James Anderson

James Anderson took five wickets in either innings to gift England a 1-0 lead in the five-match series © Getty Images

By Jaideep Vaidya
Jul 14, 2013
James Anderson (five for 73) took four wickets for 12 runs as he ran through the Australian lower order to give England a 14-run win over Australia on the final day of the first Test of The Ashes 2013 played at Trent Bridge. A last-wicket partnership between Brad Haddin and James Pattinson put on a quick 65 runs to provide a gripping finish, before Anderson took the last wicket after lunch. Anderson ended up with match figures of 10 for 158 following a five-wicket haul in either innings.
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.

“Australia battled hard and a lot of credit to them. Jimmy was outstanding,” said England captain Alastair Cook at the presentation ceremony, as quoted by AFP.

Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke said Anderson and England batsman Ian Bell, whose second innings 109 laid the platform for victory, had been the difference between the sides.

“The boys can hold their heads high,” said Clarke, after Australia’s fifth straight Test loss, in their first Test under new coach Darren Lehmann, following their 4-0 thrashing in India earlier this year

“It was a wonderful game of cricket but credit to England, they fought well. The two best performers in the match were Ian Bell and Jimmy Anderson and England deserved the win.”

Anderson, who has now taken 49 wickets in seven Trent Bridge Tests at just over 17 apiece, admitted: “The match had the nerves going but I love bowling here and I’m happy to pick up some wickets again.

“It generally swings here but whatever way we can get the ball moving, it is a bonus for us.”

Brief scores:

England 215 (Jonathan Trott 48; Peter Siddle 5 for 50, James Pattinson 3 for 69) and 375 (Kevin Pietersen 64, Ian Bell 109, Stuart Broad 65; Mitchell Starc 3 for 81, Peter Siddle 3 for 85) beat Australia 280 (Phil Hughes, Ashton Agar 98; James Anderson 5 for 85) and 296 (Chris Rogers 52, Brad Haddin 71; James Anderson 5 for 73) by 14 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)