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Pulling it all together

How Michael Vaughan dominated Australia on the opening day at Old Trafford

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Scorecard Summary

ENGLAND 444(113.2 OVERS)


ENGLAND 280/6d(61.5 OVERS)


108 | 5 Runs | AUS: 371/9

  • Brett Lee18 (25b)
  • Glenn McGrath5 (9b)
  • Steve Harmison22-4-65-2

Australia have hung on by the slimmest whisker. England gave it everything they had. The bowlers tried everything they could. But somehow Australia have hung on for the draw! What an incredible match this has been, on top of everything that has gone in this series The England team are in a huddle on the field The Australians are all out of the dressing-room and coming down to congratulate Lee and McGrath And now in a great gesture the Australians, led by Ricky Ponting, walk down the stairs and shake hands with each of the English players Do send in any feedback you have at This is Anand Vasu, your commentator, saying what a pleasure it has been bringing you the commentary. We shall hang on a bit more to bring you some of the post-match comments from the captains The presentation ceremony is just beginning As usual the first thing is medallions for all the match officials Michael Vaughan of England comes up first to have a chat "It's great that we're playing good cricket. This game had everything. Hundreds, wickets, everything. But I would really like to congratulate my team. In the last three weeks we have shown great c 'A few tired bodies in our unit,' says Vaughan. 'Lot's of work for everyone in the last two weeks. A bit of a rest now before the next Test.' 'Ponting played a fantastic knock. He held their innings together,' adds Vaughan. 'Congratulations to Ricky. He played brilliantly.' Ricky Ponting is the Man of the Match for his epic match saving 160 'Yet again that was an amazing game of cricket,' says Ponting. 'We were outplayed for the first four days. We dug in deep on the last day. Towards the end of the day I thought I might've cocked things up. But Lee and McGrath hung on well.' 'we are training hard enough and preparing hard enough,' says Ponting 'but you need to do it out in the middle when it counts. We played some good cricket today. Now we have some time off and can get away from the cricket for a couple of days.' And with that we come to the end of our coverage of this Test match. It has been a real pleasure bring this game to you. We hope you enjoyed being with us. Till the next Test, this is Anand Vasu, your commentator, saying cheers and goodnight, tipping his hat off to England, Australia, and not least the hero of the day, Ricky Ponting!

Harmison to Lee, FOUR runs, full-toss on the stumps, Lee watches it and clips it to the fine-leg fence for a boundary that saves the Test match!

1 ball left, one wicket needed. What will Harmison go for? Yorker? Slower ball? Bouncer?

Harmison to Lee, no run, short of a length and just outside the off, Lee leaves it alone

Now 2 balls to go

Harmison to Lee, no run, very full and far down the leg side, that is easy for Lee to negotiate, left alone

3 balls left now in this incredible Test match

Harmison to McGrath, 1 run, very full and on the pads, McGrath is standing well out of his crease and batting, dabbed away to the on side for a single that gets McGrath off strike

4 balls left

Harmison to McGrath, no run, just short of a length and outside the off, that was close as McGrath plays and misses

5 balls out 5 balls left rather

Harmison to McGrath, no run, full and down the leg side, Harmison goes for the yorker but gets it wrong, left alone