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The Ashes - 4th Test

Australia v England

England won by an innings and 157 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

96.1

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, first ball to Prior is pitched up and jabbed out to midwicket

96.2

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 1 run, this is worked away for a single into the leg side, gets Prior off the mark

England 287/5   MJ Prior 1* (2b)

97.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, neither here, because it's outside off stump and Prior steers to gully

97.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, this is short, but very short and Prior flinches inside the line to let it go by

97.3

Johnson to Prior, no run, this is much too wide of off to draw Prior into a shot. Not ideal from the bowler really

97.4

Johnson to Prior, no run, urgh, it's another horrid wide delivery well outside off stump, Prior ignores it

97.5

Johnson to Prior, 1 wide, oh crickey, this is so short it almost hit his own toe, predictably it gets up very high, too high for the umpire's liking

97.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, Johnson lands a straight ball and celebrates by giving Prior a stare after he defended carefully

97.6

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, ah, good finish to the over for Johnson but gets four against his name, swung away a fraction and flicked the outside edge going down wide of the slips to the third man rope

England 294/5   MJ Prior 5* (8b 1x4)

99.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, shortish bouncer, touch too far down the leg side and Prior easily lets it go by

99.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, fuller this time and outside off, a slash-at-me-please type of delivery but Prior does nothing of the sort and instead leaves alone

99.3

Johnson to Prior, 1 no ball, gone this time! Johnson gets another! Or has he!? It was a clear nick behind but umpire Dar thinks it might be a no ball. The replay suggests it might be! Ricky Ponting might explode here... Really good work from umpire Dar, he clearly felt there might be a problem and just as Australia were celebrating he called Prior back and consulted the third umpire which proved Johnson had overstepped the line

99.3

Johnson to Prior, 1 run, well, after all that action this is a quiet clip to leg for a single

99.6

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, this will make Johnson even more annoyed, lovely drive from Prior, stroking through extra cover and making Ponting chase all the way to the rope

England 301/5   MJ Prior 10* (13b 2x4)

100.5

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, very careful defence from Prior this time

100.6

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 2 runs, touch short and enough width for Prior to unfurl a stylish back-foot drive through cover for a couple to end a very lively session!

England 304/5   MJ Prior 12* (15b 2x4)

101.4

Johnson to Prior, 2 runs, hooked, top-edged, and the slip cordon charges back ... but the ball drops safely in no-man's land behind them. The luck remains with Prior

101.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, short of a good length, Prior resists the urge to play an attacking horizontal bat stroke this time, tapping the ball back down the wicket

101.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, short again, a true bouncer this time and Prior sways out of the way in a hurry

England 311/5   MJ Prior 14* (18b 2x4)

102.5

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, Prior leans into an aggressive drive ... the ball goes nowhere though, he's not found the middle of the bat with much regularity yet

102.6

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, very full on off stump, dug out to mid-off

England 312/5   MJ Prior 14* (20b 2x4)

103.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, moving towards the slips slightly after pitching, chopped down to gully

103.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, pushed fuller and wider by Johnson, too wide to play a controlled shot to and Prior wisely opts to leave alone

England 313/5   MJ Prior 14* (22b 2x4)

105.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, testing line and good pace from Johnson, Prior stays deep in the crease and plays the ball down behind square on the off side

105.2

Johnson to Prior, 1 run, short from Johnson, but down the leg side and the ball is hooked down to fine leg ... all along the ground

105.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, on a length, defended into the off side

105.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, leaving the batsman off the pitch, Prior plays away from the body to guide the ball to point

England 321/5   MJ Prior 15* (26b 2x4)

106.3

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, keeping a touch low and moving in through the air, Prior is back when he should be forward but manages to keep it out all the same

106.4

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, a flowing drive ... but the timing is completely off and the ball trickles slowly to mid-on

106.5

Hilfenhaus to Prior, FOUR, top-edged pull, and the ball balloons over Haddin's head! Down to the boundary, four more for Prior

106.6

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 2 runs, Hilfenhaus is mixing his lengths up well here, going very full again. He doesn't quite hit the yorker mark, though, and Prior works the ball through the leg side field

England 328/5   MJ Prior 21* (30b 3x4)

107.6

Harris to Prior, FOUR, slashed in the air through gully! The shot was on as the ball was short and wide, and Prior went through with it. That brings up the fifty partnership

England 337/5   MJ Prior 25* (31b 4x4)

108.2

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, full, Prior squirts a sliced drive towards point ... it was briefly in the air but falling well short

108.3

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 1 run, jabbed defensively down behind square on the leg side, the ball taking the inner half of the bat, and Trott calls him through for a quick single

England 339/5   MJ Prior 26* (33b 4x4)

110.1

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, flat on leg stump to start, Prior is cautious as he taps it down behind square

110.4

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, tapped through square leg for one

110.6

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, another single milked down to fine leg as Clarke spears this at the leg stump. Not sure what the plan is here...

England 347/5   MJ Prior 29* (36b 4x4)

111.1

Harris to Prior, no run, good yorker from Harris, but Prior digs it out easily enough

111.2

Harris to Prior, no run, driven with rather more verve into the covers this time, but a diving fielder cuts it off

111.3

Harris to Prior, no run, Harris pulls the length back, Prior guides the ball down to point

111.4

Harris to Prior, no run, straighter this time, nudged to midwicket

111.5

Harris to Prior, no run, this one holds its line outside off, and Prior is beaten on the outside edge as he aims a loose-looking drive into the off side

111.6

Harris to Prior, no run, beaten once again outside off, good bowling from Harris here

England 347/5   MJ Prior 29* (42b 4x4)

112.2

Clarke to Prior, no run, straight ball defended to cover

112.3

Clarke to Prior, no run, simple defence from Prior to the low-slung left-arm rollers

112.4

Clarke to Prior, no run, Clarke whizzing through his over and Prior hurries into defence

112.5

Clarke to Prior, no run, more secure defence from Prior

112.6

Clarke to Prior, no run, good line and length from Clarke, forces Prior to block

England 348/5   MJ Prior 29* (47b 4x4)

114.1

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, something approaching flight from Clarke, rewarded with a handsome drive out to deep cover for a strolled single

114.3

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, Prior this time works to leg for a strike-turner. This is turning into a a milk

114.5

Clarke to Prior, no run, this time Prior can only defend with a full face back to the bowler

114.6

Clarke to Prior, no run, patted back down the pitch to end a gentle over

England 352/5   MJ Prior 31* (51b 4x4)

115.4

Harris to Prior, no run, Prior has a flat-footed poke outside off, nothing shot but it looked worse thanks to the low bounce through to Haddin

115.5

Harris to Prior, no run, this is stroked with a clock-shop full of timing but straight to mid-off

115.6

Harris to Prior, 1 run, very swift single keeps Trott off strike as Prior smoothly strokes another off-drive to a fullish delivery

England 354/5   MJ Prior 32* (54b 4x4)

116.1

Smith to Prior, no run, good start, bit of air, bit of drift, bit of turn, Prior's defence is careful

116.2

Smith to Prior, no run, bowler lucky to get away with this, dragged down very short but it stuck in the pitch and Prior couldn't time his cut

116.3

Smith to Prior, no run, this is a touch short again but the cut shot finds point

116.4

Smith to Prior, no run, ah, much better, fuller with more air and Prior defends with utmost respect

116.5

Smith to Prior, no run, shorter length means some spin from around leg stump, Prior stands tall and blocks

116.6

Smith to Prior, no run, maiden over ends with Prior pushing gently back to the bowler

England 354/5   MJ Prior 32* (60b 4x4)

118.2

Smith to Prior, no run, pushed straight back down the pitch

118.3

Smith to Prior, no run, Prior edges down the wicket and gets a full toss for the effort, but can only pat it straight to mid-off

118.4

Smith to Prior, no run, Prior down the wicket again, looking for something expansive but picks out mid-on with a drive

118.5

Smith to Prior, no run, fullish and flighted delivery stroked back down the wicket where mid-on scoots round to field

118.6

Smith to Prior, 1 run, short ball to end the over but no harm done as Prior's cut finds point

England 367/5   MJ Prior 33* (65b 4x4)

119.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, Siddle lands his first ball on a length and line, Prior defends and Siddle follows through a long way in his direction

119.2

Siddle to Prior, no run, full and outside off, looking to draw Prior into a drive but the batsman is having none of it

119.3

Siddle to Prior, no run, this time Prior does have a nibble, pushing at the ball outside off in a very Australia-in-the-first-innings type of way, luckily for the batsman it beats the edge

119.4

Siddle to Prior, no run, good length from Siddle, imploring Prior to have a dart, this is steered to point

119.5

Siddle to Prior, no run, Siddle happy to continue with a drive-me length and Prior equally happy to keep playing the shot, picks out cover though

119.6

Siddle to Prior, FOUR, width, width was all Prior needed to free his arms and time a square drive behind point for four

England 371/5   MJ Prior 37* (71b 5x4)

120.3

Smith to Prior, 2 runs, floated up a touch too much, reaching Prior on the full and he steers it straight of midwicket for a couple

120.4

Smith to Prior, 1 run, too short and with the angle Prior has plenty of room to free his arms in a cut shot

120.6

Smith to Prior, 2 runs, ah lovely shot, Prior hanging on the back foot and waiting before gliding a neat back-cut past the keeper for a couple

England 378/5   MJ Prior 42* (74b 5x4)

122.1

Smith to Prior, 1 run, too short again from Smith and it is cut to deep cover

122.3

Smith to Prior, no run, Prior stretches forward and defends

122.4

Smith to Prior, 1 run, the length is too short and with precious little spin around it's a help-yourself-to-one type of delivery

England 387/5   MJ Prior 44* (77b 5x4)

124.1

Smith to Prior, 1 run, a flighted delivery to start, but the length is not quite right and Prior leans back to pick up a single to cover

England 389/5   MJ Prior 45* (78b 5x4)

125.1

Siddle to Prior, 3 runs, curving in to Prior's pads, the batsman leans across and flicks powerfully out to deep square

England 396/5   MJ Prior 48* (79b 5x4)

126.1

Smith to Prior, no run, tossed up slow on middle, Prior hangs back and pushes to mid-on

126.2

Smith to Prior, FOUR, too short from Smith, and Prior wallops him up and over wide mid-on to get to fifty

126.3

Smith to Prior, no run, fuller, and this time Prior defends

126.4

Smith to Prior, no run, a low, dipping full-toss is whipped hard but straight to mid-on

126.5

Smith to Prior, no run, tossed up nicely on middle, Prior lunges forward to defend

126.6

Smith to Prior, no run, this time Prior plays back, nudging defensively to leg

England 404/5   MJ Prior 52* (85b 6x4)

128.3

Smith to Prior, FOUR, big shot from Prior! Too short from Smith and he seized on the length very quickly, lifting the ball powerfully over midwicket ... just short of the rope

128.4

Smith to Prior, 1 run, the ball comes off the inner half of the bat, and they take a quick single

England 411/5   MJ Prior 57* (87b 7x4)

129.1

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, up and over gully! It was a short ball from Johnson that rose up at Prior and took the shoulder of the bat, looping high over the slip cordon. Ponting just stands and shakes his head at the injustice of it all

129.2

Johnson to Prior, 1 run, very full this time, driven hard out to deep point

129.6

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, a controlled, placed late cut from Prior sends the ball down to the third man boundary. He started in scratchy fashion but seems to have settled in nicely since then

England 425/5   MJ Prior 66* (90b 9x4)

131.1

Johnson to Prior, 1 leg bye, nudged close on the leg side, there is some hesitation before the single is taken ... Johnson charges through and aims the ball towards the stumps with his right boot, but it goes wide. Would've been in all the same

England 428/5   MJ Prior 66* (91b 9x4)

132.1

Watson to Prior, no run, on a length on or around off stump, Prior defends to cover

132.2

Watson to Prior, FOUR, a loopy half-volley outside off is creamed away through cover, Prior down on one knee to play the shot. And that's their 150 partnership

132.3

Watson to Prior, 1 run, more effort in this one from Watson, Prior nudges to midwicket

England 437/5   MJ Prior 71* (94b 10x4)

133.1

Johnson to Prior, 2 runs, steered down wide of third man, and they're back for the second. Ton up for Johnson...

133.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, fuller and aimed at the off stump, Prior defends to cover

133.3

Johnson to Prior, no run, flung down round-arm and very wide of the off stump. Must've been very close to a wide

133.4

Johnson to Prior, no run, wide again, this time Prior throws the bat at it but can't get a touch on it

133.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, left alone outside off

133.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, very full but still wide outside off, Prior thinks about the drive but this late in the day opts instead for caution and leaves alone

England 439/5   MJ Prior 73* (100b 10x4)

134.2

Watson to Prior, no run, nice and tight on the off stump, Prior defends to mid-on

134.3

Watson to Prior, 2 runs, too straight from Watson, whipped off the front pad out behind square on the leg side

134.4

Watson to Prior, no run, full outside off, dug out to point

134.5

Watson to Prior, no run, full and swinging in, defended to point once again

134.6

Watson to Prior, no run, defended back down the track ... and we will have one more over

England 442/5   MJ Prior 75* (105b 10x4)

136.1

Harris to Prior, no run, good start from Harris, right on the money, moving away a fraction too and Prior shuffles along the crease and defends

136.2

Harris to Prior, no run, again Harris finds an ideal length and line and Prior defends watchfully

136.3

Harris to Prior, no run, this has been a feature of England's batting and, if you want to be fancy, you could say it separates the teams in this test, Prior judging a leave outside off stump perfectly

136.4

Harris to Prior, no run, hint of some reverse here back to Prior who gets half forward to defend

136.5

Harris to Prior, no run, careful defence as Harris bangs away on a length and line

136.6

Harris to Prior, no run, excellent opening over from Harris, if only Australia weren't 346 behind, Prior has to defend again

England 444/5   MJ Prior 75* (111b 10x4)

139.1

Siddle to Prior, 3 runs, Siddle offers Prior width outside off, which is a long empty road for a happy driver like him, he throws his arms through the line and it requires a pair of scurrying Australians to keep it to three

England 450/5   MJ Prior 78* (112b 10x4)

140.1

Harris to Prior, no run, flash and a miss outside off, Prior will always have a drive if you give him half a chance, but just doesn't connect with this

140.2

Harris to Prior, no run, Harris continues to hug off stump with his line and Prior has to defend

140.3

Harris to Prior, FOUR, drive-me length and a drive-me line, Prior does the obvious and flashes a square drive past point all along the ground for four. Lovely shot

140.4

Harris to Prior, no run, Harris happy to offer another drive and this one isn't timed as well and point fields

140.5

Harris to Prior, no run, fuller and straighter this time, Harris looking for a yorker and Prior has to jab down a defence

140.6

Harris to Prior, 3 runs, ah excellent stroke here, this was more on the up but Prior used the offer of width to ease a cover drive away

England 459/5   MJ Prior 85* (118b 11x4)

141.1

Siddle to Prior, OUT, that will be that, soft dismissal in the end but Siddle deserves some luck, fullish ball just stuck in the wicket a fraction and Prior chipped it straight to mid-on. He stood motionless for a moment, realising he'd thrown away a possible Ashes hundred but it ends a fine innings

MJ Prior c Ponting b Siddle 85 (201m 119b 11x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

England 459/6   MJ Prior 85 (119b 11x4)
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Series Results
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
Australia v England at Brisbane - Nov 25-29, 2010
Match drawn
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Dec 30, 2010

The Australian media on the Ashes defeat, December 30, 2010

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Dec 29, 2010

Graeme Swann leads his England team-mates in the "Sprinkler" dance, Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 4th day, December 29, 2010

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