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4th Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 28, 2006, England tour of Australia
159 & 161

Australia won by an innings and 99 runs

Player Of The Match
5/39, 40* & 2/46
England 1st Innings
Australia 1st Innings
England 2nd Innings
Match Flow
England 1st Innings 
b Warne501322061037.87
c †Gilchrist b Lee1137491029.72
lbw b Clark730460023.33
c Ponting b Lee28821154034.14
c Symonds b Warne21701040030.00
c Warne b Clark1331361041.93
c Ponting b Warne317280017.64
c †Gilchrist b McGrath0911000.00
c Clarke b Warne712111058.33
c Symonds b Warne419270021.05
not out 910151090.00
Extras(b 2, lb 1, nb 3)6
TOTAL74.2 Ov (RR: 2.13, 324 Mins)159
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Alastair Cook, 10.5 ov), 2-44 (Ian Bell, 20.5 ov), 3-101 (Paul Collingwood, 45.6 ov), 4-101 (Andrew Strauss, 46.2 ov), 5-122 (Andrew Flintoff, 55.5 ov), 6-135 (Chris Read, 62.6 ov), 7-136 (Sajid Mahmood, 65.4 ov), 8-145 (Steve Harmison, 68.2 ov), 9-146 (Kevin Pietersen, 70.2 ov), 10-159 (Monty Panesar, 74.2 ov)
10.5 to AN Cook, GONE! Cook tried to leave it but was late, couldn't get the bat out of the way - the ball just feathering the bottom, or toe-end of his bat. 23/1
45.6 to PD Collingwood, gone! Straighter this time from Lee, cutting away a touch from Collingwood who is unnerved by the extra bounce, spooning it to Ponting at second slip who took a fine, tumbling catch. 101/3
65.4 to SI Mahmood, as was that one, but this time Mahmood aims some kind of airy drive with only partial footwork and a thick edge is well taken by Gilchrist moving swiftly to his right. 136/7
20.5 to IR Bell, that's about as out as you can get without hitting the stumps. Bell caught in the crease by one that zipped back and hit him on the knee roll, and Bell was off and the crowd were celebrating before Rudi Koertzen's finger had even started it's super slow-mo upwards motion. 44/2
55.5 to A Flintoff, outside Flintoff's off stump, a touch more bounce but it's in the perfect channel. He prods at it with a stiff, concrete-like front leg and the ball flies to Warne who takes a simple catch. 122/5
46.2 to AJ Strauss, 700 for Shane Warne! There it is, his 700th Test wicket and what a ball to reach the milestone! Outside Strauss's off stump, spinning massively back past Strauss's expansive cover drive. 101/4
62.6 to CMW Read, on off stump, Read flays it straight to Ponting - who was in very close at short extra cover - who took an excellent catch. It was the big, juicy "come and get me" from Warne; outside off, tempting Read, and he couldn't refuse - but he was off balance, spooning the ball airborne. 135/6
68.2 to SJ Harmison, and the folly of Pietersen leaving his partner exposed is underlined as Harmison heaves a ball full and wide down the throat of mid-on who doesn't have to move. 145/8
70.2 to KP Pietersen, Warne strikes, Pietersen, stranded with the rabbits, looks to loft the ball into the stands behind the bowler, and deep mid-off and mid-on converge just inside the ropes and it's Andrew Symonds who makes a difficult catch look ridiculously easy. 146/9
74.2 to MS Panesar, Panesar perishes trying to drive Warne down the ground, never getting hold of the ball and barely reaching Symonds at mid-on. 159/10
Australia 1st Innings 
c †Read b Flintoff2729453093.10
c †Read b Mahmood15326541813257.73
c †Read b Flintoff012000.00
c Cook b Flintoff728370025.00
b Hoggard620370030.00
c †Read b Harmison55600100.00
c †Read b Harmison15622032715170.90
c Collingwood b Mahmood18100012.50
not out 4054756074.07
c †Read b Mahmood824340033.33
c Bell b Mahmood069000.00
Extras(lb 6, nb 9, w 1)16
TOTAL108.3 Ov (RR: 3.86, 505 Mins)419
Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Justin Langer, 9.2 ov), 2-44 (Brett Lee, 9.3 ov), 3-62 (Ricky Ponting, 17.3 ov), 4-79 (Michael Hussey, 24.1 ov), 5-84 (Michael Clarke, 25.2 ov), 6-363 (Matthew Hayden, 90.4 ov), 7-365 (Adam Gilchrist, 92.3 ov), 8-383 (Andrew Symonds, 99.2 ov), 9-417 (Stuart Clark, 106.5 ov), 10-419 (Glenn McGrath, 108.3 ov)
24.1 to MEK Hussey, Hussey, who has been beaten a couple of times in his short stay, is bowled through the gate by Hoggard who brings one back into the left hander. That's the end of a run that has seen him make six fifties on the trot against England. 79/4
9.2 to JL Langer, GONE. Langer has walked. Angling across Langer who drove, on the up, and got a thin outside edge to Read who took a good catch low to his left. 44/1
9.3 to B Lee, GOT HIM! A lovely ball just moving away from Lee who fished at it, edging it through to Read. 44/2
17.3 to RT Ponting, GODDIM! Flintoff banging it in, short and wide and Ponting tries to pull it, gets a top edge to Alastair Cook at midwicket who steadies himself and swallows an easy catch. 62/3
25.2 to MJ Clarke, now this is interesting! Harmison's second ball is just short of a length outside off stump, Clarke spars and a thin but oh-so-audible nick is heard all over the ground and Clarke doesn't wait for the decision as a jubilant Chris Read hurls the ball to the heavens. 84/5
99.2 to A Symonds, well bowled, Harmison, but that was a disappointing shot from Symonds. Full and wide - certainly driveable - but Symonds failed to move his feet; going for an expansive drive, he got a thick outside edge which flew to gleeful Read. 383/8
90.4 to ML Hayden, oh well bowled, that's a snorter from Mahmood squaring Hayden up who tried to work it to leg, got a thick outside edge to Read. And he walked. 363/6
92.3 to AC Gilchrist, GONE! Well done Mahmood. Very full indeed, and very wide - it deserved punishment, frankly - but moved just a touch away from Gilchrist who got a thick edge, the ball flying to Collingwood at second slip who took a fine catch above his head. 365/7
106.5 to SR Clark, gone; good-length ball outside off, Clark nibbles at it and it's taken by Read. 417/9
108.3 to GD McGrath, yes he can! Full, outside off and McGrath squirts it to Ian Bell at point to pick up his 35th duck, denying Warne a fifty. 419/10
England 2nd Innings 
c †Gilchrist b Lee311071732028.97
b Clark2046641043.47
lbw b McGrath211210018.18
b Clark1870012.50
c Langer b Lee1638520042.10
lbw b Clark2545602055.55
not out 26771271033.76
lbw b Warne023000.00
lbw b Warne426440015.38
c Clarke b Lee1419202073.68
b Lee520210025.00
Extras(lb 12, nb 4, w 1)17
TOTAL65.5 Ov (RR: 2.44, 301 Mins)161
Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Alastair Cook, 14.5 ov), 2-48 (Ian Bell, 19.2 ov), 3-49 (Kevin Pietersen, 20.5 ov), 4-75 (Paul Collingwood, 31.4 ov), 5-90 (Andrew Strauss, 37.5 ov), 6-108 (Andrew Flintoff, 45.5 ov), 7-109 (Sajid Mahmood, 46.3 ov), 8-127 (Steve Harmison, 56.5 ov), 9-146 (Monty Panesar, 61.2 ov), 10-161 (Matthew Hoggard, 65.5 ov)
31.4 to PD Collingwood, dear, oh dear. Loose drive spanked straight to Langer at short extra cover, a good catch slightly to his left, and Lee turns in triumph to his detractors ... who carry on singing regardless!. 75/4
37.5 to AJ Strauss, GODDIM, that's the length from Lee. Fuller and straighter, Strauss drives and gets a thick outside edge which flies through to Gilchrist and Lee celebrates like a cowboy, swishing his hand in a circular motion above his head. 90/5
61.2 to MS Panesar, bouncer, well aimed, and Panesar doesn't know whether to duck or play it, and the self-preservational jab loops to Michael Clarke in the slips. It's almost curtains now .... 146/9
65.5 to MJ Hoggard, that's it, full and right through Hoggard's half-hearted defence. 161/10
19.2 to IR Bell, GONE: Rudi has given an lbw. It hit him above the knee roll and Rudi raises his slow finger of death. 48/2
14.5 to AN Cook, GONE! A lovely delivery from Clark, pitching it right up, swinging in to Cook who got a thick inside edge to knock out his off stump. 41/1
20.5 to KP Pietersen, GONE! What a delivery from Clark, cutting back into Pietersen who drove expansively, completely misreading the movement and it pings back his off stump. 49/3
45.5 to A Flintoff, again this swings into Flintoff, at good pace, who goes for a booming straight drive but is rapped on the pad. He's hit quite high up on his pad but it's good enough for Rudi who raises his finger. 108/6
46.3 to SI Mahmood, GONE! The flipper! What a ball from Warne. Mahmood didn't have a clue, as it hurried onto him and he couldn't get his bat down in time. 109/7
56.5 to SJ Harmison, full, Harmison lunges forward but misses and the ball hits him on his back foot and that's about as out as you can get, right in front of middle and hitting about a third of the way up. 127/8
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Tue, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 48/2 (Matthew Hayden 17*, Ricky Ponting 0*, 11 ov)
Wed, 27 Dec - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 372/7 (Andrew Symonds 154*, Shane Warne 4*, 96 ov)
Thu, 28 Dec - day 3 - England 2nd innings 161 (65.5 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
  • Australia: 400 runs in 103.2 overs (629 balls), Extras 15
  • England 2nd innings
  • Lunch: England - 28/0 in 12.0 overs (AJ Strauss 12, AN Cook 15)
  • England: 50 runs in 21.2 overs (130 balls), Extras 8
  • Drinks: England - 55/3 in 24.0 overs (AJ Strauss 21, PD Collingwood 3)
  • Tea: England - 90/4 in 37.0 overs (AJ Strauss 31, A Flintoff 11)
  • England: 100 runs in 41.1 overs (251 balls), Extras 10
  • Drinks: England - 122/7 in 54.0 overs (CMW Read 15, SJ Harmison 2)
  • England: 150 runs in 62.5 overs (382 balls), Extras 13
  • Attendance: 79,426
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 4-0
Match numberTest no. 1824
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28 December 2006 - day (5-day match)
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