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

Harris to Cook, FOUR, off the edge, but it's a controlled edge and the ball goes down through gully to third man for four! Cook wasn't quite in control of this, but played it with soft hands to at least send the ball downwards

England 12/0   AN Cook 8* (9b 1x4)   RJ Harris 2-1-8-0

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, ah, another horrid long-hop from Johnson, and this time he's spanked up and over gully by Cook. It was a rank delivery, and put away in style. Cook nails the shot Strauss was attempting earlier

England 25/0   AN Cook 13* (12b 2x4)   MG Johnson 1-0-11-0

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

England 29/0   AJ Strauss 15* (26b 1x4)   RJ Harris 2.1-1-12-0

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

England 38/0   AJ Strauss 22* (40b 2x4)   MG Johnson 2.2-0-17-0

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

England 52/0   AJ Strauss 30* (54b 3x4)   PM Siddle 1.4-0-8-0

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, crisply-punched down the ground! That was nothing but a checked defensive push, but it pinged right out of the middle and down to long-on

England 62/0   AN Cook 23* (55b 3x4)   BW Hilfenhaus 7.1-3-15-0

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, four more, on the off side this time! An offering - short and wide outside off - is gleefully accepted and slapped hard behind point

England 66/0   AN Cook 27* (57b 4x4)   BW Hilfenhaus 7.3-3-19-0

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, punched down the ground, and Hilfenhaus is on the ground as he watches the ball fizz past him. Nicely played straight drive

England 76/0   AN Cook 33* (65b 5x4)   BW Hilfenhaus 8.5-3-25-0

Watson to Cook, FOUR, too easy for Cook, short wide and decidedly medium-paced from Watson. Cut away past gully

England 86/0   AN Cook 42* (74b 6x4)   SR Watson 0.3-0-4-0

Harris to Cook, FOUR, the bowler over-corrects, and Cook is waiting on the back foot to thump a pull in the air in front of square!

England 97/0   AN Cook 48* (87b 7x4)   RJ Harris 9.4-3-30-0

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

England 103/0   AJ Strauss 43* (94b 4x4)   SR Watson 2.4-0-11-0

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, well, the signs aren't good for Johnson. His second ball is short and wide, and Cook goes to his fifty with a powerful cut that speeds past Hughes at point

England 107/0   AN Cook 53* (93b 8x4)   MG Johnson 3.2-0-21-0

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, Cook gets four here, not entirely where he wanted, he just pushed forward to defend with soft hands and it ran off the face wide of the slips for four

England 119/0   AN Cook 61* (105b 9x4)   MG Johnson 5.1-0-30-0

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

England 135/0   AJ Strauss 54* (115b 5x4)   MG Johnson 6.3-0-42-0

Smith to Cook, FOUR, ah, just a touch too short from Smith and that's asking for trouble, sits up asking for a beating which Cook dishes out, pulling firmly through midwicket

England 143/0   AN Cook 75* (123b 10x4)   SPD Smith 2.5-0-12-0

Smith to Cook, FOUR, and another! Too short and Cook gave this some humpty, looking for a six, but the boundary is a long way away and he has to settle for four

England 147/0   AN Cook 79* (124b 11x4)   SPD Smith 3-0-16-0

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

England 180/2   KP Pietersen 6* (13b 1x4)   PM Siddle 16.3-6-23-2

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

England 184/2   KP Pietersen 10* (14b 2x4)   PM Siddle 16.4-6-27-2

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

England 215/2   KP Pietersen 24* (52b 3x4)   SPD Smith 6.4-1-27-0

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)   SPD Smith 7-1-31-0

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

England 230/2   KP Pietersen 34* (63b 5x4)   SR Watson 5.1-1-18-0

Watson to Trott, FOUR, poor bowling this, lobbed down on leg stump and Trott just had to get bat on it to get that down to the fine leg boundary

England 235/2   IJL Trott 35* (79b 1x4)   SR Watson 5.5-1-23-0

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

England 244/2   KP Pietersen 43* (70b 6x4)   BW Hilfenhaus 19.1-8-44-0

Harris to Trott, FOUR, inside edge! Not the most dangerous start from Harris, but a loose drive from Trott sees the ball take a thick inside edge and rocket just past the leg stump

England 250/2   IJL Trott 40* (95b 2x4)   RJ Harris 14.1-4-43-0

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

England 259/2   KP Pietersen 49* (80b 7x4)   RJ Harris 15.5-4-49-0

Harris to Collingwood, FOUR, edged, but through the gap between the two gully fielders! It was full again, but well outside off this time and Collingwood was only half forward into the drive. Close!

England 267/3   PD Collingwood 5* (9b 1x4)   RJ Harris 18-4-54-0

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, that's an excellent shot, really was, Siddle was only a fraction short and Trott short-arm flicks a pull shot through midwicket for four

England 281/3   IJL Trott 57* (128b 3x4)   PM Siddle 20-6-39-3

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, ah, good finish to the over for Johnson but gets four against his name, swung away a fraction and flicked the outside edge going down wide of the slips to the third man rope

England 294/5   MJ Prior 5* (8b 1x4)   MG Johnson 16-2-65-2

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, this will make Johnson even more annoyed, lovely drive from Prior, stroking through extra cover and making Ponting chase all the way to the rope

England 301/5   MJ Prior 10* (13b 2x4)   MG Johnson 17-2-72-2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, FOUR, four runs! Hilfenhaus was aiming for the surprise yorker but just got it slightly wrong and sent the ball down the leg side. Is that bat or pad? Given as runs

England 317/5   IJL Trott 76* (172b 4x4)   BW Hilfenhaus 26.3-9-62-0

Hilfenhaus to Prior, FOUR, top-edged pull, and the ball balloons over Haddin's head! Down to the boundary, four more for Prior

England 326/5   MJ Prior 19* (29b 3x4)   BW Hilfenhaus 27.5-9-67-0

Harris to Trott, FOUR, superb on-drive from Trott! Mid-on was wide, so he went straight and got great timing and placement on the shot

England 332/5   IJL Trott 84* (183b 5x4)   RJ Harris 19.4-4-65-0

Harris to Prior, FOUR, slashed in the air through gully! The shot was on as the ball was short and wide, and Prior went through with it. That brings up the fifty partnership

England 337/5   MJ Prior 25* (31b 4x4)   RJ Harris 20-4-70-0

Harris to Trott, FOUR, that is a superb hundred from Trott, gets there fittingly with a leg-side flick off his toes through the midwicket region for four, celebrates with his customary single arm lofted in the air. It's been a pretty chanceless knock and he's helping take England out of sight here

England 360/5   IJL Trott 101* (211b 6x4)   RJ Harris 24.2-7-78-0

Harris to Trott, FOUR, four more! Not where he intended but a full ball finds the outside edge of a loose drive, it sped past the slips to the third man boundary

England 364/5   IJL Trott 105* (214b 7x4)   RJ Harris 24.5-7-82-0

Siddle to Prior, FOUR, width, width was all Prior needed to free his arms and time a square drive behind point for four

England 371/5   MJ Prior 37* (71b 5x4)   PM Siddle 23-7-45-3

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, Trott gets four for this but he looked hurried on the shot, steering a back-cut past the slips to the third man rope, the extra bounce meant he lost his bottom hand as he played the shot but still controlled it well

England 382/5   IJL Trott 113* (221b 8x4)   PM Siddle 23.2-7-49-3

Smith to Trott, FOUR, bad ball from Smith - a low full toss - but what superb timing and placement from Trott, threading the gap at midwicket perfectly

England 393/5   IJL Trott 121* (238b 9x4)   SPD Smith 15.5-3-57-0

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, long half-volley from Siddle, and Trott dispatches him through cover with great authority. There's England's 400

England 400/5   IJL Trott 125* (243b 10x4)   PM Siddle 25.5-8-58-3

Smith to Prior, FOUR, too short from Smith, and Prior wallops him up and over wide mid-on to get to fifty

England 404/5   MJ Prior 52* (81b 6x4)   SPD Smith 16.2-3-61-0

Smith to Prior, FOUR, big shot from Prior! Too short from Smith and he seized on the length very quickly, lifting the ball powerfully over midwicket ... just short of the rope

England 410/5   MJ Prior 56* (86b 7x4)   SPD Smith 17.3-3-66-0

Smith to Trott, FOUR, such timing! This was nothing more than a firm push down the ground, but it beat the bowler and once it was past mid-on, raced away!

England 415/5   IJL Trott 131* (254b 11x4)   SPD Smith 18-3-71-0

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, up and over gully! It was a short ball from Johnson that rose up at Prior and took the shoulder of the bat, looping high over the slip cordon. Ponting just stands and shakes his head at the injustice of it all

England 419/5   MJ Prior 61* (88b 8x4)   MG Johnson 21.1-2-89-2

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, a controlled, placed late cut from Prior sends the ball down to the third man boundary. He started in scratchy fashion but seems to have settled in nicely since then

England 425/5   MJ Prior 66* (90b 9x4)   MG Johnson 22-2-95-2

Johnson to Trott, FOUR, paddle-pull to another short ball, Hilfenhaus runs round at fine leg to cut it off but the ball evades him, much to the Barmy Army's amusement

England 432/5   IJL Trott 138* (266b 12x4)   MG Johnson 22.4-2-99-2

Watson to Prior, FOUR, a loopy half-volley outside off is creamed away through cover, Prior down on one knee to play the shot. And that's their 150 partnership

England 436/5   MJ Prior 70* (93b 10x4)   SR Watson 8.2-1-30-0

Harris to Prior, FOUR, drive-me length and a drive-me line, Prior does the obvious and flashes a square drive past point all along the ground for four. Lovely shot

England 456/5   MJ Prior 82* (115b 11x4)   RJ Harris 27.3-9-87-0

Johnson to Swann, FOUR, Johnson drifts down the leg side and Swann gloves a flap at it, sending it hurrying down to the fine leg rope

England 473/7   GP Swann 4* (11b 1x4)   MG Johnson 25.4-2-110-2

Johnson to Swann, FOUR, slapped on the up through the off side! Swann doesn't need to worry much about swing from Johnson, and just swings his arms through the line of this wide delivery to send the ball bouncing away to the cover boundary

England 477/7   GP Swann 8* (15b 2x4)   MG Johnson 26.2-2-114-2

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

England 487/7   IJL Trott 158* (316b 13x4)   BW Hilfenhaus 32.2-12-76-0

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

England 499/7   GP Swann 18* (19b 3x4)   MG Johnson 27.5-2-130-2
  • Overs 1-50
  • 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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