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Anderson swings 14-run win for England

Despite heroic rearguard action from Haddin and Pattinson, England sticks to its task to take 1-0 lead

Anderson swings 14-run win for England - Cricket News
England's James Anderson finished with 10 wickets in the match.
It was perhaps inevitable that the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge was brought to its conclusion by the Decision Review System just after lunch on the fifth day (July 14). England won an incredibly tight Test by 14 runs after Brad Haddin was given out caught behind off James Anderson on review. Anderson, who was by far the best bowler on either side in the game, ended with a ten-wicket haul. Australia, who reached 296, could hardly believe that the game ended as it did.
Aleem Dar was the umpire standing at the end from which Anderson was bowling and he was not convinced Haddin had nicked it. Marais Erasmus, the third umpire, was called upon to adjudicate and, after looking at Hot Spot and listening to the audio, he was convinced Haddin had hit the ball. James Pattinson was unbeaten on 25 and one of the great Test matches had come to an end.
The final morning dawned grey and overcast, a cool wind blowing across Trent Bridge, suggesting that it would be a bowlers’ day. The crowd got in early, expecting an England win. Traditionally, in England, fifth-day tickets aren’t sold in advance, but at Nottingham, fans were offered the chance to pick up tickets for only 20 pound apiece if they bought early. Those that did so were in for a treat.
England, spurred on by the conditions, took the second new ball early in the piece, swapping the reverse-swinging rough rock for a shiny new one after 82 overs. Anderson rapped the pad immediately, eliciting an appeal, but the ball had pitched outside leg stump. The tension in the air was palpable, and noticeably, the capacity crowd was dead silent.
While it was clear England was well on top, the manner in which Ashton Agar and Haddin approached the task, looking at the combination of a harder ball and attacking fields as an opportunity to get the scoreboard moving, meant that England supporters were forced to hold their breath.
When there was width on offer Agar and Haddin were quick to pounce. Agar was especially impressive, refusing to be deterred by the times he played and missed. A high backlift and quick hands resulted in pleasing cut shots, and the field had no chance when the ball came off the middle of the bat. It was Anderson who got the breakthrough, coming around the stumps to Agar and getting a ball to move late. Agar, who was forced to play because of the angle of the delivery, only managed an edge to slip, which was well taken by Alastair Cook.
Mitchell Starc, who boasted a Test best of 99 in India, walked out under pressure, and tackling Anderson, who had his tail up, was a bridge too far on the day. Starc was probed in the channel outside off, and he only lasted four balls before falling to the Anderson-Cook combine.
While Haddin held his end up, when he was joined by Peter Siddle, Australia still needed 100 runs to pull of a win that was looking more improbable with every passing over. Siddle ensured that hope floated, picking up a brace of boundaries either side of the stumps on arrival at the crease. Anderson, bowling unchanged from the Radcliffe Road End, drew the edge from Siddle, but Cook, the lone slip fielder, dropped a comfortable chance to his left.
Anderson pressed on, and was rewarded not long after when Siddle flashed hard. The thick outside edge flew to the right of Cook, who dived full length and still wrapped both hands around the ball to make amends for his earlier miss. The wicket took Anderson’s tally to nine in the match, and on the final morning he had 3 for 6 from 24 balls.
Pattinson, no mug with the bat, joined Haddin with 80 still needed. Anderson, whose morning workload yielded figures of 13-6-29-3, was replaced by Steven Finn. Haddin, who did not feel the need to protect the tail-enders, seemed enthused by Finn’s arrival, and heaved over midwicket for a lofted boundary. Off the next ball, Haddin drilled Finn past mid-on, all along the ground, to bring up an excellent half-century under pressure. An excellent hit over mid-on made it three in three and the pressure Anderson had created was relieved to an extent as Finn’s over cost 15.
Pattinson, batting at No. 11 after Agar’s promotion following his first-innings 98, lifted Graeme Swann over midwicket for a tremendous six, hitting against the spin on a turning pitch. When the 50 partnership for the last wicket was brought up, Australia still needed 30.
Haddin favoured the sweep against the spinner, and might have been out caught on the fence at midwicket when Finn covered good ground and lunged, but failed to get his hands behind the ball. Pattinson, proving that he is no No. 11 himself, was all composure and in Haddin’s company took Australia through to lunch on 291 for 9.
It didn’t take England long after lunch to wrap the game up. Cook turned to his two best bowlers, Anderson and Swann, and under a baking sun, Anderson came through, breaking Australian hearts.

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