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The Ashes - 1st Test

Australia v England

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

39.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, oh, lbw shout, and a massive one from Peter Siddle! Huge shout, and Siddle was utterly convinced. But Aleem Dar gives it not out, and Ponting is not interested in a review. He's right not to go for it - big inside edge.

England 125/4   IR Bell 0* (1b)

41.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, Siddle's steaming in now, nips it back in from short of a length, Bell leaves it alone

41.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, again it's left alone outside off - Siddle's getting more bounce than any of the other quicks

41.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, probing outside off, Bell lets it go

41.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, same again, he's trying to tempt Bell, but the batsman isn't interested

41.5

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, crunched away through cover-point, what a good shot to get off the mark! Bell waits and gets on the back foot, getting down on that one to run it away to the boundary. He's in fine form after that 192 in Hobart

41.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, on the pads now, Bell can't get it away

England 129/4   IR Bell 4* (7b 1x4)

43.1

Siddle to Bell, 2 runs, attempts to go very full and overdoes slightly, giving Bell a full toss on leg stump that is clipped to midwicket for a couple

43.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, good line, perhaps a just short of the ideal length, Bell defends solidly

43.3

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, too short and too wide, Bell's stylish cut was uppish and cleared point by a distance, for a moment the bowler thought he was in with a chance

43.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, still a fraction short from Siddle, but the line and the intent is good, Bell very calm in defence

43.5

Siddle to Bell, 2 runs, short again, Bell has to wait an age for it to arrive, rolls the wrists nicely as he pulls to deep square for a couple

43.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, frustrating over for Siddle, he looked annoyed at the end of it, finishes the over with a widish ball outside off

England 137/4   IR Bell 12* (13b 2x4)

44.4

Doherty to Bell, no run, Bell skips down the track straight away, ends up defending. The Aussie fielders seemed to like it, plenty of chat from them

44.5

Doherty to Bell, no run, once again Bell is down the track and driving firmly back to the bowler, who fumbles, the ground get excited but it's a bump-ball

44.6

Doherty to Bell, 2 runs, ooh! Bell down the wicket again and skewing a lofted drive, huge cry of catch from the bowler but it cleared mid-off comfortably in the end, still, Doherty won't mind that at all

England 142/4   IR Bell 14* (16b 2x4)

45.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, decent pace from Johnson, but an indecent line - outside off - and length - too short

45.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, ah, much better, slower ball by the looks of things, but drawing Bell forward to defend

45.6

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, banged in short, Bell rocks back and pulls, more a controlled pull than anything expansive, picks up a single to deep square

England 146/4   IR Bell 15* (19b 2x4)

46.1

Doherty to Bell, 2 runs, quite flat from Doherty, coming around the wicket to Bell, who gets low and sweeps fine for a couple

46.2

Doherty to Bell, no run, once again Bell is looking to use his feet, decides against anything more expansive than defence this time

46.3

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, goodness, Bell was in position to sweep while Doherty was still in his run up pretty much, plays one of those gentle guides behind square for one

England 149/4   IR Bell 18* (22b 2x4)

47.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, very low arm from Johnson here, but the delivery is a good one, straight and on a length and defended

47.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, now then! What's this we have a referral! It was a length delivery that zipped past, very close to Bell's outside edge, there was a sound but no great appeal from Australia first of all, Katich at short leg was convinced and demanded the UDRS, but HotSpot shows nothing and the decision stands

47.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, good pace on this and Bell gets back in a hurry to drop into the leg side with soft hands

47.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, outside off stump and left all alone by Bell

47.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, Johnson tempts with a full, slower ball outside off stump but Bell resists

47.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, quickest delivery of the day I think, good line too, straight and Bell rocks back to defend with the fullest of faces

England 151/4   IR Bell 18* (28b 2x4)

48.2

Doherty to Bell, no run, Doherty looks tidy, it'd be nice if he threw a few up, but he's accurate here and Bell defends

48.3

Doherty to Bell, no run, touch of spin here, angled in from around the wicket and defended carefully

48.4

Doherty to Bell, no run, spin again from Doherty, who's action is not entirely unlike Daniel Vettori, left well alone

48.5

Doherty to Bell, no run, ripper! Spin and bounce and quick off the track too, zipping past Bell's outside edge. Top work from the X man

48.6

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, less alarm this time, prodded into space for a strike-stealing single

England 155/4   IR Bell 19* (33b 2x4)

49.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, Johnson seems to have found some rhythm here, better pace but far enough outside off for Bell to leave alone

49.2

Johnson to Bell, 2 runs, Johnson is doing everything, hurls it down swiftly and then hares off after the ball to collect Bell's firm push through mid-on

49.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, lovely delivery, that's the one for Johnson, full enough to leave Bell stuck on the crease, honing in around off stump, Bell defends uneasily

49.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, Bell is judging his off stump very well at the moment, leaving anything he doesn't need to play

49.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, oops, the first real clanger from MJ, slung down the leg side, but Haddin collects and no harm done

49.6

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, back of a length and Bell drops it with the softest hands into the off side and scampers off for a single

England 158/4   IR Bell 22* (39b 2x4)

50.1

Doherty to Bell, no run, good ball this, touch slower and finds some spin as Bell stretches forward to defend

50.2

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, the line drifts to leg a fraction and Bell tickles around the corner for one

England 159/4   IR Bell 23* (41b 2x4)

51.1

Watson to Bell, no run, some swing there, gentle pace, and too far outside off to interest Bell, but with the clouds Watson has found some movement in the air

51.2

Watson to Bell, no run, again there's a touch of wobble on the way down, but the line won't worry Bell

51.3

Watson to Bell, no run, good length from Watson, full and inviting, but just too wide to draw a shot

51.4

Watson to Bell, 4 leg byes, Watson adjusts his line but overeggs it, slipping down the leg side, via thigh pad, to the fine leg boundary

51.5

Watson to Bell, no run, back outside off this time and Bell is back on the leave

51.6

Watson to Bell, no run, Watson likes this, big smile on his face. It was a decent delivery I suppose, touch of away movement, but too wide

England 163/4   IR Bell 23* (47b 2x4)

53.1

Watson to Bell, no run, once again Watson is full outside off and once again Bell is happy to leave alone

53.2

Watson to Bell, no run, you'll never guess what - Bell leaves outside off stump

53.3

Watson to Bell, no run, well it's a game of patience, Watson v Bell and at the moment Bell is happy to leave alone

53.4

Watson to Bell, no run, the variation straight ball drifts towards the legs, clips the pads and Haddin collect

53.5

Watson to Bell, 2 runs, short ball that Bell watches carefully to wheel a pull down to deep square, controlled shot

53.6

Watson to Bell, no run, and the over ends as it begun, with Bell leaving alone outside off. So, one over until the tea break

England 169/4   IR Bell 25* (53b 2x4)

54.4

North to Bell, no run, North happy to throw one up outside off, inviting a drive which Bell duly delivers, timing it nicely to point

54.5

North to Bell, no run, once again he invites a drive, played nicely straight to the fielder

54.6

North to Bell, no run, good delivery this time, bit of bounce and spin too, Bell leaves alone

England 170/4   IR Bell 25* (56b 2x4)

55.6

Watson to Bell, 1 run, Bell watchful and full-facing into the covers, skips off for a single to take him to the break

England 172/4   IR Bell 26* (57b 2x4)

56.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, curving away outside Bell's off stump, he leaves it

56.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, this one wobbles in the air, swinging in a little, and it's defended to leg

56.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 2 runs, lovely outswing, full enough to tempt the drive, but Bell was equal to the task with a solid cover-drive that finds the gap

56.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, outswing again - good signs for Australia - and this one is left alone

56.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, swinging away again, but too wide to tempt Bell

56.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 wide, same again, too wide of off - in fact that one has been called a wide by Billy Doctrove

56.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, another one in almost the same spot - this time Doctrove lets the bowler get away with it

England 175/4   IR Bell 28* (63b 2x4)

58.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, too wide of off though, he hasn't made Bell play once again

58.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 wide, too wide again - and called. Hilfenhaus really must start these outswingers from on the stumps

58.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, a bit straighter now, but again Bell doesn't have to play

58.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, this one is better, starting just a touch outside off and swinging away, but again Bell shoulders arms

58.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 3 runs, shorter and well pulled, Bell whips this one through midwicket and it's chased down just inside the boundary

England 180/4   IR Bell 31* (67b 2x4)

59.1

Watson to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, Watson gets a bit of outswing against the wind

59.2

Watson to Bell, 1 no ball, left alone again, both men are bowling wide of off, swinging it away and trying to force the batsman to take a risk if he wants to score

59.2

Watson to Bell, no run, fuller and a touch straighter, it's driven to mid-off

59.3

Watson to Bell, 3 runs, Bell is happy to wait for the bad ball instead of chasing outside off, he clips this one off his pads through midwicket and an energetic chase to the boundary from Katich keeps them to three

England 184/4   IR Bell 34* (71b 2x4)

60.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, shapes away outside off and Bell leaves it

60.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, again it's left alone outside off

60.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, curving away, Bell lets it go

60.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, indeed I could have for that ball

60.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, a fraction straighter, but still no need for Bell to play

60.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, ditto, left alone, too wide

England 188/4   IR Bell 34* (77b 2x4)

62.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, straighter line from Hilfenhaus and moves away a fraction, Bell blocks

62.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, very full and wide and swinging away, Bell square drives straight to the man at point

62.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone safely again

62.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, swinging away from outside off again, Bell defends

62.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, ah, something to snap the crowd out of their slumber! This one pitches just outside off and doesn't swing at all - straightens if anything, and Bell plays it late, the ball narrowly beats the outside edge

62.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 run, clipped to mid-on for a quick single

England 191/4   IR Bell 35* (83b 2x4)

63.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, fullish and straight, makes Bell play immediately, and his drive finds cover

63.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, well outside off this time, Bell leaves it

63.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, too wide of off, Bell won't chase it

63.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, fuller and straigher, Bell jams the bat down to drive but can't get it off the square

63.5

Siddle to Bell, 1 wide, waaaay too wide of off, and Aleem Dar is having none of that

63.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, straighter, but still not straight enough to make Bell play

63.6

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, Bell's patience is running out, he gets another wide one and chases it, cutting hard forward of point and although the ball slows down dramatically in the outfield, it trickles in to the boundary

England 196/4   IR Bell 39* (89b 3x4)

64.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, fuller, a drive-able length just outside off, Bell pushes to mid-on

64.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, driven to the off side, can't beat the field

64.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, cut to point but can't find the gap

64.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, well now, this one beats the outside edge. Angling in and straight enough to confuse Bell a little, then it swings away late

64.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, pushed back down the pitch

England 197/4   IR Bell 39* (94b 3x4)

66.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, ah yes, Ian Bell is still in! Driven to cover safely

66.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

66.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, shaping away, left alone

66.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, pushed away to cover

66.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, (no ball) FOUR, great shot from Bell, just to remind the crowd that this innings ain't over yet, he's latched on to a fullish outswinger and driven through cover point

66.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, outswinger again, defended this time

66.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 3 runs, leg side this time, it was on the pads and Bell clips through midwicket to pick up three and retain the strike

England 205/7   IR Bell 46* (101b 4x4)

67.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, good line, swinging in to Bell, who defends

67.2

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, ah, lovely stroke! It's swinging in on the pads, Bell picks it up to lift it in the air over square leg, it beats deep backward square to reach the boundary

67.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, straight, right on off stump, and it's defended

67.4

Siddle to Bell, 3 runs, another fine shot, Bell clips this through midwicket to pick up another three

England 212/7   IR Bell 53* (105b 5x4)

68.5

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, ah, that is dreamy, Bell has absolutely creamed that through extra cover, timed perfectly, just opening the face to beat cover, it flew to the boundary. He's on top of his game here

68.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, play and a miss! Bell looking to come at Johnson, edging down the wicket and aiming an expansive drive, doesn't connect

England 226/7   IR Bell 57* (107b 6x4)

70.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, not much Bell can do with that, good length and line and carefully blocked

70.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, haha! Marvellous stuff, Bell skips down the wicket and has an almighty heave-ho, missing the ball and getting a hilarious stare from the mustachioed MJ

70.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, quieter this time, on a length and line and defended watchfully

70.4

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, lovely shot here, Johnson goes full and Bell creams a straight drive with perfect timing, beats mid-off and races to the rope

70.5

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, slashed wide of the slips! Bell gets the single he wants, not quite how he wanted it but it was well wide of the cordon and third man fields, Johnson has one ball at Anderson

England 234/8   IR Bell 62* (112b 7x4)

71.1

Siddle to Bell, 2 runs, well, Bell is not under any pressure with a field like this and a inside edge runs away gently towards square leg, but with the field set deep Bell has the time to come back for a second

71.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, good delivery, wicket-taking full length and a touch of nibble off the wicket, Bell leaves alone

71.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, Siddle is in perfect rhythm here, generating good pace and Bell tries the most delicate of late cuts, but it's too close for him to time and ends up bottom-edging into the ground to slip

71.4

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, Bell content to give Anderson two deliveries, dropping this into the off side with soft hands

England 237/8   IR Bell 65* (116b 7x4)

72.1

Johnson to Bell, 2 runs, Johnson slings down a short ball that Bell is back and pulling in a flash, he immediately called two and got them as deep midwicket ran round to field on the boundary

72.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, some width outside off stump, Bell steers to deep point but rejects the single, drawing a few boos from the pumped-up Aussie crowd

72.3

Johnson to Bell, 2 runs, this is some innings from Bell, driven hard into a gap wide of extra cover, straight away he called for two and got them

72.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, better delivery from Johnson here, tighter on off stump, Bell rocks forward to defend comfortably

72.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, gets the width he would have wanted but probably tried to overhit the ball a touch, picked out cover with his drive

72.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, good finish from Johnson, giving Bell no chance to get either the single or a boundary, banged in short and zipping past Bell's ear as he swayed inside the line. Anderson has to face Siddle now

England 245/8   IR Bell 69* (122b 7x4)

73.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, excellent work from Siddle, spears in a yorker that Bell clamps down on just in time

73.3

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, Siddle overdoes the yorker, ends up a low full toss that Bell clips down the ground, he wanted two, but picked out long-on and Anderson is back on strike

England 247/8   IR Bell 70* (124b 7x4)

74.1

Doherty to Bell, no run, touch of turn, nothing massive, but enough to keep Bell's defence careful

74.2

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, Australia won't mind this, Bell picks a single to mid-off bringing Anderson on strike

England 249/8   IR Bell 71* (126b 7x4)

75.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, good start from the perma-bearded one, on a length and line and Bell defends

75.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, FOUR, magnificent stuff, Bell down the wicket and driving over mid-off powerfully, beautiful shot really, he's in total command

75.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, Hilfenhaus bangs it in short in response - lesson 26 from the book of fast-bowling cliches, Bell tries to wheel a pull shot away but misses

75.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 run, good cricket here, Bell down the wicket, Hilfenhaus dropping it short in response, Bell hops, turns it to midwicket for one

England 254/8   IR Bell 76* (130b 8x4)

76.1

Doherty to Bell, OUT, that's it! Bell's masterful vigil comes to an end and Doherty has his first Test wicket! Bell down the wicket and aiming a chipped cover drive, probably got to much on it and it looped out to deep cover who gleefully snaffled the chance

IR Bell c Watson b Doherty 76 (183m 131b 8x4 0x6) SR: 58.01

England 254/9   IR Bell 76 (131b 8x4)
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Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2011
England won by an innings and 83 runs
Australia v England at Melbourne - Dec 26-29, 2010
England won by an innings and 157 runs
Australia v England at Perth - Dec 16-19, 2010
Australia won by 267 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Dec 3-7, 2010
England won by an innings and 71 runs
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Match drawn
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Nov 29, 2010

Alastair Cook clips to leg, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day, November 29, 2010

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