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Last Updated: Monday, 4 December 2006, 07:54 GMT
Hoggard shines with draw probable
SECOND TEST, ADELAIDE, DAY FOUR (stumps):
England 551-6 dec & 59-1 v Australia 513

By Martin Gough

Matthew Hoggard
Hoggard moved past Darren Gough's career Test wicket haul
Matthew Hoggard took seven wickets as England bowled Australia out for 513 in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Alastair Cook fell for nine in the second innings and England went to stumps on day four 97 ahead at 59-1.

Hoggard struck three times in four overs either side of tea to move eighth in the list of England wicket-takers.

But Australia had already avoided the follow-on and a seventh-wicket stand of 118 between Michael Clarke (124) and Shane Warne (43) frustrated England.

ENGLAND TEST WICKET-TAKERS
Ian Botham 102 Tests, 383 wkts at 28.40
Bob Willis 90 Tests, 325 wkts at 25.20
Fred Trueman 67 Tests, 307 wkts at 21.57
Derek Underwood 86 Tests, 297 wkts at 25.83
Brian Statham 70 Tests, 252 wkts at 24.84
Alec Bedser 51 Tests, 236 wkts at 24.89
Andy Caddick 62 Tests, 234 wkts at 29.91
Matthew Hoggard 60 Tests, 231 wkts at 29.68
Darren Gough 58 Tests, 229 wkts at 28.39

England's chances of forcing a result did not look good at the start of the day, as Australia resumed on 312-5.

After an hour of testing pace bowling in the morning, Clarke and Adam Gilchrist took the hosts past the follow-on target of 352, making the draw favourite.

England went without captain Andrew Flintoff's bowling for much of the day, with rumours his left ankle is troubling him again, although he stayed on the field until the ninth wicket fell.

Hoggard's haul of 7-109 took him past Darren Gough's career wicket total of 229 - gained in 58 matches to Hoggard's 60 - and just three behind Andy Caddick's 234.

Although Gilchrist was caught in the deep off Ashley Giles for 64, Australia went on to take their first innings total past 400 in an Adelaide Test for the eighth match in succession.

I was very happy that I made a century here. Obviously I would have liked to continue on but it's good to have a case to put forward to the selectors

Michael Clarke

And Clarke - an injury replacement for Shane Watson - posed a challenge to the selectors ahead of the third Test with his first century in two years and 19 Test matches.

England's bowlers did little to deserve the three crisp, cover-driven boundaries he displayed during the afternoon, having already secured his second half century of the series.

Gilchrist was just beginning to cut loose when he was caught at deep midwicket as he aimed to slog-sweep the second boundary of the over.

606: DEBATE
HB

As during the 2005 Ashes series, with Flintoff bowling around the wicket to a packed off-side field, Gilchrist always looked likely to edge a drive or cut to the slip cordon.

But Flintoff only allowed himself four overs and while Harmison did nothing wrong when he replaced his skipper, the threat slowly diminished.

The introduction of spinner Giles into the attack looked foolish as Gilchrist smashed him through the covers to reach his best Ashes score since the Sydney Test of 2003.

It looked inspired when Gilchrist was implicit in his own downfall but part-time off-spinner Kevin Pietersen's arrival looked more of an attacking option.

Clarke shares a hug with Shane Warne
Clarke hit his first Test century for two years

It was surprising that Pietersen was not used during the afternoon, with Giles bowling unchanged for 21 overs, generally over the wicket on leg stump to both Warne and Clarke.

The pitch offered Hoggard little when he returned just before tea but he created a couple of chances before trapping Warne lbw.

And he found some reverse swing with a ball more than 70 overs old to run through the tail.

England started their second innings 38 runs ahead of Australia but Warne - ineffective in the first innings - found enough turn out of the rough to keep alive the possibility of getting through England cheaply and setting up a run chase.

However it was Stuart Clark who made the breakthrough when he had Cook pushing at a delivery angling across him to be caught behind to leave England on 31-1.

Strauss and Bell then saw out the remaining overs to give England a 97 run lead at the close.



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