result
1st Test, Brisbane, Nov 23 - 27 2006, England tour of Australia
602/9d & 202/1d
(target 648)157 & 370
Australia won by 277 runs
Player Of The Match
196 & 60*
ricky-ponting





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.

Steve Harmison c McGrath b Clark 13 (31m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.22
end of over 1009 runs
ENG: 370/9CRR: 3.70 
James Anderson4 (8)
Steve Harmison13 (17)
Shane Warne 34-7-124-4
Stuart Clark 24-6-72-3
99.6
Warne to Anderson, no run

short and Anderson shapes to cut but is undone by a bit of extra bounce

99.5
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
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

99.1
4
Warne to Harmison, FOUR runs

Harmison may only have one shot - the sweep - but he plays it well. That one ended up flashing through wide midwicket

end of over 99Wicket maiden
ENG: 361/9CRR: 3.64 
James Anderson0 (4)
Steve Harmison8 (15)
Stuart Clark 24-6-72-3
Shane Warne 33-7-115-4
98.6
Clark to Anderson, no run

Anderson again safely keeps that one out

"ICC ... a waste of space," splutters Fred Botham to no one in particular

98.5
Clark to Anderson, no run

pushed into the covers

"We are the Barmy Army," they sing. Well, knock me over with a feather ...

98.4
Clark to Anderson, no run

played into the leg side

98.3
Clark to Anderson, no run

angled into the slips, confident start

James Anderson comes in. It must be almost over as Ian Botham is in full rant mode about England's lack of preparation etc ... he is turning into a 21st century Fred Trueman

98.2
W
Clark to Hoggard, OUT

the two-card trick. One short, and the next full, outside off stump and Hoggard drives with no discernible foot movement and Warne takes a regulation catch at first slip. Click here for the picture

Matthew Hoggard c Warne b Clark 8 (49m 35b 1x4 0x6) SR: 22.85
98.1
Clark to Hoggard, no run

jagged back off the seam into Hoggard's chest. An audible grunt as it thuds into his body