Shamik Das

Monday, December 04, 2006

Hogg's back

Stuart Clark loses his leg stump to become Matthew Hoggard's seventh victim    Matthew Hoggard celebrates trapping Shane Warne leg before to collect wicket number five

Adelaide, Second Test, Fourth Day: England 551/6 dec. & 59/1 v Australia 513 (Ponting 142, Clarke 124, Hussey 91, Gilchrist 64; Hoggard 7-109)

Matthew Hoggard claimed the best analysis by an Englishman at the Adelaide Oval for nearly 80 years as the Second Test meandered towards a draw.

Hoggard's haul of 7-109 - his best since swinging England to glory in Johannesburg in January last year - lit up a listless display in the field as Australia fought their way back into the match to emerge as slight favourites.

Geraint Jones also performed competently, holding on to all three chances that came his way to take his tally of dismissals against Australia to 20.

Michael Clarke smacks Andrew Flintoff to the cover boundary with a beautifully timed back-foot drive    Michael Clarke salutes the Adelaide Oval crowd on completion of his century

For the Aussies Michael Clarke's star shone brightest, compiling his third Test century and first against England, while Adam Gilchrist rediscovered his Ashes form of yesteryear, taking apart the visiting attack to score a quick-fire 64.

Although the draw remains the overwhelming favourite, if Warney can work his wizardry on a worn, fifth day pitch, England could find themselves two down with three to play ...

Catch the fourth day's highlights tonight on BBC Two at 11:20pm, and listen to live coverage of day five on Radio 4 198LW and the
BBC Sport website from 12:30am.


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