Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    M
    B
    4s
    6s
    SR
    107
    201
    142
    10
    0
    75.35
    46.2 banged in, Joyce plays a tired pull which he doesn't get hold of and the ball loops to wide midwicket. A great ovation as he walks off. His innings has given England something to bowl at and also ensured that John Buchanan gets his wish of making sure Australia are in a game at last 256/5
    10.6 GOT HIM! McGrath dropped it short, as he was bound to do, and Loye tried to keep things positive by playing the hook. But it was a stroke played with no conviction, and a steepling top-edge ended in the hands of deep square-leg! 58/1
    33.1 and the drinks break brings a breakthrough once again! And it's that old shark McGrath who does the job. It was short, Bell went for a big swing, and Gilchrist steadied himself under a big top-edge 169/2
    36.4 Flintoff back, it hits him high up and the immediate thought was that it might have been going over the top. It pitched in line and was certainly straight ... is this the start of England's wobble? 179/3
    42.3 well, not a dismissal you'll see in a Test. Strauss walks right across his stumps and scoops the ball to leg ... it goes straight up and Clark only has to move eight or nine yards at backward square leg to take a sitter 222/4
    47.6 driven to long-on, the two players get in a real mess over the second and both end up at the bowler's end ... Dalrymple goes but surely Bopara should have sacrificed himself 274/7
    46.6 another one banged in, and this time Nixon plays a really nothing semi-pull shot which lobs to extra cover. A short and certainly not sweet stay. 261/6
    not out
    7
    14
    5
    1
    0
    140.00
    not out
    10
    8
    7
    1
    0
    142.85
    Extras
    25 (lb 5, nb 1, w 19)
    TOTAL
    292/7 (50 Overs, RR: 5.84)
    Fall of wickets: 1-58 (MB Loye, 10.6 ov), 2-169 (IR Bell, 33.1 ov), 3-179 (A Flintoff, 36.4 ov), 4-222 (AJ Strauss, 42.3 ov), 5-256 (EC Joyce, 46.2 ov), 6-261 (PA Nixon, 46.6 ov), 7-274 (JWM Dalrymple, 47.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    SW Tait1006826.80338050
    NW Bracken915315.88264120
    SR Clark1005505.50265010
    GD McGrath1005125.10376121
    MJ Clarke401804.50100000
    A Symonds201608.0052000
    CL White512615.20161030
  • BATSMEN
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    0.1 what a start! Brilliant, brilliant delivery from Plunkett. Full, fast, inswinging, perfect yorker length, and Gilchrist has no answer whatsoever! Well, well ... England are on a roll! 0/1
    20.4 there's the breakthrough! And it's that man on the drive who does the trick. Lots of width from Mahmood, Hayden went for a big booming drive and it's a smart reflex take from Jamie Dalrymple at short cover! Not the best ball, but the best result as far as England are concerned 116/4
    1.2 GOTTIM! Well, well, what a start from England! Shorter and straighter, Hodge tried to leave alone but it was onto him too quickly and a big inside-edge deflected onto his middle stump! 4/2
    12.2 awful dismissal! that was wide, got wider and Clarke needed an extension to reach it and Nixon dived in front of slip to hold a good catch. England get lucky ... 45/3
    39
    64
    35
    4
    1
    111.42
    23.6 tidy stuff from Panesar. Shambolic stuff from ... ahem ... us. But ho hum, what can we do? Sorry about all this 130/4
    24.4 beautiful ball! Hits the seam, bounces sharply and cramps Hussey for room, and he chops it onto his stumps! That could well be game, set and match! 137/5
    30.1 Flintoff strikes with his first ball of the new spell! A hint of width tempted White into a rash swipe, and Nixon makes no mistake! England are right into the elongated tail 160/6
    33.6 beautiful ball! Tossed right up, much much slower, and Bracken played all round it as the ball crashed into middle and leg. Another one bites the dust, and with Glenn McGrath now at the crease, it's safe to say the game is up. Or is it? 180/7
    not out
    15
    10
    23
    2
    0
    65.21
    36.3 GONE! McGrath steps across his stumps, Plunkett raps him on the kneeroll, Harper raises his finger. Easy as pie, and England are almost home and hosed! 187/8
    38.5 Bell has sealed it with a run-out! Pushed on to the back foot, Tait was slow to start running, and Bell swooped from cover to ping down the stumps! 200/9
    Extras
    24 (lb 8, w 16)
    TOTAL
    200 all out (38.5 Overs, RR: 5.15)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (AC Gilchrist, 0.1 ov), 2-4 (BJ Hodge, 1.2 ov), 3-45 (MJ Clarke, 12.2 ov), 4-116 (ML Hayden, 20.4 ov), 4-130 (A Symonds, ), 5-137 (MEK Hussey, 24.4 ov), 6-160 (CL White, 30.1 ov), 7-180 (NW Bracken, 33.6 ov), 8-187 (GD McGrath, 36.3 ov), 9-200 (SW Tait, 38.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    LE Plunkett9.512432.44492060
    SI Mahmood703825.42285040
    A Flintoff804715.87307110
    MS Panesar1006416.40254200
    RS Bopara401914.75141010

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