RESULT
4th Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 29, 2010, England tour of Australia
98 & 258

England won by an innings and 157 runs

Player Of The Match
168*
jonathan-trott
Australia 1st Innings
England 1st Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
Match Details
Australia 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Shane Watson c Pietersen b Tremlett512140041.66
Phillip Hughes c Pietersen b Bresnan1632592050.00
Ricky Ponting (c)c Swann b Tremlett1038522026.31
Michael Clarke c †Prior b Anderson2054892037.03
Michael Hussey c †Prior b Anderson841441019.51
Steven Smith c †Prior b Anderson615180040.00
Brad Haddin c Strauss b Bresnan516231031.25
Mitchell Johnson c †Prior b Anderson048000.00
Ryan Harris not out 1023392043.47
Peter Siddle c †Prior b Tremlett1115251073.33
Ben Hilfenhaus c †Prior b Tremlett0810000.00
Extras(lb 2, nb 5)7
TOTAL42.5 Ov (RR: 2.28, 195 Mts)98
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Shane Watson, 3.2 ov), 2-37 (Phillip Hughes, 13.1 ov), 3-37 (Ricky Ponting, 14.2 ov), 4-58 (Michael Hussey, 25.2 ov), 5-66 (Steven Smith, 29.3 ov), 6-77 (Michael Clarke, 33.4 ov), 7-77 (Brad Haddin, 34.5 ov), 8-77 (Mitchell Johnson, 35.2 ov), 9-92 (Peter Siddle, 40.3 ov), 10-98 (Ben Hilfenhaus, 42.5 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
James Anderson1644442.75785000
25.2 to MEK Hussey, edged! Anderson strikes straight away, and what a delivery to do it with. Landing on middle and off and shooting towards the slips, the length was full and Hussey was drawn into the drive, getting a good, healthy edge that flies through to Prior. 58/4
29.3 to SPD Smith, Smith gone now, always looked a matter of time, pushed very hard at this outside off, touch of nibble away off the pitch found the edge and Prior did the rest. 66/5
33.4 to MJ Clarke, brilliant bowling from Anderson, he's just worked Clarke over with consistent, probing away swing and this time it finds the edge, Clarke pushing at the ball, feathered edge and Prior collects the simple chance. Australia in total disarray. 77/6
35.2 to MG Johnson, Anderson has his man! Johnson's gone for a duck, this is a cracking delivery, seams away off a full length, finds the edge and Prior has his fourth catch. 77/8
Chris Tremlett11.552642.19633001
3.2 to SR Watson, third time lucky for England, Tremlett strikes with a cracker of a delivery, climbed from a length and rapped the glove, it looped gently to gully, simple enough chance for England to finally hold one. 15/1
14.2 to RT Ponting, gone! Tremlett strikes again, what a delivery. Spitting off a length and going away off the seam, Ponting is rooted to the crease and pushes at the delivery. A thick edge flies straight to Graeme Swann. 37/3
40.3 to PM Siddle, there we go, another one is on his way and Australia are nine down. Tremlett pitches one up invitingly outside off, a touch of movement through the air and off the pitch takes the ball away from the bat and a regulation edge lands safely in Prior's gloves. His fifth catch today. 92/9
42.5 to BW Hilfenhaus, all over, Australia are out for 98 as Hilfenhaus feathers a sixth catch through to Prior. 98/10
Tim Bresnan1362521.92683000
13.1 to PJ Hughes, Bresnan has his first Ashes wicket and Hughes has gone. Full and wide, inviting a slash but Hughes didn't get enough of it, instead the edge flew straight to Pietersen who made no mistake in the gully. 37/2
34.5 to BJ Haddin, Bresnan has another and Haddin has gifted him this, flat-footed waft of a drive, flicked the edge and went through to Strauss. Pretty miserable stuff this from the home side. 77/7
Graeme Swann21100.50110000
England 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Andrew Strauss (c)c Hussey b Siddle691672325041.31
Alastair Cook c Watson b Siddle8215221211053.94
Jonathan Trott not out 16834548613048.69
Kevin Pietersen lbw b Siddle51891277057.30
Paul Collingwood c Siddle b Johnson815271053.33
Ian Bell c Siddle b Johnson11319007.69
Matt Prior c Ponting b Siddle8511920111071.42
Tim Bresnan c †Haddin b Siddle417220023.52
Graeme Swann c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus2228513078.57
Chris Tremlett  b Hilfenhaus4780057.14
James Anderson  b Siddle1650016.66
Extras(b 10, lb 2, nb 3, w 3)18
TOTAL159.1 Ov (RR: 3.22, 700 Mts)513
Fall of wickets: 1-159 (Alastair Cook, 51.1 ov), 2-170 (Andrew Strauss, 55.3 ov), 3-262 (Kevin Pietersen, 86.3 ov), 4-281 (Paul Collingwood, 91.3 ov), 5-286 (Ian Bell, 95.3 ov), 6-459 (Matt Prior, 141.1 ov), 7-465 (Tim Bresnan, 145.4 ov), 8-508 (Graeme Swann, 156.3 ov), 9-512 (Chris Tremlett, 158.1 ov), 10-513 (James Anderson, 159.1 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Ben Hilfenhaus37138322.241787010
156.3 to GP Swann, what a catch! The crowd were quiet for a good few seconds before they realised a wicket had actually just fallen. Banged in short again by Hilfenhaus, Swann hooks and a thick edge flew fast and straight and looked to be going over Haddin's head ... but he timed his salmon-leap to perfection and got both hands to it. 508/8
158.1 to CT Tremlett, Hilfenhaus gets another! Full, straight and reversing in enough to beat the inside edge of Tremlett's defensive poke and smash into middle stump. 512/9
Ryan Harris28.499103.1713011000
Mitchell Johnson29213424.6211313022
91.3 to PD Collingwood, Collingwood fails again, he was trying to be positive and has managed to lift a Johnson long-hop straight to fine leg who held on gleefully! Johnson celebrates and maybe that will kick-start his Test. 281/4
95.3 to IR Bell, Johnson has another and Bell has gone! Short ball, gets up a touch higher than Bell expected and he top-edged a hook down towards Siddle who ran in and dived to hold on to an excellent catch. 286/5
Peter Siddle33.1107562.261677001
51.1 to AN Cook, edged! Does it carry to Watson at second slip? Yes it does, he's gone! Finally the breakthrough comes for Australia, and it was a good ball that did it. Landing on middle and leg and drawing Cook forward into a defensive poke, the ball just left him off the seam and did enough to take a healthy edge. 159/1
55.3 to AJ Strauss, gone! Two wickets for Siddle, this one courtesy of a leaping, one-handed catch from Mike Hussey at backward point. It was another back of a length effort ball from Siddle, and he found alarming lift off the pitch to surprise Strauss, who was looking to work this quietly to leg. A thick leading edge sent the ball in the opposite direction, and Hussey did the rest. The game moves on once more!. 170/2
86.3 to KP Pietersen, this one keeps low, jags in and hits Pietersen plumb in front! Siddle strikes again! He launched himself into the appeal as soon as ball hit pad, he knew he had his man. Pietersen, after looking so good on either side of lunch, falls to some variable bounce and appreciable seam movement. 262/3
141.1 to MJ Prior, that will be that, soft dismissal in the end but Siddle deserves some luck, fullish ball just stuck in the wicket a fraction and Prior chipped it straight to mid-on. He stood motionless for a moment, realising he'd thrown away a possible Ashes hundred but it ends a fine innings. 459/6
145.4 to TT Bresnan, Siddle has a five! He's really earned that, gets Bresnan with a classic feathered outside edge to a forward push, might have nibbled away off the pitch a fraction. 465/7
159.1 to JM Anderson, and Siddle gets a six-for on his home ground! Full, straight and reversing away from the left-hander's defensive push to peg the off stump back. 513/10
Shane Watson1013403.40435000
Steven Smith1837103.94688000
Michael Clarke3.201303.9080000
Australia 2nd Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Shane Watson lbw b Bresnan541021366052.94
Phillip Hughes run out (Trott/†Prior)2330492076.66
Ricky Ponting (c) b Bresnan20731012027.39
Michael Clarke c Strauss b Swann1366810019.69
Michael Hussey c Bell b Bresnan079000.00
Steven Smith  b Anderson3867916056.71
Brad Haddin not out 55931354159.13
Mitchell Johnson  b Tremlett622230027.27
Peter Siddle c Pietersen b Swann4050704180.00
Ben Hilfenhaus c †Prior b Bresnan045000.00
Ryan Harris absent hurt------
Extras(b 1, lb 6, w 2)9
TOTAL85.4 Ov (RR: 3.01, 354 Mts)258
Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Phillip Hughes, 11.3 ov), 2-99 (Shane Watson, 31.6 ov), 3-102 (Ricky Ponting, 35.4 ov), 4-104 (Michael Hussey, 37.5 ov), 5-134 (Michael Clarke, 52.5 ov), 6-158 (Steven Smith, 61.5 ov), 7-172 (Mitchell Johnson, 67.5 ov), 8-258 (Peter Siddle, 84.2 ov), 9-258 (Ben Hilfenhaus, 85.4 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
James Anderson2017113.55918010
61.5 to SPD Smith, that's that, Smith's promising innings ends with a drag on. Not the best delivery Anderson will ever bowl - short outside off stump - and the pull shot finds a bottom edge that goes onto the stumps. Anderson gives Smith a stern look by way of celebration. 158/6
Chris Tremlett1737114.17739000
67.5 to MG Johnson, there's the first one! Johnson pokes leaden-footed from the crease to a good length delivery on off stump and an inside edge cannons into off stump. Just two more to go. 172/7
Graeme Swann27115922.181341200
52.5 to MJ Clarke, gone! The plan works to perfection, Swann sends one down on the perfect line, the ball rushes straight on to kiss the outside edge and fly to Strauss at second slip. Another one goes, and England are that much closer. 134/5
84.2 to PM Siddle, but perhaps that is misplaced! Siddle won't get that maiden fifty today, his innings nevertheless ends with a career-best 40 as he aims to loft Swann straight down the ground but doesn't get the best connection and the ball lands safely in Pietersen's hands running round from long-on. 258/8
Tim Bresnan21.485042.301116010
31.6 to SR Watson, oh dear, Watson has done it again! He is a disaster in the fifties. Having left the ball so well all innings, Watson is too eager to let go again and this ball started pretty straight, swung back and rapped him straight on the pad in front, umpire Tony Hill thought long before firing his finger up and Watson reviewed but it only confirmed it was clipping the top of off stump. 99/2
35.4 to RT Ponting, Ponting has chopped on! The vigil ends. He really fought hard this innings but this delivery keeps perhaps a fraction low outside off stump, Ponting was defending with an angled bat and it found a fatal inside edge that went onto the stumps. 102/3
37.5 to MEK Hussey, Hussey gone for a duck! Bresnan has another and Australia are tottering now. Bresnan hung it outside off stump, it just stuck in the pitch a fraction and Hussey pushed it airily to Bell at short cover who made a tough chance look simple. 104/4
85.4 to BW Hilfenhaus, on a length, regulation edge, and they're there! Prior tumbles to his left to hold the catch and starts the celebrations. Tim Bresnan seals the game and the Ashes for England. 258/9
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MATCH DETAILS
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossEngland, elected to field first
Series
Season2010/11
Player Of The Match
England
Jonathan Trott
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 1986
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2010 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Aleem Dar
New Zealand
Tony Hill
TV Umpire
South Africa
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Paul Reiffel
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
CLOSE OF PLAY
Sun, 26 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 157/0 (Andrew Strauss 64*, Alastair Cook 80*, 47 ov)
Mon, 27 Dec - day 2 - England 1st innings 444/5 (Jonathan Trott 141*, Matt Prior 75*, 136 ov)
Tue, 28 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 169/6 (Brad Haddin 11*, Mitchell Johnson 6*, 66 ov)
Wed, 29 Dec - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 258 (85.4 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Australia: 200 runs in 73.2 overs (440 balls), Extras 9
  • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 62 balls (BJ Haddin 25, PM Siddle 22, Ex 5)
  • Drinks: Australia - 237/7 in 81.0 overs (BJ Haddin 48, PM Siddle 26)
  • BJ Haddin: 50 off 86 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Australia: 250 runs in 82.4 overs (496 balls), Extras 9
  • Attendance: 18,899
Australia Innings
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