The England cricket team tour of Australia included the 2006–07 Ashes series, a number of first-class matches against Australian Domestic teams, participation in the tri-nation One-day International series between Australia, New Zealand and England and a Twenty20 match against Australia on 9 January 2007.

Touring party

Name Style Domestic team
Captain and All-rounder
Andrew Flintoff RHB, RF Lancashire
Geraint Jones RHB Kent
Chris Read RHB Nottinghamshire
Opening Batsmen
Alastair Cook LHB, Slow Essex
Andrew Strauss LHB, LM Middlesex
Middle Order Batsmen
Ian Bell RHB, RM Warwickshire
Paul Collingwood RHB, RMF Durham
Ed Joyce LHB, RM Middlesex
Kevin Pietersen RHB, OB Hampshire
Spin Bowlers
Ashley Giles RHB, SLA Warwickshire
Monty Panesar LHB, SLA Northamptonshire
Fast Bowlers
James Anderson LHB, RFM Lancashire
Steve Harmison RHB, RF Durham
Matthew Hoggard RHB, RFM Yorkshire
Sajid Mahmood RHB, RFM Lancashire
Liam Plunkett RHB, RFM Durham

Ashes Test matches

Main article: 2006–07 Ashes series

One-day International matches

Main article: 2006–07 Commonwealth Bank Series

Other tour matches

Prime Minister's XI v England: 10 November, Canberra

10 November 2006
Prime Minister's XI
5/347 (50 overs)
v Flag of England.png England
181 (38.4 overs)
Prime Minister's XI won by 166 runs
Manuka Oval, Canberra
Umpires: WF Ruse and RJ Tucker
Player of the match: PA Jaques (Prime Minister's XI)
PA Jaques 112 (110)
AF Giles 1/53 [8]
AJ Strauss 67 (67)
SW Tait 3/21 [8]

In the opening match of England's tour of Australia, English captain Andrew Flintoff won the toss and chose to field. The tourists struck early, with Flintoff removing opener Tim Paine for 6 in his first over. But fellow opener Phil Jaques built a strong innings with support from captain Mark Cosgrove (24) - dismissed by Ashley Giles in his first over in a year - Travis Birt (40) and Shaun Marsh. When Jacques finally departed, caught Cook, bowled Collingwood for 112 (off 110 balls), the Prime Minister's XI were 214 for four. Marsh continued with support from Adam Voges (39) and Cameron White (30 off 13 balls) to finish not out with 78. The Prime Ministers XI finishing on 347 for five.

In reply, England lost Marcus Trescothick early, dismissed for 2 by Shaun Tait. Alastair Cook was soon to follow, but opener Andrew Strauss put on 83 with Paul Collingwood. Both were to depart in quick succession though, for 67 and 35 respectively. The rest of the English batting line-up offered little resistance, with big names Pietersen (7) and Flintoff (1) departing cheaply. Ashley Giles and Sajid Mahmood put 31 for the eighth wicket, put England were to be bowled out for 181 in 38.4 overs. Phil Jaques was named man of the match.

New South Wales v England: 12–14 November, Sydney

12–14 November 2006
New South Wales
9/355d (101.1 overs)
v Flag of England.png England
349 (90.4 overs)
Match drawn
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: RD Goodger and DL Orchard
PA Jaques 107 (157)
SJ Harmison 3/95 [20]
KP Pietersen 122 (171)
SR Clark 3/50 [17]
6/194 (51 overs)
MJ Clarke 68 (105)
JM Anderson 3/40 [10]

The match was played with 14 players on each side, 11 batting and bowling. New South Wales batted first, making five for 325 on the first day with Phil Jaques scoring a hundred before getting out caught off Ashley Giles' bowling. Giles also had Simon Katich caught for 68, but Steve Harmison took two wickets on the second morning to end with the most wickets for England. The hosts declared on nine down for 355, and England replied with 349, Kevin Pietersen making most of the runs with 122. Stuart Clark took three for 50, including two wickets in three balls, Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell. On the final day, James Anderson picked up the wickets of New South Wales' No. 5, 6 and 7 to end with three for 40, while Ashley Giles had Michael Clarke bowled as New South Wales made six for 194 in their 51 overs.

South Australia v England: 17–19 November, Adelaide

17–19 November 2006
South Australia
7/247d (81.1 overs)
v Flag of England.png England
415 (124.1 overs)
Match drawn
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: AR Collins and SJ Davis
DS Lehmann 99 (143)
MJ Hoggard 3/40 [13]
IR Bell 132 (240)
SW Tait 3/87 [25.4]
2/164 (46 overs)
DJ Harris 71* (126)
KP Pietersen 1/24 [3]

South Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. They soon fell to twenty-five for four as James Anderson removed opener Matthew Elliott and Matthew Hoggard took three quick wickets. Darren Lehmann helped South Australia to recover, but was run out on 99. He was supported by Cameron Borgas, who made 73. South Australia declared their first innings with the score 247 for seven. England lost opener Andrew Strauss for a duck early in the reply, and closed with the score twenty-four for one. They batted through the next day, closing at 303 for six. Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood were the key batsmen, scoring 132 and 80 respectively. England ended their first innings on the third day with a score of 415 all out. South Australia replied with 164 for 2 by the close, and hence the match ended as a draw.

Cricket Australia Chairman's XI v England XI: 8 December, Lilac Hill, Perth

8 December 2006
England XI
8/259 (50 overs)
v Cricket Australia Chairman's XI
3/260 (40.1 overs)
Cricket Australia Chairman's XI won by 7 wickets
Lilac Hill, Perth
Umpires: PJ Loader and DG Weser
Player of the match: L Ronchi (Cricket Australia Chairman's XI)
AJ Stewart 69 (69)
CD Matthews 3/38 [7]
L Ronchi 89 (49)
MS Panesar 2/63 [10]

The traditional Lilac Hill carnival match was played on a grey Perth day with every one of the English team who played in the Adelaide Test, resting. The English lineup included all of the tour reserves as well as several academy players and veterans. Liam Plunkett, Sajid Mahmood and Monty Panesar were the only England players from the Test series thus far; Justin Langer was the only Australian team member who played.

England Invitational XI: Alec Stewart (captain), Chris Read, Ed Joyce, Sajid Mahmood, Liam Plunkett, Monty Panesar, Adam Hollioake, Robin Smith, Jon Lewis, Owais Shah, James Dalrymple.

ACB Chairman's XI: Justin Langer (captain), Luke Ronchi (wk), Chris Rogers, Luke Pomersbach, Marcus North, Adam Voges, Brett Dorey, Sean Ervine, Peter Worthington, Ryan Campbell, Chris Matthews, Jo Angel.

England won the toss and chose to bat. Cricket Australia Chairman's XI (260-3 from 40.1 overs) beat England Invitational XI (259-8 from 50.0 overs) by 7 wickets

Western Australia v England: 9–10 December, Perth

9–10 December 2006
Western Australia
8/322d (97.3 overs)
v Flag of England.png England
5/356 (88 overs)
Match drawn
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: B Bennett and JK Brookes
LA Pomersbach 101 (139)
JM Anderson 3/53 [24.3]
AN Cook 106 (171)
AK Heal 2/61 [20]

Western Australia squad: Marcus North (captain), Chris Rogers, Mike Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Luke Pomersbach, Luke Ronchi, David Bandy, Aaron Heal, Brett Dorey, Tim MacDonald, Steve Magoffin, Ben Edmondson.

England squad: Andrew Strauss (captain), Alistair Cook, Geraint Jones, Ed Joyce, Chris Read, Ashley Giles, Sajid Mahmood, Michael Vaughan, Monty Panesar, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson, Steve Harmison.

Australia v England Twenty20: 9 January, Sydney

9 January 2007
Flag of Australia.png Australia
5/221 (20 overs)
v Flag of England.png England
9/144 (20 overs)
Australia won by 77 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: PD Parker and RL Parry
Player of the match: CL White (Aus)
AC Gilchrist 48 (29)
MS Panesar 2/40 [4]
JWM Dalrymple 32 (27)
BW Hilfenhaus 2/16 [4]

Played at Sydney Cricket Ground as a day/night 20-over match, under the rules of Twenty20 cricket.

Australian squad: Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Michael Clarke, Cameron White, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shane Harwood

England squad: Ed Joyce, Michael Vaughan (captain), Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Paul Nixon, Jamie Dalrymple, Jon Lewis, Monty Panesar, James Anderson

Batting first Australia hit 221 for 5 (including 4 extras), with Gilchrist making 48 including 5 sixes (three consecutively off Anderson's bowling) and Cameron White, batting seventh in the order, hitting 40 not out including 4 sixes. In bowling terms, Anderson ended the session for England going for an average of 16 runs an over. Australia's score set a new record for runs scored in the fledgling international Twenty20 game.

In reply England could only manage 144 for 9 in the 20 overs. The only highlights of the innings for England being a classy (if short-lived) return to the crease from Vaughan and a dogged stand of 32 not out by the 36-year old Paul Nixon on his debut. Under-fire Test captain Flintoff was dismissed for a duck after just two balls.


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