Australia win first 2006-07 Ashes Test
Friday, December 1, 2006
In its first innings, Australia made 602 runs for the loss of 9 wickets before declaring (ie. 9-602 dec.) during the evening session of day two. Captain Ricky Ponting made 196 runs whilst All-rounder Flintoff took 4 wickets for 99 runs (4-99).
Captain Ponting decided not to enforce the follow-on despite Australia having a 445-run lead on the first innings aggregate. Australia's second innings was another resounding display, declaring a second time at 1-202 just before lunch on the fourth day. Justin Langer made 100 not out. This set England a massive victory target of 648 runs.
In England's second "dig", they managed to post 370 runs before being dismissed, falling 378 runs short of winning the match. Kevin Pietersen made 92 before being caught off the bowling of Brett Lee early on the fifth morning. His counterpart Paul Collingwood also lost his wicket in the "nervous 90's", falling on 96. Leg spin legend Shane Warne took 4-124 during the innings.
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