• BATSMEN
    R
    B
    4s
    6s
    SR
    17.3 tossed up and outside the off, Trescothick pokes at that one and only manages an outside edge. Hayden at slip takes a good catch low down and to his left 82/1
    79.4 well flighted and outside the off, spinning in, Strauss prods at it, pad and inside edge, Simon Katich dives across the pitch beautifully and takes the catch. 5-for for Warne, another top performance from the champion leggie 297/7
    23.5 gone! Warne strikes again! short ball, pitched outside the leg stump and turning across, Vaughan goes back looking to flick it away through midwicket but ends up hitting straight to Clarke at short midwicket - England two down! 102/2
    26 it's that man Warne again! the one that goes straight after pitching and Bell trying to defend it on the front-foot gets hit on the pad plumb in front of the stumps, loud appeal and Bowden's crooked finger goes up 104/3
    33.3 tossed up and on the pads, drifting in towards the leg stump, Pietersen tries to flick but the ball spins enough to beat the bat and crash into the stumps! What a spell this is from Warne the magician 131/4
    70.1 fullish, outside the off, just a bit of a wobble through the air, a McGrath special, Flintoff plays at it and edges, Warne takes a good catch at slip. That is a big wicket for Australia 274/5
    76.3 full, fast, sharp inswing, finally Tait gets one right. This homes in on Collingwood's toes. Loud shout for the lbw, given! Rudi Koertzen's slow finger of death goes up 289/6
    89.3 just short of a good length once more and on the off, just a hint of away swing, Jones plays down the wrong line and loses his off stump! Good strike from Lee 325/8
    105.3 full and straight, Giles just turned down the single so Harmison would not be exposed, but here he goes, trapped in front by Warne 373/10
    100.2 slower ball, very cleverly bowled, it's the split-finger delivery, Hoggard goes for a drive, ambitious, the ball lands safely in Martyn's hands at short cover 345/9
    not out
    20
    20
    4
    0
    100.00
    Extras
    18 (b 4, lb 6, nb 7, w 1)
    TOTAL
    373 all out (105.3 Overs, 471 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    GD McGrath27.057222.6610
    B Lee23.039414.0803
    SW Tait15.016114.0603
    SK Warne37.3512263.2500
    SM Katich3.001404.6600
    Fall of wickets:1-82 (ME Trescothick, 17.3 ov), 2-102 (MP Vaughan, 23.5 ov), 3-104 (IR Bell, 25.6 ov), 4-131 (KP Pietersen, 33.3 ov), 5-274 (A Flintoff, 70.1 ov), 6-289 (PD Collingwood, 76.3 ov), 7-297 (AJ Strauss, 79.4 ov), 8-325 (GO Jones, 89.3 ov), 9-345 (MJ Hoggard, 100.2 ov), 10-373 (AF Giles, 105.3 ov)
  • BATSMEN
    R
    B
    4s
    6s
    SR
    105
    146
    11
    2
    71.91
    52.4 just short of a length and outside the off, Langer plays away from his body, the ball goes off the inside edge back onto leg and then stump 185/1
    92.3 Got him! Flintoff strikes with one that bends in and crashes into Hayden's pad, which is the only thing that stops the ball from crashing into the top of off stump. It needed something special to get Hayden and Flintoff provided it 323/4
    72.2 short of a length, outside the off, this ball gets big on Ponting, extra bounce surprises Ponting and he can only fend the ball towards gully where Andrew Strauss takes a good catch diving forward 264/2
    80.4 short ball on the stumps, Flintoff has put some effort into this, the ball gets big on Martyn who plays an awkward pull shot straight to Collingwood at square leg 281/3
    103.3 fullish, straight, swinging just enough to beat the bat, Clarke plays down the wrong line and is trapped plumb in front 359/7
    95 And another! Freddie has come to the party at The Oval! it's the inswinger to the left-hander, the ball pitches on and straightens, Katich shapes to play and misses, rapped on the pad, loud shout, and Rodi Koertzen's super-slow-mo 329/5
    101.1 full and swinging late, Gilchrist overbalances trying to flick and cops it on the pad, loud shout from Hoggard and Billy Bowden raises the finger 356/6
    104.5 short one banged in, Warne can't resist and goes for the pull, he only manages a top edge that goes straight up in the air for Vaughan to catch at mid-on. Vaughan juggles it but holds on 363/8
    107.1 short ball, Lee goes for the pull, the ball sails high and wide but cannot beat Giles at midwicket 367/10
    106 full and outside the off, there's swing, McGrath edges straight to Andrew Strauss at second slip 363/9
    not out
    1
    2
    0
    0
    50.00
    Extras
    23 (b 4, lb 8, nb 9, w 2)
    TOTAL
    367 all out (107.1 Overs, 494 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    SJ Harmison22.028713.9522
    MJ Hoggard24.129744.0101
    A Flintoff34.0107852.2906
    AF Giles23.017603.3000
    PD Collingwood4.001704.2500
    Fall of wickets:1-185 (JL Langer, 52.4 ov), 2-264 (RT Ponting, 72.2 ov), 3-281 (DR Martyn, 80.4 ov), 4-323 (ML Hayden, 92.3 ov), 5-329 (SM Katich, 94.6 ov), 6-356 (AC Gilchrist, 101.1 ov), 7-359 (MJ Clarke, 103.3 ov), 8-363 (SK Warne, 104.5 ov), 9-363 (GD McGrath, 105.6 ov), 10-367 (B Lee, 107.1 ov)
  • BATSMEN
    R
    B
    4s
    6s
    SR
    33.1 tossed up, outside the off, spinning in, Trescothick misses, Warne does not. The ball is heading straight for the stumps and Rudi Koertzen upholds Warne's pleading appeal this time 109/4
    3.4 And Warne turns it on! Tossed up, outside the off, big legbreak, off the inside edge to Katich at forward short-leg 2/1
    22.4 fullish, on the off, Vaughan feels for that one outside the off, it's a thick edge, Gilchrist flies across to his left, that orange glove extending as full as possible and pouches a magnificent catch! 67/2
    22.5 Gone! First ball! McGrath strikes again! good length ball outside the off, moving away just enough to kiss the edge of the bat as Bell flirts outside the off, Shane Warne gleefully accepts the catch at first slip! 67/3
    82.5 Gone! Finally Pietersen's magic innings of 158 comes to an end. Glenn McGrath produces a peach of a delivery that beats bat and rearranges the stumps. Standing ovation from the crowd and Pietersen deserves it 308/8
    37.5 Warne snags another! Fullish, on the off, Flintoff is beaten by the flight and pushes back towards Warne who makes no mistake with the catch! 126/5
    51.5 fullish and on the off, Collingwood shapes to defend, pad bat, Ponting dives forward brilliantly and takes the catch! That is a vital wicket and 10 in the match for Warne 186/6
    56.5 full, reverse swinging, quick, Jones misses and Tait strikes, the off stump goes cartwheeling out of the grounbd! 199/7
    59
    97
    7
    0
    60.82
    91.1 full and down the leg side, Giles plays and misses and is bowled round the legs. Five wickets for Shane Warne and end of an important innings from Giles 335/9
    not out
    4
    35
    0
    0
    11.42
    91.3 perfectly pitched legbreak, the ball spins and takes the outside edge, Hayden dives to his right and takes a good catch 335/10
    Extras
    16 (b 4, nb 5, w 7)
    TOTAL
    335 all out (91.3 Overs, 432 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    GD McGrath26.038533.2601
    B Lee20.048804.4014
    SK Warne38.3312463.2210
    MJ Clarke2.00603.0000
    SW Tait5.002815.6010
    Fall of wickets:1-2 (AJ Strauss, 3.4 ov), 2-67 (MP Vaughan, 22.4 ov), 3-67 (IR Bell, 22.5 ov), 4-109 (ME Trescothick, 33.1 ov), 5-126 (A Flintoff, 37.5 ov), 6-186 (PD Collingwood, 51.5 ov), 7-199 (GO Jones, 56.5 ov), 8-308 (KP Pietersen, 82.5 ov), 9-335 (AF Giles, 91.1 ov), 10-335 (SJ Harmison, 91.3 ov)

Match Notes

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