Player of the Match
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    0.4 poor judgement, this time, shocking in fact and Australia strike! Lee swung that one in at him again, the ball at full length, and for some inexplicable reason Strauss shoulders arms to that one. Plumb. Actually, on second thoughts (courtesy of the replay), that looked to be going over the top... 0/1
    93.2 and McGrath has struck! He just pitched in and ran across him, Cook leaves his bat dangling and it catches the outside edge on its way through to Gilchrist. A completely disconsolate Cook hangs his head and walks off. There's a standing ovation for hi, but he drags his feet up the steps, cutting a sad figure right now. He's played magnificently today, but this is the big wicket that Australia have been gunning for all day 261/4
    56.6 GONE THIS TIME Warne has the breakthrough and Bell has chipped that straight to Langer at short extra cover. Warne raises his hand and Bell walks off shaking his head half-lifting his bat for just a split second, gutted to be out. Australia are delighted, and the ground erupts 170/2
    69.3 GONE, Clark's really worked Collingwood over here. The leg-cutter which straightens on the batsman who, meekly and without conviction, prodded forward, the ball feathering his outside edge and Gilchrist takes an easy catch 185/3
    not out
    93.4 and McGrath gets a second, perfect yorker cleans Hoggard up. Another terrific piece of bowling, swinging away from the right-hander and that's done him. Australia crowd round McGrath and whoop... and whoop... and whoop. Two wickets in the three balls for McGrath 261/5
    114.5 BOWLED HIM! Flintoff is out. A straight, full, slider - yorker - and it slides underneath Flintoff's bat. A massive wicket for Australia 336/6
    116.6 closer again, an LBW shout, and Australia think they've got their man. And they have! But run-out. There's a close call for the LBW, from another sweep. Jones's foot stays out of his crease as he waits for the umpire to give his decision, but meantime there's a shy in from the alert Ponting at silly point, great anticipation from the Australian captain and that's a duck for Jones, a pair, in fact 336/7
    119.6 but he's gone this time, courtesy of the swinging yorker. Not much he could have done with that one and the leg stump would have been sent cartwheeling. Good bowling by the impressive Clark 345/8
    120.2 he's gone. That's the loudest shout of the day and the Australians were celebrating practically before that had even rapped a sweeping Harmison on the pad. A big stride can't save him; that pitched on leg - or was it just outside? Possibly - and would have gone on to hit off 346/9
    122.2 BOWLED HIM and Australia have regained the Ashes. They mob Shane Warne and are all in the centre of the pitch. 350/10
    26 (b 7, lb 8, nb 5, w 6)
    350 all out (122.2 Overs, RR: 2.86, 529 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (AJ Strauss, 0.4 ov), 2-170 (IR Bell, 56.6 ov), 3-185 (PD Collingwood, 69.3 ov), 4-261 (AN Cook, 93.2 ov), 5-261 (MJ Hoggard, 93.4 ov), 6-336 (A Flintoff, 114.5 ov), 7-336 (GO Jones, 116.6 ov), 8-345 (SI Mahmood, 119.6 ov), 9-346 (SJ Harmison, 120.2 ov), 10-350 (MS Panesar, 122.2 ov)
    B Lee22.037513.4001
    GD McGrath27.096122.2514
    SR Clark25.075622.2400
    SK Warne39.2611542.9200
    A Symonds9.012803.1110

Close of Play

  • Thu, 14 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 51/2 (AJ Strauss 24*, PD Collingwood 10*, 14 ov)
  • Fri, 15 Dec - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 119/1 (ML Hayden 57*, RT Ponting 57*, 36 ov)
  • Sat, 16 Dec - day 3 - England 2nd innings 19/1 (AN Cook 7*, IR Bell 9*, 6 ov)
  • Sun, 17 Dec - day 4 - England 2nd innings 265/5 (KP Pietersen 37*, A Flintoff 2*, 96 ov)
  • Mon, 18 Dec - day 5 - England 2nd innings 350 (122.2 ov) - end of match

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