England tour of Australia, 4th Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 26-29, 2010
The Ashes - 4th Test
England won by an innings and 157 runs
26,27,28,29 December 2010 (5-day match)
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55.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is forced into slightly ungainly defence as this one hits the seam and jags away from him

55.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off this time

55.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, good, testing ball to finish - full, fast and swinging. Pietersen digs it out to mid-off

England 170/2   KP Pietersen 0* (3b)
57.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, just short of a good length on off stump, Pietersen stands tall and taps to the man fielding at that much maligned position at short, straight mid-on

57.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, fuller, driven to that man once again. Clarke it is

57.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, full and straight, solidly defended by Pietersen and Siddle charges through after his follow-through to field. He's pumped up after those wickets

57.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, easily left alone by KP, getting across to off and lifting his hands extravagantly over the ball

57.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, edged, but falling short of third slip! That was a genuine edge but fell well short of the fielder. Pietersen thrust the bat out away from his body at one that seamed away, after the good leave he had just played he really needn't have done that

England 172/2   KP Pietersen 0* (8b)
58.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, more defence from KP

58.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen pushes away from his body once more to a full, wide delivery. It wasn't there for the drive, not that he was even attempting one. A nothing shot really, and Australia won't mind seeing that

58.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 2 runs, worked off the hip down to fine leg

England 175/2   KP Pietersen 2* (11b)
59.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, a hint of swing through the air, Pietersen lunges forward to defend and a thick inside edge goes to leg

59.3

Siddle to Pietersen, FOUR, slapped back down the ground! Pietersen was waiting on the front foot for this, cracking it straight back past the bowler

59.4

Siddle to Pietersen, FOUR, another boundary, but this one is accompanied by a cry of "catch it!" from the bowler. Pietersen shuffled across to off and whipped powerfully through midwicket, but in the air and only just past a diving Michael Clarke

59.5

Siddle to Pietersen, 1 run, good calling, good running as another one is tapped into the covers

England 185/2   KP Pietersen 11* (15b 2x4)
61.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, starts with a nondescript pudding delivery outside off stump. I'm not sure what a pudding delivery is, but gentle is probably what I mean

61.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, this, bless Mitch, is straight, the pace isn't bad either and Pietersen defends

61.3

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, another off-stump delivery, no real snap or verve in the action as yet, quite ginger - like Collingwood - Pietersen steals a single to cover by virtue of soft hands

England 189/2   KP Pietersen 12* (18b 2x4)
62.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, this is full and swinging in a touch, Pietersen squeezes out to mid-on

62.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, smashing leave here, Pietersen's leaving has been poor this innings but this time he climbs into the shot, thrusting his arms high above his head

62.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, another excellent leave rewards a good Hilfenhaus delivery, hanging the ball around off stump

62.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Hilfenhaus cuddles up even closer to off stump and forces an uncertain defensive prod from Pietersen

62.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, much more secure in defence here, the length was possibly a fraction - 1/8th perhaps - shorter than the delivery before and made all the difference as Pietersen could defend comfortably

62.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, maiden over, and a good one, ends with Pietersen defending to extra cover

England 193/2   KP Pietersen 12* (24b 2x4)
64.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, maybe my eyes are failing me but there is some reverse for Hilfenhaus now, wobbling it back into Pietersen who defends

64.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good work from Hilfenhaus again, hanging the ball around off stump and getting a touch of wobble in the air, Pietersen stands still and feels for the ball, doesn't look secure in the process

64.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, this is a touch straighter from the bowler and Pietersen is in a better position to defend

64.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, careful defence again towards mid-on

64.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 3 runs, neatly played here, Pietersen uses the angle to flick one between mid-on and midwicket, timing it nicely

England 196/2   KP Pietersen 15* (29b 2x4)
65.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, good line from Johnson, good pace too and Pietersen plays a defence on the walk

65.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, Johnson searches for some swing by pitching it full, there is no swing other than Pietersen's bat, which slams it to mid-off

65.3

Johnson to Pietersen, 3 runs, lovely shot, Pietersen at his best, picking up runs where most players would block, he just got across to off stump and whipped through midwicket for three

65.6

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, very wide again of off, not a great delivery but Johnson still has plenty to say to Pietersen, something along the lines of "when I get one straight, then you'll see", presumably

England 200/2   KP Pietersen 18* (33b 2x4)
66.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, very crisp Pietersen defence to end the over, worrying signs for Australia fans that

England 204/2   KP Pietersen 18* (34b 2x4)
67.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, ah, touch of reverse here, but it starts outside off and goes further, Pietersen leaves with disdain

67.3

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, yup, good swinging signs for Johnson, but it must be said Pietersen is lining him up very well at the moment and drills this to mid-off

67.4

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, plenty of action for a single, touch short from Johnson, found perhaps a hint of extra bounce but Pietersen nailed the pull shot, it reached deep square in a flash

England 206/2   KP Pietersen 19* (37b 2x4)
68.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen wills himself to get fully across with his feet and defend carefully back down the pitch

68.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good delivery outside off stump that Pietersen leaves studiously

68.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, very careful head-over-ball defence

68.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is bubbling, he just looks in very good order, even defending to mid-off

68.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, 54 deliveries without a boundary now as Pietersen punches a drive to mid-off

68.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, some very good defence from Pietersen but emphasis Hilfenhaus's good work this morning, Australia have not allowed England to get (further) away this morning

England 206/2   KP Pietersen 19* (43b 2x4)
69.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, patted firmly to mid-off

69.5

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, banged in short and Pietersen is hurried on the pull shot, sending it one-bounce to Hilfenhaus at fine leg

England 210/2   KP Pietersen 20* (45b 2x4)
70.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, a straight ball is met by a straight bat. Can't put it fairer than that

70.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, more careful defence from the batsman

70.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, after some early fencing outside off, Pietersen has settled into some well-executed leaves

70.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, neat piece of fielding from Ponting at short midwicket saves runs after Pietersen clips confidently

70.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen defends off the front foot and spins on his heels to refocus, he looks in determined mood

70.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, more careful and studious defence means another Hilfenhaus maiden over. the Hilf has bowled very well today

England 210/2   KP Pietersen 20* (51b 2x4)
71.4

Smith to Pietersen, FOUR, ooh, Pietersen gets a boundary but wasn't all that convincing, he sauntered down the wicket and launched it over mid-on, but with more inside edge than he wanted

71.5

Smith to Pietersen, no run, down the wicket again, but this time only to defend

71.6

Smith to Pietersen, FOUR, ah, this time Pietersen gets all of it, down the wicket a third time, Smith went wider of off but that only gave Pietersen the width to free his arms and thrash it over mid-off for four

England 219/2   KP Pietersen 28* (54b 4x4)
73.1

Smith to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen hurries down the track but the drift into him means he can't get his shot away

73.2

Smith to Pietersen, no run, careful defence here, Smith finding plenty of drift but not so much turn

73.3

Smith to Pietersen, no run, after coming down the wicket a couple of times Pietersen hangs back and defends

73.4

Smith to Pietersen, no run, touch too short, Pietersen leaps back to try and get this away through the off side but can't quite time it

73.5

Smith to Pietersen, no run, this time it's fuller and Pietersen defends with utmost respect, good stuff from Smith

73.6

Smith to Pietersen, no run, maiden over, good work from the legspinner, Pietersen unable to beat the infield with his cut shot

England 219/2   KP Pietersen 28* (60b 4x4)
74.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, this is short but not short enough for the shot - an ambitious pull - that is through Pietersen too quickly. Hilfenhaus is unimpressed and wishes Pietersen some future ill-fortune

74.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 2 runs, banged in short again and this time Pietersen gets plenty on his pull shot, it races wide of deep square who scoots round quickly to keep it to two

England 222/2   KP Pietersen 30* (62b 4x4)
76.1

Watson to Pietersen, FOUR, gentle start from Watson, and Pietersen is up and running straight away with a firm swipe through midwicket that teases the fielder all the way to the rope

76.2

Watson to Pietersen, no run, an appeal second ball as Pietersen is hit on the front pad, but it's a hopeful one ... too high

76.3

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, angling in to the legs once more, this time Pietersen gets bat on it to send the ball to fine leg

England 231/2   KP Pietersen 35* (65b 5x4)
77.1

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, tossed up very full on middle and off, cracked hard into the off side

England 236/2   KP Pietersen 36* (66b 5x4)
78.1

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, Watson gets this to tail in through the air, but it starts just too straight and is clipped out to deep square

England 237/2   KP Pietersen 37* (67b 5x4)
79.1

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, or not, as KP immediately gets off strike by thumping a drive into the covers. The fielder does well to slid and cut it off, but can't prevent the single

79.3

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen continues to look to be positive, driving into space between mid-off and cover for one

England 240/2   KP Pietersen 39* (69b 5x4)
80.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, FOUR, full and straight, and Pietersen is on the front foot waiting for this. Smashed back down the ground

80.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, a hint of shape away from the bat, Pietersen drives watchfully to cover

80.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, curving gently away, Pietersen has a good look and leaves this alone outside off

80.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Hilfenhaus continues to plug away outside off, Pietersen leaves well alone though

80.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, outside off and left once again. They should really get the batsmen playing at this new pill... surely

80.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 2 runs, off the outside edge as Pietersen is drawn forward into a half-hearted drive, but the ball goes almost straight down and into the gap between gully and slip

England 246/2   KP Pietersen 45* (75b 6x4)
81.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, full again from Harris, driven to mid-off

81.5

Harris to Pietersen, no run, good length from Harris, but the line is too wide to get Pietersen playing

81.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, straighter this time, and Pietersen steps forward to drive to mid-on

England 251/2   KP Pietersen 45* (78b 6x4)
82.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, punched firmly back towards the bowler, the ball ricochets into the stumps but Trott is safely home

England 254/2   KP Pietersen 45* (79b 6x4)
83.5

Harris to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen presents the full face of the bat on a checked straight drive to send the ball rocketing back past Harris! He's on to 49 now

83.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, Great reply from Harris, getting this one to hit the seam and burst past the inside edge ... but what's this? Haddin is vociferous in his appeal and convinces them to ask for a review. Nope, nothing there and Pietersen remains.

England 259/2   KP Pietersen 49* (81b 7x4)
84.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, outside off and left well alone by Pietersen

84.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Hilfenhaus pitches it up outside off, Pietersen steps forward to crunch a drive at mid-off

84.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good length from Hilfenhaus, and some wobble through the air too. Defended to leg this time

84.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen goes to fifty in calm style, nudging gently into space on the leg side for a quick single

England 261/2   KP Pietersen 50* (85b 7x4)
85.1

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, the ball takes the inside half of the bat and rolls into the leg side

England 262/2   KP Pietersen 51* (86b 7x4)
86.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, good start, on a length outside off and forced back to the bowler

86.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen tries to fiddle this away through gully, but can't beat the field. A bit of a nothing shot

86.3

Siddle to Pietersen, OUT, this one keeps low, jags in and hits Pietersen plumb in front! Siddle strikes again! He launched himself into the appeal as soon as ball hit pad, he knew he had his man. Pietersen, after looking so good on either side of lunch, falls to some variable bounce and appreciable seam movement

KP Pietersen lbw b Siddle 51 (127m 89b 7x4 0x6) SR: 57.30

England 262/3   KP Pietersen 51 (89b 7x4)
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