England win first ashes test

England wrapped up the first ashes test in a less comprehensive style than they would have liked at Trent Bridge today. Australia needed 137 to win, whilst England only needed to take 4 Aussie wickets. In a tense finish, England dismissed Australia for 296, winning by 14 runs.

Having starred in the first innings, Ashton Agar was bumped up the order to bat at 8, but he couldn’t muster the form of Day 2. Alistair Cook caught the youngster for 14 from Jimmy Anderson. Australia went from 207-7 to 211-8, as Starc came in, only to be dismissed for 1 by the same partnership. Cook and Anderson teamed up for their 3rd dismissal soon after, with Siddle being caught for 11.

Australia managed to survive through until lunch, with Haddin still at the crease. A final partnership of 65 with Pattinson got some England fans’ nerves jangling, but man of the match Anderson got the breakthrough, with Prior catching Haddin behind for 71. He was originally given not out, but Cook’s expert use of his reviews proved fruitful again, with the hotspot camera showing a slight nick from Haddin. Winning on a review was a fairly anti-climactic ending to a wonderful 5 days of cricket, cumulating in England going up 1-0 in the series. Jimmy Anderson’s 10 wickets, including all four this morning, saw him take the man of the match award.

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