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England vs Australia 2009,Ashes 2009, 1st Test score card and REVIEW

Posted by sriramchewsthefat on July 8, 2009

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Hi,in this post i have reviewed the first test’s play of the Ashes test series took place at Cardiff.Those who are all saying Test Cricket is Boring have to watch this match,because the result of this match have neen decided only in final few minutes of the match.The match ended in a thrilling Draw.I reviewed all the five days of this match and i also  added the scorecards of this match.

1st day’s review:

England’s captain Andrew Strauss has won the toss and he decided to bat on what looks like a good batting track.Alistair cook was the first one to got out by driving the ball which was not up there and he was caught beautifully at Gully by Mike Hussey.Then Bopara joins his captain in the middle and he played some lovely drives in front of wicket,while Strauss played some good shots in square of the wicket.

Mitchell johnson took  the wicket of Strauss,and foxed Bopara with a good slower ball and England lost 3 wickets with scoreboard reading 90.Collingwood joins KP and both of them played their strokes with utmost concentration.They had a good partnership of 138 runs for the 4th wicket and the breakthrough was got by Hilfenhaus by getting rid of Collingwood for well deserved 64.Haddin takes a brilliant catch to complement Hilfenhaus good bowling. KP played a casual shot against Hauritz and got  himself out for 69.

Then comes the big fellow,’Freddie Flintoff came to crease after the fall of KP,joined Prior and they played some aggressive strokes to take the score to 327-5 in 86 overs with 4 overs left in the day.Then came Siddle in the 87th over,and he removed dangerous Flintoff by getting the ball to came back into the right hander and knocked his stumps .Prior who played well for his 56 also got out bowled by Siddle in the penultimate over of the day.At the end of the first day Anderson 2* and Broad 4*were at the crease.The match was in balance at the end of the first day,where England finished with 336 runs while Australia took 7 English wickets.

2nd day’s review:

Resuming the overnight score of 336-7,England trying to get to the score around 400 ,which is a decent score in the first innings.Broad played some lovely shots and England started positively on day2.Broad was dismissed for 19 by Johnson .Then Swann came to the crease and played some flurry of shots, where the Australian bowlers didnt get the rhythm because of this counter attack by Swann.Anderson played well for his 26 from 40 balls.Hauritz took Anderson’s Wicket and break this partnership which cost 68 runs for Australia.Hauritz removed Monty for 4 and finished with 3 wickets in first innings.England scored 435 and  Swann who remained not out at one end, scored a quick fire 47 runs from 40 balls.

In reply to England’s 435 ,Australian’s started of well.Phil Hughes played positively and Katich as usual timing the ball with ease.They put on 60 crucial runs for the opening wicket.Flintoff is the man who got the breakthrough by dismissing Hughes for 36. Then comes the Australian captain,Ricky Ponting at one down and he played some lovely strokes against fast bowlers.His back foot punch and his flicks were superb to watch.Simon Katich played with much purpose and showed his class by scoring a well made century from 214 balls with 8 fours. Ponting also complimented Katich by rotating the strike well against spinners and he scored yet another 100 from 155 balls.So at the end of Day2, Australia finished on a high note with 249-1 in 71 overs,trail by 186 the honours of  Day2 belongs to Australia.

3rd day’s review:

Australia started the Day3 with much purpose of not losing a wicket for the first 10 overs.Due to the overcast conditions the ball is swinging and in the first 14 overs of the day they scored only 28 runs with the loss of Simon Katich.He scored a well made 112 runs and was plumb in front to Anderson’s inswinger.At the fall of this wicket the scorecard reads 299-2 and Australia still trailing by 136 runs.Hussey got out  for 3 ,while trying to drive Anderson’s overpitch ball.He got a faint edge which was neatly caught by Prior.

Ponting continued his good form and played fluently and scored yet another 150.But he lost his wicket to Monty while trying to play the backfoot punch with the spin and got the inside edge and the ball hits the England took three quick wickets for 32 runs.Now the score of Australia is 331-4,still trailing by 104 runs. Clarke and North played cautiously for some overs and then Clarke has started using his feet against spinners to keep the scoreboard moving.

Broad bowled a surprising bouncer to end Clarke‘s innings.Clarke was not fully commited to the pull stroke and got the edge which was gleefully accepted by Prior.He scored a well deserved 83 which contains 9 fours and a six.Because of Bad light the match has stopped early.At stumps North is looking good with the score of 54* and Haddin with the score of 4*.Australia took a lead of 44 runs and Day 3 surely belongs to Australia.

4th day’s review:

Australia started positively on Day4 with some good strokes from Haddin.Because of rain and bad light there are some stoppages and because of this ,Haddin takes the intiative and scored an aggresive century which consists of 3 sixes.North who played second fiddle  in this partnership,scored his century before Haddin. Haddin got out for well made 121,and North scored 123* and Australia declared their first innings with the score of 674-6 and with the lead of 239 runs.

England’s reply in the second innings was not good with opener Cook got out to Mitchell johnson for 6.Cook played across the line where the ball pitches and straightens and hit his pad.Ravi bopara got out for 1 ,because of a rough decision from the umpire, where the ball struck high on his pad and was given lbw to Hilfenhaus .At the end of day4 England struggling at 20-2 to save the match.Day 4 surely belongs to Australia.

5th day’s review:

England has to play another 98 overs to save the match.But they didnt start the day well,where KP well left the well pitched up ball ,with shattered the offstump and Hilfenhaus was in cloud 9.England also lose Strauss for 17 and Prior for 14 where score card reads  70-5 in 26.3 overs.England has to play another 80 overs to draw this match which it seems impossible at this point.But the man for crisis and ever dependable Paul Collingwood played one of the innings of his life had got a valuable 74 runs and he batted almost for 6 hrs(exactly,344 mins).He had a decent partnerships with ‘Freddie‘ who scored 26 runs,Broad who made 14 but he played vital 47 balls for that runs.

The turning point of the match for me is the partnership between Swann and Paul .The partnership worth 62 runs but the main thing to note is that it took around 21 overs to get this runs.Atlast Swann got out to Hilfenhaus for 31.He tried to pull the ball which was short enough to pull ,but because of lack of bounce the ball kept low and he was trapped plumb in front.

Then comes Anderson,who has a good defensive technique played with much purpose.These two,paul and james eats up another 7 overs and when just 11.4 overs left in the match,Collingwood played his first false shot in this innings ,by trying to cut the ball away from the body and Hussey took the catch in rebound at gully.Siddle took the wicket.

Monty came to the crease after the fall of Paul Collingwood and he and Anderson played with tight defensive technique and there was some tension mounting for Ponting to get rid of this partnership.Ponting tried all his strike bowlers but they didnt get the desired result because of some good common sense shown by Anderson and Monty, by playing the ball with straight bat.I have been surprised to see Monty’s batting in this match because normally he is ‘dasher’.But the way he applied himself to the match situation was good to see.With 10 mins left in the play,England send a 12th man to change the pair off gloves to Anderson.And after the end of one over once again 12thman and physio came to check Anderson’s status.England saved the match by didnt lose the last wicket in this  last 10 mins and also the last 11.3 overs.All credit should go to Monty and Anderson for saving this match for England.But the way the last 10 mins was played by England was not good from the cricketing(spirit of cricket) point of view.

Match discussion:

Ponting after the end of the match in press conference raised some concerns about the way last 10 mins was played by England,

“I don’t think it was required, he(Anderson) changed [the gloves] the over before and I don’t think they’d be too sweaty in one over, I’m not sure what the physio was doing out there. I didn’t see anyone call for the physio to come out. As far as I’m concerned, it was pretty ordinary, really. But they can play whatever way they want to play. We came to play by the rules and the spirit of the game. It’s up to them to do what they want to do”

This was England Captain Andrew Strauss reply to Ponting’s comments,

“There was a lot of confusion, to be fair .We first of all sent the 12th man out to let Jimmy and Monty know there was time left, and not the overs. Then there was drink spilled on Jimmy’s gloves, and he called up to the dressing room and we weren’t sure if he needed 12th man or physio. If Ricky is upset, that’s a shame”.

From my point of view i wont accept Strauss’s comments because the 12th man came before the start of 102nd over.The first ball of that over was faced by Anderson and he scored a single by playing the cut shot of the bowling of off spinner North . The remaining five balls was faced by Monty.This scenario leads me to ask the following two questions.

*Is  there any chance that Anderson  got injury because of that cut shot against an off spinner North?

*so why the Physio came to the Ground after the end of the 102nd over?

These situations(last 10 mins) were vital because it will change the course (or) the result of the/this  series.Consider the following matches which was ended as thrillers in the year 2008 and 2009 .

*Aus vs Ind,Result in penultimate over in 2008 at Sydney.

*Aus vs SA,Result in penultimate over in 2009 at Sydney,remember the vigilant SA captain, Graeme Smith played with the broken hand in the second innings for the last 10 overs in the second innings,but he didnt ask any Physio during the closing stages of the match.

I actually enjoyed this (first test) match,but not the final 10 mins.But the way England came back to salvage a draw from ‘jaws of defeat’ means the series is levelled 0-0 after 1st test.Kudos to Collingwood,Anderson and Monty for the way they played with utmost concentration and composure.Hopefully the remaining four games will be the close ones,which will be treat for the cricket lovers .The full scorecard of this match is added below,

England vs Australia,2009,1st test,from July 8-July 12

Venue:Sophia gardens,Cardiff

Toss:England won the toss and decided to bat first

Match Summary:

Day 1 score card:[ENG 336-7 after 90 overs],end of day’s play

Day2 score card:at stumps[ENG 435-10 after 106.5 overs],[AUS 249-1 in 71 overs]

Day 3 score card:[AUS 479-5 after 139 overs]at stumps.

Day4 scorecard:[AUS 674-6 in 181 overs ,declared],[2nd innings:ENG 20-2,trail by 219 runs],at stumps

Day 5  scorecard:[2nd innings,ENG 252-9 in 105 overs],at Stumps

Result:Match Drawn

Man of the Match(MOM):

Ricky Ponting

England vs Australia 2009,1st test Score card played at Cardiff:


England batting:[435-10 after 106.5 overs]

Andrew Strauss(captain)—->c Clarke b Johnson—>30runs—>60 balls

Alistair Cook——->c Hussey b Hilfenhaus—>10 runs—->25 balls

Ravi Bopara——>c Hughes b Johnson——>35 runs—->52 balls

Kevin Pietersen—->c Katich b Hauritz—–>69 runs—–>141 balls

Paul Collingwood—–>c Haddin b Hilfenhaus—->64 runs—->145 balls

Matt Prior—–>b Siddle—->56 runs—->62 balls

Andrew Flintoff—>b Siddle—>37 runs—>51 balls

James Anderson—->c Hussey b Hauritz—>26 runs—->40 balls

Stuart Broad——–>b Johnson—->19 runs—>20 balls

Graeme Swann——->not out—–>47 runs—>40 balls

Monty Panesar—–>c Ponting b Hauritz–>4 runs—>17 balls

Extras—–>38 runs

Australia Bowling:

Mitchell Johnson—–>22 overs——->87 runs—>3 wickets

Ben Hilfenhaus—–>27 overs—->77 runs—>2 wickets

Peter Siddle——>27 overs—>121 runs—->2 wickets

Nathan Hauritz—->23.5 overs—>95 runs—>3 wickets

Michael Clarke—>5 overs—>20 runs—>0 wicket

Simon Katich—->2 overs—>11 runs—>0 wicket

Australia Batting:[674-6 in 181 overs ,declared]

Phil Hughes—–>c Prior b Flintoff—>36 runs—->54 balls

Simon Katich—–>lbw Anderson—–>122 runs—–>261 balls

Ricky Ponting(captain)——>b Panesar—->150 runs—–>224 balls

Mike Hussey—–>c Prior b Anderson—–>3 runs—>16 balls

Micheal Clarke—->c Prior b Broad——>83 runs—->145 balls

Marcus North——>not out——>125 runs——>242 balls

Brad Haddin——>c Bopara b Collingwood—->121 runs—–>151 balls

Extras: 34 runs

England Bowling:

James Anderson—–>32 overs—>110 runs—–>2 wickets

Stuart Broad——–>32 overs—>129 runs—–>1 wicket

Graeme Swann——>38 overs—>131 runs—–>0 wicket

Andrew Flintoff——->35 overs—>128 runs—–>1 wicket

Monty Panesar——->35 overs—>118 runs—–>1 wicket

Paul Collingwood——>9 overs—–>38 runs—>1 wicket


England batting:[ 252-9 in 105 overs]

Andrew Strauss(captain)—->c Haddin b Hauritz—>17runs—>54 balls

Alistair Cook——->lbw Johnson—>6 runs—->12 balls

Ravi Bopara——>lbw Hilfenhaus——>1 run—->3 balls

Kevin Pietersen—->b Hilfenhaus—–>8 runs—–>24balls

Paul Collingwood—–>c Hussey b Siddle—->74 runs—->245 balls

Matt Prior—–>c Clarke b Siddle—->14 runs—->32 balls

Andrew Flintoff—>c Ponting b Johnson—>26 runs—>71 balls

Stuart Broad——–>lbw b Hauritz—->14 runs—>47 balls

Graeme Swann——->lbw Hilfenhaus—–>31 runs—>63 balls

James Anderson—->not out—>21 runs—->53 balls

Monty Panesar—–>not out–>4 runs—>17 balls

Extras—–>33 runs

Australia Bowling:

Mitchell Johnson—–>22 overs——->44 runs—>2 wickets

Ben Hilfenhaus—–>15 overs—->47 runs—>3 wickets

Peter Siddle——>18 overs—>51 runs—->1 wicket

Nathan Hauritz—->37 overs—>63 runs—>3 wickets

Michael Clarke—>3 overs—>8 runs—>0 wicket

Marcus North——>7 overs—->14 runs—->0 wicket

Simon Katich—->3 overs—>7 runs—>0 wicket

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3 Responses to “England vs Australia 2009,Ashes 2009, 1st Test score card and REVIEW”

  1. shankar said

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  2. seshdotcom said

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