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    10.4 Sucker punch! Clark bangs one in and Strauss hooks but doesn't get over it and Ryan Broad, the substitute on for McGrath, runs in three or four yards and pouches the catch ten yards in from the boundary. Click here for the picture 29/1
    29.2 Gone! Big turn from Warne there, Cook came tentatively forward - not reading the spin - blindly looking for the ball, gets an inside edge to Hussey at short leg. Fine innings from Cook, but simply not enough. Click here for the picture 91/3
    13.2 Bell gets well forward, the ball hit him on the front pad and a confident appeal gets the finger from Steve Bucknor. Bell looks unhappy - a bit more than disappointment - as that could have been sliding down the leg side. It matters not a jot, he's out and England are slipping towards a day off tomorrow. Click here for the picture 36/2
    63.3 GONE! Warne's done it for Australia and Collingwood is gone for 96, what agony. Agony for Collingwood, skipping miles down the pitch and trying to smack Warne over his head to reach a hundred. It was a classic legbreak from Warne, turning prodigiously, Gilchrist snaffled it and whipped off the bails. Collingwood's hang-me-now expression tells the story. Click here for the picture 244/4
    80.4 oh! and he's gone - flicking impulsively at Martyn in a very short midwicket. The new ball has done the trick for Australia, and that's just the start that they wanted, with the big wicket of Pietersen. Click here for the picture 293/6
    71.4 suicide. Absolute kamikaze from Flintoff. Warne banged it in short, Flintoff tried to pull it, and miscued it to Langer at long-off who didn't need to move a muscle, apart from those lifting his hands up to his face. Warne claps his hands; Flintoff trudges off. Dreadful stroke and that's opened up the tail. Click here for the picture 271/5
    87.1 that one kept low and Jones, trying to play freely on the off-side, gets a bottom edge which crashes back on to his stumps. A good line and it's all smiles and high tens for McGrath and Australia, who are sensing that the end is nigh. Jones has batted nicely for his 33, but it's highly unlikely to have been enough to save England. Click here for the picture 326/7
    92.5 edged - and gone. That one, on a decent length, squares Giles up a treat and the outside edge flies straight to Warne at first slip; such chances don't come much more straightforward. Giles, like a simpering lover who can't accept he's been dumped, lingers longingly at the crease, but indeed he has been dismissed and he trudges slowly off 346/8
    98.2 the two-card trick. One short, and the next full, outside off stump and Hoggard drives with no discernible foot movement and Warne takes a regulation catch at first slip. Click here for the picture 361/9
    100.1 it's over. Slightly short, Harmison hooks but off the top edge and straight down the throat of McGrath at long leg. The Australians rush to embrace each other in a celebratory huddle as the England batsmen troop off. 370/10
    not out
    31 (b 8, lb 10, nb 11, w 2)
    370 all out (100.1 Overs, RR: 3.69, 445 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-29 (AJ Strauss, 10.4 ov), 2-36 (IR Bell, 13.2 ov), 3-91 (AN Cook, 29.2 ov), 4-244 (PD Collingwood, 63.3 ov), 5-271 (A Flintoff, 71.4 ov), 6-293 (KP Pietersen, 80.4 ov), 7-326 (GO Jones, 87.1 ov), 8-346 (AF Giles, 92.5 ov), 9-361 (MJ Hoggard, 98.2 ov), 10-370 (SJ Harmison, 100.1 ov)
    B Lee22.019814.4517
    GD McGrath19.035312.7803
    SR Clark24.167242.9700
    SK Warne34.0712443.6411
    MEK Hussey1.00505.0000

Close of Play

  • Thu, 23 Nov - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 346/3 (RT Ponting 137*, MEK Hussey 63*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 24 Nov - day 2 - England 1st innings 53/3 (IR Bell 13*, KP Pietersen 6*, 17 ov)
  • Sat, 25 Nov - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 181/1 (JL Langer 88*, RT Ponting 51*, 40 ov)
  • Sun, 26 Nov - day 4 - England 2nd innings 293/5 (KP Pietersen 92*, GO Jones 12*, 80 ov)
  • Mon, 27 Nov - day 5 - England 2nd innings 370 (100.1 ov) - end of match

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