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)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, fullish length half a foot outside off, Trott steps forward and cracks it to point


Hilfenhaus to Trott, FOUR, driven with purpose and poise through straight mid-off! Wonderful piece of timing on the drive as Trott steps forward and presents the full face of the bat in one fluid motion


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, jabbed defensively to point once again


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Trott targets the leg side this time, but doesn't quite execute the shot well enough to get through the field


Hilfenhaus to Trott, 2 runs, now this will be runs, Trott shuffles across and flicks through square leg for a couple


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, tapped down to gully to finish the over

End of over 151 (6 runs) England 489/7

    • IJL Trott 160 (320b 13x4)
    • GP Swann 11 (17b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 33-12-78-0
    • MG Johnson 27-2-120-2

Plenty of noise from the Barmy Army this morning, strains of "God Save the Queen" ringing round the 'G


Johnson to Swann, 3 runs, merrily mowed over wide mid-on! It's not pretty but it's effective, pitched up and Swann went for it. A better connection would've brought him a boundary

Johnson is back over the wicket to start the over, by the way


Johnson to Trott, no run, dug in short and rising over leg stump, Trott walks across and sways out of the way, briefly thinking about the hook


Johnson to Trott, 2 runs, this time he does hook as Johnson sends down another bumper, a controlled stroke races down to fine leg, where a sliding Hilfenhaus does very well to stop the boundary


Johnson to Trott, 1 run, fuller, nudged to midwicket for a single

"Is it so difficult to bowl according to plan?" Asks Himal. "You are not supposed to bowl at Trott's pad and they keep feeding him there so often."


Johnson to Swann, FOUR, cracked over square leg! This wasn't all that short, but Swann picked up the length early and pulled it purposefully over the fielder and down to the boundary

Ponting in consultation with his bowler now, the slips stay in but a couple of men are pushed back to the boundary on both sides of the wicket


Johnson to Swann, no run, just short of a good length, but nice and straight and Swann defends

End of over 152 (10 runs) England 499/7

    • GP Swann 18 (20b 3x4)
    • IJL Trott 163 (323b 13x4)
    • MG Johnson 28-2-130-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 33-12-78-0

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, full of length, in the channel outside off, rock solid defence to cover


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, a touch shorter from Hilfenhaus, but still up to the batsman. Trott steps half-forward but stays at the crease to defend once again


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, wide of off stump, tapped down to gully


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, again the ball goes to gully, this time with not nearly as much control and Trott takes the bottom hand off the bat as he plays the shot. It is, perhaps, the one area that he's looked vulnerable in. Excellent seam position from Hilfenhaus, but zero swing


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, tapped defensively to mid-off


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, and defended to cover point to end the over, another maiden for Hilfenhaus

"Any bets how long it will be before people start e-mailing in demanding that Strauss stop being so defensive, wasting time and declare before he gives Australia a chance to escape with a draw here?" I can tell you, Mark Kidger, that the emails are flying in already.

End of over 153 (maiden) England 499/7

    • IJL Trott 163 (329b 13x4)
    • GP Swann 18 (20b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 34-13-78-0
    • MG Johnson 28-2-130-2

Johnson to Swann, 1 run, short again from Johnson, hooked down to fine leg and there's the 500


Johnson to Trott, 2 runs, has this just plugged in the pitch? It certainly wasn't the slower one from Johnson, but Trott was far too early into the drive and the ball flew in the air, but dropping short of mid-off


Johnson to Trott, no run, tapped rather more safely along the ground to mid-off this time


Johnson to Trott, 1 run, short, with a hint of width that is increased by the angle of delivery, tapped to cover point for one


Johnson to Swann, no run, back of a length, dropped close in on the leg side and they briefly think about a cheeky single


Johnson to Swann, no run, fuller, flapped into the leg side with plenty of bottom hand but straight to the man at wide mid-on

End of over 154 (4 runs) England 503/7

    • GP Swann 19 (23b 3x4)
    • IJL Trott 166 (332b 13x4)
    • MG Johnson 29-2-134-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 34-13-78-0

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, short, and wide enough to invite the forcing shot through the off side. The ball goes straight to point, however


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, much fuller, again Trott finds the fielder as he drives to mid-on


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, dropped down defensively on the off side


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, a miscued pull goes straight up in the air! But falls right in between all the converging fielders. It almost fell onto the non-striker's stumps, Hilfenhaus tried to turn in his follow-through, mid-on and mid-off rushed in and no-one could get there. That's got to be demoralising...


Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, cracked into the off side to rotate the strike


Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, good line, tucking Swann up a touch as he defends into the covers

End of over 155 (1 run) England 504/7

    • GP Swann 19 (24b 3x4)
    • IJL Trott 167 (337b 13x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 35-13-79-0
    • MG Johnson 29-2-134-2

Australia need a lift after that, and Siddle could well be the man to do it for them. Here he is with the ball in his hand


Siddle to Trott, no run, very full, and with a hint of reverse in to the batsman to start. Dug out to point

Eshan is utterly flabbergasted with all this declaration chat: "Why on earth would Strauss want to declare? Its only the third day still...and as far as I am concerned England should bat on till after lunch...and maybe even just after tea..keep the aussies in the field..there is still a whole two days left to get the aussies out..and there is no point in having to bat last again..."


Siddle to Trott, 1 run, this one hits the seam and goes the other way, tapped into the covers for one. Already there seems more life in the pitch


Siddle to Swann, 1 run, just short of a good length outside off, bunted into the off side field


Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle charges in and sends one down full and wide, Trott toe-ends the drive and the ball goes nowhere


Siddle to Trott, no run, definite reverse here, on a fiery yorker! That's a superb delivery, but if Trott is anything he's 'in' and spots it early to dig it out


Siddle to Trott, no run, nipping in through the air and off the seam, tapped defensively to mid-on

End of over 156 (2 runs) England 506/7

    • IJL Trott 168 (342b 13x4)
    • GP Swann 20 (25b 3x4)
    • PM Siddle 32-10-72-5
    • BW Hilfenhaus 35-13-79-0

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, flat-footed swish outside off from Swann, unsurprisingly he gets nowhere near it


Hilfenhaus to Swann, 2 runs, the effort ball from Hilfenhaus, banged into the pitch and rising on Swann, who pulls out to deep square


Hilfenhaus to Swann, OUT, what a catch! The crowd were quiet for a good few seconds before they realised a wicket had actually just fallen. Banged in short again by Hilfenhaus, Swann hooks and a thick edge flew fast and straight and looked to be going over Haddin's head ... but he timed his salmon-leap to perfection and got both hands to it

GP Swann c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus 22 (51m 28b 3x4 0x6) SR: 78.57

Here's Chris Tremlett. Even with a bat in his hand he sets Sahil's heart pumping ...


Hilfenhaus to Tremlett, 1 run, testing yorker to start, Tremlett jabs the bat down just in time and a thick inside edge goes between his legs and down on the leg side


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, good length from Hilfenhaus, defended to cover


Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Trott backs away as Hilfenhaus arrives at the crease, but is beaten outside off as he slashes at a wide one

End of over 157 (3 runs) England 509/8

    • IJL Trott 168 (344b 13x4)
    • CT Tremlett 1 (1b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 36-13-82-1
    • PM Siddle 32-10-72-5

Siddle to Tremlett, no run, reversing in on a good length, but Tremlett bends down low and presents the full face of the bat in defence

Tremlett really is a mountain of a man. He fairly dwarfs Siddle


Siddle to Tremlett, no run, legcutter from Siddle, jagging away from the bat. Tremlett exhibits his leave


Siddle to Tremlett, no run, fuller from Siddle, but wide enough to warrant another leave from Tremlett. He looks a decent No. 10

"Glad to see Hilfen"work"haus got a wicket, he has bowled well without luck throughout the entire series." Yes Henry, he certainly needed one.


Siddle to Tremlett, no run, another leave from Tremlett, he's got just over 15 minutes to survive until lunch


Siddle to Tremlett, 3 runs, short of a good length and wide of off stump once again, steered down past gully and down to third man for a couple. That was quite a short ball but played practically on the front foot by the lofty Trem'


Siddle to Trott, no run, full and aimed right at the off stump, Trott gives himself some room and flays a drive but finds the cover fielder

End of over 158 (3 runs) England 512/8

    • IJL Trott 168 (345b 13x4)
    • CT Tremlett 4 (6b)
    • PM Siddle 33-10-75-5
    • BW Hilfenhaus 36-13-82-1

Short midwicket comes in for Tremlett


Hilfenhaus to Tremlett, OUT, Hilfenhaus gets another! Full, straight and reversing in enough to beat the inside edge of Tremlett's defensive poke and smash into middle stump

CT Tremlett b Hilfenhaus 4 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

James Anderson trudges to the middle. There are far worse No. 11s in world cricket, but just in the last half hour Australia have got their tails up. Siddle can take a lot of credit for that. Two slips in for Anderson first up


Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, back of a length and angling across, landing on leg stump and defended to off


Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, short and rising into the ribs, Anderson hops to defend to leg


Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, pushed much wider across the left-hander, and now we see Anderson's leave. It has neither the trimmed down efficiency of Trott's, nor the confident pomp of Pietersen's but effective enough as leaves go


Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, wide, and left once again


Hilfenhaus to Anderson, 1 run, too straight from Hilfenhaus, nudged down to fine leg

Praveen Singh makes a good point: "Can people please stop complaining about Australia's bowling attack lacking balance, Australia's currently do not have a good spinner to pick! If they did, of course they would've!"

End of over 159 (1 run) England 513/9

    • JM Anderson 1 (5b)
    • IJL Trott 168 (345b 13x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 37-13-83-2
    • PM Siddle 33-10-75-5

Siddle to continue


Siddle to Anderson, OUT, and Siddle gets a six-for on his home ground! Full, straight and reversing away from the left-hander's defensive push to peg the off stump back

JM Anderson b Siddle 1 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Lunch So, finally Australia work their way through England's line-up. One man they didn't get past is Jonathan Trott, who finishes with a majestic, unbeaten 168. Siddle bowled with real heart and finishes with a deserved 6 for 75, but England have a lead of 415 - which is, as Miller points out, an Ashes record margin for a team batting second - and Australia will have to bat for about two and half days to save this match.

Once again, don't forget to join Andrew Miller and Peter English, that erudite and eloquent pair, to discuss this Test during the lunch break. Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com

During the interval be sure to entertain yourselves with our 2010 review specials. Plenty of fun there.

"Praveen Singh is forgetting about Hauritz who has made 2 centuries in his last 2 state test matches and a 50 in his last state ODI as well as taken quite a few wickets. Why is he off the cards?" Who knows, Bryce. For some reason they've felt they can't pick him.

Paul Taylor is of a slightly different opinion: "In reply to Praveen. Australia do have a good spinner to pick - Steve O'Keefe. Unfortunately Shane Warne hasn't suggested picking him so the selectors can't - I think it's Australian law."

"Hauritz in, Ponting out," suggests Arjun. "love yah Ricky but my vote is for Hauritz to return as full time spinner & captain," agrees Andy Sowter. "Plus with his current form with the bat he can slot in at No. 3."

"It's not only the lack of quality spinner, a concern for Aussies," adds Madhavan Kalyan. "In the absence of Simon Katich, the technique of Phil Hughes is being cruelly exposed. Why isn't the likes of Phil Jacques and Mark Cosgrove not even being mentioned by the media?"

"You guys are underestimating Punter a lot," reckons Srikanth. "I am so sure that he will deliver in the second innings with a century and more. I just placed a bet on him scoring a century with a friend and the loser needs to run in the buff in public." Let's hope it doesn't come to that, at least for the sake of any witnesses to this 'event'.

"What happened to Jason Krezja?" asks Avinash. "That guy picked up loads of wickets against India on his debut. Did Shane Warne not like him too?" Krejza joins a list of spinners to have followed in Warne's footsteps and struggled, as this article by Steven Lynch describes.

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  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200





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Hours of play (local time) 10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

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