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The Ashes - 4th Test

Australia v England

England won by an innings and 157 runs

Overs 0-50

13.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, nervy start for Clarke, who is neither forward nor back as he drops a defensive stroke towards cover

13.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, leaning forward in defence from deep in the crease, Clarke defends back to the bowler

13.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Clarke is getting into line with increasing confidence, and defends towards mid-off this time

13.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Bresnan pulls the length slightly shorter, Clarke blocks under his eyes into the off side

13.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, short from Bresnan, but that's much too short to bother Clarke and he's easily underneath it

Australia 37/2   MJ Clarke 0* (5b)

15.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, nibbling away off the seam, Clarke steps across and shoulders arms

15.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, tapped just to gully's right, and Clarke is called through for a tight single ... the throw at the non-striker's end is wide though, and Clarke is off the mark

15.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, tempting line outside off, but Clarke opts for caution and leaves alone

Australia 39/3   MJ Clarke 1* (8b)

17.1

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, neatly punched between mid-off and cover by Clarke, the ball is pulled up well short of the rope but that was a confident stroke. Pushed through the gap on the up

17.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, bad line from Bresnan, on the toes and flicked to fine leg

Australia 46/3   MJ Clarke 4* (10b)

18.1

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, probing length from Tremlett, this would've crashed into the off stump had Clarke not jammed down to defend it

18.2

Tremlett to Clarke, 1 leg bye, off the pad and trickling down to short fine leg, and they're through for a leg bye

Australia 47/3   MJ Clarke 4* (12b)

19.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, dug in very short on off stump, Clarke ducks quickly underneath it

19.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, this one comes in off the seam slightly after pitching on a length and straight, Clarke nudges into the leg side

19.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Clarke steps forward, looking for the on-drive, but he's not to the pitch of it and a thick inside edge rolls to mid-on

19.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Bresnan invites the drive outside off this time, but Clarke won't be tempted and leaves well alone

19.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, similar ball, this time Clarke pushes the bat out at it to send the ball towards backward point

19.6

Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, in the air, but in the gap between slip and gully! That flew off the bat as he threw himself into a cut, and went fast and possibly too high to be caught anyway. Either way, it brings up Australia's 50

Australia 53/3   MJ Clarke 8* (18b 1x4)

21.1

Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Full on middle and off, and Clarke leans into a cracking straight drive

21.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, was that held back a touch by Bresnan? It looked like it may have been the leg cutter. Defended to extra cover

21.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, on a length but just too wide to have Clarke playing

21.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, identical ball, and the response from the batsman is the same too

21.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, this one comes back in off the seam, but it lands quite wide once again and he leaves safely enough

21.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, landing on off stump this time, and fuller too. Clarke defends into the off side

Australia 57/3   MJ Clarke 12* (24b 2x4)

24.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke makes his intentions to the offspinner clear straight away, dancing down the track and driving hard to cover

24.2

Swann to Clarke, no run, again he's down the track, tapping to mid-on this time

24.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke stays very deep in the crease, defending behind square on the off side

24.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke uses his feet once again, pushing the ball back to the bowler

24.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, and again, he doesn't quite get to the pitch but does enough to smother the spin

24.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke keeps his weight back and aims a delicate late cut through gully, but a diving Pietersen cuts it off

Australia 58/3   MJ Clarke 12* (30b 2x4)

25.6

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, neatly played by Clarke this time, flicking to leg with a touch more grace than Smith managed for a couple more

Australia 63/4   MJ Clarke 14* (31b 2x4)

26.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, touch too short from Bresnan, but if his job is to defend than back of a length is the best option, Clarke gets into a good position, right behind the ball, to defend

26.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, word from the Australian camp is that the pitch is a bit two paced, which sounds like a bad excuse for 4 for 66, but this sticks in the track a bit and means Clarke's defence is slightly airy to mid-off

26.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, solid, sturdy defence to finish the over, again it's a touch too short from Bresnan to be a wicket-taking length

Australia 66/4   MJ Clarke 14* (34b 2x4)

28.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Bresnan bustles up to the crease, and hits the bat hard, he's a euphemism type of bowler

28.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, splice-hitting length and line, no real danger for Clarke

28.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, this is left alone outside off stump

28.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Bresnan finds a fuller length for the first time since lunch, but also locates the middle of Clarke's defensive blade

28.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, careful, head-over-ball defiance from Clarke

28.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, another maiden, good work from Bresnan, Clarke's defence is solid

Australia 66/4   MJ Clarke 14* (40b 2x4)

29.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, careful and calm defence from Clarke to finish another wicket-taking over

Australia 71/5   MJ Clarke 14* (41b 2x4)

31.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Clarke has an eager, head-over-the-ball way about him at the moment, and he pushes to mid-off and screams "waiiit on"

31.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, this is a touch outside off stump and Clarke wants nothing to do with it

31.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, lovely delivery, Anderson swinging it this way and that, not sure Clarke knows which way it's going, this bends in and crashes into the inner thigh

31.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, enough width to give Clarke the luxury of a leave

31.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, fuller and attacking the stumps, Clarke very studious in defence back to the bowler

31.6

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, yorker attempted, doesn't quite get it full enough and Clarke flicks it down to Tremlett at fine leg

Australia 72/5   MJ Clarke 15* (47b 2x4)

32.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Atherton on Sky has used another Bresnan euphemism "English type seamer" - and the gritty Yorkshireman finds a length, a line and a careful defence

32.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, nicely played here, banged in short and Clarke's pull shot was controlled down to midwicket for a couple

32.3

Bresnan to Clarke, 3 runs, ooh, iffy drive from Clarke, just throwing his hands at some width outside off, it flew wide of Morgan at point who leapt in classic salmon fashion but just couldn't reach it

Australia 77/5   MJ Clarke 20* (50b 2x4)

33.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, touch loose again from Clarke, just flinging his arms at this outside off, comes off an inside edge and runs to mid-on

33.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke reverts back to leaving the ball

33.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Anderson has settled into a perfect groove and Clarke can do nothing but defend

33.4

Anderson to Clarke, OUT, brilliant bowling from Anderson, he's just worked Clarke over with consistent, probing away swing and this time it finds the edge, Clarke pushing at the ball, feathered edge and Prior collects the simple chance. Australia in total disarray

MJ Clarke c †Prior b Anderson 20 (89m 54b 2x4 0x6) SR: 37.03

Australia 77/6   MJ Clarke 20 (54b 2x4)
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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

The Australian media on the Ashes defeat

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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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