1st Ashes Test ENG v AUS Day 5: Anderson leads England to dramatic 14-run win over Australia

Haddin and Pattinson gave Australia hope with 65-run last wicket stand

James Anderson took five wickets to inspire England to a nerve-jangling 14-run victory over Australia on a dramatic final day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

Australia's Brad Haddin and James Pattinson shared a superb last-wicket partnership of 65 to put their team on the verge of an astonishing win.

But Anderson, who dismissed Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle in the morning, returned to force Haddin, on 71, to nick a catch through to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

The England fielders celebrated but umpire Aleem Dar did not raise his finger, forcing captain Alastair Cook to call for a review.

Amid unbearable tension, the third official reviewed the incident and, after a lengthy delay, told Dar to give Haddin out, prompting scenes of joy around the ground.

Haddin and Ashton Agar, who resumed on 174 for six chasing 311 for victory, batted comfortably for 55 minutes until Anderson removed Agar for 14 when the 19-year-old, who made 98 on his debut in the first innings, edged a catch to Cook at first slip.

Anderson struck again to dismiss Starc for one, also safely pouched by Cook.

Cook then dropped Peter Siddle off Anderson but he soon made amends to the bowler with a superb diving catch to send back the Australian fast bowler for 11.

Anderson bowled 13 overs in a row from the Radcliffe Road end before being replaced by Steven Finn who conceded 15 runs off his first over.

Haddin reached his fifty off 115 balls, including seven fours, and Pattinson looked increasingly comfortable at the crease.

The fast bowler hoisted Graeme Swann over mid-wicket for six and the pair brought up their fifty partnership off just 46 balls.

Haddin was nearly run out after being sent back by Pattinson and Finn dropped the Australian wicketkeeper when he was on 64, a very difficult chance on the backward square leg boundary.

England had taken the extra half hour with Australia nine wickets down but in an atmosphere of extreme tension the players had to leave the field for lunch with the match still firmly in the balance.

Australia needed 20 runs at the start of the afternoon session and they eked out another five before man-of-the-match Anderson trapped Haddin to complete match figures of 10 for 158.

AFTERNOON SESSION

Jubilation for England and agony for Australia as the monumental 1st Ashes Test ends with a controversial DRS verdict at Trent Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Haddin made 71 off 147 balls with nine boundaries while Pattinson remained unbeaten on 25 with the last wicket partnership being 65.

Anderson does it for England with an inswinger to claim his fourth wicket with the second new ball and finish with five for 73 and career-best match bag of 10 for 158.

Australia are all out for 296 as Anderson strikes in the third over after lunch as Haddin gets a faint inside edge and caught behind by Prior with England overturning the not out verdict following a decision review.

B Haddin c Prior b Anderson 71 (147b 9x4 0x6)

Swann concedes five runs as Australia inch closer to victory. Aus 296-9 in 110 overs.

Anderson bowls a maiden to Pattinson in the first over after lunch. Aus 291-9 in 109 overs.

Anderson to open proceedings after suffering from cramps late in the morning session.

Australia are 291-9 in 108 overs at lunch on day five after an extraordinary extended morning session in the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

England were scenting a quick victory after a triple strike by Anderson with second new ball as Australia slumped to 231 for nine having resumed the day on 174-6.

But Haddin and Pattinson had other ideas as they mixed caution with aggression to frustrate England with an unbroken 60-run stand for the last wicket and keep alive Australia's hopes of a victory.

The previous highest partnership by the 10th wicket to win a Test Match was 57 by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed against Australia.

Haddin is unbeatenon 69 having hit nine boundaries while Pattison is on 22 hitting two boundaries and a six.

Cook held a hat-trick of catches in the slip off Anderson who has figures of five for 85 so far.
tralia at Karachi in 1994

MORNING SESSION

Brad Haddin made an unbeaten 69 to guide Australia to 291 for nine, just 20 runs from an extraordinary victory, at lunch on the final day of the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

Australia, chasing 311, lost three wickets to slump to 231 for nine but Haddin and number 11 James Pattinson shared an unbroken partnership of 60 to put their side on the brink of an astonishing win.

England toiled for 55 minutes without success until James Anderson removed Ashton Agar for 14, the 19-year-old edging a catch to Alastair Cook at first slip.

Anderson struck again to dismiss Mitchell Starc for one, also safely pouched by Cook.

Cook then dropped Peter Siddle off Anderson but he soon made amends to the bowler with a superb diving catch to remove the Australian fast bowler for 11.

Anderson bowled 13 overs in a row from the Radcliffe Road end before being replaced by Steven Finn and he conceded 15 runs off his first over.

Haddin reached his fifty off 115 balls, including seven fours, and Pattinson looked increasingly comfortable at the crease.

Pattinson hoisted Graeme Swann over mid-wicket for six and the pair brought up their fifty partnership off just 46 balls.

Haddin was nearly run out after being sent back by Pattinson and Finn dropped the Australian wicketkeeper when he was on 64, a very difficult chance on the backward square leg boundary.

England had taken the extra half hour with Australia nine wickets down but in an atmosphere of extreme tension the players had to leave the field with an astonishing test match still firmly in the balance.

Pattinson was on 22 not out at the interval.

Haddin survives as Finn drops a tough chance in the deep off Swann. Aus 298-9 in 106 overs.

Haddin survives being run out with Bairstow missing a direct hit. Aus 283-9 in 105 overs.

Swann bowls a maiden as tension mounts. Aus 282-9 in 104 overs.

Anderson is unable to bowl being out with a muscle injury.

The 50 partnership between Haddin and Pattinson comes off just 46 balls.

Pattinson slams Swann for a six over midwicket. Aus 281-9 in 102 overs.

Pattinson cracks a boundary off Finn to third man to keep alive Australia's hopes. Aus 273-9 in 101 overs.

Haddin attacks Finn smashing three consecutive boundaries through midwicket and mid on to complete his half century. Aus 262-9 in 99 overs.

Haddin sweeps Swann for a boundary to midwicket. Aus 247-9 in 98 overs.

Pattinson glances Anderson to fine leg for a boundary. Aus 240-9 in 97 overs.

Cook takes a brilliant catch at first slip to atone for his earlier miss and dismiss Siddle as Australia crash to 231-9.

P Siddle c Cook b Anderson 11 (22b 2x4 0x6)

England could have wrapped it up early had Cook held onto a hat-trick of catches off Anderson with Siddle getting a life. Aus 227-8 in 93 overs.

Siddle slams consecutive boundaries off Broad through point and midwicket. Aus 220-8 in 90 overs.

Anderson strikes again with another classic piece of swing bowling against southpaws as Starc edges to Cook at first slip. Aus 211-8.

M Starc c Cook b Anderson 1 (5b 0x4 0x6)

Anderson gets the first breakthrough with the second new ball as Agar edges straight to Cook who is the lone slip. Aus 207-7.

A Agar c Cook b Anderson 14 (71b 2x4 0x6)

Agar square cuts Broad to point for a boundary. Aus 207-6 in 86 overs.

Haddin slams a boundary off Anderson to bring up the 200 of the innings. Aus 202-6 in 85 overs.

The second new ball has been taken with Australia 191-6 after 82.1 overs.

Agar gets his first boundary of the fifth morning edging Swann to third man. Aus 191-6 in 81 overs.

Haddin finally shows some aggressive intent slog sweeping Swann to midwicket for a boundary. Aus 187-6  in 80 overs.

Anderson bowls a third consecutive maiden to Haddin.

Anderson now bowls a maiden to Haddin.

Swann bowls a second consecutive maiden to Agar who is playing cautiously.

Haddin hits the first boundary jabbing a full toss from Anderson past Swann at slip to third man. Aus 178-6 in 73 overs.

Swann opens proceedings and bowls a maiden to man of the moment Ashton Agar. Aus 174-6 in 72 overs.

Sri Lankans are backing Australia because their first innings hero Agar's grand parents are from the island nation.

Saroj Pathirana has tweeted: "Ashes hero Ashton Agar's mother is from Kandy: Sinhala-Burgher parents. Grandfather has played 4 Dharmaraja."

Australia require 137 runs while England need four wickets in this 1st Ashes Test at Trent Bridge which is turning out to be an epic.

Australia’s newspapers are hoping debutant Ashton Agar can replicate his record-breaking first Test innings and guide his team to victory in the fluctuating first Ashes Test against England.

While the media on Sunday highlighted yet more umpiring controversies that have dogged the series opener at Nottingham, commentators pointed to the 19-year-old rookie as Australia’s unlikely saviour after his amazing debut knock of 98 batting at number 11.

England were on the brink of winning the first Test with Australia 174 for six at stumps on Saturday’s fourth day, needing a further 137 runs to reach their victory target of 311.

No side has made more to win in the fourth innings of a Trent Bridge Test than England’s 284 for six against New Zealand in 2004.

Former Test captain Ian Chappell described Agar as the next Shane Warne, quickly adding: “Forget about his bowling, I’m talking about as a batsman.

“Very few Test debutants can say they saved a series for their team. If Agar hadn’t stunned England and amazed the cricket world with his batting, Australia may have lost the first Test so badly a comeback would have been difficult,” Chappell wrote in The Sunday Telegraph.

“Thanks to him, Australia now have a realistic chance of competing in this suddenly captivating series.”

Chappell said as a bowler, Agar would not be another Warne, but he “looks to be a rarity among recent Australian spin bowlers; he has the talent and temperament to be a building block for the future”.

The Australian’s Wayne Smith said Agar, promoted to bat at number eight in the second innings on the strength of his first effort, will need another sizeable innings if Australia are to go one up in the five-Test series.

“Anyone who saw Agar’s breathless 98 on day two would have been convinced they were witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime feat but if Australia, still needing another 137 runs for victory, is to triumph on the final day, he surely will need to replicate it on Sunday,” Smith said.

The Australian press reported on continuing umpiring controversies, with claims that four umpire calls for close leg before wicket decisions had gone against Australia, while they also bemoaned the team’s brittle top order batting.

“England has again exposed Australia’s soft underbelly, with another batting collapse in the first Test leaving Australia on the brink of defeat,’ The Sunday Telegraph’s Malcolm Conn said.

“Chief amongst Australia’s concerns is Ed Cowan. His double failure in this Test, batting in a new position at number three, could spell the end of his Test career.”

The Melbourne Age columnist Greg Baum said the Australians cannot blame the decision review system (DRS) for their plight.

“When the Australians review this first Test, form says they will botch it. Indiscriminate recourse to the decision review system contributed to, but did not cause, their imminent defeat. It would also behoove the ICC to review the system,” Baum wrote.

“Three of the six wickets that fatally undermined Australia’s quixotic bid for victory were processed through DRS. Obtaining a Test wicket has become something akin to negotiating terms of surrender.

“In each of England’s second innings and its own, Australia blew both its referrals before the fall of the fifth wicket. Infamously, it cost Australia the wicket of Stuart Broad on Friday at a time when it still would have made a difference.”
 

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