Jimmy Anderson bowls England to thrilling 14 run win

England clinched the first Test of the 2013 Ashes series with a nail biting 14 run win over the Australians at Nottingham.

England v Australia: 1st Investec Ashes Test - Day Five

Jimmy Anderson’s love affair with Trent Bridge continued as he picked up all of the remaining four wickets needed on the final day to finish with figures of 5/73 in the innings and picking up a 10 wicket haul in the match.

The first 3 wickets fell early with Cook pulling off some magnificent catches at slip to dismiss all three batsmen. That left Pattinson and Haddin a seemingly impossible task of chasing down a further 79 runs for victory.

With the match all but lost, Haddin opened his shoulders to the England attack and in no time found himself reaching his 11th test 50 as the possibility of an Aussie win started to seem more and more plausible as the day went on, and to the disbelief of the crowd the pair were still unbeaten when lunch was called with the tourists only needing 20 more runs for victory.

After lunch the duo looked as solid as ever as the crowd got more and more tense, with the England fans wondering where this final wicket was going to come from.

Then with the Aussies needing 15 more to win, the moment happened as Anderson found the edge of Haddin, the ball was safely pouched by Prior to give England the victory by a mere 14 runs. Of course with the type of test match it had been the entire 5 days, the end couldn’t be so simple as Aleem Dar shook his head calling it not-out, but with 2 Referrals still in the bag, England’s captain Cook called for the review and after hotspot showed the smallest of marks the decision was overturned to the horror of Haddin who obviously felt he hadn’t hit it, ending what had been a great test match in a controversial manner.

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