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206dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller at Brisbane

Ponting century powers Australia

Ricky Ponting launched his quest for Ashes vengeance with a brilliant 136-ball century, as Australia piled on the runs on the opening day of first Test at the Gabba

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RT Ponting
196(319) 24x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 57 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
1 16 38 15 37 13 29 47
JL Langer
100(146) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • back defence
  • 19 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
10 12 16 16 16 1 1 28

Best performances - Bowlers

GD McGrath
O23.1
M8
R50
W6
Eco2.15
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Clark
O24.1
M6
R72
W4
Eco2.97
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

AUSTRALIA 602/9d(155 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

ENGLAND 157(61.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 202/1d(45.1 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

ENGLAND 370(100.1 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS





That's about it from us. Thanks for staying with us through this match and join us again on Friday morning for the Adelaide Test. Your commentators in this Test have been Will Luke, Jenny Thompson and Martin Williamson and we will be back in three days. The final word comes from Boonie who, on cue, bursts into life with "I want a beer, I want a beer". What an excellent idea. Beefy, meanwhile, has fallen off the desk and is lying, beaten and silent, on the floor ...

Presentations Simon O'Donnell makes the presentation. He starts with Flintoff who admits that England "started a bit slow" and that " we are looking forward to bouncing back." And were they undercooked? "We've had a great preparation," he insists. What about Harmison? "It's fair to say Harmy didn't click in this game ... he works hard in the nets."

Ricky Ponting says it was "a pleasing start". On Glenn McGrath; "What a fantastic job he did. He's had his knockers and I know he was keen to prove them wrong." And he gets the Man-of-the-Match award - "aw, thanks, nice" - which is a crystal plate. "It's going to be hard to make changes to this side," he says when asked about the team for Adelaide.

The thrills of the post-match ceremony where sponsors try to get their logos on screen as much as possible to follow ... meanwhile, what do you think England should do at Adelaide ... send us your thoughts by clicking here.

The Australians, several clutching souvenir stumps, head off applauding the spectators who are in turn clapping them. The England side come out of the pavilion to shake hands with the winners.

England are now heading across to the Barmy Army to thank them for their support. In turn, the Barmy Army burst into song ...

100.1
W
Clark to Harmison, OUT, it's over. Slightly short, Harmison hooks but off the top edge and straight down the throat of McGrath at long leg. The Australians rush to embrace each other in a celebratory huddle as the England batsmen troop off.

SJ Harmison c McGrath b Clark 13 (31m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

END OF OVER:
100 | 9 Runs | ENG: 370/9

  • James Anderson4 (8b)
  • Steve Harmison13 (17b)
  • Shane Warne34-7-124-4
  • Stuart Clark24-6-72-3
99.6
0
Warne to Anderson, no run, short and Anderson shapes to cut but is undone by a bit of extra bounce
99.5
0
Warne to Anderson, no run, wide into the rough, that really bit and turned
99.4
4
Warne to Anderson, FOUR runs, that was even wider and Anderson reaches and slashes that through point. That was a teaser and Anderson took the bait
99.3
0
Warne to Anderson, no run, watched and left alone, it turned but started too wide

"Harmison has not bowled enough," says a TV pundit. For the 1045th time.

99.2
1
Warne to Harmison, 1 run, gently run up to mid-off
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England 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st29AJ StraussAN Cook
2nd7IR BellAN Cook
3rd55PD CollingwoodAN Cook
4th153PD CollingwoodKP Pietersen
5th27A FlintoffKP Pietersen
6th22KP PietersenGO Jones
7th33AF GilesGO Jones
8th20AF GilesMJ Hoggard
9th15MJ HoggardSJ Harmison
10th9SJ HarmisonJM Anderson