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3rd Test, Perth, December 14 - 18, 2006, England tour of Australia
244 & 527/5d
(T:557) 215 & 350

Australia won by 206 runs

Player Of The Match
74* & 103
Australia 1st Innings
England 1st Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
England 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Australia 1st Innings 
b Panesar37681166054.41
c †Jones b Hoggard2433483072.72
lbw b Harmison211190018.18
not out 7416224410045.67
c & b Harmison3767624055.22
c †Jones b Panesar2630392286.66
c Bell b Panesar047000.00
c †Jones b Panesar25223230113.63
lbw b Panesar1025322040.00
b Harmison35130060.00
c Cook b Harmison1240050.00
Extras(nb 4, w 1)5
TOTAL71 Ov (RR: 3.43, 313 Mins)244
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Matthew Hayden, 10.3 ov), 2-54 (Ricky Ponting, 13.3 ov), 3-69 (Justin Langer, 24.1 ov), 4-121 (Michael Clarke, 40.4 ov), 5-172 (Andrew Symonds, 49.6 ov), 6-172 (Adam Gilchrist, 51.4 ov), 7-214 (Shane Warne, 59.1 ov), 8-234 (Brett Lee, 67.6 ov), 9-242 (Stuart Clark, 70.3 ov), 10-244 (Glenn McGrath, 70.6 ov)
10.3 to ML Hayden, goddim! What a ball, swinging in on Hayden who on-drives, loses balance, it takes the outside edge and there's the breakthrough for England. Hayden looked to the heavens immediately and didn't wait for the finger.. 47/1
13.3 to RT Ponting, a big call - all the slip cordon are up and so is Harmison - oh and he's removed the imperious Ponting. Good length, nipping back in off the seam and that's pitched bang on middle. It's OK for height too and suddenly the WACA has come alive. 54/2
40.4 to MJ Clarke, what a catch! What a fine catch that is from Harmison. Clarke, just when he was looking settled, tried to pull Harmison, and just flat-batted it straight, the ball spearing back to the bowler who was either going to wear it in his chest or get his hands in the way. He did get his hands in the way and there's Harmison's second. 121/4
70.3 to SR Clark, Clark's feet are trapped in the crease and he goes swishing at a 91.7mph (147.5kph) near-yorker which sends back leg stick and the sickening/delightful* (*delete as appropriate) thwack is there for everyone to hear. Intelligent ball. 242/9
70.6 to GD McGrath, and that's four wickets for Harmison! He speared that one right in at McGrath who jumps on the back foot, and fends at it, sending an easy catch off his ... ah, arm or chest... Quite a poor decision, that and McGrath's face says it all. 244/10
24.1 to JL Langer, And Panesar strikes! It's taken him just seven balls to get his first Ashes wicket and that pitches outside off and beats Langer's forward defensive, knocking back off stump. Panesar is immediately celebrating, running around in a loop, whooping and beaming. Giles on the balcony has a full beaming smile, delighted with England's progress. 69/3
49.6 to A Symonds, he's gone this time! Symonds shapes to cut that one and gets the thinnest of top-edges straight through to Jones who makes no mistake in pouching that one. Good decision from Flintoff to keep Panesar on after his previous pummelling and the Symonds fireworks were sparkling but shortlived.. 172/5
51.4 to AC Gilchrist, but Panesar has struck again! This time Gilchrist comes forward to defend and the ball cannons off his pad onto his inside edge and balloons up to Ian Bell at short leg and he scrambles over and takes a catch over his shoulder at a stretch. Great catch, Gilchrist doesn't wait for the decision and Monty's on fire.. 172/6
59.1 to SK Warne, GODDIM! What a day Monty's having - a mirror of Symonds's dismissal as Monty tosses this outside off stump, short, Warne tries to cut but gets a thin edge to Jones. And there ends Warne's cameo. 214/7
67.6 to B Lee, and he's got him! Monty has five! Lands this on middle, it turns just enough and Lee is rapped on the pad. Dar raises his finger and Panesar is the first English spinner to take five wickets at the WACA. This is Monty's day. 234/8
England 1st Innings 
c †Gilchrist b Clark42711016059.15
c Langer b McGrath15152620100.00
c †Gilchrist b Lee025000.00
c Hayden b McGrath1133451033.33
c Symonds b Lee701231808156.91
c Warne b Symonds1331462041.93
c Langer b Symonds0411000.00
c †Gilchrist b Clark1018241055.55
c Hayden b Warne439470010.25
c Lee b Clark2333563069.69
not out 1626413061.53
Extras(nb 10, w 1)11
TOTAL64.1 Ov (RR: 3.35, 301 Mins)215
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Alastair Cook, 5.6 ov), 2-37 (Ian Bell, 6.6 ov), 3-55 (Paul Collingwood, 17.2 ov), 4-82 (Andrew Strauss, 24.2 ov), 5-107 (Andrew Flintoff, 33.4 ov), 6-114 (Geraint Jones, 35.6 ov), 7-128 (Sajid Mahmood, 40.6 ov), 8-155 (Matthew Hoggard, 51.6 ov), 9-175 (Kevin Pietersen, 54.5 ov), 10-215 (Steve Harmison, 64.1 ov)
6.6 to IR Bell, ooh, that's the one Lee was aiming for last ball - just squaring Bell up nicely and he gets a thin edge on that as it feathers through to Gilchrist. This is a great response from Australia and they have two wickets in quick succession, Bell departing for a duck. 37/2
54.5 to KP Pietersen, but he's gone now! Pietersen tried to hit this over long-off, inside out, but found the best Australia fielder, Andrew Symonds, who came running in, steadied himself and took a fine catch. 175/9
5.6 to AN Cook, gone! Tries to cover-drive that one but the length wasn't there - a bit of length and movement and Cook's tempted to play that one, but merely gets a thick edge to Langer in the slips. 36/1
17.2 to PD Collingwood, GONE! It was just short of a length, I think it cut away just a touch from Collingwood who, without moving his feet, tried to push it off the back foot. It took the outside edge and flew to Matthew Hayden's right, at gully, who clung onto a reasonably simple chance and there's Australia's breakthrough. 55/3
24.2 to AJ Strauss, but he's GONE! Attempting the same shot outside off, it was too wide frankly and the entire slip cordon all roar their appeal as Gilchrist collects. The crowd are all booing, Strauss is shaking his head and effing and blinding to himself, but he's gone.. 82/4
40.6 to SI Mahmood, and for the third time in succession he steps to leg, flashes, edges and it's taken behind. Careless, hopeless shot and England are in an absolute mess. 128/7
64.1 to SJ Harmison, out at last. A leading edge and Lee at mid-on does well to judge that one - it was hanging in the air for some time - and he takes a high catch, fingers pointing upwards. Australia have broken the stand (England's highest) at last. 215/10
51.6 to MJ Hoggard, and there we go; Warne lands this on leg stump, Hoggard comes forward, it takes the outside edge and goes straight to Hayden at first slip. Classical bowling; classical Warne. 155/8
33.4 to A Flintoff, gone this time and the Symonds trap has paid off. Flintoff squared up to that one, prodded at it and sends a thick edge to Warne at first slip who takes a good catch. Lee had been softening him up at the other end and Symonds cleans up, with Flintoff's scalp as his first Ashes wicket, not a bad one. 107/5
35.6 to GO Jones, and gone! Symonds strikes again! A sloppy shot it must be said, driven uppishly to point where it's snaffled very tidily indeed, low. Jones gets a duck and the Aussies are celebrating hard here. 114/6
Australia 2nd Innings 
b Hoggard011000.00
c Collingwood b Panesar9215925212057.86
c †Jones b Harmison751281949058.59
c †Jones b Panesar10315622412066.02
not out 13516425117182.31
c Collingwood b Panesar2690033.33
not out 10259103124172.88
Extras(lb 15, nb 1, w 2)18
TOTAL112 Ov (RR: 4.70, 514 Mins)527/5d
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Justin Langer, 0.1 ov), 2-144 (Ricky Ponting, 39.4 ov), 3-206 (Matthew Hayden, 58.4 ov), 4-357 (Michael Hussey, 89.3 ov), 5-365 (Andrew Symonds, 91.6 ov)
0.1 to JL Langer, GODDIM! He's gone! Swinging into Langer who never came forward, the ball sneaking through the gap; it hits his pad and knocks over the off stump. What a start!. 0/1
39.4 to RT Ponting, gone! At last Harmison pitches it up for the first time this morning, the ball takes the edge of Ponting's indecisive drive and Jones takes the catch. That's the length. 144/2
58.4 to ML Hayden, GOTTIM. Turn and bounce from Panesar, moving right back into the left-hander Hayden who moves back to give himself room to cut. He attacks the ball hard and a thick edge flies to Collingwood at first slip and he parries it into the air before clinging on at the second attempt. A chink, just a chink mind, of light for England now and Hayden knows it too, punching the air in disgust as he walks off. 206/3
89.3 to MEK Hussey, the change has worked for England. Pitches way outside off, hardly spins in at all and that's a very thin outside edge snapped up by Jones. A wicket at last, but too late. 357/4
91.6 to A Symonds, GOOD CATCH! Very, very well bowled from Panesar. Flighted on off stump, Symonds came forward unconvincingly and without any conviction; the ball bounced on him, it took the edge of his bat and flew, low, to Collingwood at first slip who dived to his left, and forward a few inches, to take a fine catch. 365/5
England 2nd Innings (T: 557 runs)
lbw b Lee042000.00
c †Gilchrist b McGrath1162903899040.00
c Langer b Warne871632348253.37
c †Gilchrist b Clark536450013.88
not out 601502436040.00
b McGrath022000.00
b Warne5167968176.11
run out (Ponting)0711000.00
lbw b Clark410140040.00
lbw b Warne013000.00
b Warne1980011.11
Extras(b 7, lb 8, nb 5, w 6)26
TOTAL122.2 Ov (RR: 2.86, 529 Mins)350
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Andrew Strauss, 0.4 ov), 2-170 (Ian Bell, 56.6 ov), 3-185 (Paul Collingwood, 69.3 ov), 4-261 (Alastair Cook, 93.2 ov), 5-261 (Matthew Hoggard, 93.4 ov), 6-336 (Andrew Flintoff, 114.5 ov), 7-336 (Geraint Jones, 116.6 ov), 8-345 (Sajid Mahmood, 119.6 ov), 9-346 (Steve Harmison, 120.2 ov), 10-350 (Monty Panesar, 122.2 ov)
0.4 to AJ Strauss, poor judgement, this time, shocking in fact and Australia strike! Lee swung that one in at him again, the ball at full length, and for some inexplicable reason Strauss shoulders arms to that one. Plumb. Actually, on second thoughts (courtesy of the replay), that looked to be going over the top.... 0/1
93.2 to AN Cook, and McGrath has struck! He just pitched in and ran across him, Cook leaves his bat dangling and it catches the outside edge on its way through to Gilchrist. A completely disconsolate Cook hangs his head and walks off. There's a standing ovation for hi, but he drags his feet up the steps, cutting a sad figure right now. He's played magnificently today, but this is the big wicket that Australia have been gunning for all day. 261/4
93.4 to MJ Hoggard, and McGrath gets a second, perfect yorker cleans Hoggard up. Another terrific piece of bowling, swinging away from the right-hander and that's done him. Australia crowd round McGrath and whoop... and whoop... and whoop. Two wickets in the three balls for McGrath. 261/5
69.3 to PD Collingwood, GONE, Clark's really worked Collingwood over here. The leg-cutter which straightens on the batsman who, meekly and without conviction, prodded forward, the ball feathering his outside edge and Gilchrist takes an easy catch. 185/3
119.6 to SI Mahmood, but he's gone this time, courtesy of the swinging yorker. Not much he could have done with that one and the leg stump would have been sent cartwheeling. Good bowling by the impressive Clark. 345/8
56.6 to IR Bell, GONE THIS TIME Warne has the breakthrough and Bell has chipped that straight to Langer at short extra cover. Warne raises his hand and Bell walks off shaking his head half-lifting his bat for just a split second, gutted to be out. Australia are delighted, and the ground erupts. 170/2
114.5 to A Flintoff, BOWLED HIM! Flintoff is out. A straight, full, slider - yorker - and it slides underneath Flintoff's bat. A massive wicket for Australia. 336/6
120.2 to SJ Harmison, he's gone. That's the loudest shout of the day and the Australians were celebrating practically before that had even rapped a sweeping Harmison on the pad. A big stride can't save him; that pitched on leg - or was it just outside? Possibly - and would have gone on to hit off. 346/9
122.2 to MS Panesar, BOWLED HIM and Australia have regained the Ashes. They mob Shane Warne and are all in the centre of the pitch.. 350/10
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Thu, 14 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 51/2 (Andrew Strauss 24*, Paul Collingwood 10*, 14 ov)
Fri, 15 Dec - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 119/1 (Matthew Hayden 57*, Ricky Ponting 57*, 36 ov)
Sat, 16 Dec - day 3 - England 2nd innings 19/1 (Alastair Cook 7*, Ian Bell 9*, 6 ov)
Sun, 17 Dec - day 4 - England 2nd innings 265/5 (Kevin Pietersen 37*, Andrew Flintoff 2*, 96 ov)
Mon, 18 Dec - day 5 - England 2nd innings 350 (122.2 ov) - end of match
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Day 3
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Day 5
  • England: 300 runs in 105.3 overs (640 balls), Extras 19
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 83 balls (KP Pietersen 9, A Flintoff 40, Ex 1)
  • Drinks: England - 316/5 in 110.0 overs (KP Pietersen 46, A Flintoff 43)
  • KP Pietersen: 50 off 123 balls (6 x 4)
  • A Flintoff: 50 off 64 balls (8 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Lunch: England - 349/9 in 122.0 overs (KP Pietersen 59, MS Panesar 1)
  • England: 350 runs in 122.1 overs (740 balls), Extras 26
  • Attendance: 12288
  • Test Match Scorer: Binoy George
  • Test Match Commentators: Jenny Thompson and Will Luke
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberTest no. 1821
Hours of play (local time)11.30 start, Lunch 13.30-14.10, Tea 16.10-16.30, Close 18.30
Match days14,15,16,17,18 December 2006 - day (5-day match)
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