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Anderson inspires England to dramatic First Test victory

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Jimmy Anderson took a brilliant 5-73 in the fourth innings - including four wickets on Day Five - as England beat Australia by just 14 runs in the first Ashes Test.

A dramatic test match reached a fitting conclusion on Day Five as Anderson took the final wicket of Brad Haddin after a 65-run last-wicket partnership between the Aussie wicketkeeper and number 11 James Pattinson.

Haddin was initially given not out, but a DRS review appeared to show the faintest of white marks on the Australian’s bat. It was harsh on the gritty Haddin, who’s knock of 71 had given his side an unlikely opportunity to win the match.

But in the end they fell just 14 runs short, all out for 296.

England started the day needing to take four wickets to take the first match, and things started brightly.

Ashton Agar – the Aussie first innings hero – was swiftly removed by Anderson for 14. Mitchell Starc didn’t last much longer – out for 1 while Peter Siddle was another Anderson victim when brilliantly caught in the slips by England captain Alastair Cook of the bowling of Anderson for 11.

That brought in Pattinson with Australia 231-9 – still 80 runs short of victory. But in a match characterised by momentum swings, the pendulum soon tipped back towards the visitors.

Haddin ripped Steven Finn for 15 off a single over, before Pattinson lashed Graeme Swann for six as the final wicket partnership bravely battled towards the 311-run winning total.

It looked like the makings of a remarkable victory for the Aussies, but just as the Edgbaston 2005 whispers began to grow louder, England had their man.

Haddin wafted at an Anderson delivery outside off-stump and was caught by Prior – the England wicketkeeper led the appeals but they were far from convincing. Cook decided to use a review anyway, and a fleck of white on Haddin’s bat on HotSpot was enough to persuade the third umpire.

England hold the advantage, but after this breathless Test match there's not much pause for respite. We do it all again on Thursday at Lord’s.

 

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Australia cricket
England cricket
Cricket
The Ashes

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