Shamik Das

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Australia make Hay while the Sym shines

Andrew Symonds brings up his maiden test century in style with a huge six off Paul Collingwood

Melbourne, Fourth Test, Second Day: Australia 372/7
(Symonds 154*, Hayden 153; Flintoff 3-77) v England 159

Australia made a mockery of England's pathetic first innings total as Andrew Symonds and Matty Hayden struck big centuries to keep the hosts on course for a whitewash.

The pair came together with Australia teetering at 84 for 5 following some good early work from the England quicks and put on a massive 279 runs for the sixth wicket.

Matthew Hayden smacks Monty Panesar for four to bring up his 100 and receives the praise of fellow Queenslander Andrew Symonds    Andrew Symonds and Shane Warne shake hands at the end of a very productive day for the hosts

Hayden's ton was his fifth Ashes century and 27th overall, moving him up to joint seventh in the all-time list and level with Allan Border - from 68 fewer Tests.

For fellow Queenslander Symonds it was century number one at this level - to go alongside his five one day international hundreds - brought up in style with a mammoth straight six off Paul Collingwood.

England now find themselves 213 runs adrift and facing the very real possibility of their first innings defeat for 14 Tests.

Catch the second day's highlights tonight on BBC Two at 11:20, and listen to live coverage of day three on Radio 4 198LW and the
BBC Sport website from 11:30.


Blogger stonysleep said...

I read this in the paper the other day:
The ones that santa left behind - the books the public really wanted to buy

Includes Duncan Fletcher's story of "Monty Panesar and the Holy Grail"

I'll quote the relevant bit in case the times doesn't continue to allow the link for free:

Monty Panesar and the Holy Grail
by Duncan Fletcher

An amusing if predictable retelling of the Python farce in which a band of warriors with questionable knighthoods are replaced by a timid group with iffy MBEs (brave and bold Paul Collingwood honoured for blocking for 17). They undertake a series of quests in which they are attacked by killer Australian rabbits, while the peasants-cum-general public lose faith. When Fletcher says the Lady of the Lake told him to pick Geraint Jones, he is told by Sir Geoffrey:

"Strange moistened bints lobbing scimitars at you is no basis for proper creekit." Panesar makes his debut on page 325.

28 December, 2006 09:39

Blogger Sham said...

I guess levity's the only way to get through this, otherwise we'd all end up going mad!

If Nelson Muntz were an Aussie he'd be pointing at Flintoff and his mate Fletcher saying "ha-ha"!!!

28 December, 2006 16:58


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