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Australia v England - 2nd Test
Adelaide: 1-5 December, 2006

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Bell drives on the leg side

England have a draw in mind as they begin the final day in Adelaide 59-1, with Ian Bell getting the morning underway

Strauss watches the replay as he departs

Andrew Strauss is unlucky to be given out for 34 as replays show the ball looping off his pad to short leg

Warne's throw beats Bell

Shane Warne is in the thick of the action, helping in the run out of Bell for 26 as England stutter to 70-3

Pietersen bowled by Warne

Kevin Pietersen watches Warne's delivery into the rough bowl him around his legs as he mis-times a sweep

Warne celebrates

After a difficult first innings, Warne is well and truly fired up as he gives Pietersen a send-off

Lee celebrates with Flintoff forlorn

Brett Lee accounts for England captain Andrew Flintoff, whose minimal footwork is exposed with a loose drive

Geraint Jones (centre) looks on as Brett Lee (top right) celebrates taking his wicket

Geraint Jones then guides a wide Lee delivery to Matthew Hayden at gully - England are deep in trouble at 94-6

England batsman Ashley Giles (left) watches Matthew Hayden (right) catch him out

Ashley Giles fails to trouble the scorers after being undone by Warne - Hayden takes the catch as the collapse continues

Paul Collingwood hits a shot

First innings hero Paul Collingwood is the only Englishman offering any resistance as the score reaches 100-7

Sahen Warne (left) looks on as Matthew Hoggard drags the ball onto his stumps

But Matthew Hoggard cannot stick around with him - he drags a Warne googly onto his stumps and it is 105-8

Glenn McGrath (right) successfully appeals for a leg before decision against Steve Harmison

Steve Harmison occupies a valuable 25 minutes at the crease and adds seven runs before falling lbw to Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath (left) and Brett Lee celebrate as James Anderson trudges off

Another 40 minutes pass before James Anderson is trapped leg before by McGrath and England are 129 all out

The Australian players

It is a sterling effort by the Australians who now need just 168 runs off 36 overs to secure victory

Matthew Hoggard (right) celebrates as Justin Langer walks off

The home side's march to victory may not be straightforward though as Hoggard has Justin Langer caught at gully -14-1

Paul Collingwood takes a skier to remove Matthew Hayden

And when Hayden goes after a short Flintoff delivery, Collingwood takes a great catch at square leg to make it 33-2

Ricky Ponting (left) and Mike Hussey (right) pile on the runs as James Anderson looks on

But Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey keep the scoreboard ticking over as Australia pass 100 without further loss

Ashley Giles and Andrew Strauss celebrate taking the wicket of Ricky Ponting (left)

Hold on to your hats though England fans, Ponting slaps Giles straight to Strauss in the covers and it's 114-3

Andrew Flintoff celebrates taking the wicket of Damien Martyn

Flintoff has not given up the fight either and takes care of Damien Martyn in the next over - four down and 47 needed

Nike Hussey plays a sweep shot against Ashley Giles

But Hussey steadies the rocking Australian innings and completes an assured half century to close in on victory

Mike Hussey celebrates scoring the winning run for Australia against England in Adelaide

And Hussey strokes the winning run to clinch a six-wicket victory that puts Australia 2-0 up in the best of five series

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