<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Michael Clarke" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130715100051.jpg" title="Michael Clarke" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Clarke believed that Australia could win the Trent Bridge Test despite the odds heavily stacked against them © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Nottingham: Jul 15, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Defiant Australia captain <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> insisted the tourists were "here to compete" after taking England to the wire before losing the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge by just <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Ashes-2013-James-Anderson-s-10-for-sets-up-14-run-win-for-England-in-1st-Test/28942" target="_blank">14 runs</a>.<br /> <br /> England, who set Australia a ground record 311 to win, looked to be in total command as Clarke's men collapsed to 231 for nine in the face of some superb swing bowling from spearhead seamer <a href="/tags/James-Anderson/post" target="_blank">James Anderson</a>.<br /> But a last-wicket partnership of 65 between <a href="/tags/Brad-Haddin/post" target="_blank">Brad Haddin</a> (71) and James Pattinson (25 not out) almost produced one more twist in a thrilling Test full of fluctuating fortunes, until Anderson had Haddin caught behind.<br /> <br /> Victory saw Ashes-holders England go 1-0 up in this five-match series ahead of Thursday's second Test at Lord's but Clarke said Australia's gutsy display in Nottingham was proof of their determination to regain the urn.<br /> <br /> "I think we've probably proved to a few people that we're here to compete — there's no doubt about it," said Clarke.<br /> <br /> "I'm disappointed we couldn't get over the line and I said last [Saturday] night I still thought we could win the Test match.<br /> <br /> "So we're disappointed we haven't won this first Test, but I hope we've earned a bit of respect by the way we've played.<br /> <br /> "Our team are going to give our all every single time we take the field. We're here to win this series."<br /> <br /> Australia came into this match on the back of a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/India-beat-Australia-by-6-wickets-in-4th-Test-to-complete-4-0-drubbing/24422" target="_blank">4-0 loss in India</a> and being slammed as one of the worst squads to travel to England for an Ashes series.<br /> <br /> Clarke said he hoped Australia's display in the most nerve-jangling Ashes encounter since England's two-run win at Edgbaston in 2005 had altered views.<br /> <br /> "We know it's going to be tough and we've just experienced that over five days, but for the people that have written us off or did write us off before a ball was bowled, I think we might have changed a few of their minds.<br /> "It's a pretty tough loss after getting so close."<br /> <br /> England may be bidding for a third straight Test series win over Australia — something they haven't managed since the 1950s — but this was the first time in 16 years they'd won the first Test of an Ashes campaign after clinging on for draws in the previous two openers.<br /> <br /> However, England's 1997 win at Edgbaston was merely the prelude to a 3-1 series loss while the last time England won both the first Test of an Ashes and the urn as well was a 2-1 success in Australia in 1986/87.<br /> "Credit has to go to England. They continued to fight throughout the whole five days and managed to get over the line," said Clarke<br /> <br /> "But I think our boys should hold their heads up high."<br /> <br /> That comment applied particularly to vice-captain Haddin, who started the year as Australia's second choice wicketkeeper behind <a href="/tags/Matthew-Wade/post" target="_blank">Matthew Wade</a>.<br /> <br /> "He fought so hard and there is probably no-one in the change-room now more disappointed than Brad," said Clarke. "It's great to see him fight his way back into this Test team."<br /> <br /> Clarke, who played in the 2005 Edgbaston clash, added: "All Australians would have loved to have seen a different result but you're not going to get many better Tests than what we have just seen.<br /> <br /> "There were ups and downs — a roller coaster ride.<br /> <br /> "There's plenty of times we could have done things better. But we learn from that and make sure we improve in the second Test.<br /> <br /> "We feel we were so close to winning this Test but I can guarantee we'll be counting down the next four days to the start of the second one."