Ashes 2013: 1st Test heads for gripping finale as Australia take lunch at 291/9

James Anderson (second from left) put England one wicket away from victory in the morning session of Day Five of the first Test © Getty Images

By Jaideep Vaidya
 
Jul 14, 2013
 
James Anderson (four for 73) ran through the Australian lower order to put England within one wicket of a win over Australia in the final morning of the first Test of The Ashes 2013 played at Trent Bridge, before a last-wicket partnership between Brad Haddin and James Pattinson put on a quick 60 runs to take the visitors to within 20 runs of their target.
 
Resuming from their overnight score of 174 for six, Haddin and Ashton Agar did well to play out the probing England bowling for over an hour, before Anderson struck in his eighth straight over since the start of play. Agar, Australia’s unlikely hero in the first innings and whose Test average had ballooned over Sir Don Bradman’s, was looking extremely confident before Anderson got the left-handers’ edge, which was pouched by Alastair Cook in first slip.

Caught Cook bowled Anderson appeared on the Australian scorecard twice more in succession as Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle both went in the same manner. It seemed all over for the tourists, before Haddin and Pattinson decided to throw the kitchen sink and launched a spectacular last-wicket counter-attack.

As many as 44 runs were scored in the last 10 overs before lunch, even as play was extended by half an hour. However, neither side could get to a win in that period.
 
Brief scores:

England 215 and 375 (Kevin Pietersen 64, Ian Bell 109, Stuart Broad 65; Mitchell Starc 3 for 81, Peter Siddle 3 for 85) lead Australia 280 and 291 for 9 (Shane Watson 46, Brad Haddin 69*; James Anderson 4 for 73, Stuart Broad 2 for 54, Graeme Swann 2 for 64) by 19 runs.
 
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(Jaideep Vaidya is a correspondent at CricketCountry. A diehard Manchester United fan and sports buff, you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook)