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captain Michael Clarke could
have been forgiven for cutting
a disconsolate figure at Trent
Bridge yesterday, after watch-
ing his side lose the first Ashes
test by just 14 runs against
Instead, Clarke felt Australia
had proved a point to the pun-
dits who had predicted England
would walk the series 5-0.
respect by the way we ve
played," Clarke said.
"People who ve written us
off, I think we might have
showed enough to change their
minds. I think our boys should
hold their heads high."
The tourists were just 15 runs
away from winning the test
and also breaking the record
for the highest successful run
chase by a last wicket test pair-
Brad Haddin and James Pat-
tinson put on 65 for the final
wicket, taking their team from
231-9 to 296. As the run chase
failed, Inzamam-ul-Haq and
Mushtaq Ahmed still hold the
record with a 57-run partner-
ship in Pakistan s victory over
Australia in 1994.
Australia s pursuit was
thwarted when Haddin was
given out for 71 after a referral.
Australia s optimistic use of
the Decision Review System
proved pivotal in this game as,
having wasted their two refer-
rals, they were unable to over-
turn Aleem Dar s call when he
gave Stuart Broad not out in
England s second innings when
the batsman was on 37.
Broad went on to score 65
having stood his ground,
despite having clearly edged
the ball to Clarke.
Clarke said he, rather than
Dar, was to blame.
"If I d used my reviews bet-
ter, I d have had an opportunity
to correct it when there was a
howler," Clarke said.
"I don t think the test was
decided on one DRS decision.
There were plenty of times
when we could have done
things better. We ll learn from
The tense finale drew com-
parisons with the second Ashes
test at Edgbaston in 2005,
when England had seemed to
be on course for a comfortable
win, only for Brett Lee and
Michael Kasprowicz to put on
59 for the final wicket.
Australia needed just three
runs to win when Kasprowicz
gloved Steve Harmison behind
to Geraint Jones to seal a win
that instantly became part of
Clarke was the only player
to have played in both games
and he said Sunday s action
was harder to take.
"I can t remember Edgbas-
ton well," Clarke said.
"Well, I can, but I just don t
want to. I was a youngster then
but it probably does hurt you
more when you re captain and
you care so much about the
guys around you. I guess part
of my job now is to make sure
the boys are up and ready for
what s happening in four days
England takes a 1-0 into the
second test at Lord s, which
starts on Thursday.
Alastair Cook heaped praise on
"outstanding" James Anderson after
the fast bowler guided England to a
nailbiting 14-run win over Australia
in the Investec Ashes Test against
Australia at Trent Bridge.
Anderson showed admirable stam-
ina as he bowled 13 successive overs
on the final morning, his burst of
three wickets for six runs helping to
give him 10 in the match.
His final wicket was in keeping with
a match littered with twists, turns
and controversy, with a DRS referral
needed before Brad Haddin (71) was
ruled to have got a slight edge to Matt
Prior behind the stumps.
"Australia fought incredibly hard
and a lot of credit to them for the
way those guys batted today, but we
just hung in there incredibly well,"
Cook said at the post-match presen-
"Jimmy was outstanding. He always
wants one more over---I think 13 was
probably quite a lot in that first hour!"
Asked if there was an over-reliance
on Anderson, Cook said: "No, not at
"He s a world-class bowler and you
sometimes use him in these situations
when you know there s a timeframe.
He had an amazing rhythm in this
"But (Stuart) Broad and (Steven)
Finn have done outstandingly well for
us over a huge amount of time, but
it just happened to be Jimmy s day
and Jimmy s game. Sometimes it hap-
pens like that."
Ian Bell s second-innings 109 also
came in for praise from the skipper.
"It was a real innings of character,
determination and skill," he said.
Anderson ended the contest with
match figures of 10 for 158, and asked
if it had been his best performance
in an England shirt, he told Sky
Sports: "Yeah I d say so.
"We knew it wasn t going to be easy
at the start of the day, but I thought
the lads stuck to it and stayed calm
when it was getting tough.
"I m just delighted to get the win."
He added: "I had the nerves going
a little bit but I love bowling here, it s
been good to me over the years and
I m happy that I could pick up some
Asked if he could maintain the same
levels of workload across the series,
he said: "If I m bowling 13-over spells
it s going to be difficult!
"But it s Ashes cricket. I love playing
Test match cricket and the Ashes is
right up there, and that s why we do
the hard work in the gym---to get out
there and bowl long spells.
Stuart Broad s much-debated deci-
sion not to walk during the first
Investec Ashes Test has been sup-
ported by former Australia wicket-
keeper Adam Gilchrist.
Gilchrist was famed as a walker
during his career, most significantly
during the 2003 World Cup semi-
Despite that Gilchrist believes the
Englishman was well within his rights
- and the rules of cricket - to hold
his ground after he got a thick edge
to to slip on day three at Trent Bridge.
"My view on the while incident is
Stuart Broad has clearly made it evi-
dent that he is not a walker and I
don t think anyone needs to look too
much deeper into it," Gilchrist told
BBC Radio Five s Sportsweek pro-
"Stuart or anyone who has stood
before has not broken any laws of the
game. He s just simply waited for an
umpire to make a decision and then
accepted that decision.
"That s up to him. In this day and
age it is no surprise to see a batsman
The incident has prompted fierce
debate about whether Broad contra-
vened the spirit of the game, if not
the laws, but Gilchrist believes it ought
not to have.
"The spirit of cricket and the spirit
of the game can mean different things
in different parts of the world and
cultures," he said.
"Certainly you don t need to judge
someone s character. It s one of those
anomalies around cricket that will go
"The big question now is you have
to be careful, if you play like that,
when one goes against you with ball
in hand - please don t carry on too
much about it. You do have to move
Gilchrist was himself criticised for
choosing to walk during his career,
with his decision to walk off in that
World Cup semi-final against Sri
Lanka stirring emotions Down Under.
"It s an individual choice. That was
where I was at," he said.
"I felt players should be and can be
in more control of the match in the
way it is played.
"Anyone who plays the game needs
to be comfortable with the way they
go about it."
Gilchrist also confirmed reports he
had questioned Broad s character after
the incident on Twitter were erro-
"I want to clarify I am not on Twit-
ter and never have been," he said.
"There is a few fake Adam Gilchrist
Twitter accounts functioning at the
moment. One particular gentleman
is claiming to be me and gave some
pretty damning comments relating to
this incident - calling Broad and the
England team cheats.
"That is not me. A few news agen-
cies in a few countries picked that up
and ran articles on the back of that.
That s disappointing and frustrating."
after agonising loss
England captain Alastair Cook makes the toss as Australia's captain Michael Clarke, centre, watches
alongside match referee Ranjan Madugalle, during the first day of the opening Ashes series cricket
match against at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Wednesday. AP PHOTO
Cook hails ten
Broad broke no laws---Gilchrist
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