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PostSubject: 4th test   Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:14 pm

Andrew Symonds hit a fine maiden Test century and Matthew Hayden plundered 153 as Australia ended day two of the fourth Test 213 runs ahead of England.
Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison struck in the morning to leave the Aussies on 84-5, 75 behind.
But Symonds (154) and Hayden added 279 before the latter and Adam Gilchrist fell to Sajid Mahmood before stumps.
Australia - 3-0 up in the series - closed on 372-7, with England looking weary and short of inspiration.
It was a complete turnaround from the first session, when the tourists put their Boxing Day batting misery behind them with a fine bowling display.
Flintoff and Hoggard caused Ricky Ponting and Hayden problems with a combination of probing lines and movement through the air.
Ponting skied a pull off Flintoff to Alastair Cook at mid-wicket before Hoggard, who was carrying a slight rib injury, comprehensively bowled the prolific Mike Hussey.
When Harmison produced a pearler that bounced and seamed away to have Michael Clarke caught behind in his first over, England were in charge.
However, with clouds gathering over the MCG, things stopped happening for them.
Hayden and Symonds did have to ride their luck early on, looking nervous outside off-stump.

Mahmood recovered to take two wickets late in the day

And the stand could have ended two balls after lunch if Mahmood had hit the target from mid-off and run out Hayden.
But it was not long before the shackles which had previously prevented Symonds from blossoming as a Test player were cast off and he found the deep boundaries with embarrassing ease at times.
Hoggard was thrashed high over cover off successive deliveries and lofted brutally over mid-wicket and there were scenes of delirium when he battered Paul Collingwood over long-on to reach three figures against the country of his birth.
Symonds celebrated further by blasting Kevin Pietersen over deep mid-wicket and down the ground before bludgeoning Hoggard twice through the covers in awesome displays of his power.
Friend and fellow Queenslander Hayden was inspired by that aggression and also freed his arms.
He crashed left-arm spinner Monty Panesar down the ground for six and over wide mid-on to bring up his fifth century in the last six Tests at the MCG.
His increasing contempt for the bowling was illustrated when he dispatched the wayward Mahmood over long-on for a mighty six.
Mahmood returned late in the day to induce edges from Hayden and Gilchrist to the wicket-keeper and Collingwood at second slip.
And England did have reasonable shouts for lbw against Symonds on 52 and 142 from Panesar and Flintoff.
But by the end even the 31-year-old's mis-timed shots were flying away to all parts, with the force very much with him and his team.
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PostSubject: Re: 4th test   Thu Dec 28, 2006 12:49 pm

england are now 4-0 down off 4tests after bein thrashed by an innings and 99runs
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PostSubject: Re: 4th test   Thu Dec 28, 2006 12:50 pm

Australia bundled England out for 161 to win by an innings and 99 runs inside three days in the fourth Ashes Test.
The Aussies were dismissed for 419 in the morning, with Sajid Mahmood taking 4-100, but ran through the tourists.
Brett Lee took four wickets, Stuart Clark three and Shane Warne - in his final Test on his home ground - two.
The result puts Australia 4-0 up and needing a win in Sydney next week to clinch the first Ashes whitewash since England lost 5-0 to them in 1920/21.
That looks a distinct possibility based on the domination the Aussies enjoyed at the MCG.

England briefly rallied in the morning, with Andrew Symonds adding only two to his overnight 154 before getting a thick edge behind trying to play an expansive drive off Steve Harmison.
Mahmood then had Clark and Glenn McGrath caught close in and Chris Read finished with six catches after the Lancastrian had suffered at the hands of Warne, who made an entertaining 54-ball 40.
From then on, however, it was once again a tale of the visitors being exposed by accurate bowling on a pitch that had become easier to bat on.
McGrath consistently seamed the ball away just outside off-stump in a probing opening spell and should have had Alastair Cook lbw after the youngster passed 1,000 runs in his first calendar year of Test cricket.

The veteran paceman rapped him on the pad with a straight delivery that held its line but umpire Rudi Koertzen somehow ruled in his favour.
Fellow metronome Clark accounted for him soon after lunch anyway when a lazy drive led to an inside edge into middle-stump and McGrath then nipped one back into Ian Bell to win only the second lbw verdict of the match.
Clark was asking plenty of tough questions with a combination of swing and movement off the pitch.
Even Kevin Pietersen, moved up the order to four, had no answer to a beauty which jagged back in and went through a big gate.
Paul Collingwood and Andrew Strauss (31) drove loosely at Lee either side of tea, while Andrew Flintoff was undone by one that Clark angled in and was adjudged leg-before.
From then on it was a question of how long the tail could defy Warne.
The great leg-spinner rolled back the years to unfurl a series of vicious leg-breaks, googlies and the once-deadly flipper.

Mahmood and Harmison were lbw after being bamboozled by the flipper and slider, while Chris Read's bat was beaten at will during his 77-ball 26.
Monty Panesar cheered the sizeable English contingent in the crowd by delightful flicking Lee off his pads for four and driving Warne past mid-on for another boundary.
That joy was short-lived and he fended a vicious Lee delivery to Michael Clarke at fourth slip.
With shadows enveloping the outfield in the evening, Lee cleaned up Matthew Hoggard to wrap things up and end England's misery.
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PostSubject: Re: 4th test   Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:15 pm

we were terrible

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PostSubject: Re: 4th test   Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:27 pm

ana fukin disgraceful this must b wot its like 2 support the toon lol
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PostSubject: Re: 4th test   Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:18 am

lol doubt it

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