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Australia v England - 4th Test
Melbourne: 26-30 December, 2006

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Steve Harmison celebrates the dismissal of Andrew Symonds

England begin day three desperate to polish off Australia and Steve Harmison removes centurion Andrew Symonds early on

Shane Warne plays a square-cut off Steve Harmison

But Shane Warne piles on the misery with a succession of expansive shots to take Australia past 400

Sajid Mahmood

Warne is stranded on 40 as Sajid Mahmood takes two wickets to end with 4-100 with Australia all out for 419, 260 ahead

Glenn McGrath appeals unsuccessfully for lbw against Alastair Cook

Glenn McGrath makes life tough for the openers and is unlucky not to have Alastair Cook lbw as England lunch on 28-0

Alastair Cook is bowled off an inside edge

Cook's luck runs out shortly after lunch when an inside edge off Stuart Clark sends him packing for 20

Glenn McGrath celebrates with his team-mates after trapping Ian Bell lbw

It gets worse for England when McGrath traps Ian Bell leg-before and Kevin Pietersen comes in at four instead of five

Stuart Clark bowls Kevin Pietersen

But Pietersen does not last long and is bowled through the gate by Clark to leave the tourists reeling on 49-3

Brett Lee celebrates the dismissal of Andrew Strauss

Brett Lee piles on the agony by removing Paul Collingwood and Andrew Strauss either side of tea to leave England teetering

England captain Andrew Flintoff (left) departs for 26 while the Australian players celebrate

And when Andrew Flintoff is trapped leg before by Clark, the writing is on the wall for England who slump to 108-6

As the wickets tumble, England's fans remain upbeat, touting this enormous cut-out of Monty Panesar

As the wickets tumble, England's fans remain upbeat, touting this enormous cut-out of Monty Panesar

Shane Warne traps Sajid Mahmood lbw

Warne gets in on the act with a flipper to trap Mahmood lbw for a duck and the Aussies can smell a quick victory

Australia players celebrate as umpire Aleem Dar (bottom) gives Steve Harmison out lbw

Harmison offers a brief resistance before going the same way as Mahmood - he becomes Warne's 999th international victim

Monty Pansear guides a delivery from Shane Warne past Matthew Hayden at first slip

Panesar receives a warm reception as he enters the arena and does not disappoint with an entertaining knock

Michael Clarke (second right) takes the catch to dismiss Monty Panesar (second left) while Brett Lee celebrates

But the newly appointed 'Beard of the Year' winner's stay at the crease is ended when he fends Lee to Michael Clarke

Matthew Hoggard is bowled by Brett Lee

And when a Lee yorker beats Matthew Hoggard's defence, the game is over - England lose by an innings and 99 runs

England captain Andrew Flintoff (left) and Australia paceman Brett Lee shake hands

In a scene reminiscent of Edgbaston 15 months ago, only this time reversed, Flintoff and Lee come together

Shane Warne is carried by Andrew Symonds (left) and Matthew Hayden

But the focus is on Warne who ends with match figures of 7-85, 40 runs and a catch thrown in for good measure

Shane Warne (left) and Glenn McGrath leave the MCG for the final time as players

It is a fitting finale for Warne in his last Test match at his home ground, will McGrath now emulate that feat at Sydney?



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