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Who would have predicted that: Geraint Jones stars in tied England-Australia NatWest Final at Lord's

England's Geraint Jones

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


Between 1900 and 2005, England and Australia met each other at Lord's 33 times across formats, out of which England won only five times. With the home side staring at another defeat, a rearguard partnership between Paul Collingwood and Geraint Jones warded it off.


Match Summary


Australia 196 (48.5 overs) - Michael Hussey* 62 (81), Andrew Symonds 29 (71); Steve Harmison 3/27 (10), Andrew Flintoff 3/23 (8)


England 196/9 (50 overs) - Geraint Jones 71 (100), Paul Collingwood 53 (116); Glenn McGrath 3/25 (10), Brett Lee 2/36 (10)


Result - Match tied


It was 2005 and Australia were as tough to beat as ever. In the final of the 2005 NatWest series, which had Bangladesh as the third participant alongside Australia and England, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden started in characteristic fashion. The two came down heavily on the English attack and touched the 50-run mark within seven overs.

However, the tide turned too rapidly for Australia to regain control. Steven Harmison was quick and straight, Andrew Flintoff hardly gave anything away, Simon Jones had the aggression of a butcher and Ashley Giles was at the batsmen on every delivery.



From 50 for no loss, Australia slid to 93/5. Had it not been for an unbeaten 62 from Michael Hussey, Australia wouldn't have even managed 196.


Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Matthew Hayden, 6.5 ov), 2-54 (Adam Gilchrist, 9.5 ov), 3-71 (Ricky Ponting, 12.1 ov), 4-90 (Damien Martyn, 18.6 ov), 5-93 (Michael Clarke, 23.6 ov), 6-147 (Andrew Symonds, 38.5 ov), 7-169 (Brad Hogg, 44.1 ov), 8-179 (Brett Lee, 45.5 ov), 9-179 (Jason Gillespie, 45.6 ov), 10-196 (Glenn McGrath, 48.5 ov)


The England batters found the opening burst from Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee too hot to handle. The hosts were in all sorts of trouble at 33/5 and the NatWest Trophy was as good as gone.

A brilliant rearguard partnership between Paul Collingwood and Geraint Jones followed, with luck favouring the two at various points during the stand. Jones, batting at No. 7, started very tentatively but grew into his work as the innings went on. When the wicketkeeper was dismissed on the last ball of the 45th over, England still had 36 runs to get.

With 10 needed off the last over, runs came through singles, doubles and extras. Darren Gough was run-out on the penultimate delivery but Ashley Giles somehow snuck two leg byes on the last ball of the match to prevent Australia from securing another victory at the home of cricket.


Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Marcus Trescothick, 3.3 ov), 2-13 (Sir Andrew Strauss, 4.2 ov), 3-19 (Michael Vaughan, 5.6 ov), 4-19 (Kevin Pietersen, 6.4 ov), 5-33 (Andrew Flintoff, 9.2 ov), 6-149 (Paul Collingwood, 43.3 ov), 7-161 (Geraint Jones, 44.5 ov), 8-162 (Simon Jones, 45.1 ov), 9-194 (Darren Gough, 49.5 ov)




England - Marcus Trescothick, Sir Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan (c), Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Geraint Jones (wk), Ashley Giles, Simon Jones, Darren Gough, Steve Harmison 

Australia - Adam Gilchrist (wk), Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (c), Damien Martyn, Andrew Symonds, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath


Match Details


Match: ENG v AUS, Final, 2005 NatWest Series

Date: Saturday, July 02, 2005 

Toss: England won the toss and decided to bowl 

Venue: Lord's, London 

Umpires: Billy Bowden, David Shepherd 

Third Umpire: Jeremy Lloyds 

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe


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