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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

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, flung down well wide of off stump to start, Strauss has a good look and leaves well alone

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Hilfenhaus straightens his line and draws a defensive stroke from the England captain

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a touch of swing there, bringing the ball back in to Strauss, who tucks to leg

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, again pushed very wide of off. The ball swings back in appreciably, but is still a good foot-and-a-half away from Strauss, who leaves

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, this time Strauss is struck on the pad, but there's barely even a hint of an appeal as that was clearly going down

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, tapped into space at cover, and Strauss is away

England 1/0   AJ Strauss 1* (6b)

1.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, ... and that's not it. Too short, too wide and easily left. A hint of movement away, but it's wasted

1.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, that's closer to the target, landing on off stump. He could go fuller still, as this is defended off the back foot

1.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, pushed wide of off, and left once more

1.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris hasn't quite settled into a rhythm yet, as this one lands on a leg stump line and is clipped to square leg

1.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, was that a leave, or a miss? Strauss certainly thought about playing at this length delivery, but just at the very last moment whipped his bat inside the line

1.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, very full and very wide from Harris, and Strauss has nothing to do with it

England 1/0   AJ Strauss 1* (12b)

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, short on middle, a decent bouncer but Strauss is underneath it in good time

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, short-ish once more, but this doesn't get up too high and is cracked out to deep square on the pull ... two runs the result

England 4/0   AJ Strauss 3* (14b)

3.5

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, good pace and late swing for Harris, but the movement takes the ball towards Strauss's legs and he clips through midwicket for one

England 8/0   AJ Strauss 4* (15b)

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, another leave/miss from Strauss. He's wary of the swing back in that Hilfenhaus is capable of, although there's not been a lot of that on show as of yet

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, crisply placed through the covers off the front foot, and they sprint back for the second

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, tapped defensively into the off side

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, chopped down in defence once more, this time the ball goes behind square

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good line from Hilfenhaus, landing on middle and off, but Strauss is solid in defence

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, this one hits the seam and appears to move away towards the slips just a touch. Hint of extra bounce too, as Strauss takes the bottom hand off the bat in defence

England 14/0   AJ Strauss 6* (21b)

5.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, beaten on the outside edge! Although the delivery was even worse than the shot. Horribly short and wide from Johnson, and Strauss can be forgiven somewhat for having a go at that. He looked to uppercut it over gully, but didn't get close

5.3

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, into the pads this time, and the ball is firmly clipped down to fine leg

5.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, that's better from Johnson, full and straight and Strauss pushes to mid-on. But can he land two balls on the same spot?

5.5

Johnson to Strauss, (no ball) 3 runs, perhaps not, as there's width on offer this time and Strauss cuts well, into the ground and bouncing over point. What's more, it's a no-ball

England 21/0   AJ Strauss 11* (25b)

6.1

Harris to Strauss, FOUR, ooh, Strauss gets a touch of width and he's a flasher around there, flash he did and it flew past a flying Hussey in the gully for four

6.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, good length and a good line, Strauss does well to leave alone

6.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, more classy leaving from Strauss, more probing bowling from Harris

6.4

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, he's slippery that Harris, plenty of pace and it hurries Strauss in defence and squirts into the midwicket region for one

England 30/0   AJ Strauss 16* (29b 1x4)

7.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Johnson dished up a poor opening over but he's started this one well, fullish outside off and left alone

7.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, very straight from Johnson, no swing, but at least it's a good delivery that forces a defence from Strauss

7.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, touch shorter, the line remains good though so Strauss can do nothing but nurdle to leg

7.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, false shot, first real one we've seen this innings, Strauss trying to be too cute, working a straight ball to leg, found a leading edge that went to gully

7.5

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, yorker slung up quickly, Strauss clamps down just in time and earns himself a single to mid-on for the effort

England 31/0   AJ Strauss 17* (34b 1x4)

8.1

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, Harris finds his customary full length and Strauss works it, with a hint of inside edge, into the leg side, he wants two, absurdly and there is almost a mix up, but no

8.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, this beats Strauss for pace and thuds into the thigh

8.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss is hanging back in defence and it gives him plenty of time to play the shot

8.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss plays back to a fullish ball and nudges towards midwicket

8.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, similar ball, similar shot, Strauss looking secure as he defends from the back foot

England 33/0   AJ Strauss 18* (39b 1x4)

9.2

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, ah good delivery here but it costs the bowler four, full and seaming away, Strauss playing with the softest of hands it and it goes down and wide of the second slip for four

9.3

Johnson to Strauss, 4 byes, ooops, that's the bad Mitch that terrifies Australia fans, no ball and fired a country mile down the leg side, Haddin had no chance and it sped to the fine-leg boundary

9.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, phew! This one is straight, and Johnson celebrates that mercy by following through a long way towards a nonplussed Strauss

9.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, straight again and comes off the inside edge to square leg

9.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, this is outside off stump and Strauss leaves alone expansively, almost making a show to the opposition

England 42/0   AJ Strauss 22* (44b 2x4)

11.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, wow, what a start for the new bowler, this pitches on middle, nips away past a tentative outside edge and the crowd goes mental

11.2

Siddle to Strauss, 2 runs, here's another good ball and Strauss aims an ill-judicious drive that skews down the ground

11.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, this is defended firmly down to mid-on where Johnson picks up and flings back to the keeper

11.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, hmm, looked a good shot but Strauss flicked across the line here, picking out midwicket for the effort

11.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good delivery here, old-fashioned hit-the-top-of-off tactic, finds the middle of a solid Strauss defence

11.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, too wide to draw a shot from Strauss here but a promising first over from Siddle

England 46/0   AJ Strauss 24* (50b 2x4)

13.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, excellent take from Haddin down the leg side, it went low and a long way to his right

13.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle goes full around off stump and finds a sturdy Strauss defence

13.3

Siddle to Strauss, 2 runs, very full, Siddle imploring some movement off the pitch or in the air, finds neither and Strauss leans into a mistimed drive for a couple

13.4

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, this is timed very well, Strauss flicking off his toes wide of mid-on and Johnson follows the ball all the way to the boundary, without ever quite catching up with it. England's 50 is up

13.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, much better delivery from Siddle, straight on a good length and Strauss can do nothing but defend

13.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, yes please, says Siddle, in answer to my offer, possibly, either way it was banged in short and Strauss comfortably ducked under to finish the over

England 52/0   AJ Strauss 30* (56b 3x4)

15.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle bangs in a short ball to Strauss, two men out on the hook, Strauss ducks underneath

15.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, pushed fuller and across the left-hander, who shoulders arms

15.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good wheels from Siddle, plenty of pace, but it's wide enough of off for Strauss to leave alone

15.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, once again Strauss leaves alone

15.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, this is a good lesson from Strauss to his opposition, anything with a hint of width outside off is being left alone

15.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, full, outside off, and you guess it, left all alone by the England captain

England 52/0   AJ Strauss 30* (62b 3x4)

16.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss flicks across the line, gets two for it to deep square, but looked a touch risky

16.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, excellent leaving from Strauss, not being drawn into anything outside off

16.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, carefully defended from under his eyes

16.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, this finds the hint of outside edge, but no more than a hint and it runs away to gully

16.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss again works across the line of the ball, but he's clearly seeing it well enough now, and earns his team a couple

England 57/0   AJ Strauss 34* (67b 3x4)

18.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Hilfenhaus lands the perfect hit-the-top-of-off length and line, only to find the middle of Strauss's defence

18.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, again width is offered and again it's resisted

18.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, too wide of off stump to draw Strauss into anything other than a leave

18.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, some excitement here for the Australian fielders as Strauss unfurls the curtain-rail leave instead of the arms-over-head version

18.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, ah, this time it's the "pfft, I ain't playing that" leave, where Strauss stays perfectly still in his stance to let the ball go by

18.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, and finally Strauss offers no shot by ducking under a shorter ball

England 57/0   AJ Strauss 34* (73b 3x4)

21.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, decent nip from Siddle, but it's angled wide and left alone

21.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, and again, trying to tempt Strauss into something indiscreet outside off, but he's having none of it

21.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, fuller and a touch straighter, Strauss leans forward to drive to mid-off

21.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, great bouncer, and that's really taken Strauss by surprise! It didn't get up all that high, but as it rose up at him he turned his head away in self-preservation. The ball didn't pass too far away from the glove...

21.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, back of a length again outside off, Strauss keeps his bat inside the line and lets the ball past

21.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, full, inviting the drive once again. This time Strauss has a go, but cracks it on the bounce straight to mid-off

England 58/0   AJ Strauss 34* (79b 3x4)

23.1

Harris to Strauss, 4 byes, not the greatest start, short and speared down the leg side. The ball balloons over the batsman and evades a leaping Brad Haddin

23.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, good comeback from Harris, landing one on the perfect line to beat Strauss's defensive push. Strauss didn't follow the ball, however, just playing the line as it seamed away from him

23.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, a hint of seam movement towards the slips once again, but the line isn't quite right this time and Strauss leaves

23.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss steps forward to defend back down the track

23.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, another good bouncer to the England captain! He was surprised by this one too, flapping his bat at it even as he buckled his knees to try and get underneath it. Lucky not to get a touch on that

23.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, defended firmly with bat and pad close together into the off side

England 70/0   AJ Strauss 34* (85b 3x4)

25.5

Harris to Strauss, 1 bye, plaintive cry of "catch it!" from Harris as he digs this one in and has Strauss in an awkward position as he tries to pull ... didn't appear to be anything on it, and Haddin couldn't hold the ball cleanly down the leg side anyway

England 81/0   AJ Strauss 34* (86b 3x4)

27.1

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, short - with two men out on the hook - but Strauss does well to control the shot and keep it down, collecting one to long leg

27.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, very short, Strauss keeps his eye on the ball as he ducks easily underneath it

England 88/0   AJ Strauss 35* (88b 3x4)

28.5

Watson to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves this time as Watson maintains his line

28.6

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, guided down behind square on the off side

England 90/0   AJ Strauss 36* (90b 3x4)

29.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris changes to round the wicket, Strauss hops to defend to cover

29.2

Harris to Strauss, 3 runs, back of a length from Harris, Strauss pulls with the angle out to deep square. The ball plugs in the lush outfield metres from the boundary

29.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss keeps his weight on the back foot and defends to midwicket

England 98/0   AJ Strauss 39* (93b 3x4)

30.4

Watson to Strauss, FOUR, cracking shot to bring up the 100! Strauss steps into a balanced on drive, sending the ball bouncing past Watson's out-stretched left hand and away to the boundary

30.5

Watson to Strauss, no run, just a hint of shape back in to the left-hander there, taking the inner half of the bat as Strauss comes forward to drive once more

30.6

Watson to Strauss, no run, Strauss's leaving hasn't always been well-judged in this series, but this is a good one. He gets across to cover the off stump, and though this comes back in off the seam he is able to leave on angle as it slants across him. I like a good leave

England 103/0   AJ Strauss 43* (96b 4x4)

31.5

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, short, and Strauss was waiting on the back foot. There's a man out on the pull, so just the one run

England 109/0   AJ Strauss 44* (97b 4x4)

32.1

Watson to Strauss, no run, full outside off and left alone by Strauss. This ball does swing, but unfortunately only does so once it is well past the batsman

32.2

Watson to Strauss, no run, gun-barrel straight outside off, and Strauss has nothing to do with it

32.3

Watson to Strauss, no run, fuller and tighter on off stump, Strauss leans forward to defend

32.4

Watson to Strauss, no run, full again from Watson, but pushed a foot outside off and Strauss won't be tempted

32.5

Watson to Strauss, no run, out of nowhere Watson gets one to shape back in, but at a gentle pace and Strauss has time to adjust his defence

32.6

Watson to Strauss, no run, and another leave to finish the over

England 109/0   AJ Strauss 44* (103b 4x4)

33.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, on a length outside off, Strauss watches it closely and leaves alone

33.6

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, flicked off the pads out to deep midwicket for Strauss's 6,000th and 6,001st Test runs

England 112/0   AJ Strauss 46* (105b 4x4)

34.3

Watson to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves all alone just outside off stump and the ball creeps through to Haddin

34.4

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, picked off the legs for a single to deep square

England 114/0   AJ Strauss 47* (107b 4x4)

35.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, careful defence off the back foot to this straight Johnson ball

35.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, fullish and straightish from Johnson and Strauss stands tall to defend

35.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Strauss doesn't move his feet but defends to cover

35.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, touch short again and Strauss wheels away a controlled pull shot for a single

England 124/0   AJ Strauss 48* (111b 4x4)

36.1

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, decent start, tossed up a fraction around middle, Strauss turns it around the corner for one

36.3

Smith to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets right forward to defend this under his eyes

36.4

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, fifty for Strauss, gets there with a minimum of fuss, clipping a single to a deep-set mid-on

England 127/0   AJ Strauss 50* (114b 4x4)

37.3

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, uppish but no chance, short and a touch wide and Strauss sliced the cut shot over gully for four

37.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Johnson finds the right length and line and Strauss has to defend

37.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, back of a length again, Strauss aims a more controlled cut shot but finds point

37.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, careful and considered defence from Strauss as Johnson ends an over well

England 135/0   AJ Strauss 54* (118b 5x4)

38.2

Smith to Strauss, no run, much better delivery here and Strauss has to defend carefully under his eyes

38.3

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, ooh, good stop from the bowler, Strauss sauntered down the wicket and drilled a drive back at Smith who shoved two hands to take most of the pace off the ball

38.5

Smith to Strauss, no run, Strauss carefully forward and defending to the bowler

38.6

Smith to Strauss, no run, prodded with due care and attention into the off side

England 138/0   AJ Strauss 55* (122b 5x4)

40.1

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss picks of a single driving stylishly to deep cover

England 139/0   AJ Strauss 56* (123b 5x4)

41.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle finds something approaching an outside edge but it goes down on the bounce to gully

41.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets firmly behind this in defence

41.3

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, quickly-taken single as Strauss pushes to mid-on

England 148/0   AJ Strauss 57* (126b 5x4)

42.1

Smith to Strauss, no run, Smith floats up a fullish ball outside off and Strauss drives to cover

42.2

Smith to Strauss, no run, nudged carefully into the leg side

42.3

Smith to Strauss, no run, good bowling here, nice flight, good line outside off, Strauss defends carefully

42.4

Smith to Strauss, 2 runs, ooh, edged past slip for a couple more, Strauss had a drive at a wider ball and it slides off the edge past slip to bring up the 150 stand

42.5

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, another run here as Strauss drives to deep cover

England 151/0   AJ Strauss 60* (131b 5x4)

43.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle still charging in, he's found good wheels today, the line here is a touch too wide and Strauss has nothing to do with it

43.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, back of a length here and Strauss clips to leg but finds the field

43.3

Siddle to Strauss, 2 runs, careful short-arm pull from Strauss earns him a couple down to fine leg

43.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, sturdy and steady defence from Strauss

43.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, patted gently to short cover from the crease

43.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss's leaving has been nothing short of sublime, anything outside his range he's ignored

England 153/0   AJ Strauss 62* (137b 5x4)

44.3

Smith to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss hangs on the back foot and turns this around the corner for a couple

44.4

Smith to Strauss, no run, oh unlucky for Smith! Finds a genuine outside edge and it lands just short of slip

44.5

Smith to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets forward to defend and it beaten on the outside edge

44.6

Smith to Strauss, no run, more careful defence to end the over, decent over from Smith there

England 156/0   AJ Strauss 64* (141b 5x4)

46.1

Smith to Strauss, no run, Smith goes flat, full and wide outside off and Strauss leaves alone

46.2

Smith to Strauss, no run, pushed across quickly again and Strauss watches it go by

46.3

Smith to Strauss, no run, good delivery here, spinning back into Strauss who pops forward to block

46.4

Smith to Strauss, no run, nudged carefully into the leg side, Strauss knows his perfect day is almost done here

46.5

Smith to Strauss, no run, floated up outside off stump and Strauss watches carefully before deciding to leave alone

46.6

Smith to Strauss, no run, blocked again to finish a stunning day for the tourists and a horrible one for the hosts

England 157/0   AJ Strauss 64* (147b 5x4)

49.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss is up and leaving now too, as Siddle sends one down in the channel outside off

49.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, fuller, attacking the off stump as Siddle searches for the right length. The ball does nothing through the air, and is driven to cover

49.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, just short of a length, the line is very good as Strauss is slightly cramped in defence

49.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle bustles in and hurls one down outside off, Strauss has nothing to do with it

49.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, much better line from Siddle, this pitches on about off stump and goes towards the slips on the angle. Strauss has got to play, and defends to off

49.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, nice and straight again, and the length keeps Strauss back in the crease as he defends once more

England 158/0   AJ Strauss 64* (153b 5x4)

50.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris keeps the length full, Strauss steps forward and taps to cover

50.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, nicely left by Strauss, stepping right across to cover the off stump

50.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, the England captain is solidly behind the line in defence this time

50.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, dropped towards cover in defence once again, Clarke trots round to field

England 159/0   AJ Strauss 64* (157b 5x4)

52.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris launches into an appeal as Strauss is struck on the pad, but it dies in the bowler's throat even as he shouts it as that was obviously pitching outside leg

52.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, full and straight, Strauss steps forward to defend

52.3

Harris to Strauss, 2 runs, glanced to fine leg, Strauss picked this up from outside off

52.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, full, straight and fast. Strauss drives it hard back towards the bowler, who picks it up and threatens to throw the stumps down

52.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, nicely driven again by Strauss, great sound off the bat but straight to mid-on

52.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, slightly slower through the air and dying off the pitch, Strauss leaves alone outside off and the ball reaches Haddin on the bounce

England 163/1   AJ Strauss 66* (163b 5x4)

54.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, cracking straight drive from Strauss, but Harris bends in his follow-through to cut the shot off

54.2

Harris to Strauss, 3 runs, worked very effectively through the leg side, picking the gap and maintaining control in the shot. Three runs the result

54.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, on a length on off stump, calm defence from Strauss

England 169/1   AJ Strauss 69* (166b 5x4)

55.3

Siddle to Strauss, OUT, gone! Two wickets for Siddle, this one courtesy of a leaping, one-handed catch from Mike Hussey at backward point. It was another back of a length effort ball from Siddle, and he found alarming lift off the pitch to surprise Strauss, who was looking to work this quietly to leg. A thick leading edge sent the ball in the opposite direction, and Hussey did the rest. The game moves on once more!

AJ Strauss c Hussey b Siddle 69 (232m 167b 5x4 0x6) SR: 41.31

England 170/2   AJ Strauss 69 (167b 5x4)
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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

Graeme Swann leads his England team-mates in the "Sprinkler" dance

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