Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    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
    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
    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
    not out
    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
    9 (lb 8, nb 1)
    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)
    BW Hilfenhaus10.041611.6000
    RJ Harris11.014764.2700
    MG Johnson12.034433.6600
    PM Siddle4.01802.0001

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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