• BATSMEN
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    14.2 edged and gone this time. Strauss had been given a life at third slip by Justin Langer, but he's gone this time, trying to play his favourite cut shot. In fact it's a loose waft to one which comes across him and Gilchrist snaps up a tidy catch, easily enough, with two hands on the left of his hips 45/1
    19.1 ooh, great delivery and gets the reward. Again Clark targets Cook on the front foot; the batsman comes forward and prods at it with a straight bat, nibbling an inside edge through to Gilchrist who clasps a decent catch tumbling away to his right 58/2
    71
    153
    8
    0
    46.40
    60.1 great ball, McGrath straight through the defences and that's two wickets in five balls for him. McGrath's jaffer hit the top of off after nipping back in and taking the inside edge and England have two new batsmen at the crease 167/4
    58.3 gone this time - McGrath has his man, bounced out. Pietersen didn't control that hook and Hussey takes a good catch - running backwards - over his head at a slightly short midwicket. That's McGrath's first victim of the day, but his 900th international wicket 166/3
    85.6 jaffer, unplayable. That bounces up and Collingwood's squared up, feathering that one through to Gilchrist for McGrath's third delivery. The way McGrath's been bowling this morning that wicket was pretty inevitable - and just reward for his endeavours 245/5
    102.1 Flintoff takes two strides down the pitch and aims to thump the ball over extra cover, gets a thick edge and Glichrist holds a good catch diving high to his right. Flintoff slowly heads off as the SCG stands to recognise a fine innings ... and it's five catches for Gilchrist 291/9
    88.5 no hiding place this time and he's gone! That one was too good, too fast and Read can't control it, flashing an edge through off the back foot. He could have left it, as it happened, given the ball swung away but it was all over with very quickly. 258/6
    88.6 Lee's on a hat-trick, Mahmood has no idea where that's gone - to Hayden at gully as it happens. Top stuff from Lee again - hostile and England have no answers to either him or McGrath 258/7
    98.6 yorker, Harmison shapes to turn to leg but misses, the ball hits him on the full and no doubts with Bowden's decision ... that was going on to hit a third of the way up middle and leg 282/8
    103.4 Panesar picks the wrong ball to sweep, it started on off stump and never moved, he missed it and Aleem Dar had a simple decision to make. It's Warne's 1000th international wicket but the celebrations are so muted as to be almost non existent ... a handshake from his colleagues and a half smile from the man himself 291/10
    not out
    0
    5
    0
    0
    0.00
    Extras
    10 (w 3, nb 2, lb 5)
    TOTAL
    291 all out (103.4 Overs, 462 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    GD McGrath29.086732.31
    B Lee22.057533.40
    SR Clark24.066232.58
    SK Warne22.416913.04
    A Symonds6.021302.16
    Fall of wickets:1-45 (AJ Strauss, 14.2 ov), 2-58 (AN Cook, 19.1 ov), 3-166 (KP Pietersen, 58.3 ov), 4-167 (IR Bell, 60.1 ov), 5-245 (PD Collingwood, 85.6 ov), 6-258 (CMW Read, 88.5 ov), 7-258 (SI Mahmood, 88.6 ov), 8-282 (SJ Harmison, 98.6 ov), 9-291 (A Flintoff, 102.1 ov), 10-291 (MS Panesar, 103.4 ov)
  • BATSMEN
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    9.3 and Anderson strikes! Not the best of balls, on the leg-side, and Langer chases after the ball and it comes off his glove, Read snapping up the catch and appealing/celebrating immediately 34/1
    25.3 short and wide, inexplicably Hayden slashes at it and the ball flies off the top edge straight to Collingwood at second slip. Harmison jumps in delight, Hayden stands bemused with his own shot selection for a short time before heading off 100/2
    32.3 now that's a big shout and Panesar thinks the man is gone after Anderson's direct hit from mid-on, ten yards away. A silly single to risk and Bowden nodded immediately there, with replays confirming that Ponting's about a foot short. Huge roars from the crowd as the verdict flashes on the screen. What a wicket for England - Ponting has gone 118/3
    56.2 slanted across the left hander, Hussey plays for the swing but there is none, a thin edge just carries to a diving Chris Read who makes a tough catch look oh-so-easy. An almost perfect start for England. 190/5
    43.1 big appeal and gone! Harmison got some extra lift there and Clarke went fishing on his back foot, attempting a cut 155/4
    73.1 done him! Terrible shot from Symonds, looking to swing away on the on-side but plays all round it and he's cleaned up just short of what would have been a well-deserved half-century. He was playing so well, working the singles around, but a head rush, a swoosh, and he's gone 260/6
    80.3 gone! Fishing at a very wide one and it appears an edge flies up to Read - or was the noise bat into the ground? There's a long time for the crooked finger to spell doom. Gilchrist can't believe it and the crowd can't either - the boos ring out as the dismissal is replayed on the giant screens around the SCG and Gilchrist walks off keeping his emotions to himself 318/7
    96.3 ah, the fairytale ends. Warne comes way out of his crease and the wristy Read does the rest, whipping off the bails with ease. That's six dismissals again for Read, as at Melbourne. The SCG rises as one for Warne who jogs off waving his bat. Relief is writ large in the form of a huge smile for McGrath, pleased in a small way that it wasn't him to fall at the last to leave Warne stranded 393/10
    83.3 same line as the previous delivery, just short of a length and Brett Lee fends at the ball and nicks it. A routine catch for Chris Read, his fifth of the innings 325/8
    95.3 gone this time … Clark ballooning that one in the air, trying to hook, and Pietersen runs in for an easy catch, which he takes coolly. Clark goes for 35, his second-highest Test score. 393/9
    not out
    0
    3
    0
    0
    0.00
    Extras
    20 (w 4, nb 6, lb 10)
    TOTAL
    393 all out (96.3 Overs, 432 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    A Flintoff17.025613.29
    JM Anderson26.089833.76
    SJ Harmison23.058023.47
    SI Mahmood11.015915.36
    MS Panesar19.309024.61
    Fall of wickets:1-34 (JL Langer, 9.3 ov), 2-100 (ML Hayden, 25.3 ov), 3-118 (RT Ponting, 32.3 ov), 4-155 (MJ Clarke, 43.1 ov), 5-190 (MEK Hussey, 56.2 ov), 6-260 (A Symonds, 73.1 ov), 7-318 (AC Gilchrist, 80.3 ov), 8-325 (B Lee, 83.3 ov), 9-393 (SR Clark, 95.3 ov), 10-393 (SK Warne, 96.3 ov)
  • BATSMEN
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    14.3 full-length ball, zipping back into Strauss who plays across the line, misses, and Aleem Dar does the rest. It certainly hit him in front, and Hawkeye suggests the ball was clipping the leg stump 55/2
    2.3 short but that got big on him and was on him earlier than he thought. A very poor shot from Cook, trying to hook and he chipped that one high in the air - like a coach at catching practice, really - and England have lost their first wicket 5/1
    20.5 back to the wide line but this time Bell throws the kitchen sink at it and the snick can be heard even with the Barmies in full flow. Gilchrist throws the ball to the heavens in celebration and Bell hangs his head in shame, as well he might 64/3
    43.3 McGrath strikes! Good length, a fraction outside off stump, Pietersen prods, nicks and a jubilant Gilchrist throws the ball high as a grinning McGrath is mobbed by his team-mates. 114/6
    34.6 edged and gone! What a terrific catch from Hayden at gully, clasping that one very low indeed, after Collingwood edged that going for the drive 98/4
    41.3 done him this time - Flintoff drags himself down the pitch, leaning out to defend, and his foot is out of the crease as Warne spins that one from leg to past his off stump. He tries to get his foot back, in vain, and it's on the line. Gilchrist knows it's out - he took the bails off and set off sprinting. Dar knows it too, nodding his head immediately, but the third umpire's called for anyway. Flintoff knows it, and he can barely look at the screen 113/5
    run out (Symonds)
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    19
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    0
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    48.6 Short of a length, Read pushes at it and edges to Ponting at second slip where he takes a good waist-high catch diving to his left 122/8
    49.6 McGrath nips one back, it keeps a little low but that makes not a scrap of difference as Mahmood was back in his crease and airborne as well, and his off stump is pegged back via a thin edge. 123/9
    not out
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    26
    2
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    61.53
    57.6 gone this time and McGrath takes the final wicket at his home ground, the SCG. Anderson aimed the easiest of catches up into the midwicket region to bring the innings to an end and leave Australia needing a mere 47 for a deserved 5-0 whitewash 147/10
    Extras
    9 (b 2, w 1, nb 3, lb 3)
    TOTAL
    147 all out (f/o) (58 Overs, 278 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    B Lee14.053932.78
    GD McGrath21.0113831.80
    SR Clark12.042922.41
    SK Warne6.012313.83
    A Symonds5.021302.60
    Fall of wickets:1-5 (AN Cook, 2.3 ov), 2-55 (AJ Strauss, 14.3 ov), 3-64 (IR Bell, 20.5 ov), 4-98 (PD Collingwood, 34.6 ov), 5-113 (A Flintoff, 41.3 ov), 6-114 (KP Pietersen, 43.3 ov), 7-114 (MS Panesar, 47.2 ov), 8-122 (CMW Read, 48.6 ov), 9-123 (SI Mahmood, 49.6 ov), 10-147 (JM Anderson, 57.6 ov)

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