RESULT
2nd Test, Adelaide, December 01 - 05, 2006, England tour of Australia
551/6d & 129
(T:168) 513 & 168/4

Australia won by 6 wickets

Player Of The Match
142 & 49
ricky-ponting
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Scorecard summary
England 551/6(168 overs)
1st INNINGS
Stuart Clark3/75 (34)
Shane Warne1/167 (53)
Australia 513/10(165.3 overs)
1st INNINGS
Ricky Ponting 142 (245)
Matthew Hoggard7/109 (42)
Michael Clarke 124 (224)
Ashley Giles1/103 (42)
England 129/10(73 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Shane Warne4/49 (32)
Ian Bell 26 (73)
Glenn McGrath2/15 (10)
Australia 168/4(32.5 overs)
2nd INNINGS

That the end of a remarkable Test, and we now have a nine-day break before it all starts again at Perth. From me, Martin Williamson, be Will Luke and Jenny Thompson thanks for joining us and for all your kind emails. Join us on Thursday week when we start all over again. Goodnight.

Post-match Andrew Flintoff: "We played a lot of good cricket apart from an hour today. I was pleased with the side we went into this match with. I'm not in a great mood at the moment .... we've got to bounce back."

Ricky Ponting: "We've worked exceptionally hard... to turn it round today was an amazing effort. We've just shown how good a team we are and we've answered all the critics."

Duncan Fletcher: "One bad session can cost you the match. I've got to speak to the batters and ask why they closed up ... the instructions were to have a go like we did yesterday. We included Giles because we wanted to bat to No. 8 ... we think Ashley can do a better job at that."

Man of the Match Ricky Ponting

Presentations and the like coming soon ... in the meantime, check out the day's photo gallery ... If you want to chat to the commentators, then click here ... but be kind, it's been a long five days ...

Australia embark on a lap of honour as the ground, which has filled up as the day has gone on, stands to acknowledge them.

32.5
1
Anderson to Hussey, 1 run

that's it ... Hussey drives through extra cover and punches the air and jumps around as well he might. Australia, seemingly down and out after two days, have recorded a remarkable win. Handshakes all round, and the grinning Australians emerge from the pavilion to meet the hangdog English side at the boundary edge ...

32.4
4
Anderson to Hussey, FOUR runs

Hussey leans back and hammers that with a short-arm pull high over wide mid-on, He punches the air ... almost there ...

32.3
Anderson to Hussey, no run

blocked

32.2
2
Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs

crisply driven to the cover boundary

32.1
1
Anderson to Clarke, 1 run

inside edge, Jones, diving to left spills the chance. Those are hard for keepers, but he got one hand to it and arguably should have got both there. It's academic as far as the result is concerned but it's another mistake on a dismal day for England

end of over 322 runs
AUS: 160/4CRR: 5.00 
Michael Hussey54 (62b 4x4)
Michael Clarke20 (38b)
Steve Harmison 4-0-15-0
James Anderson 3-0-15-0

"Just the eight runs required and Australia have four overs to get them in," quips Thompson. She doesn't offer the run rate this time ...

31.6
Harmison to Hussey, no run

prodded to extra cover

31.5
Harmison to Hussey, no run

a loose drive beats the bat and Jones hints at an appeal but realises it missed the edge and thinks better of it

31.4
Harmison to Hussey, no run

played up to short extra cover

31.3
1
Harmison to Clarke, 1 run

Clarke onto the back foot, takes the pace off the ball and ambles a single as he places it wide of point

31.2
1
Harmison to Hussey, 1 run

indecent line ... leg side, and helped on its way. Harmison looks cross, as well he might

31.1
Harmison to Hussey, no run

decent line, no run

end of over 311 run
AUS: 158/4CRR: 5.09 
Michael Clarke19 (37b)
Michael Hussey53 (57b 4x4)
James Anderson 3-0-15-0
Steve Harmison 3-0-13-0

"Ten runs needed from five overs - that's exactly two required an over, obviously," says Jenny after checking on the calculator on her mobile phone

30.6
Anderson to Clarke, no run

a low-key over, but that's not a worry for Australia

30.5
Anderson to Clarke, no run

slid defence

30.4
Anderson to Clarke, no run

Clarke into line, no need for any risks

30.3
Anderson to Clarke, no run

left alone

30.2
Anderson to Clarke, no run

played into the ring of fielders on the off

Ian Botham in full rant. "People are asking questions," he says. "I'm asking questions." He doesn't actually tell us what the question is though. He's almost in his Trueman "what's going off out there" mode. It's coming ...

30.1
1
Anderson to Hussey, 1 run

prodded to deepish cover

end of over 306 runs
AUS: 157/4CRR: 5.23 
Michael Clarke19 (32b)
Michael Hussey52 (56b 4x4)
Steve Harmison 3-0-13-0
Andrew Flintoff 9-0-44-2

Six overs, 11 runs; more than enough time for Australia to walk to the win should they choose. For what it's worth, the required run-rate is less than two.

29.6
2
Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs

again Harmison loses his bearings and sprays the ball down the leg, and again Clarke makes the most of it by finding space behind square

29.5
Harmison to Clarke, no run

off stump, left alone

29.4
2
Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs

Harmison drifts down the leg side and Clarke works that to deep square leg and comes back for the second even though Bell was on it quickly

Best performances - batters
PD Collingwood
PD Collingwood ENG
206 runs (392)
16 fours0 six
Control
88%
Productive shot
leg glance
52 runs
1 four0 six
1811252439172744
KP Pietersen
KP Pietersen ENG
158 runs (257)
15 fours1 six
Control
83%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
50 runs
5 fours1 six
359830332841
Best performances - bowlers
MJ Hoggard
MJ Hoggard ENG
O
42
M
6
R
109
W
7
ECO
2.59
SK Warne
SK Warne AUS
O
32
M
12
R
49
W
4
ECO
1.53
Match details
Adelaide Oval
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Series
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Australia
Ricky Ponting
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1819
Hours of play (local time)11 start, Lunch 13-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days1,2,3,4,5 December 2006 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
South Africa
Rudi Koertzen
West Indies
Steve Bucknor
TV Umpire
Australia
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Andrew Willoughby
Match Referee
New Zealand
Jeff Crowe