2nd Test, Birmingham, Aug 4-7 2005, Australia tour of England and Scotland
407 & 182
(64.3 ov, target 282)
308 & 279
England won by 2 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

England blaze a trail but Aussies refuse to wilt

England were bowled out for 407, scored at over five an over amid a blaze of boundaries

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Scorecard summary
England407(79.2 overs)1st Innings
Australia308(76 overs)1st Innings
England182(52.1 overs)2nd Innings
Australia279(64.3 overs)2nd Innings
Brett Lee*43 (75)
Shane Warne42 (59)

This incredible Test match comes to an end with England winning by two runs

End of one of the great Test matches of all time

England played magnificently and Australia responded in fine style, taking the game further than anyone would have imagined

This has been some Test match. Unbelievable scenes right down to the last ball.

This is Anand Vasu, yourr commentator, inviting you to write in with all your comments

We'll be back shortly with comments from the captains

'Full credit to England, they played brilliantly. Full credit also to shane Warne for 10 wickets and his runs. Kasprowicz and Lee showed great character. We gave ourselves a glimmer of hope this morning' says Ricky Ponting

'You always miss someone of Glenn McGrath's skill and experience. But Kasprowicz bowled well and perhaps this afternoon he did more with the bat than Glenn could have' adds Ponting

'Full credit to the way Australia came out this morning. Warne and Lee have had great games. We fought hard under pressure all match. We've won this one and it sets us up for this series.' says Vaughan

'We go to Old Trafford now with momentum. We've got the series back on track.' he adds

'Freddie Flintoff was outstanding for us,' says Vaughan and it is no surprise that the Man of the Match is Andrew Flintoff

'We knew they had good players. Brett Lee was outstanding. He bowled his heart out and then batted brilliantly today' says Flintoff

'The whole Test match has been a great spectacle. Pleased that we got over the line in the end.' adds Flintoff

'We've got to believe we can go on and win the Ashes' says Flintoff

England's hero Andrew Flintoff waves his magnum of champagne at the crowd who roar appreciatively.

With that we come to the end of our coverage of this great Test match

There's been a few close games and a few classices we've shared, but this must rate right up there with the best of them

This is Anand Vasu, your commentator, telling you it was a privilige to bring you this game. I do hope you will be with us again when the first ball of the third Test is bowled in Old Trafford on Thursday

Till then, it's good bye from us all! Do write in and have your say at

Harmison to Kasprowicz, OUT
short ball banged in, Kasprowicz tries to get out of the way but just cannot manage, the ball balloons up towards the keeper and Geraint Jones takes the catch
MS Kasprowicz c †GO Jones b Harmison 20 (60m 31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 64.51
Harmison to Kasprowicz, no run
just short of a good length and on the off, defended back down the pitch to the bowler
Harmison to Lee, 1 run
full toss outside the off, Lee hits it well but finds the sweeper on the off side fence and gets a single
end of over 641 runs
AUS: 278/9CRR: 4.34 
Brett Lee42 (74)
Michael Kasprowicz20 (29)
Andrew Flintoff22-3-79-4
Flintoff to Lee, 1 run
just short of a length and on the pads, Lee hits the ball to the on side, drops the bat in the process, but runs across for the single and keeps the strike
Flintoff to Lee, no run
slightly fuller and outside the off, Lee has a waft at it and the ball goes just past the outside edge to the keeper
Flintoff to Lee, no run
and almost an action replay. Another short one banged in and Lee ducks out of the way leaving Jones to collect behind the stumps
Flintoff to Lee, no run
another short one banged in, and again Lee ducks, Geraint Jones moves well and collects down the leg side
Flintoff to Lee, no run
just short of a good length once more and outside the off, left alone to the keeper
Flintoff to Lee, no run
short ball banged in and Lee ducks under this one, watching the ball very carefully
end of over 631 runs
AUS: 277/9CRR: 4.39 
Michael Kasprowicz20 (29)
Brett Lee41 (68)
Steve Harmison17-3-61-1

All eyes on Freddie Flintoff now, the man who has done it so many times for England in this match. Can he do it again?

Harmison to Kasprowicz, no run
full and on the off another attempted yorker, again dug out to end the over

Brett Lee comes up to Kasprowicz to have a quiet word

Harmison to Kasprowicz, no run
just short of a good length and outside the off this time, Kasprowicz leaves it alone to the keeper
Harmison to Kasprowicz, no run
slightly short of a length and down the leg side, left alone to the keeper
Harmison to Kasprowicz, no run
another attempted yorker, it is bang on target and quick, but somehow Kasprowicz keeps it out and the ball rolls to the on side
Harmison to Kasprowicz, no run
down the leg side, short of a length, Kasprowicz has a swat at it and misses, through to the keeper
Harmison to Lee, 1 run
full and on the off, Lee jams that to the on side wide of the man at mid-on and steals a single
end of over 629 runs
AUS: 276/9CRR: 4.45 
Michael Kasprowicz20 (24)
Brett Lee40 (67)
Andrew Flintoff21-3-78-4
Flintoff to Kasprowicz, no run
just short of a good length and outside the off, poked at and missed, through to the keeper
Flintoff to Lee, 1 run
back of a length and on the pads, defended to the on side for yet another run
Flintoff to Kasprowicz, 1 run
full and outside the off, Kasprowicz squeezes the ball through point for yet another single
Best performances - batsmen
ME Trescothick
90 runs (102)
15 fours
2 sixes
JL Langer
82 runs (154)
7 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
SK Warne
A Flintoff
Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossAustralia , elected to field first
SeriesAustralia tour of England and Scotland
Player Of The Match
Andrew Flintoff
Series result5-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 1758
Match days4,5,6,7 August 2005 (5-day match)
Billy Bowden
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
Jeremy Lloyds
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle