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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

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, outside off, and it's Cook this time leaving alone

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, these new-ball bowlers have got to get the batsmen playing here. Another delivery is allowed to sail harmlessly outside off

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, and again, the line is closer to the off stump but there's not much swing and certainly not enough to bring the ball back in line with the stumps

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, over-adjustment from Hilfenhaus, and Cook picks up a single to fine leg

England 2/0   AN Cook 1* (4b)

3.1

Harris to Cook, no run, testing line and length from Harris, as Cook comes forward and sends the ball bouncing towards point off the splice

3.2

Harris to Cook, 2 runs, just a touch too full this time, and Cook leans into a cautious drive. He finds the gap, but the ball is hauled in and they're kept to two

3.3

Harris to Cook, no run, this time Cook keeps the weight back, defending to extra cover

3.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, landing on a leg stump line, Cook shuffles across and helps the ball down to fine leg

3.6

Harris to Cook, FOUR, off the edge, but it's a controlled edge and the ball goes down through gully to third man for four! Cook wasn't quite in control of this, but played it with soft hands to at least send the ball downwards

England 12/0   AN Cook 8* (9b 1x4)

5.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, well, nothing dramatic to start with. Johnson hurls one down on a length, Cook plays a slightly ungainly nudge to leg, and they steal a sharp single

5.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, good length from Johnson, but it's just too wide of off to get Cook playing

5.6

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, ah, another horrid long-hop from Johnson, and this time he's spanked up and over gully by Cook. It was a rank delivery, and put away in style. Cook nails the shot Strauss was attempting earlier

England 25/0   AN Cook 13* (12b 2x4)

6.5

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook nudges to leg, he too looked in a hurry, growls "naaaaw" when he sees Strauss looking for a single

6.6

Harris to Cook, no run, good end to a good over with Harris locating a length outside off stump and Cook defending

England 30/0   AN Cook 13* (14b 2x4)

7.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, short and wide, Cook cracks his cut into the ground and finds Hughes at point, the crowd think they have something. They don't

England 31/0   AN Cook 13* (15b 2x4)

8.2

Harris to Cook, 1 run, Cook this time picks up a sharp single, made easier by a Ponting misfield

England 33/0   AN Cook 14* (16b 2x4)

9.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, Johnson loses his line, possibly his mojo too but it's too early to tell, Cook clips around the corner for a single

England 34/0   AN Cook 15* (17b 2x4)

10.1

Harris to Cook, no run, Harris runs up quickly, delivers outside off stump quickly, turns on his heels quickly and heads back to his mark

10.2

Harris to Cook, no run, good delivery this, teasing the corridor and Cook does well to leave alone

10.3

Harris to Cook, 2 runs, Cook earns himself a couple by working this from around middle towards deep square leg

10.4

Harris to Cook, no run, fuller and asking for a drive, Cook duly plays the shot with a hint of edge and Hughes slides at point to field

10.5

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook does well here to thrust his pad forward and defend

10.6

Harris to Cook, no run, Harris again delivers a slippery good-length ball that Cook defends in a hurry back to the bowler

England 44/0   AN Cook 17* (23b 2x4)

12.1

Harris to Cook, no run, Harris throws this up outside off stump, Cook looks carefully before shouldering arms

12.2

Harris to Cook, no run, this is a touch too short and means Cook can leave alone comfortably outside off

12.3

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook leans very confidently into an off drive only to find Ponting at mid-off

12.4

Harris to Cook, no run, full and pushed across the left hander who leaves all alone

12.5

Harris to Cook, no run, slightly nervy shot there from Cook, poor shot really, just poking at a shorter ball outside off stump

12.6

Harris to Cook, no run, this is more solid from the batsman in defence, ending a good over from Harris

England 46/0   AN Cook 17* (29b 2x4)

14.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, no sign of any lateral movement, but the line and length is good and Cook defends

14.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, another slightly edgy defensive shot, skews off the outer half of the bat to point

14.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, back of a length, Cook looked like he wanted to leave alone but ended up poking a drive to point

14.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, fuller here and draws Cook forward to push to mid-off

14.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, this is too wide of off to interest Cook

14.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, maiden over ends with Cook defending with an open face to point. High time for a drink apparently

England 52/0   AN Cook 17* (35b 2x4)

16.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, Cook picks up a sharp single by angling a defensive prod towards gully where Hussey fields with a dive, pick-up and throw

England 53/0   AN Cook 18* (36b 2x4)

17.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, England's exhibition of leaves continues with Cook unfurling the 'bat above head' edition

17.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, yup, left well alone outside off, excellent batting really, not chasing the ball like Australia were

17.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, very simple challenge laid down from Cook to Siddle, bowl straight or I won't play, Siddle refuses to bowl straight and Cook refuses to play

17.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, this is just about close enough to off stump to draw Cook into a defensive block

17.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, shoved outside off and Cook has nothing to do with it

17.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, excellent over of five leaves from Cook, maiden for Siddle but never looked like breaking through

England 57/0   AN Cook 18* (42b 2x4)

19.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, Siddle has not quite bowled straight enough to make Cook play

19.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, clap from the slip cordon, I hope they are clapping Cook for his lesson on how to leave the ball

19.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, a shot! A defensive shot! That's what you get for bowling straight, solidly played off the back foot to cover

19.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, finally Cook has a dart at one outside off, it was probably the short length which tempted him into it, the cut shot was solid though and found point

19.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, ooh, big imploring, pleading appeal from Siddle as Cook plays around his front pad in defence, umpire Dar gave it not out and after plenty of thought Australia decided against a review. Good choice as it was heading over

19.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, ooh, touch of movement back into Cook here and he gets in a tangle playing around his front pad again, an inside edge means he gets a single to midwicket

England 58/0   AN Cook 19* (48b 2x4)

20.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus goes full in search of that swing Siddle just located, doesn't find it but the line is tidy and Cook defends

20.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Cook decisively forward in defence to another good ball

20.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, solid and sturdy defence from Cook, he's really digging in here

20.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus is doing all he can, bowling the outside-off channel on a good length, but Cook's defence is proving solid

20.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, and again Cook rocks forward in defence

20.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, carefully prodded into the off side to end a good over from Hilfenhaus

England 58/0   AN Cook 19* (54b 2x4)

22.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, crisply-punched down the ground! That was nothing but a checked defensive push, but it pinged right out of the middle and down to long-on

22.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, much better length, Cook leans half forward to defend

22.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, four more, on the off side this time! An offering - short and wide outside off - is gleefully accepted and slapped hard behind point

22.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus recovers his line and length and Cook defends

22.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, more defence from Cook, rolling into the covers

22.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, tapped into the leg side, but this time Cook picks out the square leg fielder

England 66/0   AN Cook 27* (60b 4x4)

24.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, attempted yorker from Hilfenhaus, but it lands outside off and is easily dug out back to the bowler

24.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus strikes, Cook is out leg before! Or is he? He was deep in the crease as the ball thudded into the pad, and he asks for the review. And he's vindicated, a massive inside-edge on that, much to the enjoyment of the Barmy Army, who can see the replay on one of the big screens

24.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, long half-volley outside off, driven into the covers where the fielder cuts it off

24.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 2 runs, Cook aims for a pull, but the ball comes off the splice and loops over mid-on...

24.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, punched down the ground, and Hilfenhaus is on the ground as he watches the ball fizz past him. Nicely played straight drive

24.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, a thick inside edge rolls into the leg side for a quick single

England 77/0   AN Cook 34* (66b 5x4)

25.1

Harris to Cook, no run, banged in, he's trying to get this up into Cook's ribs but the batsman does well to stand tall and ride the bounce

25.2

Harris to Cook, 2 runs, flicked into the leg side, as Johnson charges round to cut it off they sprint back for a second

25.3

Harris to Cook, no run, judicious leave by Cook, getting his front pad across to cover the off stump and raising the bat above his head

25.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, short, and Cook swivels into a pull out to deep square

25.6

Harris to Cook, 1 run, now Harris tests Cook with the short ball, but it's easily pulled out into the deep

England 82/0   AN Cook 38* (71b 5x4)

26.1

Watson to Cook, no run, gentle loosener outside off to start, and Haddin collects it on the bounce

26.2

Watson to Cook, no run, left alone once more as Watson chugs in and hurls one down outside off

26.3

Watson to Cook, FOUR, too easy for Cook, short wide and decidedly medium-paced from Watson. Cut away past gully

26.4

Watson to Cook, no run, Cook unfurls the cut once more, this time the width wasn't quite there for the shot and Hughes fields at point

26.5

Watson to Cook, no run, well outside off again, but fuller this time. Cook wisely opts to leave

26.6

Watson to Cook, no run, Watson keeps plugging away at that line outside off, and once again the delivery is left alone

England 86/0   AN Cook 42* (77b 6x4)

27.2

Harris to Cook, no run, beaten outside off! More by the line and length than any great movement, but Cook was drawn forward into an unnecessary push all the same. The luck not with Australia

27.3

Harris to Cook, no run, pushed slightly wider this time, left alone

27.4

Harris to Cook, no run, full on off stump, nudged watchfully to mid-off

27.5

Harris to Cook, 1 run, Cook shuffles right across to off as the ball is bowled and taps just wide of mid-on

England 88/0   AN Cook 43* (81b 6x4)

28.1

Watson to Cook, no run, a bottom-edged cut bounces twice on its way to Haddin

28.2

Watson to Cook, no run, decent wheels on this delivery, but the line outside off means Cook doesn't have to play at it

28.3

Watson to Cook, no run, and again, Watson tests Cook's patience outside off. So far, it's holding

28.4

Watson to Cook, 1 run, wider still from Watson, this time Cook believes the width is sufficient to cut and aims a shot out to the man at deep point

England 89/0   AN Cook 44* (85b 6x4)

29.3

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook has more leaving practice as Harris goes wide of off

29.4

Harris to Cook, FOUR, the bowler over-corrects, and Cook is waiting on the back foot to thump a pull in the air in front of square!

29.5

Harris to Cook, 1 bye, and England achieve parity as Harris fires one way down the leg side and Haddin, diving athletically to his right, can't quite stop it cleanly

England 98/0   AN Cook 48* (88b 7x4)

30.1

Watson to Cook, no run, does this keep slightly low? It certainly died off the surface ... Cook defends easily enough into the off side

30.2

Watson to Cook, no run, pushed slightly wider, and Cook raises his bat to leave

30.3

Watson to Cook, 1 run, and England are in the lead, Cook chopping a cut down behind square. Not the greatest timing

England 99/0   AN Cook 49* (91b 7x4)

31.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, loosener from Johnson, pinging one down outside off as Cook leaves well alone

31.2

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, well, the signs aren't good for Johnson. His second ball is short and wide, and Cook goes to his fifty with a powerful cut that speeds past Hughes at point

31.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, good comeback from Johnson, targeting the stumps and finding just a hint of wobble through the air. But can he maintain that line?

31.4

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, slipping into the pads this time, Cook nudges behind square on the leg side for a single

31.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, a tight end to what has been a real mixed bag from Johnson, and Cook defends back down the track

England 109/0   AN Cook 54* (96b 8x4)

33.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, decent start from Johnson, good pace and the right length, tight on off stump. Cook is well in though, and defends without alarm

33.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, just short of a good length, but the line is still good and Cook stays back to defend this time

33.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, three in three on the spot for Johnson, is he getting some rhythm going? Plenty of encouragement from the field for him, and Ponting is also talking to him after every ball

33.4

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, too short for this placid pitch, and Cook rolls the wrists on a controlled pull

England 110/0   AN Cook 55* (100b 8x4)

34.1

Watson to Cook, no run, the 7-8am shift is always the best, and Watson starts it by shoving this outside off stump for Cook to leave alone

34.2

Watson to Cook, 1 run, crunched cut shot finds deep point for a jogged single

34.5

Watson to Cook, no run, Cook gets forward with his bat and pad clamped together, blocking very solidly

34.6

Watson to Cook, 1 run, flicked off middle around the corner to fine leg for a strike-stealing single

England 115/0   AN Cook 57* (104b 8x4)

35.1

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, Cook gets four here, not entirely where he wanted, he just pushed forward to defend with soft hands and it ran off the face wide of the slips for four

35.2

Johnson to Cook, 1 wide, Johnson's response is a bouncer, a very very short one and Cook stands entirely still to leave alone

35.2

Johnson to Cook, 3 runs, oops, not a great ball here, short and wide and Cook crashes a cut shot towards the point boundary

England 123/0   AN Cook 64* (106b 9x4)

36.2

Smith to Cook, 1 run, touch of spin here to Cook, who gets deep into his crease to work a single to leg

36.5

Smith to Cook, no run, carefully blocked back to the bowler

36.6

Smith to Cook, 1 run, pushed through a touch quicker, Cook nudges into a gap square of midwicket for a single

England 128/0   AN Cook 66* (109b 9x4)

37.1

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, Johnson floats this up wide and full, Cook obliges with a drive and though he doesn't time it ideally, picks up a couple

37.2

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, timed firmly to mid-on where Siddle manages to collect with a speculative thrust-out hand

England 131/0   AN Cook 69* (111b 9x4)

38.1

Smith to Cook, 1 run, too short from Smith and Cook has an age to get back and cut, no great damage though as the deep point fields

38.4

Smith to Cook, 1 run, touch short again, and Cook cuts to point

England 138/0   AN Cook 71* (113b 9x4)

39.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, starts well here, up and around off stump and Cook defends carefully

39.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, very sturdy and determined defence but good accuracy from Siddle

39.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, Siddle goes full and Cook gets forward to defend back to the bowler

39.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, punched firmly off the front foot to a deepish mid-off

39.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, Cook's bat is looking Brisbane-broad in defence here

39.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, another very firm drive from Cook finds Ponting at mid-off

England 138/0   AN Cook 71* (119b 9x4)

40.2

Smith to Cook, no run, this finds the outer-half of the bat and squirts to point

40.3

Smith to Cook, no run, full and driven down to mid-off

40.4

Smith to Cook, no run, Cook aims a leg-side nudge but finds short leg

40.5

Smith to Cook, FOUR, ah, just a touch too short from Smith and that's asking for trouble, sits up asking for a beating which Cook dishes out, pulling firmly through midwicket

40.6

Smith to Cook, FOUR, and another! Too short and Cook gave this some humpty, looking for a six, but the boundary is a long way away and he has to settle for four

England 147/0   AN Cook 79* (124b 11x4)

41.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, Cook looking very solid indeed in defence

41.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, attempted drive trickles off a toe-end to cover

41.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, good work from Siddle, banging away on a length and line but Cook's defence looks unbreachable

England 148/0   AN Cook 79* (127b 11x4)

42.6

Smith to Cook, no run, Cook picks out a diving extra cover

England 151/0   AN Cook 79* (128b 11x4)

44.1

Smith to Cook, no run, Cook stretches a long way forward in defence

44.2

Smith to Cook, 1 run, full toss isn't punished as savagely as it could have been, instead it's patted straight of cover for one

England 154/0   AN Cook 80* (130b 11x4)

45.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, back of a length from Siddle, only to find the middle of Cook's defensive blade

45.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, an emphatic pull shot finds Ryan Harris tumbling at square leg to save well

45.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, Cook's bat and pad are moving in unison and there is no gap as he defends

45.4

Siddle to Cook, 1 no ball, good slower ball here, but it's a no ball

45.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, Cook steps forward and defends carefully again

45.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, spirit-sapping defence from Cook, Siddle not doing anything wrong, but doesn't look like breaking through

45.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, another very solid, sturdy defence to end the over

England 157/0   AN Cook 80* (137b 11x4)

47.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, loosener to start on a cool morning, but it's on target and draws a defensive stroke from Cook

47.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, fuller this time, Cook gets well forward and defends under the eyes

47.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, the first leave of the day from Cook, and it's a good 'un as he steps right across and lifts his bat high out of harm's way

47.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, full enough to draw a speculative drive from Cook, the ball rolls gently to cover

47.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, another leave from Cook as Siddle slams one down outside off. Not quite of the class and grace of the first, but does its job

47.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, first runs, Cook gets forward and jabs to leg in slightly ungainly fashion

England 158/0   AN Cook 81* (143b 11x4)

48.1

Harris to Cook, no run, very full first up, this may well have been an attempted yorker but slipped out as a low full toss outside off. Dug out back down the track

48.2

Harris to Cook, no run, well-left by Cook, no need to play at this as Harris sends one down on a length outside off

48.3

Harris to Cook, no run, a long half-volley from Harris, but Cook is still slightly circumspect this early in proceedings and drives cautiously to cover

48.4

Harris to Cook, no run, full again, driven to Ponting at mid-off, who fields somewhat gingerly to protect his fractured pinkie

48.5

Harris to Cook, no run, top leave from Cook, stepping across on the bat foot and lifting his hands over the ball

48.6

Harris to Cook, no run, fuller and closer to the off stump, Cook defends and Harris starts with a maiden

England 158/0   AN Cook 81* (149b 11x4)

50.1

Harris to Cook, no run, easily left by Cook, well outside off

50.2

Harris to Cook, 1 run, that's the line, full and right on off stump. Cook presses forward and a thick inside edge sends the ball to fine leg

England 159/0   AN Cook 82* (151b 11x4)

51.1

Siddle to Cook, OUT, edged! Does it carry to Watson at second slip? Yes it does, he's gone! Finally the breakthrough comes for Australia, and it was a good ball that did it. Landing on middle and leg and drawing Cook forward into a defensive poke, the ball just left him off the seam and did enough to take a healthy edge

AN Cook c Watson b Siddle 82 (212m 152b 11x4 0x6) SR: 53.94

England 159/1   AN Cook 82 (152b 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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