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James Anderson secured victory for Eng-
land by 14 runs in the first Investec Ashes
Test in a gripping encounter against Aus-
tralia at Trent Bridge, yesterday.
Tireless Anderson (five for 73) bowled 13
successive overs on an agonising final morn-
ing, his burst of three wickets for six runs
helping to give him 10 in the match.
But in the end it needed yet another DRS
referral, in this epic contest dominated by
them, to ensure the return of England s pace
lynchpin after lunch ended the heroics of
Brad Haddin (71) in a tenth-wicket stand of
65 with James Pattinson as Australia were
bowled out for 296.
There were unmistakable echoes of Edg-
baston 2005---when England famously pre-
vailed by just two runs in similar circum-
stances---as Haddin took the outcome ever
closer to the wire.
But more recent and raw memories were
stirred when Anderson eventually had the
Australia wicketkeeper caught behind off
an inside edge after Aleem Dar had first
given him not out.
The dismissals, or otherwise, of number
11 Ashton Agar in Australia s first-innings
fightback and Jonathan Trott s lbw for a
golden duck---both on Thursday---and then
Stuart Broad s decision not to walk when
he had edged a ball that was caught at slip
after deflecting off Haddin s gloves were all
caught up in the embattled theme of con-
tentious decisions this week.
It would be a disservice, however, to a
wonderful match to allow DRS etc to over-
shadow this first of five Tests this summer.
Anderson s accomplice this morning after
almost an hour had elapsed with no joy---
and plenty of concern for any Englishmen
in a sold-out crowd---was Alastair Cook,
with three catches at first slip.
It was only right that captain should prop-
erly reward his highly-skilled workhorse,
after asking near superhuman efforts of him
from the Radcliffe Road end.
With the third ball of his eighth over,
Anderson struck for the first time today
when he had Agar flashing the first catch
to slip, ending a stubborn and increasingly
threatening seventh-wicket stand of 43 with
Then, in a second consecutive wicket
maiden, Mitchell Starc went for only a single
when Cook again provided the safe hands
for a similar dismissal off another expansive
Cook needed two opportunities to see off
Peter Siddle the same way, dropping the
Australia number 10 on 10 but taking an
even better catch diving two-handed away
to his right.
That, however, was a mere preface to what
was to follow when Pattinson joined Haddin
with a highly-improbable 80 runs still needed
and England, by contrast, banking on just
one more mistake from the last pair.
Instead, errors from the home side kept
the tension climbing into the afternoon, as
Haddin s wicket might twice have ended
the match in England s favour before lunch.
First, a Jonny Bairstow direct hit from
cover would have run him out for 61, with
39 still needed; then three runs later Steven
Finn, whose two overs cost 24 today, was
unable to hold a tough diving chance on the
deep square-leg boundary from a Haddin
sweep at Graeme Swann.
Survival had been the only obvious intent
from Agar and Haddin when play began on
an initially cloudy morning which required
the use of floodlights. They duly came
through more than half an hour against the
old ball, before England decided---two overs
after it was available---it was time to take
the new one.
The tourists had mustered only 17 runs
in 11 overs to add to their overnight 174 for
six, and England were still strong favourites.
But as the skies brightened, Haddin judged
the hardness of the ball could work to his
advantage as well as England s on a slow,
Cook deployed Anderson in unaccustomed
mode with wicketkeeper Matt Prior standing
up.The seamer still had enough energy to
continue with the new ball but had Haddin
coming at him by then---lofted shots over
cover bringing him a two and then a bound-
ary in the same over.
Even as partners seemed surely to be run-
ning out at the other end, when Anderson
eventually had to have a breather, Haddin
cashed in to pass a defiant 115-ball 50 with
a rush of boundaries off Finn.
Pattinson joined in, and kept this remark-
able battle of wills and skills uncertain until
When the end did come, it was in the
most fitting, if slightly awkward, circum-
stances that Haddin had to go via DRS, after
a series of contentious decisions---principally
involving Dar and third-umpire Marais Eras-
mus---underpinned so much of what has
happened here over the past five days.
The upshot is merely a 1-0 home lead in
a series which has instantly endorsed all the
hype and now heads to Lord s on Thursday,
presumably for more of the same.
Hot spot does
it for England
England has been installed as an odds-
on shot for the second Ashes Test after
moving 1-0 up in the five-match series.
After England claimed a nerve-jangling
14-run win over Australia at Trent Bridge
on Sunday, Sky Bet chalked it up at 5/6 to
win at Lord's.
Chasing 311 to win, Australia, whose
last wicket pair of Brad Haddin and James
Pattinson put on a brave stand of 65 but
ultimately fell just short, are 10/3
chances. The draw is offered at 5/2.
Given the prices, Sky Bet trader Jon
Hesford said he was "surprised" that the
early money had been for England.
In the series betting, England is now
just 1/5 with Australia out to 8/1. A drawn
campaign can be backed at 15/2.
England odds-on for second Test
ENGLAND VS AUSTRALIA
England 1st Inns 215
Australia 1st Inns 280
England 2nd Inns 375
Australia 2nd Inns (o/n 174-6)
ChrisRogerscBellbAnderson . . . . . . . . . .52
MichaelClarkecPriorbBroad . . . . . . . . . . .23
BradHaddincPriorbAnderson . . . . . . . . . .71
AshtonAgarcCookbAnderson . . . . . . . . .14
MitchellStarccCookbAnderson . . . . . . . . .1
PeterSiddlecCookbAnderson . . . . . . . . . .11
Fall of wickets: 1-84, 2-111, 3-124, 4-161, 5-
161, 6-164, 7-207, 8-211, 9-231, 10-296.
Bowling: James Anderson 31.5-11-73-5, Stu-
art Broad 23-7-54-2 (1nb), Graeme Swann
44-10-105-2, Steven Finn 10-3-37-0, Joe
Toss: Won by England.
Result: England wins by 14 runs.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Kumar
Dharmasena, Sri Lanka. Third umpire:
Marais Erasmus, South Africa. Match ref-
eree: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.
England captain Alastair Cook, left, shakes hands with man of the match James Anderson after
the side's 14 run victory over Australia on the final day of the opening Ashes series cricket
match at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, yesterday. Anderson took 10
wickets in the match including the last, that of Brad Haddin for 71. AP PHOTO
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