Ashes 2006 2007

The Ashes 2006/7

The 2006-7 Ashes tour of Australia was a complete disaster for the England team, captained by Andrew Flintoff, England never got started and they were whitewashed by 5-0, thus handing back the Ashes after holding them for just two years. The tour was described as the worst Ashes tour for England in Ashes history.

First Test - Australian Win

Glenn McGrathAustralia got off to the perfect start in their bid to regain the Ashes, they made a massive 602 in their first innings, with captain, Ricky Ponting making a merciless 196, he received outstanding back up from his team, Langer made 82, Hussey 86 and Clark 56.

There was little England could, their bowling did not fire and only Flintoff threatened with 4-99 from 30 overs bowled. In reply England made only 157 after Glenn McGrath had ripped through the attack with 6- 50. England had to resign themselves to a first test defeat. Surprisingly Ponting did not enforce the follow on, instead they batted for 45 overs, scored 202 more runs, with Langer making exactly 100 and Ponting 60. England batted bravely in the second innings making a respectable 370, but it was not enough to avoid defeat, losing by 277 runs. There were good knocks from Paul Collingwood 96 and Kevin Pietersen 92.

Second Test - Australian Win

Paul CollingwoodHaving scored an incredible 551 for 6 declared in the first innings it did not seem possible that England could lose the test, but lose it they did in the face of magnificent Australian determination and ability. England’s huge score was made possible by a double hundred from Paul Collingwood and 158 by Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell also chipped in with a 60.

Australia however replied with a 513, with centuries from Ponting again and Michael Clark, with 64 runs being contributed by Adam Gilchrist. The Aussies were cock a hoop and with a day and half left of the match they felt that they could still win. England helped the Australian cause by batting terribly in the second innings, scoring only 129, with one of the Ashes legends, Shane Warne, taking four of the wickets. This meant the Australians needed only 168 to win, which they did so easily in 32 overs, Hussey scoring 61 and Ponting 49. Australia led the series 2-0

Third Test - Australian Win

Third Test HusseyThis was win or bust for England, a third successive defeat would mean losing the Ashes and put them in serious danger of a series whitewash. They made a good start too, bowling Australia out for 244. Monty Panesar and Steve Harminson did the damage, with five and four wickets respectively. Only Mike Hussey offered any serious resistance from the Aussies with a gritty knock of 74.

Unfortunately England failed to capitalise, they were bowled out even more tamely for 215 with only Pietersen offering any resistance with a stubborn 70. Australia took full advantage of their good fortune and piled on the runs in their second innings, knocking up a huge 527 for 5 declared. Hussey, Clark and Gilchrist all made hundreds and Matthew Haydon chipped in with 92 and Ponting with 75. All that came amazingly after, Langer was out first ball of the innings.

England were left with a daunting 556 run target if they were to get back into the series, but they failed, scoring 350. They were 206 short of their target, despite a good hundred from Alister Cook, 87 from Ian Bell, 60 from Pietersen and 51 from Flintoff. The Ashes had now been lost.

Fourth Test - Australian Win

Symonds Fourth Test BattingThings went from bad to worse for a deflated England side, who were about to get another thrashing at Christmas 2006. Despite a 50 made by opener Andrew Strauss, the England batting was poor, Shane Warne back to his best claimed five wickets for just 39 runs, England made just a paltry 159 and they knew that they were in trouble. Australia, who certainly knows how to kick a man when he’s down went on the rampage again in their reply, scoring 419 runs, principally from Haydon with 153 and Andrew Symonds 156. Mahmood took four wickets for England.

The second innings was no better from England, this time making only 161. It was another innings defeat and it was clear that they wanted to go home, before they could do that however, they needed to stave off the whitewash, like they managed to do in the Ashes 2002/3 series.

The 2006-7 Ashes tour of Australia was a complete disaster for England, captained by Andrew Flintoff, England never got started and they were whitewashed by 5-0, thus handing back the Ashes after holding them for just two years. It was only the second time in Ashes history that this had been achieved.

Fifth Test - Australian Win

England Lose the AshesEngland failed once again, but they know it could have been so much better, with all their leading batsmen getting a start in their first innings, but only Flintoff and Bell managing to score fifty or more. They were all out for 291. Australia who were full of confidence having won the series were determined to go for the jugular and win the final test too and they put themselves in the driving seat by amassing 393 in their reply. England failed miserably in their second innings, making a poor total of 147, leaving Australia to make just 46 to win the series 5-0, which they did without losing a wicket.

The series was over and England had been soundly thrashed by a team who showed that not only must you have the abilty to win test matches you must also possess ruthless determination too. Ricky Ponting’s side had all that and more and will no doubt be touring England this year with the same attitude and looking to retain the 2009 Ashes. England however will be favourites in the Ashes betting and cricket punters should be looking to back either team, using an Ashes free bet facility.