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    44.3 Watson is furious with himself and Bresnan is jumping and wooting in delight. All the hard work again comes to not enough for Watson. It was about a foot wide of off stump - the sort of line Watson has left alone all day - and Watson pushed hard in defence, it took the edge and went through gently to Strauss 105/2
    29.3 The battle ends for Hughes! What a disappointment. Tremlett bangs it in on a length outside off, Hughes could have left it but instead fenced fatally and it nipped the edge and flew to Collingwood at third slip who took the chance above his head 55/1
    58.6 Swann strikes in the first over of his spell! And it comes from a top-edged sweep, as Swann tossed it up on the stumps, Khawaja went for the shot and saw the ball lob up to be taken comfortably at square leg 134/4
    50.6 gone! Clarke has been caught at gully, cutting hard and in the air, really not a smart shot from the Australian captain and Anderson takes the catch 113/3
    79.6 oh, Collingwood has struck! And it's Hussey who goes - what a very good ball from Paul Collingwood! He'd set up Hussey with several wider balls and this one swung back in, getting the inside edge on to the stumps 171/6
    62.4 big wicket for England! Anderson gets his man again. Poor shot really, the last ball swung in but this just held its line wide of off stump and Haddin, feet rooted to the spot, flashed a airy drive. Flicked the edge and Prior did the rest 143/5
    84.2 Anderson strikes! Smith has gone for the big expansive off drive and has only managed to edge it to Collingwood, who takes a standard catch at third slip. Good outswing bowling, not clever batting 187/7
    99.5 that will be all, ends a brilliant counter-attacking innings from Johnson. Maybe he didn't need to play this but he was on a roll. Full from Bresnan around off stump and Johnson aimed a cow-corner swish and missed it, allowing it to clip the top of off stump 265/9
    84.6 Anderson has two in the over! Siddle has edged this to first slip, and Strauss takes a catch fairly low to the ground as the ball seemed to take forever to reach him 189/8
    106.1 and that will be that. Strange dismissal, Anderson bangs it in very short and it gets very high, Hilfenhaus aims a vertical-batted tennis-smash and ends up with a fine edge through to Prior 280/10
    not out
    15 (b 5, lb 7, nb 2, w 1)
    280 all out (106.1 Overs, RR: 2.63, 436 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-55 (Phillip Hughes, 29.3 ov), 2-105 (Shane Watson, 44.3 ov), 3-113 (Michael Clarke, 50.6 ov), 4-134 (Usman Khawaja, 58.6 ov), 5-143 (Brad Haddin, 62.4 ov), 6-171 (Michael Hussey, 79.6 ov), 7-187 (Steven Smith, 84.2 ov), 8-189 (Peter Siddle, 84.6 ov), 9-265 (Mitchell Johnson, 99.5 ov), 10-280 (Ben Hilfenhaus, 106.1 ov)
    JM Anderson30.176642.1800
    CT Tremlett2697112.7302
    TT Bresnan3058932.9610
    GP Swann1643712.3100
    PD Collingwood42511.2500
    22.2 the variation works! Strauss falls to the straight delivery. He's played all around a full ball that swung in and just offered to move away off the pitch. It was a loose shot to get out to but Strauss had played superbly 98/1
    115.3 Cook is gone at last! Oh, he's missed the chance for two double-centuries in the series, driving at Watson outside off and a thickish edge is taken low to the right of Hussey at gully. 380/6
    23.3 Johnson strikes! Shades of Perth anyone!? Slung full across Trott who aimed a drive but could only inside edge onto his stumps. Johnson celebrates wildly, maybe that can spark him to life 99/2
    43.2 and there's a wicket! Beer is involved, as he's taken a good catch at deep backward square. Pietersen hooked a high bouncer and didn't keep it down, Beer runs in and almost misjudges his position, but takes it in front of him and sends Pietersen on his way 165/3
    53.3 full and straight and bowled! Siddle does what so many bowlers haven't done in this Test - aims at the stumps and it nips away a touch off the seam, comprehensively beating Anderson, whose nightwatchman dreams must end here 181/4
    68.3 finally Beer has his first Test wicket and it's a sad end for Collingwood. He tried to break the shackles by hopping down the crease and aiming a smash down the ground, Beer saw his coming, threw it out wider and Collingwood had to try and fetch it. Came off a toe-end inside-edge and skewed high for mid-on to backpedal and claim the catch 226/5
    139.4 that should quieten the Barmy Army! Ian Bell departs edging this behind to Clarke. Nothing dramatic in the delivery, just hung outside off stump and it kissed the edge and went through to low to Clarke at first slip. Fantastic innings from Bell but he had his fair share of luck. He leaves the ground to some cheers and plenty of boos as well 487/7
    170.6 Prior's wonderful exhibition innings ends with Prior managing, somehow, to toe-end an attempted upper-cut to a shocking short and wide delivery. Oh dear... what have we here? Bowden has called for a review unsure if it's a no-ball!... After a few looks, confirmation that Hilfenhaus did indeed have a millimetre of his boot behind the line when he landed before sliding forward. All of which means Prior's wonderful maiden Ashes hundred comes to an end 609/9
    167.6 Bresnan departs and Johnson has his fourth! Finally something for Australia to cheer. Just angling across the right hander, Bresnan popped forward to defend but it clipped the edge and went low to Clarke who held a good catch diving to his right 589/8
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    177.5 gone this time, it's all over as Tremlett gets a thin edge behind to a good ball just a touch outside off, Haddin takes the catch 644/10
    23 (b 3, lb 11, nb 4, w 5)
    644 all out (177.5 Overs, RR: 3.62, 748 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-98 (Andrew Strauss, 22.2 ov), 2-99 (Jonathan Trott, 23.3 ov), 3-165 (Kevin Pietersen, 43.2 ov), 4-181 (James Anderson, 53.3 ov), 5-226 (Paul Collingwood, 68.3 ov), 6-380 (Sir Alastair Cook, 115.3 ov), 7-487 (Ian Bell, 139.4 ov), 8-589 (Tim Bresnan, 167.6 ov), 9-609 (Matt Prior, 170.6 ov), 10-644 (Chris Tremlett, 177.5 ov)
    BW Hilfenhaus38.5712133.1110
    MG Johnson36516844.6620
    PM Siddle31511113.5811
    SR Watson2074912.4512
    MA Beer38311212.9401
    SPD Smith1306705.1500
    MEK Hussey10202.0000
    12.4 oh no, that's hideous. Watson has done it again. Hughes worked to midwicket for what should have been a long single, Watson turned and hared back for a second. Hughes sent him back but Watson had come a long way and had no chance as the throw came gently in from Pietersen, who made good ground to collect and Prior took off the bails. Complete waste, he'd been batting so well. 46/1
    19.2 brilliant delivery does for Hughes! The battle is over for him again. England pinned him back, starved him of anything to score off and Bresnan has dealt the killer blow with a fuller ball that bounced and zipped away off a length, Hughes' feet went nowhere and it took the edge, Prior leapt across first slip to take a smart catch 52/2
    37.3 Anderson gets Khawaja! Really well bowled, he follows the bouncer with a fuller ball that pitches on line and moves sharply away from Khawaja, who chases one he should have left and edges behind 117/3
    43.4 this is masterful old-ball bowling from Anderson! Really skillful. Full and angling in before bending away late, just enough to flick the edge of Clarke's defensive push and Prior did the rest 124/4
    53.6 that should be the killer blow! Hussey has gone. After all his hard work he's slapped a wide long-hop powerfully but straight to Pietersen at gully who held the rocketing chance solidly above his head. Wild celebrations from England, they're nearing their triumph 161/5
    56.3 aggressive bowling gets Tremlett the wicket! This has been an excellent spell. Banged in just back of a length and it rears up at Haddin who got in a terrible position as he tried to pull out late of an attempted hook, finds a top edge that loops gently to Prior 171/6
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    56.4 full! Straight and bowled him! The SCG goes wild! Swings back late and through Johnson's defences in a hurry to peg back off stump 171/7
    78.3 eight down now! Siddle departs! He aimed a big slog-sweep, timed it well enough but picked out James Anderson on the square leg boundary who took the catch before screaming in the direction of the Barmy Army who are behind him 257/8
    81.3 the leader of the attack strikes again! Good delivery too. Full and swinging away, finding the edge of a flat-footed defence for Prior to collect 267/9
    84.4 that's it! That's the moment! England have ended 24 years of pain in Australia with a comprehensive 3-1 victory! Tremlett is the man to finish it off, hammering it down on a length, finding an inside edge that cannoned onto the stumps to cue wild celebrations! 281/10
    20 (b 11, lb 4, nb 2, w 3)
    281 all out (84.4 Overs, RR: 3.31, 343 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Shane Watson, 12.4 ov), 2-52 (Phillip Hughes, 19.2 ov), 3-117 (Usman Khawaja, 37.3 ov), 4-124 (Michael Clarke, 43.4 ov), 5-161 (Michael Hussey, 53.6 ov), 6-171 (Brad Haddin, 56.3 ov), 7-171 (Mitchell Johnson, 56.4 ov), 8-257 (Peter Siddle, 78.3 ov), 9-267 (Ben Hilfenhaus, 81.3 ov), 10-281 (Michael Beer, 84.4 ov)
    JM Anderson1856133.3810
    CT Tremlett20.447933.8202
    GP Swann2887512.6700
    TT Bresnan1865122.8320

Match Details


Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

England won the 5-match series 3-1

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.03am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

Match days

3,4,5,6,7 January 2011 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Mon, 03 Jan - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 134/4 (MEK Hussey 12*, 59 ov)
  • Tue, 04 Jan - day 2 - England 1st innings 167/3 (AN Cook 61*, JM Anderson 1*, 48 ov)
  • Wed, 05 Jan - day 3 - England 1st innings 488/7 (MJ Prior 54*, TT Bresnan 0*, 141 ov)
  • Thu, 06 Jan - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 213/7 (SPD Smith 24*, PM Siddle 17*, 67 ov)
  • Fri, 07 Jan - day 5 - Australia 2nd innings 281 (84.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • Oz lost? Sez who?

    In our final post, Jarrod has won the toss and will write first.

  • Unstoppable England create their own history

    England were kept waiting for their moment of sweet release - an hour and 53 minutes in fact - until Chris Tremlett kicked a length ball off the inside edge and into the stumps of Australia's No. 11, Michael Beer

  • Meticulous Flower helps England bloom

    Andy Flower is not a man for the limelight, but that should take nothing away from his enormous contribution to England's first Ashes triumph in Australia in 24 years

  • Cook's shining example

    Alastair Cook walked away with the Compton-Miller medal following his recording-breaking Ashes series, but along with the 766 runs he took a shine to Australia in another crucial fashion

  • Clarke wants Australia to learn from England

    After seeing their world-beating game-plan improved on by England,Australia are now looking to their Ashes dominators to provide a way outthis mess

Australia 3rd innings Partnerships

1st46SR WatsonPJ Hughes
2nd6UT KhawajaPJ Hughes
3rd65MJ ClarkeUT Khawaja
4th7MEK HusseyMJ Clarke
5th37MEK HusseyBJ Haddin
6th10BJ HaddinSPD Smith
7th0MG JohnsonSPD Smith
8th86PM SiddleSPD Smith
9th10BW HilfenhausSPD Smith
10th14SPD SmithMA Beer