes the catch low to his left, that's a tremendous finish for Australia, and had they taken the single off the previous ball Collingwood wouldn't have been on strike 81/5
    30.5 gone! There's the first wicket of the day, Harris takes out off stump with one that may have kept a touch low but Anderson was also caught on the back foot 94/6
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    34.1 gone! That looks plumb as Bell play across the line but he's called for a review. And it looks even more out on the replay. It isn't a no ball, there's no edge and it's taking out middle 111/7
    34.4 super catch! Harris has five for the first time in a Test! That was a great ball, short of a length and bouncing more than Prior expected, his defensive prod flew high off the shoulder of the bat to gully, where Hussey hurled himself to his right to take the catch 114/8
    35.4 Johnson gets his third! Swann has played on, just a flat-footed drive that he wanted to force through the off side, it was a good length and Swann could only get a thick inside edge onto his off stump 120/9
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    36.6 it's all over! Harris has taken six and the series is 1-1! Finn can only fend outside off and his edge is taken comfortably by Smith at third slip 123/10
    Extras
    9 (lb 8, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    123 all out (37 Overs, RR: 3.32, 167 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-23 (AN Cook, 6.1 ov), 2-37 (AJ Strauss, 9.5 ov), 3-55 (KP Pietersen, 18.1 ov), 4-81 (IJL Trott, 25.5 ov), 5-81 (PD Collingwood, 26.6 ov), 6-94 (JM Anderson, 30.5 ov), 7-111 (IR Bell, 34.1 ov), 8-114 (MJ Prior, 34.4 ov), 9-120 (GP Swann, 35.4 ov), 10-123 (ST Finn, 36.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    BW Hilfenhaus1041611.6000
    RJ Harris1114764.2700
    MG Johnson1234433.6600
    PM Siddle41802.0001

Close of Play

  • Thu, 16 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 29/0 (AJ Strauss 12*, AN Cook 17*, 12 ov)
  • Fri, 17 Dec - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 119/3 (SR Watson 61*, MEK Hussey 24*, 33 ov)
  • Sat, 18 Dec - day 3 - England 2nd innings 81/5 (JM Anderson 0*, 27 ov)
  • Sun, 19 Dec - day 4 - England 2nd innings 123 (37 ov) - end of match

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