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Day 5, Australia 2nd innings:
Over 110.5 || Score 296/10
AND DRS DRAMA ONCE AGAIN, England win by 15 runs! After all that hard work, Brad Haddin missed one from Anderson, and the ball went straight to Prior, England appealed but Aleem Dar once again wasn’t interested. Cook immediately reviewed the decision, the third umpire took his time and Aleem Dar changed his decision and raised his finger! What a tremendous finish to the game! Brad Haddin wasn’t convinced as he stood devastated at the crease. Five days of incredible entertainment finally comes to an end.
BJ Haddin c Prior b Anderson 71 (147b)
Who would have thought that this match would last till lunch after Australia lost three quick wickets? But Haddin and Pattinson have batted extremely well and they have given their side a real chance to win this Test. Australia have never won an Ashes Test by one wicket. There was a lot of drama in that Edgbaston Test in 2005 and we are all set for some similar stuff here at Trent Bridge. The momentum was in Australia’s favour and it is yet to be seen whether Haddin and Pattinson will manage to continue playing their strokes with the same confidence they possessed before lunch. Meanwhile James Anderson had walked off the field to get some treatment for an injury. We all are set for another thrilling session, which should give us the result for this 1st Ashes Test.
Over 108 || Score 291/9
LUNCH: Superb fightback from Haddin and Pattinson who have added unbeaten 60 runs for the tenth wicket under pressure and England dressing room will have a lot to discuss in that break. Australia now trail by 20 runs.
England missed another chance when Steven Finn at deep square leg dropped Haddin while he was batting on 64. It was a tough chance but Finn had covered the ground on his left and the ball landed at catchable height.
Brad Haddin 69* (137b) James Pattinson 22* (50b)
Over 105 || Score 283/9
And the last-wicket partnership continues to hurt England. James Pattinson has also grown in confidence as he clobbered Graeme Swann over deep midwicket for a Six. England missed a run-out chance when Haddin was well outside the crease and Bairstow’s throw missed the stumps. These two have added 52 runs for the last wicket so far within no time. Australia now trail by 28 runs, Edgbaston 2005 anyone?
Brad Haddin 62* (124b) James Pattinson 21* (45b)
Over 100 || Score 264/9
After the fall of the ninth wicket, it has been an excellent counter-attack from Brad Haddin who reached his half-century as he slammed Steven Finn for three consecutive boundaries in his ninth over. It has been an excellent innings under pressure from Haddin and he along with Pattinson has added 33 runs for the tenth wicket so far. Australia now trail by 47 runs with one wicket in hand.
Brad Haddin 58* (119b) James Pattinson 10* (20b)
Over 95 || Score 232/9
James Anderson almost picked his third wicket of the day when Siddle was dropped on 10 by Cook at first slip. Cook has been outstanding in that area for England and he would be disappointed. But Cook made for that dropped chance after he dived to his right to take a brilliant catch at second slip to dismiss Siddle who was playing a shot too many! James Pattinson is the new man in. England just one wicket away from a 1-0 lead! Anderson one wicket away from a 10-wicket haul.
PM Siddle c Cook b Anderson 11 (22b)
Over 90 || Score 220/8
James Anderson got the much-needed breakthrough for England when Agar was made to play an outswinger which he edged to Cook at first slip. Mitchell Starc was the new man in. And his stay wasn’t a long one as Anderson dismissed him in his next over, a similar kind of delivery that got rid of Agar, the edge once again lands into Cook’s safe hands. Peter Siddle is the new man in and he smashed two consecutive boundaries off Broad in the 90th over. Australia now need another 91 runs with 2 wickets in hand.
MA Starc c Cook b Anderson 1 (5b)
AC Agar c Cook b Anderson 14 (71b)
Over 80 || Score 187/6
Haddin and Agar have played well so far. Even if they are under pressure, they aren’t showing it. England are still searching for the seventh wicket and Australia are nearing 200. Game on! Australia now trail by 110 runs and these two have stitched 23 runs for the seventh wicket so far.
Haddin 20* (70b) Agar 5* (47b)
Hello and welcome to our Day 5 coverage of the first Ashes Test between Australia and England. Just as a reminder, Australia trail by 137 runs with just four wickets in hand. At crease are Brad Haddin and Ashton Agar, who would want to once again make a significant contribution with the bat, on his dream debut. It has been a fascinating Test match so far and it deserves a thrilling final day. Stay tuned!
Day 4 Report:
England were in total command of the 1st Ashes Test on Saturday after Australia were trailing by 137 runs with just four wickets in hand on Day 4.
Chasing 311 to win, Australian openers got their team off to a great start as they added 84 runs for the opening wicket before Watson (46) was dismissed by Stuart Broad. Meanwhile Chris Rogers went on to score his maiden Test fifty.
Australia suffered a major blow when Michael Clarke and Steven Smith were dismissed off consecutive deliveries. While Clarke edged one to the keeper off Broad, Smith’s innings ended when a ball by Graeme Swann spun sharply and hit him in front of the wicket.
Clarke’s dismissal was an interesting one where he was declared out by the third umpire after Aleem Dar wasn’t convinced whether the ball carried to the keeper. But once the umpire gave his verdict, Clarke immediately reviewed the decision, and the Hot Spot showed a faint edge after which Clarke had to leave the field.
Asked about his team’s chances on Day 5, Clarke said that with Haddin and Agar at the crease, he is confident that Australia can win the first Test.
Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann both picked two wickets each on Day 4.