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The Ashes - 4th Test

Australia v England

England won by an innings and 157 runs

Overs 0-50

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch of swing first up, but no great pace by the looks of things, Watson lets it go by outside off stump

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, more action here, Anderson goes full in search of swing, finds some and Watson flashes a drive, connecting firmly but only to find Bell who fields smartly at point. The fielder earns plenty of pats and cheers for his efforts, betrays the nerves out there

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, again some swing, nothing dramatic and Watson lines it up early enough to leave comfortably

0.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch too short from the bowler, allows Watson to survey the bounce outside off stump

0.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, edged and it looks like it's carried to Collingwood at third slip, dropped, dramatic start, perfect delivery, full and swinging away late, found a thickish edge that flew low to Collingwood's left but he couldn't hold on

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, ooh, closer to off stump and left alone. Ends an eventful first over, Strauss will be relieved to have seen the swing first up

Australia 0/0   JM Anderson 1-1-0-0

2.1

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, dropped! Watson gets another life, Pietersen this time has put down a straightforward chance, it was short and wide, Watson flashed a cut that flew quickly at around head height to Pietersen who got two hands to it, but it burst through

2.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten this time outside off stump, touch of away swing past the outside edge

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, this time Watson lands a very solid defence, clunking forward on the front foot

2.4

Anderson to Watson, 3 runs, full and swinging, (like a Christmas party?), Watson drives firmly, without quite timing it well enough to get four

2.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, ooh, edgy defence from Hughes, gets tucked up again with a shortish ball and fends off towards short leg

2.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, touch of inswing to the left-hander, Hughes plays around his front pad and can't quite connect

Australia 15/0   JM Anderson 2-1-5-0

4.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, definite swing here, the clouds have come over the ground, which will make Jimmy smile, this swings down the leg side though and Prior collects

4.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Hughes tucks this to short leg to defend

4.3

Anderson to Hughes, no run, ideal delivery from Anderson, full, swinging in late and Hughes gets in a tangle as he defends, luckily for him an inside edge prevented drama

4.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, nicely played here, Hughes drops this into the covers off the back foot, looks for a single but the fielders rush in in a hurry

4.5

Anderson to Hughes, 1 run, neatly tucked around the corner for a single to get off strike and begin another round of the Anderson v Ponting battle

4.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets firmly behind a defiant defensive block to cover

Australia 16/1   JM Anderson 3-1-6-0

6.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, inswinger from Anderson, just showing Ponting he has one, comes in a long way from outside off but quite early and Ponting can line up a defence

6.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, this is an outswinger and Ponting has nothing to do with it

6.3

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, angled into Ponting this time and he works a much more secure single into the midwicket region

6.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson has been luckless this morning, this is a beauty that nips away off the seam, past a dangling outside edge on its way to Prior

6.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, very smartly taken from Prior down the leg side here, Anderson got his line wrong and it just flicked Hughes's thigh, made it very difficult for Prior collecting on the half-volley but he did so with ease

6.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, solid, defiant defence from Hughes to end the over, really willing himself forward and into line

Australia 19/1   JM Anderson 4-1-7-0

8.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, plenty of nip and nibble about, this swings late into Hughes who gets into an awkward position in defence

8.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Hughes looked like he wanted to leave this but saw some late swing and poked at it uneasily

8.3

Anderson to Hughes, 1 run, nicely done from Hughes, good intent here, looking for an attacking offside stroke, the late swing meant he couldn't free his arms but still picked up a single towards cover

8.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, snorter, absolute beauty from Anderson here, pitch on a length and went like a legbreak past the outside edge

8.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 leg bye, this time Anderson jumps wider of the crease and angles it in before swinging it away, the bowler was probably looking for too much though and it thuds off the pads for a single

8.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, worked firmly off the hip but straight to Cook at short leg who aims a throw back to the stumps

Australia 21/1   JM Anderson 5-1-8-0

10.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, the sun is out in Melbourne now but Anderson is still finding some movement and Hughes defends carefully

10.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson will begin to curse his luck how, Hughes defends and the ball bobbles back and bounces just over the top of the stumps

10.3

Anderson to Hughes, no run, massive appeal and a review from England! They thought they had Hughes out caught down the leg side but replays showed it brushed nothing but a shirt, so England lose a review

10.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, very firm in defence now, Hughes has his movements in better order now that he's been in for a while

10.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, touch of inswing finds a hopping Hughes in defence, Hughes does enjoy a hop though

10.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson has bowled very well this spell but still has no rewards as Hughes defends well

Australia 26/1   JM Anderson 6-2-8-0

12.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Hughes looks a touch hurried but he's getting into good positions to defend now

12.2

Anderson to Hughes, 3 runs, more runs for Hughes, he's dangerous when he has room outside off, throws his arms at it, playing it well and only the snail-like outfield prevents four

12.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, good signs for Ponting here, leaving alone the sort of delivery close to off stump that he fences at very early in his innings normally

12.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, that's an even better sign! Really good shot this, Anderson was only a fraction short and Ponting eased into a classic Ponting pull shot, in front of square for four

12.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, solid and sturdy defence this time, almost as emphatic as the pull shot

12.6

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short again, pulled again, four again! Fantastic stuff from Ponting, he's earned a big cheer from the crowd and rightly so, Anderson only a touch short and Ponting was all over him

Australia 37/1   JM Anderson 7-2-19-0

25.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, loosener to start, curving away from Hussey who leaves alone

25.2

Anderson to Hussey, OUT, edged! Anderson strikes straight away, and what a delivery to do it with. Landing on middle and off and shooting towards the slips, the length was full and Hussey was drawn into the drive, getting a good, healthy edge that flies through to Prior

MEK Hussey c †Prior b Anderson 8 (44m 41b 1x4 0x6) SR: 19.51

25.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, and this one curves away to tease the outside edge of Smith's bat first ball!

25.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, full and straight on the resumption from Anderson, Smith flicks to leg, looking like a man who's wandered out to the middle from a bar, odd style but this was firmly played

25.5

Anderson to Smith, 3 runs, Smith is away, and in some style too, driving crisply square of the wicket on the off side, the outfield is as slow as a Turkish arthouse film so Smith doesn't get the boundary he deserves

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   JM Anderson 8-2-24-1

27.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, nothing back of a length from Anderson, he's on the lookout for swing, and finds some here, late and back into Smith, who gets nowhere near this and it thuds him on the pads

27.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, Smith has a good eye and looks like he has good hands too, makes up for a quirky technique, he defends here with his hands way away from his body

27.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, good judgement sees this left well alone outside off

27.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, this time Anderson's length is wrong - too short - and the line it a touch wide as well

27.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, waa? This almost went through the stumps! Smith leaves alone and watches in horror as the ball snakes back and goes just over the top of middle

27.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, nicely driven but straight to cover, another maiden for Anderson

Australia 66/4   JM Anderson 9-3-24-1

29.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, ooh, England have no reviews left, if they did you reckon Strauss would be all over it here, inswinger from Anderson traps Smith on the crease, big inside edge though

29.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, outside off stump this time, Smith is sensible enough to leave alone

29.3

Anderson to Smith, OUT, Smith gone now, always looked a matter of time, pushed very hard at this outside off, touch of nibble away off the pitch found the edge and Prior did the rest

SPD Smith c †Prior b Anderson 6 (18m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

29.4

Anderson to Haddin, FOUR, edged straight away, but Haddin gets four, big gap between second slip and gully and this runs along the ground straight through it to the third man rope

29.5

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin is on his way straight away, driving sweetly wide of mid-off, Haddin has a way of getting under England's skin, his way is quite simple actually, score runs and tell the England boys all about every one of them

29.6

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

Australia 71/5   JM Anderson 10-3-29-2

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   JM Anderson 11-3-30-2

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

33.5

Anderson to Johnson, no run, but here Anderson finds a length, line and a defensive blade before spinning on his heels and marching back to his mark. 'Can't talk now, I have wickets to take'

33.6

Anderson to Johnson, no run, careful defence from Johnson to end a fine, fine over

Australia 77/6   JM Anderson 12-4-30-3

35.1

Anderson to Johnson, no run, Johnson surely has to have a go now, but he won't reach this, slid down the leg side

35.2

Anderson to Johnson, OUT, Anderson has his man! Johnson's gone for a duck, this is a cracking delivery, seams away off a full length, finds the edge and Prior has his fourth catch

MG Johnson c †Prior b Anderson 0 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

35.3

Anderson to Siddle, no run, you can always expect a scrap from Siddle, here he leaves alone outside off stump. Sounds obvious, but his colleagues haven't managed it

35.4

Anderson to Siddle, 1 run, big cheer as Siddle gets one, working down to fine leg for a single

35.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, Harris this time watches the line outside off stump and leaves well alone

35.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, good delivery to finish the over, swinging in and Harris defends carefully

Australia 78/8   JM Anderson 13-4-31-4

37.1

Anderson to Harris, FOUR, four for Harris, I'm not sure he knew much about it, just swished across the line, got a top edge that sailed over the slips down to the third man rope

37.2

Anderson to Harris, no run, first sledge of the day from Anderson, probably deserves to as well, lovely ball zips past the edge

37.3

Anderson to Harris, no run, umpire Dar has called this a dead ball, much to Harris's annoyance because an inswinger clipped the thigh and ran away for four, but Harris was so late on the attempted nurdle that Dar thought he hadn't played a shot

37.4

Anderson to Harris, no run, left alone studiously outside off stump

37.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, England have barely bowled any short balls this innings, very good discipline, Harris blocks another full delivery

37.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, left alone quietly outside off stump. It's been all England since lunch and they can reward themselves with a drink. Liam will be here after the break

Australia 86/8   JM Anderson 14-4-35-4

39.1

Anderson to Siddle, no run, snaking away through the air, but outside off and easily left alone

39.2

Anderson to Siddle, no run, landing on a length on off stump, tapped defensively to cover

39.3

Anderson to Siddle, 3 runs, slapped with rather more intent this time, the ball beats a diving cover fielder but rolls to a halt in the outfield

39.4

Anderson to Harris, no run, good, testing follow-up ball. But Harris is solid in defence

39.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, and again, Anderson keeping it tight but Harris is hanging in there doggedly

39.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, and nudged gently into the leg side to end

Australia 92/8   JM Anderson 15-4-38-4

41.1

Anderson to Harris, no run, nicely done by Harris, who is tight in defence

41.2

Anderson to Harris, FOUR, good shot there, the ball was there to be hit - short and wide - but Harris didn't try to make too much of hit, just getting himself into a good, balanced position on the back foot and scything a cut through gully

41.3

Anderson to Harris, no run, swinging in, Harris takes this one the thigh pad as he tries to work to leg

41.4

Anderson to Harris, 2 runs, this time he gets bat on it, clipping to square leg

41.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, defended straight back into the pitch with a vertical bat

41.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, again curving in late through the air, Harris can't get a touch on an attempted leg glance and is struck on the pad. Heading way down leg though, not even a hint of an appeal

Australia 98/9   JM Anderson 16-4-44-4
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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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