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Ashes, first Test: England vs Australia, as it happened - James Anderson bowls England to thrilling victory

James Anderson picked up ten wickets in the match to bowl England to a 14-run victory.

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Last updated on Sunday, 14 July, 2013 21:36 IST
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England managed to scrape past Australia in the first Test of the 2013 Ashes series at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. All the Day 5 updates as they happened: (Scorecard | Commentary)

19:30 (IST): A Test match at Trent Bridge to remember. James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ashton Agar and Peter Siddle have impressed as England take a 1-0 lead in the series, heading into the second Test at Lords.

19:26 (IST): Wow! what a Test match we have had. After winning the toss England were bowled out for 215, with Peter Siddle ending with 5/50. Australia, in their response were 117/9. Up stepped debutant Ashton Agar, whose 98 took the visitors past England's total by 65 runs. England  were composed in their second effort, with Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook scoring half-centuries and Ian Bell answering his critics with an outstanding century - arguably his best for the Three Lions. Australia were set a target of 311 and the experienced Brad Haddin almost guided them home. James Anderson picked up his second five-for in the match to ensure Australia fell 14 runs short. (Read: Match report)

19:16 (IST): James Anderson: Trent Bridge has been good to me. Exceptional performance by the boys. This is Ashes cricket and I love playing it.

19:15 (IST): James Anderson is Man of the Match for his ten wickets in the contest. (See: Day 5 pictures)

19:13 (IST): Alastair Cook: I'll go bald if all the Tests are like this one! Australia fought incredibly hard, we hung in there and managed to eke out a win. I don't think we are over-reliant on Jimmy (Anderson), Broad and Finn have done well. Ian Bell played his best innings for England, under all that pressure it was an innings of determination, character and skill.

19:10 (IST): Michael Clarke: Boys can hold their head high! Credit to England though, the two best performers of the Test match were English - Anderson and Bell. Throughout are squad we are blessed with youth and experience. Haddin was exceptional but we unfortunately fell short. We'll get another crack in four days at Lords and we will be prepared.

19:06 (IST): Spare a thought for Brad Haddin though, who's gritty 71 almost took Australia to victory. James Pattinson, batting a No.11 in the second innings was excellent as well, unbeaten on 25.

19:03 (IST): So hot-spot ends the first Ashes Test! Fitting in a way and controversial in another. But England can credit their thrilling victory to two men - James Anderson and Ian Bell.

19:01 (IST):
James Anderson finished with ten wickets in the match - 5/85 in the first innings followed by 5/73 in the second.

18:59 (IST): James Anderson: I guess it has been my best performance for England. Incredible stuff!

18:57 (IST): Amazing scenes at the end. The appeal wasn't too convincing but hot-spot detected a faint edge. A distraught Haddin is gone for 71 and Trent Bridge erupts in joy.

18:55 (IST): James Anderson has picked up ten in the match. Haddin is given caught behind after a review and Australia are bowled out for 296.

18:52 (IST): Review by Anderson, Haddin is caught behind, England win by 14 runs!

18:48 (IST): Five runs coming of the Graeme Swann over, 15 to win - Australia inching closer.

18:42 (IST): Inside-edge and misses the stump by a whisker! Pattinson survives, 20 to win.

18:40 (IST):
Right then, the players are back out to a standing ovation from the crowd at Trent Bridge. James Anderson to bowl, James Pattinson to face.

18:22 (IST):
Can Haddin and Pattinson get the 20 runs required for Australia to complete an improbable win? Can Anderson and co. pick up the one required wicket? Will the experience of Haddin come through or the astute captaincy of Cook? Who will keep their nerve? So many questions but one thing is for certain, the Test match is headed towards a thrilling finish.

18:18 (IST): Here is the report from one of the most amazing sessions of Test cricket we have had in a long, long time.

18:04 (IST): In brief, Australia need 20 runs to win, England need 1 wicket.

18:02 (IST): It's Lunch! What a session of Test cricket we have had. Australia came out to bat with four wickets in hand, needing 137 to win. They lost Agar, Starc and Siddle early but Pattinson and Haddin have put on over fifty runs for the last wicket... and are still going strong with Australia at 291/9. James Anderson has picked up all three wickets in this session but Haddin has batted resolutely. Test match cricket at its best.

17:59 (IST): One over before lunch. Swann to bowl...

17:53 (IST): Dropped! Haddin slog sweeps Swann and it's dropped by Steven Finn at deep square-leg. Australia need 22 to win. Nail biting stuff...

17:50 (IST): Run out chance! Haddin stranded down the crease but Jonny Bairstow misses the stumps. Sighs of relief all across Australia, need 28 to win.

17:45 (IST): Trouble for England as James Anderson seems to have gone off the field with cramps. Pattinson plays out a maiden, 29 to win.

17:41 (IST): Broad with the ball then... and bowls a maiden. By the way, Haddin and Pattinson have put on 50 runs together.

17:36 (IST): Six from Pattinson! Would you believe it, he lifts Graeme Swann to deep midwicket for a maximum. Australia 30 away with 1 wicket in hand.

17:33 (IST): Pattinson gets into the act, cuts Finn for four. It's followed by four byes! Tension on the faces of the English fans and players with Australia 38 away from an improbable victory.

17:30 (IST): 100 overs have been bowled in the Australian innings, at 264/9 needing 47 to win. Finn, conceded 15 runs in his comeback over, but gets the ball again. Surprising!

17:26 (IST): As the wickets have tumbled around him, a note to Brad Haddin who has played extremely well in testing conditions. Fifty for Haddin, with Australia needing 50 to win. Irrespective of the result, Haddin has ensured that Matthew Wade will spend some more time on the sidelines.

17:22 (IST): Steven Finn, who has bowled just 8 overs in the innings so far, is handed the ball. Has Cook lost confidence in the tall, lanky pacer?

17:05 (IST): WICKET - Anderson has four! Cook takes the catch to get rid of Siddle. Cook makes amends for his drop a couple of overs ago with a brilliant take. Anderson with a probing line outside off, Siddle edges and the skipper takes a diving catch. England one wicket away from victory.

17:00 (IST): In the last Test Peter Siddle played - versus India in Delhi - he scored back-to-back fifties, and he's dropped here by Alastair Cook of James Anderson. Siddle's also scored a first-class century on this very tour. Some hope for Australia, with 84 to get.

16:46 (IST): Successive boundaries for Peter Siddle, pitched up deliveries from Broad, poor bowling. Australia need 91 to win.

16:39 (IST): WICKET - Anderson strikes twice, removes Mitchell Starc. A carbon copy of Agar's dismissal! This time Anderson comes over the wicket, in the corridor of uncertainty and Starc gets an edge to Cook at first slip. England two wickets away from victory with 100 to save.

16:32 (IST) Shades of Edgbaston in 2005?

16:28 (IST) WICKET - Relief for England as Anderson removes Agar. Comes around the wicket and the ball climbs on the first-innings hero, Agar gets the edge and Cook collects at first slip. Australia 207/7, need 104 to win.

16:20 (IST): Aggressive from Haddin, lifts Anderson for a boundary over extra cover. Australia 202/6 in 85 overs, need 109 to win.

16:10 (IST): Ashton Agar and Brad Haddin have started well, when will the nerves set in for England? New ball taken, Australia 194/6 in 83 overs, need 117 to win.

15:58 (IST): Eighty overs have been bowled so far and the second new ball is now available. Australia 187 for 6 with Brad Haddin (20*) and Ashton (5*) at the crease, needing another 124 runs to win.

15:32 (IST): Spinner Graeme Swann starts on the final day with a maiden over. Brad Haddin (11*), Ashton Agar (1*) are the two Aussie batsmen. They need another 137 runs to win.

14:50 (IST): It's overcast at Trent Bridge at the moment as England players begin warm-up.

14:20 (IST): England have full control over the match and are just four wickets away from winning the Nottingham Test and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. But Michael Clarke thinks otherwise.

13:25 (IST): Australia's newspapers are hoping teen sensation 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 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. (Read full story)

12:35 (IST): At the end of fourth day's play Australia were struggling at 174/6, needing another 137 for a win. Australia's first innings hero Ashton Agar and vice-captain Brad Haddin are at the crease. Agar was promoted ahead of Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson on Saturday.

Earlier, Ian Bell's hundred started it off brilliantly for the hosts but Australia fought back to remove the last four wickets for 19 runs. The visitors then had a great start with Shane Watson and Chris Rogers, who added 84 runs before former fell lbw to Broad. That opened up the gates and Graeme Swann then picked up Steve Smith and Phil Hughes with some fine display of spin bowling. Joe Root too came into action with Ed Cowan's wicket, whose Test future seems to be in doldrums. Eventually England ended on top and will fancy their chances going into Day 5. (Read Day 4 report)

Story first published on: Sunday, 14 July 2013 12:23 IST

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