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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 November 2006, 07:33 GMT
Warne wears down defiant England
First Test, Brisbane, day four (close): Australia 602-9 dec & 202-1 dec v England 157 & 293-5

Shane Warne
Warne celebrates after out-witting England's Paul Collingwood

Spinner Shane Warne took four wickets to put Australia on course for victory in the Brisbane Test.

But England restored pride through the efforts of Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen to end day four on 293-5.

Collingwood missed out on a century when he was stumped off Warne for 96, ending a stand of 153, but Pietersen was still there at the close on 92.

Australia declared during the morning session with a lead of 647 after Justin Langer completed his 23rd Test century.

Skipper Ricky Ponting called a halt when Langer dabbed away a single to reach three figures, his 146-ball innings including eight fours.

Ponting's own share of their 134-run partnership was 60 not out, but he hurt his back during the brief spell in the middle and was unable to field.

There was a further concern for the home side as Glenn McGrath, who took 6-50 in England's first innings, had to operate at a slightly reduced pace because of a sore heel.

Warne, meanwhile, was not at his best despite his wickets, which cost 108 runs.

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood grew in confidence after an uncertain start

He was shown little respect by Collingwood and Pietersen, who produced a flurry of boundaries after tea, and showed his frustration by hurling the ball back towards Pietersen after fielding off his own bowling at the end of an over in which he was twice hit through mid-on for four.

Pietersen had to hurriedly fend it away from his chest before marching down the pitch to vent his feelings towards his Hampshire team-mate.

Warne's mood was not improved when keeper Adam Gilchrist claimed an under-edge catch with Pietersen on 44 and umpire Steve Bucknor rejected the appeal.

But he finally broke the partnership by luring Collingwood down the pitch, leaving Gilchrist an easy stumping, and then added the wicket of Andrew Flintoff, who picked out Langer at long-on with an ugly back-foot heave and was out for just 16.

It was the second injudicious stroke by an England batsman, with Andrew Strauss departing for 11 at the start of the innings when he hit a rising ball from Stuart Clark straight to substitute fielder Ryan Broad at fine leg.

It was the second time in the match that he had succumbed attempting the hook shot, a major error of judgment with his side needing to bat for the best part of two days to save the game.

Andrew Strauss was first to go
England could not afford another error of judgment from Strauss

After failing to take a wicket in England's first innings, Warne soon made his mark when Ian Bell mis-read the slider, a front-of-the-hand delivery which goes straight on, and umpire Bucknor adjudged him lbw for a duck.

Bell was replaced by Collingwood, who was all at sea at the start of his innings as Clark found a consistent line on or just outside off stump.

But he gradually grew in confidence and even managed to upper-cut a Brett Lee bouncer over the keeper's head for six during a stand off 55 for the third wicket with Alastair Cook.

Warne struck again with a leg-break into the rough bowled from round the wicket which Cook, on 43, could not counter and Mike Hussey took the chance at short leg.

Australia had to wait 34 overs for their next breakthrough as Collingwood and Pietersen finally gave the Barmy Army fans in the crowd something to cheer.

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SEE ALSO
England cling to glimmer of hope
26 Nov 06 |  England
England spirit impresses Aussies
26 Nov 06 |  England
McGrath adds to England's misery
24 Nov 06 |  England
England suffer as Ponting shines
23 Nov 06 |  England


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