there it is, Clarke swivels a pull behind fine leg to the boundary and that's his 12th Test century
That's it from Edgbaston, where the draw leaves England with their 1-0 lead heading to Leeds for the fourth Test beginning on Friday. For now from myself Brydon Coverdale, and Will Luke, it's goodbye.
Here's the presentations. Andrew Strauss: "We're pretty disappointed. We came to the ground this morning with pretty high hopes. All credit to Marcus North and Michael Clarke, they batted exceptionally well." Strauss is optimistic that Flintoff will be fit for Friday's third Test at Headingley.
Ricky Ponting: "The North and Clarke partnership today was something pretty special. It was good for us to get through the way we have."
The Man of the Match is Michael Clarke, for his unbeaten match-saving century. Well played that man. "The wicket played much better than I expected it to today. There was a bit of spin but it was consistent spin."
Clarke raises his bat and takes the applause, and the captains have agreed that is the end of the game. What a super innings from Michael Clarke, he and Marcus North came together with Australia far from safe in this match and they killed off England's hopes of victory. The rain, of course, was the deciding factor earlier in the match. Handshakes all round.
yes? No? Pushes it towards mid-on and thinks of a run, but sends Manou back
Right. That's it from me. Here's Brydon for the last rites. See you on Friday. T'ta
flicked to leg and he'll take three
This is almost a stalemate. Don't really understand what Clarke's tactics are here, whether he's just trying to inflict some pain on England and make them wait and wait
Clarke comes forward and defends on the front foot
and again, Clarke defends on the front foot
Right. Clarke. 96. One clean hit will do it
punched out to the off side for a dangerously risky single
Crowd are beginning to leave. They've had enough. A few boos around the ground, but they're mostly content
defended to point
Drinks. This match continues to drift absolutely nowhere. This is faintly farcical really. What's going to happen? Well they're all enjoying a jolly good drink for now, and they're carrying on. Surely, surely they'll call it quits when Clarke reaches three figures? Manou on strike
defended on the front foot
got him! Caught at first slip brilliantly - but it's a no-ball! It's a no-ball! What drama. Superb catch by Anderson
wide of the off stump and left alone
worked to midwicket
stroked back to the bowler
left alone outside off. Clarke's taking his time, to say the least. He's absolutely killing England here
the most solid of defensives. Flintoff's in his eyeline at short extra-cover and will doubtless be offering some words of encouragement
steals a single but it's off the pad I think. No - a run
firmly defends on the front foot
Clarke's having a laugh at the fielders in the deep, and shadows a few defensives. England are digging into him and he's replying in kind - all very good natured and good fun
Clarke on strike
pushed out to the off side
neatly played, guiding it down to third man for a single. No! Manou wants two
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||England led the 5-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1928|
|Hours of play (local time)||11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 16.10-16.30, Close 19.00|
|Match days||30,31 July, 1,2,3 August 2009 - day (5-day match)|
North aims for consistency
Are you England in disguise?
Ponting says Australia have turned the corner
Flintoff's fitness under the spotlight again
|MJ Clarke||not out||103||192|
|GA Manou||not out||13||28|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 6, nb 3, w 2)|
|Total||375(5 wkts; 112.2 ovs)|