Ashes 2013: England v Australia, first Test, day five as it happened

Reaction as England beat Australia by 14 runs in an astonishing finish to the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

14 July 2013 Last updated at 17:35 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 1525: 

    And that, I think, is that.

    The end of an exhausting five days, full of drama, tension and emotion.

    Can we do it all again? You bet we can. Just four Tests to go in this series, with five in Australia to follow.

    We'll start again at Lord's on Thursday. Join us from 0900 BST.


    England have now won consecutive Test Matches against Australia at Melbourne, Sydney and Trent Bridge. Not since 19 November 1986 have England achieved three consecutive Test match victories against Australia. The last time England won three Tests in a row against Australia was Edgbaston (1985), The Oval (1985), Brisbane (1986).


    England bowler Chris Tremlett: Wow. What a game. Jimmy Anderson superb

    Former England batsman Mark Butcher: Funny how a player's relative popularity will underpin how 'guilty' they are in the eyes of the public

    Former Australia bowler Dirk Nannes: Oh dear me! Surely not a finish like that! The most disappointing way to finish... almost farcical! Great Test match with a terrible ending

  4. 1521: 

    As I said, we do it all again on Thursday at Lord's.

    Before then, though, the BBC will have all the reports and analysis of this incredible Test match. The place to start is Sam Sheringham's match report, with the thoughts of cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew to follow.

    And of course, you can listen back to highlights and podcasts on BBC Radio 5 live's Ashes page. And you can also check out the Test Match Special Facebook page to look at photos of some of the day's highlights and click like on your favourite image of the day.

    James Anderson

    Jimmy Anderson now has 317 Test wickets. Of England bowlers, only Bob Willis (325) and Ian Botham (383) have more.

    Former England captain Alec Stewart, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Steven Finn's position within the team will come under discussion. He knows he has to perform and when that happens you step up and show why you should be selected or some shrink under the pressure."

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special
    Michael Clarke

    "It was so close yet so far for Australia. It was an incredible effort by Brad Haddin and James Pattinson but James Anderson showed why he is one of the best in the world. I always thought Anderson had huge potential. He used to struggle when he went overseas but now he has matured and got that experience and he is a great bowler both in England and overseas. The great players always improve and he has done that."


    Stuart Broad: Yeeeaaahhhhh!!! Emotional rollercoaster what a great Test match win! Atmosphere was insane I love Trent Bridge!!

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I still think England will win the series, but it's outrageous to suggest it will be 10-0. It would have been better for cricket if Australia had won today, it would have set up the series even more."

  10. 1515: final push, an edge from Haddin. Gone? No. Reviewed. The tiniest hint of an edge. Australia all done for 296, 15 short of victory. England claim the most remarkable, tension-filled, heart-stopping win. All that for a 1-0 lead. We start again at Lord's on Thursday.

  11. 1514: 

    But of course, the fight wasn't over. James Pattinson, down at number 11 after Agar's heroics, joins Brad Haddin for one last stand. The Aussie attack, haring after their target. Closer and closer, only 20 needed at lunch. Back come England, the cramping Anderson fit again...

  12. 1512: 

    And so to day five. Sun shining on a packed Trent Bridge, with James Anderson, England's biggest weapon, taking them to the brink. Three wickets taken, Australia 231-9.

  13. 1511: 

    Day four sees Bell complete his most important hundred for England, but the hosts slip quickly to 375 all out. Australia set 311 to win, start well and look in a strong position at 161-3. But a late flurry, three wickets for three runs sees them close on 174-6. Surely England have it in the bag?

  14. 1509: 

    Day three, match finely poised. Can England build a lead? Kevin Pietersen and Cook shine before a stumble to 218-6. Not far enough in front to be comfortable, a big stand needed. Ian Bell and Stuart Broad combine, edging further ahead. Then, the crucial moment, Broad edges to slip via the wicketkeeper's gloves. Not out. No reviews left, Broad not walking. Australia incensed, Broad would remain to take England to 326-6.

  15. 1506: 

    The destruction continues on the second morning, Aussies reduced to 117-9. From the wreckage appears 19-year-old Ashton Agar, batting at 11 on Test debut. Records would tumble. His 98 was the highest score by any Test number 11, the stand of 163 with Phil Hughes the highest ever for the last wicket. Australia dragged to 280. England have to dig in to close on 80-2.

  16. 1503: 

    About five years ago, on Wednesday morning, England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and batted under leaden Nottingham skies. Peter Siddle inspired to take five wickets, England bowled out for only 215. Could England hit back? Of course. James Anderson and Steven Finn doing the damage, Australia close on 75-4.

  17. 1500: 

    Can we begin to reflect on this amazing, topsy turvey Test match? Of course we can.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Steven Finn shouldn't bowl at Lord's, he has no confidence. He looked like he was bowling them in, not out."

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Finn looks down in confidence, there is no doubt about that. He dropped a catch and Haddin targeted him. He started off well with two early wickets in the first innings but then didn't trouble Australia after that. There may be a change or two in the next match for both sides."

  20. 1459: 

    Plenty of fans have opted to stay inside Trent Bridge, basking in sunshine and the warmth of an amazing England victory. Replays of the moment Aleem Dar's finger was raised will be played and re-played for years to come, much like Edgbaston 2005 when Flintoff consoled Lee. The England team were standing together, all eyes on the big screen. At the winning moment, Anderson bolted from the pack, arms outstretched, fans behind him leaping into the air.

  21. 1458: 

    Alastair Cook will have got a lot out of a day like this. To a certain extent you are learning on the job. You rarely get players admitting they are nervous on the day - only later in books.

    Former England captain Alec Stewart, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nothing can prepare you for these kind of days. Alastair Cook reckoned he would be the only kind of captain that does not go bald but I wonder how he's feeling now. The most important thing was the England dressing room kept calm."

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "You have to sit back and analyse every game you play so you can learn from it going forward. The Australians will take it hard this afternoon but they will head to London tomorrow and it won't be hard for them to pick themselves up. They know they put up a fight and pushed England to the wire. Us Australians love Lord's, we always do well there."


    Former Australia bowler Brett Lee: Where's Freddie? I need a hug.

    Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special
    Jonathan Trott celebrates

    "A wonderful game of cricket and great for everyone who has paid to get in. The lower scoring games are sometimes better because of the pressure and the situation and that is when you find out who your best players are, coming through it and playing well. I thought Australia were going to get home, Haddin was getting away with it before lunch but England sussed him out and slowed him down, a bit of gamesmanship. Without Anderson they would not have got home. Haddin played one of the best innings I have ever seen him play."


    Robert Smith: Nothing 'controversial' about that last wicket. He nicked it. The right decision was made.

    John Kirriemuir: There is Test match cricket. And then there is (waves dismissively) all other forms of the game, and all other sports.

    Toby Lasserson: After Trott-gate, Walk-gate, Agar-gate & vagaries of DRS, let's not forget a maddeningly great match of Test cricket.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia will be fine for Thursday morning, ready to come again. One thing I hope is that Michael Clarke looks at the way Alastair Cook uses the DRS system, he hasn't used it as well as he could. You get a few rough decisions, but it balances out."


    George Davis: 2005: Jones dropped Lee with 15 needed, won by 2. 2013: Finn dropped Haddin with 26 needed, won by 14, I was never worried.

    Hemant Gurung: A Test match right on the edge decided by a edge.

    Douglas McNair: If cricket was a game of 9 wickets rather than 10, England would have won by 240 runs


    Man of the match James Anderson: "The match had the nerves going but I love bowling here and I'm happy to pick up some wickets again. It generally swings here but whatever way we can get the ball moving, it is a bonus for us, we all bowled well.

    "Cook's catch was tremendous, it made up for the one he dropped before! You can't fault the effort of the boys though.

    "It is Ashes cricket, I love playing Test match cricket and the Ashes is right up there, the hard work in the gym is for bowling the longs spells in matches like these."

    England celebrate

    More from winning captain Alastair Cook: "I don't think Ian Bell has played a better innings for England, it was an innings of character, determination and skill. We knew if we batted a huge amount of time we could get the runs on the board and credit to all of our batsmen because we were all under pressure in that second innings."


    England captain Alastair Cook: "I always said I would be the only England captain not to go bald in the job but days like today won't help that. Australia battled hard and a lot of credit to them. Jimmy was outstanding and always wants one extra over. We are not overly reliant on him - he is a world-class bowler and we use him when we need him. Finny and Broady have been great bowlers for us too but it was Jimmy's day today."


    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I am not happy with my use of DRS [the review system] but both teams are using it and England have used it better than I have. It is consistent for both teams.

    "Ashton Agar played really well and is an amazing talent. He is a great kid, a smart mind and loves the game. He loves being around the Australian family and you will see a lot more of him. I am as confident as I was when we landed here. With the continued support of the fans, it will go a long way to helping us."


    More from losing captain Michael Clarke: "Brad Haddin is experienced and throughout our squad we have a good mix of youth and experience. I don't really care how we make the runs, as long as we are making them. It is about the team having success but we've missed out in this match. We will get similar conditions but we have prepared well."

    Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "The boys can hold their heads high. It was a wonderful game of cricket but credit to England, they fought well. The two best performers in the match were Ian Bell and Jimmy Anderson and England deserved the win.

    "I tried not to think too much about 2005 but all fans have enjoyed these five days, we get another crack in a few day's time so we look forward to that."


    David McCalmont: Worst Aussie team to come here? Think not, they contributed fully to a cracking match. Going to be a close fought series!

    H Todd: The umpires. Both Australia's and England's 12th man.

    Ollie Smith: Perhaps a fitting end to what might be known as "The DRS Test" and I doubt the media will scrutinise Haddin for not walking?!

    Former England captain Alec Stewart, BBC Radio 5 live

    "The whole thing has been a great advert for Test cricket. But at the same time do you really want it to be decided on a review? England could go on to win this 5-0 but I promise this has got plenty of twists yet."


    Thomas Fitzpatrick: Looks like Broad's decision not to walk won England the Test.

    Sean Whittall: A contentious decision was always going to decide the match. Series will be full of controversy at this rate. Do away with DRS.

    Brian Dunleavy: Worth noting Haddin had the "I've nicked that" look back to Prior before the catch was taken - telling.

    Former England captain Alec Stewart, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Alastair Cook has probably aged four or five years in two hours. We had Melbourne and Headingley when I was England captain, you don't want too many of those as you won't have any finger nails left. But that's why you play cricket."


    England bowler James Anderson, speaking to TMS: "It's amazing. In about an hour or so I'll probably be asleep - it has been draining emotionally and physically. I didn't hear anything [for the final wicket] but Matt Prior and Cookie were convinced. I'm just delighted we could review it and sneak home.

    "I'm lost for words, it's been an amazing five days. At one point it looked like we were only going to have a lead of 150 but Stuart Broad and Ian Bell batted superbly well and got us to a decent total. I went off with a bit of cramp, I'm not used to 13 over spells. I managed to get it sorted out over lunch."


    Graham, Leeds, via text: Stand up Sir Marais Erasmus. Never in doubt, get your money on 10-0.


    Paddy Gilbert: This is why Test cricket is without a doubt the best form of the game. Better than Edgbaston 2005. Incredible.

    Ian Dean: Terrible end to the game. Terrible, terrible end. Not convincing one bit. England can't celebrate that at all.

    Nelson Herbert: If we've learnt one thing from this Test, it's that the correct use of reviews is crucial.

    Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "James Anderson clearly had cramp so the lunch break came at a good time for England. Anderson wouldn't have bowled again before lunch but he managed a 40-minute rest and has been the difference between the two teams. In 2005, we went 1-0 down at Lord's and I have seen enough in the Australian camp to see that they can get 20 wickets and they can all hold a bat and score runs. They just have to make sure they don't go 2-0 down in the series."

  43. 1438: 

    For Anderson, it was the fifth wicket in figures of 5-73, four wickets taken this morning. He finishes with match figures of 10-158. A second 10-wicket haul in Tests and 19th five-for. An incredible performance from England's strike bowler.

  44. 1436: 

    Let's wrap up a few things. Brad Haddin was caught behind by Matt Prior off James Anderson for a wonderful, battling, counter-punching 71. James Pattinson, the number 11, was unbeaten on 25.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia came here today with nothing to lose, really fought hard and they have shown they won't roll over and die. Hopefully, this sets the tone for the rest of the series. Jimmy Anderson with 10 wickets in the match, what an effort. Unfortunately for Australia, the right decision was made, it was very faint.

    "There has been lost of controversy with DRS but an amazing match. When Australia were 117-9, I thought our worst nightmares were going to come true but they fought well. You can't take it away from England though, the way Bell batted and Anderson bowled, they deserved it."

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "A brilliant game of cricket, no-one gave Australia a chance, no-one thought they would compete but they have shown they have a talented bunch who will fight. England were gone, but the closer you get to a target, the harder it becomes. When England reviewed it, you could tell from Haddin's reaction he had nicked it.

    "James Pattinson at 11, such a young player played so well. Also Ashton Agar, to show that kind of temperament, it bodes well for Australia's future."

  47. 1434: 

    What an unbelievable, fascinating, exciting piece of sport. Test match cricket at its absolute finest, again showing why it is the premier form of the game. On days like this, you can't help but think that a close Test match cannot be bettered for tension, nerves and exhilaration.

    Former England captain Alec Stewart, BBC Radio 5 live

    "People were too premature in writing Australia off before they had seen them play. In India they were whitewashed but it is a bit different playing in India. England should thank Andrew Strauss for this because they have learnt how he always took a step back to assess the situation."

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    Dennis M: Not sure what happened to benefit of the doubt, but we'll take it.

    David Calvert: I thought the hot-spot was a little higher on the bat than where the ball passed. No complaining!

    Nick Hall: Anti-climax or what using hot-spot? We want the stumps flying!

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "Well, it had to come from a DRS review, didn't it? Remarkable end to a sensational Test match. Jimmy Anderson, once again, England's hero; Brad Haddin so close to something so special. Trent Bridge in ferment - no-one has yet left their seat. Hugging, hats grabbed, heads shaken."

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "There are lots of positives for Australia. They came into the series thinking they might get blown away and they showed some real fighting spirit. They will be disappointed but will take some confidence into the second Test at Lord's.

    Former England captain Alec Stewart, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Anderson man of the match. He's continued the amazing form he's had. Along with Dale Steyn he is one of the best bowlers in the world. Some think he's England's greatest ever bowler, I think that's going too far."

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "The right decision was made but it was the faintest of edges. When Australia were 117-9 in their first innings, my worst fears were being realised but Australia fought back tremendously well."

  54. 1429: 

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann on the balcony dropped his head in disbelief as the decision was made. As he slumped, Trent Bridge exploded. We're now seeing the Snickometer technology on the decision...that suggests that Haddin did get the tiniest feather. It was right for the original not-out call to be changed.

    Pat Murphy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Well done Matt Prior, he went to congratulate the Australians while all the England players were celebrating."

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Jimmy looks emotionally drained, 10-for in the match and the go to man for Alastair Cook. It was the thinnest of edges, what a climax to the Test."

  58. 1425: 

    Trent Bridge erupting in noise, Australians livid on the balcony. England really didn't think that decision would be overturned, leaping into the air as Dar's finger was raised. It's James Anderson who has done it again. He has taken all four wickets this morning and ends with 10 in the match.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was the faintest of edges on HotSpot, England were not sure when they appealed but the third umpire saw a HotSpot and had some audio and England go 1-0 up in the series. There's a standing ovation for the Australian batsmen as they leave the pitch, they worked ever so hard."

  60. 1423: 
    ENGLAND WIN BY 14 RUNS- Wicket: Haddin c Prior b Anderson 71

    England have won! England have won by 14 runs! A remarkable match ends in DRS controversy. Aleem Dar crosses hands over his chest then raises the finger. England sprint to Anderson in celebration, Brad Haddin is distraught. What an amazing way for this unbelievable Test match to end.

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46), 2-111 (Cowan 14), 3-124 (Rogers 52), 4-161 (Clarke 23), 5-161 (Smith 17), 6-164 (Hughes 0), 7-207 (Agar 14), 8-211 (Starc 1), 9-231 (Siddle 11), 10-296 (Haddin 71).

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  61. 1422: 

    There's a HotSpot mark on the bat. The tiniest white mark. Remember, Haddin was given not out. Can it be overturned?

  62. 1422: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 296-9

    Got him! Have England won? Has Haddin edged this? An appeal for a catch behind, but Aleem Dar not interested. England not sure, but we'll have a review. Can you stand the tension...


    Tony Ling, TMS inbox: Just saw a youngish man kneeling in the street holding something to his ear with a look of utter, gut-wrenching stress on his face. I assumed he must be trying to get in touch with his family about some kind of emergency. I walked nearer to him, and realised that he was holding a radio, and listening to the cricket. We proceeded to share our mutual state of quiet panic over the possible outcome of the match, and then he turned up his radio and we listened together until lunch, before parting ways with a quick goodbye and a grim smile.

  64. 1418: 
    Aus 296-9 (need 15 to win)
    Alastair Cook

    Nails chewed in the crowd, every fan leaning forward, the edge of the edge of the seat. Strains of songs, but mostly silence. Haddin works to leg, past the desperate Alastair Cook. A single to keep the strike. Haddin has 71, what an innings.

  65. 1416: 
    Aus 295-9 (need 16 to win)

    Where there were gaps for Haddin, the fielders descend on Pattinson. Slip, silly point, a short leg. Big drive...inside edge...into open space at fine leg. They run three.

  66. 1415: 
    Aus 292-9 (need 19 to win)

    Graeme Swann to continue after lunch, bowling to Haddin. Punched down the ground, an easy single.

    Former England captain Alec Stewart, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Anderson is head and shoulders above any other bowler in this contest."

  68. 1414: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 291-9 (need 20 runs to win)

    Pattinson inside edges past his stumps. Another close shave for the Aussies. Singing from the crowd, "Jimmy, Jimmy", then "En-ger-land". Smiles on the Aussie balcony, Brad Haddin examines the toe end of his bat like a snooker player chalking his cue. Anderson on the money, we start with a maiden.


    Julian West: England have better batsmen and bowlers, but Australia have three genuine all-rounders. Watson, Hughes, Agar like extra players.

    Faysal Akram: I think Cook's captaincy has been pretty impressive so far. It's just that Australia have played very hard cricket.

    Anthony North: My mum just phoned me from West Sussex saying she's so stressed she's doing her ironing in the garden.

  70. 1411: 

    I think we can safely say that this will be the final session of the match. The players emerge into the coliseum, Trent Bridge a cauldron of noise. James Anderson is fit to bowl. The final act of an amazing drama. Play.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "We need to get the basics right. We need to get our two best bowlers on. I'd go seam both ends as Graeme Swann has struggled. I'd go Anderson from one and Broad from the other. 20 runs are still a mile away for Australia. We need to cover the boundaries and get as many balls as they can. If they bowl straight they will get a chance."

  72. 1407: 

    If you need a reminder of the state of the game, where have you been? Australia need 20 runs to win, England need only one wicket. The last-wicket pair of Brad Haddin and James Pattinson have added 60 runs. Haddin has 69, Pattinson 22. James Anderson has taken all three wickets to fall this morning, but was off the field injured before lunch. Can England rouse him for one last burst?

  73. 1406: 

    The Oval 1882, Headingley 1948, Headingley 1981, Melbourne 1982, Edgbaston 2005. Trent Bridge 2013 can rightfully join them in the canon of classic Ashes contests. Which way will it go? Barbecues, walks in the park, visits to the in-laws. Cancel them all. On this Sunday afternoon, only cricket matters.


    Tom Wilkinson: If Bresnan isn't playing in the second Test at Lords then I am writing a strongly worded letter to the ECB. Finn out for now!

    Stoney: Alastair Cook's captaincy must be called into question if we lose. He looks lost tactically and devoid of ideas. Very poor.

  75. 1404: 

    Will it be Australia celebrating in the next hour or will Cook's class of 2013 pull off another famous victory? Stephan Shemilt is back from his lie down and is ready to take you through the final stages of this enthralling Test match. Here we go...


    Tim, via text: Whatever happens after lunch, certain ex-players need to learn to think before offering their series predictions. Nothing between these sides, England are a shadow of two years ago.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd say it is 60-40 England but you just don't know. It has been a terrific advert for Test cricket. For an Australian side given no chance of competing they have been excellent."

  78. 1400: 
    Aus 291-9 (20 runs needed)

    Not since David Beckham broke his metatarsal has this nation worried so much about a sportsman's injury. James Anderson was struggling with his groin just before lunch. Is 40 minutes enough to sort out the problem? Burnley, Lancashire, the whole of England hopes so.

    Former England captain Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have created the opportunities to finish this game off but both dressing rooms will now be tense. Swann has bowled too quick and flat to Pattinson. He needs to bowl wider and take a risk. The ball is also not reverse swinging but I'm convinced Anderson will start doing it."

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Trent Bridge

    The atmosphere on the Trent Bridge concourses contrasts starkly with what is customary at the lunch interval of a Test match. Sandwiches are being nibbled not munched, beers being sipped not swigged, facial expressions stern not smiling.

  81. 1355: 
    Aus 291-9 (20 runs needed)

    How are the supporters feeling at lunch? It looks like the Aussies are keeping fairly calm but the Barmy Army has gone a little quiet. Maybe it's time to bring back 'Billy The Trumpet' to help rouse an England victory.


    Mike Martin: What we need here is a really cack-handed bouncer from Steve Harmison.

    Richard Carter: Updating my mate Matthew by text. Pointless, because he's watching but he updated me for the Edgbaston 2005 Test.

    Kyle Froomes: Win this Test and I genuinely believe we'll win the series 5-0, lose this Test and it'll be an incredibly tight series.

  83. 1351: 
    Aus 291-9 (20 runs needed)
    Steven Finn

    I can't begin to imagine how Steven Finn must be feeling at lunch. After being taken to the cleaners by Brad Haddin, he then dropped Australia's wicketkeeper with just 26 runs needed. It was a difficult catch, but the big man got two hands to it and would have expected to gobble it up.


    N Alp, Southampton, via text: Australia have now made eight runs more from their 10th wicket partnerships in this Test than England did in their entire first innings.

  85. 1347: 

    Australia have only won one Test by one wicket: versus West Indies at Melbourne in 1952. Ring and Johnston added 38 for the 10th wicket.

  86. 1345: 
    Aus 291-9 (20 runs needed)

    Australian cricket writer Malcolm Conn, speaking on Test Match Special: "It's remarkable. We thought the game was gone when Australia lost three wickets quite quickly last night but all of a sudden the runs have been flowing. If they do manage to win, it will make an incredible difference to the squad and Australian cricket in general when you think about the dramas of the last few months. For them to be remarkably competitive in this Test match is amazing and, even if they lose, they can still be incredibly proud."


    Lewis Pool: Are they really going to now take 40 minutes off for lunch?

    Tattz: If England lose they will know exactly how and where they lost this match and improve. If Aussies win they won't have a clue how.

  88. 1340: 

    There's nerves flying around the TMS commentary box too - especially for those Australian journalists who want to make sure potentially the greatest story in their country's recent cricketing history makes the back pages of the Monday papers. Jonathan Agnew has been joined by writers from both countries to discuss the Test match so far.

  89. 1338: 

    Thanks Stephan. It's not a time for vol-au-vents is it? I'd probably keep Steven Finn away from the butter too. Seriously, how can players from either side stomach food during this interval?

  90. 1337: 

    Not just a break for the players, but me too. Marc Higginson here to accompany you through the interval. I need a lie down.


    Matt Pickering, London, via text: Agreed to accompany my girlfriend and her mother to the ballet at the Royal Opera House, thinking the Test match would be over by now. FURIOUSLY refreshing BBC Sport between my legs, annoying an old couple next to me. Come on Australia!

  92. 1336: 

    Which dressing room is happier? England probably wondering how they have got into this position, probably pleased for the break. For Australia, the danger might come if they start thinking about how close they are to pulling off something remarkable.

  93. 1335: 

    What a time to break for a brew and a tuna sandwich. Trent Bridge on its feet to applaud all the players. An hour ago, England looked home and hosed, but Haddin, the old warrior, and Pattinson, the man with a point to prove, are conjuring up perhaps the greatest match-winning partnership in Test history.

    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "All of the players deserve their standing ovation as they walk off for lunch. We have seen some of the most dramatic Test cricket ever across the first four days and again today. Nobody knows how this is going to finish - it might even end in a draw."

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "Only cricket could break for lunch with one wicket needed by one side and 20 runs by the other. Can anyone genuinely stomach any food? This is both wonderful and utterly awful at the same time."

  96. 1332: 
    LUNCH- Aus 291-9 (20 runs needed)

    Swann changes the angle, coming around the wicket, but Haddin is unmoved. A maiden to end the session and the players, agonisingly, head for lunch. Australia will return in need of 20 runs, England just one wicket.

  97. 1330: 
    Aus 291-9 (20 runs needed)

    Swann to Haddin, singles available everywhere, but the Aussie keeper stoic in defence. Three balls to go.

  98. 1330: 
    Aus 291-9 (20 runs needed)

    Broad doing the work of a blacksmith on his left boot, but he can't delay the lunch break. We're going to have another over.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special
    Trent Bridge

    "The lunch break might work in England's favour - it's always harder to come back and bat after a break."

  100. 1328: 
    Aus 291-1 (20 runs needed)

    Pattinson, the number 11, remember, playing Broad so easily. Who would lunch favour? England, surely? They can get Anderson fit. They only need one ball to win this game. Broad roared in, but Pattinson's bat wide as a door. England are slowing this down as much as they can, Broad doing the old tying the shoelace trick.

  101. 1326: 
    Aus 291-9 (20 runs needed)

    Glorious from Brad Haddin, a cover drive, but England have the sweeper posted to keep it to a single.


    Jonny P, Ashford, via text: I feel sick.

  103. 1326: 
    Aus 290-9 (21 runs needed)

    James Pattinson play and miss to Stuart Broad, then a cool prod to third man for a single. Inching there.


    Jimmy Llewellyn: This innings is an example of why England should have five bowlers.

    Ajmal Patel: Australia just don't have any genuine number 11s do they? Shame they don't have any genuine top order batsmen bar Clarke.

    Jay: At least one thing is clear. Ashton Agar isn't all that good. It's the number 11 position that bestows great power upon its holder.

  105. 1324: 
    Aus 289-9 (22 runs needed)

    Six minutes until lunch. How can we stand a break in this match? Ambulances ready I think. Broad to bowl to Pattinson...

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Oh, Finn got two hands to it. What a time to drop someone."

  107. 1323: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 289-9 (22 runs needed)

    Has Steven Finn just dropped this Test match? Shades of Simon Jones at Edgbaston in 2005. It's a wonderful effort, diving full length as Haddin sweeps. He's around the boundary, but the ball is through his hands and away for four. What else can happen?

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "No-one moving from their seat except to put their hands on their head (England supporters) or stand and cheer every single (Australians). Cricket, you old beauty..."

  109. 1321: 
    Aus 285-9 (26 runs needed)

    Big shot from Haddin off Swann, a slog sweep. Two taken.

  110. 1320: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 283-9 (29 runs needed)

    And again. Pattinson playing and missing at Broad. So near to the edge, but he survives. Bail-biter. Breathe easy, Graeme Swann is back. By the way, there's only 10 mins to lunch. Here comes Anderson too, but he's not moving well.

    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a big mix-up and Australia were fortunate to get away with it. The game is absolutely on the edge. Whichever way it goes it is going to be one of the great Test matches."

  112. 1318: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 283-9 (target 311)

    How close is this! Haddin sets off, but is sent back by Pattinson. Stranded, sent back. Throw comes in...misses. Haddin would have been gone, but instead Australia can take an overthrow.

    Australia supporters

    This is only the third time in Test history that a team has achieved a 50 partnership for the 10th wicket in both innings.

  114. 1313: 
    Aus 282-9 (Eng need one wicket, Aus need 29 runs)

    Near silence inside Trent Bridge, nerves frayed as Graeme Swann loses his radar, but Pattinson can't tuck into the full tosses. Australia's scoring has been slowed, but this 10th-wicket pair look to be in little trouble. Now Swann is leaving the field! Will England have any bowlers left?


    Iain McDowell: This is Australia's Test to lose now. Haddin looking commanding and authoritative and Pattinson largely untroubled.

    Kelvin O'Neill: Win lose or draw, the Aussies have come to England to play.

    Harry Hopwood: Only England could make this situation so tense. Have some great talent but lack killer instincts to finish it off convincingly.

  116. 1312: 

    Can you believe this? James Anderson is on his way to the dressing room, flexing his leg. England can't call on their gun bowler.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "Right. Forget the earlier reports of calm: England's supporters are now officially panicking."

  118. 1312: 
    Aus 281-9 (Eng need one wkt, Aus need 30 runs)

    I'll be honest, I'm a nervous wreck. Steven Finn pulled from the attack and maybe the England team, replaced by Stuart Broad. Around the wicket to left-hander Pattinson, every run-up accompanied by the hand claps of the crowd. Lunch will be taken at 1330, imagine if they go to the break with the Aussies needing 10 to win? A maiden.


    Stewart Wallace, TMS inbox: What would the match position be IF Broad had walked?

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's getting a bit ticklish now. Great over by Haddin - he has taken the game by the scruff of the neck. It's amazing how one good over shifts everything."

  121. 1307: 
    Aus 281-9 (Eng need one wkt, Aus need 30 runs)

    What on earth is happening out there? James Pattinson, like Marcus Trescothick in his pomp, launches Graeme Swann high over the leg side for a maximum. Aussies in Trent Bridge are on their feet, England causing no problems for these batsmen. The 50 partnership is up, Australia need only 30 runs to win. Did someone mention Edgbaston 2005?

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia can see the winning post now, when they get below 50. England have got to take Finn off and get Broad on. That spell was crucial for Finn's future - his place for the second Test is under threat."

  123. 1304: 
    Aus 273-9 (Eng need one wkt, Aus 38 runs)

    Finn gets another go, two slips to Pattinson. Are Australia in the business of hustling England with number 11 batsmen? Fierce cut shot from Pattinson runs for four, the tenseometer cranked up. Finn, like a man who knows the whole nation is depending on him, is just barely trotting to the wicket. Flash from Pattinson, missed, evades Matt Prior and runs for four byes. Things going Australia's way. Surely Finn has to come off?

    Stuart Broad

    Australia have gone past the record for most runs for the 10th wicket across both innings of a Test. It was previously 189 by Australia in 1924.


    The highest partnership by the 10th wicket to win a Test match is 57 by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed versus Australia at Karachi in 1994. The first-class record for a 10th wicket partnership to win a game is 77 by TW Leather and RK Oxenham for the Australians v Madras at Madras in 1935/36.

  126. 1259: 
    Aus 264-9 (Eng need one wicket)

    It's not just Haddin that England should worry about. James Pattinson has gone on record to say he has beef with England because of the way they treated his brother, one-cap wonder Darren. Pattinson, who has a Test best of 42 with an average of 28, is comfortable against Swann. If Pattinson matches his average, the Aussies will probably get home.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "If Finn can't finish it off then Anderson can have a rest and come back before lunch if they play to 13:30. If he doesn't come back before lunch then he gets an 80-minute break, so he will be refreshed. You can't assume you're going to get them, you need options."

  128. 1254: 
    50 FOR BRAD HADDIN- Aus 256-9
    Brad Haddin

    Just when we thought Anderson would bowl through, he's replaced. Finn, fresh from his boundary nightmare, is called into the attack. The Middlesex man must be feeling slightly unloved, having bowled only eight of the 96 overs sent down by England. Haddin, the shackles freed, is taking on the big shots, heaving into the open leg side for four, then smashing through mid on for another boundary. That's 50 for Haddin, a wonderful knock and still fighting. And another four! He couldn't, could he? Australia need 49 more to win.


    Rachel T: That catch by Cook was reminiscent of the one-handed stunner taken by Strauss in 2005.

    Kate Lynham: I've only got 3% left on my battery...on a 2 hour train back home....please get the final wicket before it dies!

    Samuel Lock: Just one more now. Jimmy to get 10 for the Test. Truly brilliant, world class bowler whom England are lucky to have.

  130. 1250: 
    Aus 247-9 (need one wicket to win)

    Even with one wicket needed to win a Test match, there is still the chance for someone to look foolish. Steven Finn, not having the best of games, completely fails to see the ball at deep square leg as Brad Haddin's sweep shot bounces past him for four. Graeme Swann, the bowler, is having kittens. Finn called into action next ball, this time doing the business. Ironic cheers around Trent Bridge.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "There was a point in the middle of this epic spell that Alastair Cook wanted to give James Anderson a breather. The bowler was having none of it, and rightly so - with his five wickets in the first innings and three for six runs this morning, he has confirmed that he is a bowler at the absolute peak of his powers. Cook and England know how fortunate they are to have him."

  132. 1247: 
    Aus 240-9 (Eng need one wicket)

    Andrew Flintoff bowled unchanged on the final morning at Lord's to give England victory in the second Ashes Test of 2009 and James Anderson is treading a similar path. Haddin was one of Freddie's victims on that day. Stretching back to last night, Anderson has bowled a 16-over spell, taking 3-31.

  133. 1242: 
    Aus 234-9 (Eng need one wicket)
    England v Australia

    Glum faces on the Australia balcony. Do they think the game is up? No chance of another mammoth last-wicket stand? Pattinson crowded by Swann - slip, gully, short leg. Survives. Remember, lunch will be pushed back by 30 minutes because we are only one wicket away from a result.


    Robert McLarty: c Cook b Anderson has a familiar ring. How many times has it happened?

  135. 1238: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 232-9 (Eng need one more wicket)

    James Pattinson emerges, Australia's last line of defence. Trent Bridge a cauldron, waiting to celebrate an England victory. Is this it? Appeal for leg before...not out...pitched outside Pattinson's leg stump. Anderson has 4-67, nine in the match.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "With no-one beside him, Alastair Cook had to go for that and it was key that the ball remained in his hand as he landed. What a brilliant catch."

    Listen to BBC Test Match Special as England seek the final wicket.

  137. 1233: 
    WICKET- Siddle c Cook b Anderson 11 (Aus 231-9)
    James Anderson

    What an amazing catch! Alastair Cook makes up for the drop in the previous over by taking an absolute worldie, leaping to his right to grab the ball, full-length, from behind him at slip. It's Peter Siddle to go, the irrepressible Anderson the man to strike again. He's taken all three wickets to fall this morning and has put England one ball away from a 1-0 lead.

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46), 2-111 (Cowan 14), 3-124 (Rogers 52), 4-161 (Clarke 23), 5-161 (Smith 17), 6-164 (Hughes 0), 7-207 (Agar 14), 8-211 (Starc 1), 9-231 (Siddle 11).

    Match scorecard

    Listen to key moments from BBC Test Match Special.


    England's Edgbaston 2005 hero Geraint Jones: Yes that worked beautifully, been to check sheep to get wicket for England. Back in car to listen to TMS and good news of Agar out.

    Read Geraint Jones's memories of Edgbaston 2005 in BBC Sport's 'How to win the Ashes' feature

  139. 1232: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 231-8 (need 80 more to win)

    Close again! Swann producing an absolute rozzer to spin between Haddin's bat and pad. Everything missed - bat, pad, stumps, keeper. Four byes. England creating chances, they need to take two of them.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook is very cross with himself for dropping that. He had his hands on the ball and down it went. In fairness to the slips, they are very close because of the bounce."

  141. 1228: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 227-8 (Haddin 36*, Siddle 11*)

    Chance gone down! Would you believe that Alastair Cook could shell such a straightforward chance off the bowling of Anderson? Siddle's edge to Cook's left, both hands, but put down. Anderson, a mood pre-set to angry, had already had words with Siddle and now simply turns away in disgust.


    Samuel Lock: WOOOAAAAHHHHHH JIMMY JIMMY! Never in doubt, what was I ever worried about. Come on England!

    Martin Jones: Like a good book, this Test keeps you guessing. Just as you thought England were struggling, Anderson saves the day!

    Timothy Revell: What would we do without Jimmy Anderson???

  143. 1224: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 225-8 (Eng need 2 wickets)

    Stuart Broad withdrawn, spin again from Graeme Swann. Close! That scuttles through low and nearly does for Brad Haddin. There's 35 minutes or so to go to lunch. If England get another wicket between now and then, the interval can be delayed for 30 minutes.


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  145. 1221: 
    Aus 224-8 (need 87 more to win)

    More sedate. Anderson, who has bowled throughout this morning session, worked around by Haddin and Siddle. Will Jimmy have a break? Is Steven Finn still playing in this match?

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia can't afford to hang around. They have got to play and look to score."

  147. 1217: 
    Aus 220-8 (Haddin 32*, Siddle 8*)
    Trent Bridge

    Thought this was over? Don't believe it. Siddle, wielding the axe, goes uppishly through cover for four and follows that with a sweet clip to mid-wicket for another boundary. The Aussie fans are up to signal four like a bunch of canary yellow umpires.


    Dr Nick, TMS inbox: I'm in Grenoble (France) this weekend, pushing back the frontiers of science by analysing red blood cells with neutron scattering. Thank god for TMS, I'm up to date with the really important stuff.

  149. 1211: 
    Aus 211-8 (Eng need 2 more wickets)
    James Anderson

    Indeed, the new ball has made the difference. England had little go for them in the first hour, but this new cherry is causing the second-hour destruction that has become a regular feature of this match. Peter Siddle the new man, joining Haddin to form possibly the biggest-hearted partnership in world cricket.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Great delivery. Going across Starc, it pitched about middle-leg and carried through to first slip. That's why England had to take the new ball."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  151. 1207: 
    WICKET- Starc c Cook b Anderson 1 (Aus 211-8)

    Anderson does it again! Surely England will get home now? It's Cook once more, clinging on low down when Starc edges through to first slip. The crowd sing Anderson's name, he has eight wickets in the match. England are just two deliveries from victory.

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46), 2-111 (Cowan 14), 3-124 (Rogers 52), 4-161 (Clarke 23), 5-161 (Smith 17), 6-164 (Hughes 0), 7-207 (Agar 14), 8-211 (Starc 1).

    Match scorecard

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "There are still three wickets in the shed but England have moved into a strong position. It's not over yet though."

  153. 1206: 
    Aus 211-7 (Eng need 3 wickets)

    Now then Brad Haddin, what do you do now? The field spread slightly, England would rather be bowling at Mitchell Starc. Close-ups of Haddin, sweat band on his left arm, show the hazy heat dancing in front of the spectators. A drive over cover, two taken. 100 required.

    Henry Blofeld, BBC Test Match Special

    "When things start to look dicey for England, Anderson steps up to the mark. As does Cook - it was a quick catch. It may have changed the direction once again of this remarkable Test match."

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "How England needed that. The full house at Trent Bridge had been silenced by the accelerating nerves and shrinking target, and with the field spread wide to cut off boundaries there were singles available all around for the Australian batsmen. But with Agar gone to the combination of a fine Anderson delivery and excellent catch by Cook, the escalating panic has at last been checked."

  156. 1202: 
    Aus 207-7 (target 311)

    All of a sudden, Trent Bridge is alive. Anderson, roared to the wicket, goes past the groping edge of new man Mitchell Starc. A wicket maiden completed, Nottingham applauding in appreciation. Anderson has 2-61 from his 25, England need three more wickets.

    Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special
    James Anderson

    "England were certainly panicking - and it is that man Anderson who makes the breakthrough. You can tell from the emotion of his celebration that there is huge relief from England."

  158. 1157: 
    WICKET- Agar c Cook b Anderson 14 (Aus 207-7)

    Gone! James Anderson has removed Ashton Agar! A nation exhales a collective sigh of relief, Trent Bridge erupts in a roaring release of tension. Around the wicket, just moving away, fended to the sole slip, where Alastair Cook grabs on as if he's caught the golden snitch. England have the door ajar, can they burst through to complete this victory?

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46), 2-111 (Cowan 14), 3-124 (Rogers 52), 4-161 (Clarke 23), 5-161 (Smith 17), 6-164 (Hughes 0), 7-207 (Agar 14).

    Match scorecard

    Listen to the best clips from Trent Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant cricket from Haddin and Agar - they realise that this new ball could be the time Australia can score at their most freely. Alastair Cook will not be panicking and will not want his players to think it is panic-stations. But he will be nervous."

  160. 1154: 
    Aus 207-6 (Eng need 4 wickets)

    Ashton Agar is my new hero. In case you need reminding, he's 19 on Test debut! Now he's cutting Stuart Broad through point for four. Moving to 14, he has 112 runs to go with the two wickets he's taken in this match. Young, a looker, enjoying a dream Test debut, where did it all go wrong for him? He can probably play the guitar and speak four languages too.


    Chris in Cardiff, TMS inbox: I put my back out at 0950 this morning and am now lying on the living room floor immobile and hoping that when England win, punching the air won't hurt too much.

  162. 1150: 
    Aus 202-6 (need 109 more to win)

    Haddin is warming to the task as the growing sunshine warms Trent Bridge. A chip over mid-off is a head-in-hands moment for Anderson. Wayward, tipped around the post by Prior, Haddin scampers two byes - good running has been a feature of the Aussie strategy this morning. Another blast over the top, this time for four, brings up the Aussie 200. Haddin has scored three Test hundreds, two have come in the first Test of previous Ashes series.

    James Anderson
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Trent Bridge

    As predicted, there are very few empty seats for the climax of this humdinger of a Test match. The atmosphere is tense and focused, the spectators reminiscent of theatre-goers captivated by the closing stages of a drama. Even the Aussie Fanatics are becalmed, before rising to their feet for the first time this morning to applaud Brad Haddin's hoik to the boundary.

  164. 1145: 
    Aus 194-6 (Broad 2-34, Anderson 1-55)

    The pace of Stuart Broad to share the new ball, Swann whipped from the attack. Just two slips waiting for the catch from Agar's edge. The leftie, as relaxed as a man playing in the yard, stays leg-side of the ball but presents a ruler-straight bat in defence. A maiden.


    Chris Butt: Agar can do what he wants but he can't bat without a man at the opposite end.

    Michael Smith: Aussies don't seem in too much of a hurry. Exactly how they should be playing. Wait for Haddin to smack the new ball about a bit.

  166. 1139: 
    NEW BALL- Aus 194-6 (need 117 more to win)

    Plan A has not worked for England so they go to Plan B, the bright red new cherry. As if carrying magical powers, the sight of the spanking nut draws the first signs of life from the Trent Bridge crowd. A roar, a "Jimmy, Jimmy". This ball will go quicker off the bat, though. Strangled appeal, then Agar rockets one through point. Good fielding keeps it to a single. What's Haddin doing here? Surely there's not two there? He's home, quick for an old man.

    Full match scorecard.

    Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special
    Ashton Agar

    "I wouldn't take the new ball just yet. I would like to allow that heavy roller to wear off a little longer. I would take Jimmy Anderson off now and give Stuart Broad or Steven Finn a few overs, maybe even Joe Root. Then let Anderson have it."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  168. 1135: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 191-6 (Eng need 4 wickets)

    Swann landing the ball outside Haddin's off stump, spinning the ball back towards the timbers. Haddin kicks away, Swann yells the question. Optimistic, not out. Has anything happened in the first 35 minutes? Not really. On the other hand, so much has happened. Still more questions than answers, though.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "So - Australia survive the first half-hour. But they have scored just 17 runs, and with the target still 120 runs away England will not be overly concerned. If the partnership survives past midday, and the target drops below 100 - well, then hearts will start to thump."

  170. 1132: 
    Aus 191-6 (need 120 more to win)

    Decision made, new ball not taken. Yet. Has Anderson been taken off? No, Cook gives him a crack at Agar. Anderson around the wicket, Agar missing with the dab. Dangerous. Does Agar worry about danger? I don't think so, squeezing four to third man. The sun comes out, tension rising in Trent Bridge like a shaken bottle of pop. Relief to overflow when, or if, England can break through.


    Harry Wimborne, TMS inbox: Here is the Wimborne family, sitting in the mountains of Italy desperately listening through the iPlayer app and careful phone placement to catch the intermittent phone signal under the fig tree.

  172. 1128: 
    Aus 187-6 (Haddin 18*, Agar 4*)

    The first sign of aggression from Haddin, a slow sweep off Swann nearly taking out Ian Bell at short leg before defeating the sweeper on the fence. The Aussies chipping away, not a lot happening for England. New ball time? What would you do?

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think I would probably take the new ball. Nothing is particularly happening. There's not a great deal of spin and reverse swing doesn't seem to be happening. The new ball usually gets you a wicket, but the trade off is Australia will probably get 30-40 runs off it, because they will put bat on ball. But I think England have to take it."

  174. 1125: 
    Aus 182-6 (Eng need 4 wickets)

    Anderson to Haddin is like the same delivery being played on a loop. Time and again Anderson is in, on and around off stump, Haddin covering up as if his life depended on it. England have control, only eight runs in eight overs this morning. No sign of a breakthrough, though. One over until the new ball is available. Will it be taken?


    Rob, Gloucester, via text: Agar's first innings was a freak - you see tail enders get decent scores occasionally, but they're numbers 9, 10 or 11 for good reason. Fear not England fans.

  176. 1121: 
    Aus 182-6 (target 311)

    Are there a few nerves inside Trent Bridge? If not from the players, then the crowd? It's tense. No cheers of encouragement, just reactionary applause. We wait for the first roar of the day. Still Swann. Agar swiping, Haddin forcing. Two singles. So far, so good for the Aussies.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "The first target for Australia is to not to lose a wicket in the first half hour, then the confidence starts to grow. And England will start looking at the clock thinking 'hang on, we've not got anybody yet'."

  178. 1117: 
    Aus 180-6 (Haddin 15*, Agar 3*)
    Brad Haddin

    It's an odd sight to see Matt Prior standing up to Anderson. If you're wondering why it's happening, it is to keep Brad Haddin back in his crease. Before Prior was standing up, Haddin was taking guard down the wicket in a bid to combat the swing. I dabble in a bit of keeping myself. Would I fancy standing up to Jimmy? Yes, but only if a tall, thin wall was built between me and stumps. Another maiden.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "After Ashton Agar battered England all round the ground on Thursday, they have come up with a plan for him this time around as Graeme Swann bowls - two slips, a short extra cover, and a short leg... and then wide open spaces on the leg-side to tempt him into a mighty heave."

  180. 1114: 
    Aus 180-6 (Eng need 4 wickets)

    Ooohhh, don't miss that Ashton. Sweeping Swann for two with a pad in front of the timbers. Those two runs take him to three not out and a Test average of 101. Retire now son, better than Bradman.


    Dave, Hitchin, via text: Will Agar turn England to jelly or will Jimmy and Swann keep as cool as ice (cream)?

  182. 1112: 
    Aus 178-6 (target 311)

    Steven Finn signs some autographs for a man clutching a beer. Are cricket grounds and airports the only place it's socially acceptable to be on the lager before midday? Probing from Anderson, beating Haddin, good work from the up-to-the-stumps Prior.


    Chris Horton: Need to get rid of "Agar the 'orrible" asap! I tend to agree with the Aussie press that lightening could strike twice!

  184. 1108: 
    Aus 178-6 (Eng need 4 wickets)
    Trent Bridge

    Hello, no sign of nerves from Ashton Agar. He's on the charge, but can't get Swann past mid on. The England offie, shirt collar buttoned to the top, tempts the young shaver with some floated outside off stump, but Agar resists. Swann 2-64 from 30 overs.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "In the early days of reverse swing we used to make one side of the ball wet. We used to use our own saliva to make the ball wet. Now it's all about keeping the ball dry."

  186. 1105: 
    Aus 178-6 (Haddin 15*, Agar 1*)

    King swinger James Anderson shares the resumption. Will he get some reverse hoop from the old ball this morning? Movement, Haddin stands outside of his crease to combat. Matt Prior, as he did last evening, dons the helmet to stand up to the stumps. Brave move. Slash from Haddin...wide of Swann at second slip. The first four runs of the day.

  187. 1101: 
    Aus 174-6 (need 137 more to win)

    A slip, a gully, a short leg as Swann comes around the wicket to leftie Agar. Full, full, full, then one hurrying on. Agar just jamming down in time. A maiden to start, huge applause from the massive fifth-day crowd. It's hard not to think of Edgbaston 2005.

  188. 1059: 
    Alastair Cook

    The grey-suited man belts out Jerusalem. Ashton Agar, 19-year-old hero of the Aussie first innings, takes strike. Brad Haddin is at the other end. Haddin has 11, Agar one. Indeed it is Swann who has the ball. Play.


    Josh Withers: People laughed at me after day one for having day 5 tickets, but what this is set up perfectly.

    J-Street: First wicket is crucial. If Agar stays around it could become squeaky bum time. Fancy Jimmy to come up trumps though.

  190. 1058: 

    Keep in mind that the new ball is due in nine overs. As my good man Sam Sheringham points out, it's gloomy, so the clouds should help the England seamers. There's turn too, so expect Graeme Swann to get an early bowl.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Trent Bridge

    Echoes of day one here with the Trent Bridge floodlights, which look a bit like giant fly-swats, being pressed into action to counteract the gloom.


    Opta Jim: Brad Haddin averages 41.4 in the Ashes in England, more than Greg Chappell, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and Michael Hussey. Pedigree.

  193. 1055: 

    I jest, of course. The basic facts are this: England need four more wickets to take a 1-0 lead in this Ashes series, Australia need 137 runs. Logic says an England win at some point before lunch, but this match has had more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing. Are we in for one more dramatic, heart-stopping, exhilarating session?

  194. 1052: 

    Thanks Marc. Just a quiet Sunday morning in Nottingham then. A few formalities to wrap up and we should all be home in time for dinner.

  195. 1051: 

    How are you all feeling then? I hope you are dealing with the nerves well on this lovely Sunday morning. Stephan Shemilt has sidled into the seat next to me and is ready to guide you through the action. Enjoy.

  196. 1050: 

    Australia opener Chris Rogers talking to Test Match Special: "Hopefully today can go down to the wire. Whatever happens we have played quite well and shown we can make this series interesting."

  197. 1047: 
    Trent Bridge

    Australia opener Chris Rogers on Test Match Special: "We are quite excited ahead of the final day. It's a huge task and if things go wrong early then we're up against it. But if we get a good start then who knows what can happen.

    "It's not impossible to bat on this wicket. The ball is turning and there's a bit of reverse swing, but the wicket is dead and you can get stuck in."

    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "England are going to win. If Australia do win then I will take my hat off and salute them. But it will be a monumental effort if they do. I can't see how they can expect to rely on a 19-year-old to repeat what he did in the first innings. If Agar does repeat that, then he will be rivalling Sir Donald Bradman."

    Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "England won't want it to be as close as Edgbaston in 2005. They will be controlled. Australia need 137 with four wickets in the hatch - it's a tall order. But with the way the game has been going, ebbing and flowing, those late three wickets near the close were crucial. But you never know with this Ashton Agar - he's fearless. England can't allow Australia to get a few boundaries early. England will bowl straight and aim to restrict Australia. This Test match has been dramatic - but I can see a quiet finish."

    Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "You never know what can happen. Australia have got to come out this morning and almost start again. This wicket has showed that you have got to work hard to build an innings but once you do, as Pietersen and Bell showed, there are runs in it. If Australia can put on another 40 runs without losing a wicket then it should be interesting."

  201. 1040: 

    While the overcast conditions will potentially suit England's fast bowlers, don't underestimate the role that Graeme Swann could play. During the course of this Test Match, Graeme Swann claimed his 100th left-handed Test victim, and with his wicket of Phil Hughes on Saturday, he claimed his 101st victim. In his Test career, 44.69% of his victims are left-handed and this is the highest ratio in Test history amongst bowlers with 200 or more wickets. With Agar, Starc and Pattinson all left-handed batsmen, Swann will be looking for his opportunity to bowl.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "Nasser Hussain is forced into a little skip to avoid the rope being dragged across the outfield to dry out the morning dew, then pauses at the boundary to sign some autographs. The ground is only about a third full at the moment, but given that all five days of this Test sold out in hours back in October expect it to be heaving by 11:00 BST."

  203. 1036: 
    Stuart Broad

    BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce was also fulsome in his praise for Stuart Broad.

    "The tension, for the thousands sweltering in the stands, was at times insufferable," reflected Fordyce. "Throughout both afternoon and evening, every ball felt unmissable, every run scored or saved critical.

    "To England's rescue came Broad, his playing reputation restored as his personal one was questioned the day before.

    "In the morning his 65, from a partnership with centurion Ian Bell of 138, had taken England from a perilous slump to a commanding lead. In the afternoon that followed, his taking of the first wicket in Shane Watson and totem in Clarke were the pivotal breakthroughs in an exhausting war of attrition."

  204. 1031: 

    If England do win the Test match, who has been their match-winner? There are so many candidates but BBC Sport's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew was highlighting the positive input of Stuart Broad in his column last night.

    The Notts all-rounder has scored 89 runs and taken three wickets, including the crucial second-innings dismissal of Michael Clarke, in this match.

    "I'm sure he would have been lifted by the tremendous cheer he received from the Trent Bridge crowd when he walked out to bat with Ian Bell on his home ground and it was great to see him standing up and driving the Australian fast bowlers," said Agnew.

    "He also bowled very well, starving the Australians of runs and getting the ball to reverse swing on an abrasive surface."

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "Gone are the clear blue skies of the first four days here at Trent Bridge. In their place is a ceiling of grey cloud and haze. Don't panic, England supporters - there's no sign of imminent rain - but there should be a little more atmospheric help for England's swing bowlers as they look to rattle out these last four Aussie wickets. Another full house expected; for those fearful of a repeat of Edgbaston 2005, a reminder that, for all the panic, England won that one too..."

  206. 1025:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Just a quick heads up that the Test Match Special team will be hitting the airwaves on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra in five minutes' time. You can also listen via the BBC iPlayer Radio app and the BBC Sport website app.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Trent Bridge

    "I've just been up to check the pulse in the Test Match Special box and can pass on a couple of predictions. With only a hint of a grin on his face, former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath reckons Australia will wrap this up by mid-afternoon. Ex-England skipper Alec Stewart, meanwhile, says England will win by 87 runs."

  208. 1023: 

    Ashton Agar's highest first-class score before this match was 71 not out, which he made for Western Australia against Tasmania in February this year. In that match he came in at number eight with his side on 203-6 in their second innings needing a further 154 to win. They won by two wickets. Agar came in yesterday with Australia needing 147 with six wickets down.

  209. 1022: 

    So what are you up to today? Whether you are out in the garden, being dragged around the supermarket or cleaning the barbecue, you can still follow every moment of this year's Ashes with the BBC iPlayer Radio app and the BBC Sport app. On the radio app, you can listen live to Test Match Special and download the Aggers and Boycott close-of-play podcasts. The BBC's ever-popular live text commentary, with analysis and insight from our reporters at the ground, is available on the BBC Sport app.

    Download the BBC Sport website app and Download the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  210. 1019: 

    "For many years, walking has been an open point of discussion," former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist told BBC Radio 5 live. "In this day and age it is no surprise to see a player not walk. Walking is up to him.

    "In all this discussion no-one has mentioned about Jonny Bairstow to Ashton Agar, he walked off straight away. So there are positive stories.

    "I think it's just an individual choice and I felt that players could be in more control of the match and the way it is played.

    "Some people said I was disrespecting the umpire by walking. But it was my personal opinion. The spirit of the game can mean different things in different parts of the world but Stuart has not broken the laws of the game. But you have to be careful if one goes against you with the ball in your hand."

  211. 1016: 

    This Test match has had more twists and turns than a rollercoaster - and it's not been short on controversy either.

    Perhaps the biggest, most discussed, issue of the match came when Stuart Broad refused to walk in England's second innings when he had edged to slip. Of course, he was within his rights to do so because the umpire had not given him out and Australia had used up all of their reviews.

    Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist was notorious as being one of the few batsmen in world cricket to walk, and he has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live...

    Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm always very optimistic. We still have four wickets in the shed. We need a few more runs than Edgbaston but that was an incredible day. You like to think there's another twist in this Test. But if England pick up an early wicket it could get ugly for the Australians.

    "I think the Ashes will be close. I'm hoping this will set the tone for the rest of the series, you want close encounters. I remember 2005 because people were coming up to me saying they had never previously watched cricket but now can't take their eyes off it.

    "There's still a possibility of 5-0 Australia so I'll stand by that. But if they lose this I'll go for 4-1."


    Waѕiyυllah Budye: It's time to bring Simon Katich back into the Australia squad. He's in tremendous form.

    Nigel Needham: Don't think I can take another finish like that in 2005. Eight years older and blood pressure a wee bit higher.

    Neil Saldanha: Really excited here and I'm an Indian in Bangalore so I can imagine what you lot must feel like!

  214. 1008: 

    The combative Peter Siddle will walk to the crease if/when* England take their first wicket, and he scored half-centuries in both innings in his last Test match - against India in Delhi. Those knocks were on a real dustbowl and will stand him in good stead against Graeme Swann on the turning Trent Bridge pitch.

    Behind him, Mitchell Starc averages 32 in Test cricket and has two half-centuries - including 99 against India in Mohali - to his name while James Pattinson averages a more than useful 28.

    Whatever happened to the bunnies at the bottom of a batting order?

    *Delete as applicable/according to allegiance

  215. 1004: 

    At the other end is the new poster boy of Australian cricket, 19-year-old Ashton Agar. In the first innings, he flayed the ball to all parts on his way to a Test-record 98 for a number 11 and he looked equally as comfortable at the crease late yesterday as England tried to turn the screw. He will begin on one not out and his wicket could be crucial.

  216. 1002: 

    So how much batting talent do Australia have left? Quite a bit, actually.

    Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has seen it all before and has one of the best batting averages (35.15) in the Australian team. He also has two Ashes centuries to his name. He will resume his innings on 11 not out.

  217. 0959: 

    England batsman Ian Bell, who played the innings of his life to put England in with a good chance of victory, is one of just two surviving members of the Three Lions team which won at Edgbaston in such thrilling fashion in 2005. Kevin Pietersen is the other.

    "I've played too much Ashes cricket to know not to take anything for granted," Bell said.

    "(That game) was my home ground, a game I'll never forget, but hopefully it doesn't go that tight tomorrow."

  218. 0955: 
    Trent Bridge

    It's still very overcast at Trent Bridge. Normally at this time during this Test the sun has started to shine, but no sign of that just yet.

  219. 0952:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England seamer Angus Fraser also has faith in Australia, telling BBC Radio 5 live: "Australia do stand a chance. They still have some capable lower-order batsmen. If they can play as well as they can do they can push England close. But England only need four balls on a pitch offering assistance.

    "Swann will be crucial and the pace bowlers will too. There will be some inconsistency in the pitch and that makes things more unlikely for Australia."

  220. 0947: 

    Can Australia really do this? They fell short at Edgbaston in 2005 but they do have double the wickets left in the shed this time. Skipper Michael Clarke is certainly not throwing in the towel just yet.

    "We're still a fair way away but I think the way we've seen this game, the rollercoaster of Test cricket going up and down for the past four days, anything is possible," he said.

    "I won't be surprised if come tomorrow we don't lose a wicket and we win the game just after lunch."


    Timothy Revell: Going for a pre-Ashes run. Will need to be in tip-top condition to will Agar out.

    Ryan Chapman: I think Graeme Swann could be the key to breaking Aussie hearts today.

    David Fursdon: England need to block the run scoring to ratchet up the pressure and induce risky shots. Could mean delaying new ball.

  222. 0940: 

    Since the beginning of 2012 (and including the first innings here), Australia have had an average partnership of 27.81 for the eighth wicket, 25.30 for the ninth and a remarkable 38.81 for the 10th.

    Only two teams have scored more than 147 runs after the fall of their sixth wicket in the final innings to win a Test: 182 by South Africa (105-6 to 287-9) versus England at Johannesburg in 1906 and 151 by Australia (124-6 to 275-8) against England at Sydney in 1907.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's very overcast and very heavy this morning, with the new ball imminent. James Anderson, Stuart Broad and co should swing the ball. Australia will know it is not a miracle but it is most unlikely. They can still do it as they bat down to number 11. Michael Clarke is bound to say they can do it.

    "It's been an ebb and flow, in many ways a classic Test match. And you can argue that classic Test matches have controversy. You can argue about the accuracy and fairness of DRS. How would this Test match pan out if there had been no technology? There are inconsistencies. We have rushed technology and a bit too soon in my book."

  224. 0934: 

    The Australian newspaper is in bullish mood and hopes "lightning can strike twice" with first-innings hero Ashton Agar at the crease. For all Ashes news throughout the summer, read BBC Sport's dedicated gossip column.

  225. 0931: 

    Meanwhile, the Independent on Sunday reports that Ian Bell rates his second-innings century as his best Ashes hundred and one of his greatest moments with the bat. It's not good news for all of England's players, however, with Steven Finn facing a fight to retain his place in the team for the second Test at Lord's starting on Thursday, with Tim Bresnan, Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett pushing for his place (Sunday Express).

  226. 0928: 

    This has certainly been one of the most exciting Test matches in recent years and the Daily Telegraph's Paul Hayward believes it is "a news-grabbing, fluctuating, nerve-stretching and morally tortured affirmation that five-day cricket between England and Australia can reach the parts no other rivalry involving bat and ball can hope to touch".

  227. 0924: 

    I bet a few of you are reading the Sunday papers while consuming a hearty breakfast. So what are the best cricketing headlines on the news stands this morning? Well, the Sun on Sunday has gone for "Stu walks tall" in reference to Stuart Broad's excellent performances with bat and ball, and The Mail on Sunday reads "On the Brink". And, following Ian Bell's superb century on the fourth day, the Sunday Express plumps for "Bell tolls for Aussies."

  228. 0920: 
    Jonathan Trott

    Batsman Jonathan Trott was one of the first England players to arrive at the ground on Sunday. Most of the team choose to drive themselves from the hotel where they are staying, located in Nottingham's city centre.

  229. 0918: 
    EDGBASTON 2005
    Brett Lee and Andrew Flintoff

    So why the comparison to Edgbaston 2005 then? Well, in that famous Ashes Test match, Australia closed overnight needing 107 runs to win with two wickets in hand. England finally completed a thrilling two-run victory to level the series and break Aussie hearts.

  230. 0915: 

    Let's put the match situation into plain and simple terms then. England need four more Australian wickets to go 1-0 up in the series while the tourists require another 137 runs to snatch an unlikely victory. Brad Haddin and Ashton Agar - the teenager who scored a world record 98 batting at number eleven on the second day of the match - are the men at the crease with James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc to come.


    So how do you deal with tension like this? Do you have any Ashes superstitions that will help your side get over the line today? Let me know through the usual channels - Twitter (#bbccricket), text (81111) and email ( - putting 'For Marc Higginson' in the subject line). Think of it as therapy for the nervous few hours which lie ahead for both teams.

  232. 0909: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Pougatch is at Trent Bridge, and he says: "It's muggy and misty. Trent Bridge is just coming to life.

    "It really is extremely muggy. There is an enormous sense of anticipation, no-one is being complacent here. But I think England will win. Australia have been far from competitive but I think England will get home by maybe 60-70 runs."

  233. 0907: 
    Trent Bridge

    First thing's first, we need to know what the weather is looking like this morning. Well, Jimmy Anderson and the boys will be pleased to see it is a cloudy start at Trent Bridge. England coach Andy Flower was one of the first to arrive at the ground and he has already been out to the middle to inspect the state of the wicket.

  234. 0904: 

    Yep, it's time to turn the phone on silent, put the cat out and postpone that visit from the in-laws. For the next few hours, Ashes fever is about to peak and leave every single one of us - English and Australian - on the edge of our seats, biting our nails and sweating profusely. Then, when it's all over, we'll do it again another nine times. Incredible.

  235. 0900: 
    Steve Harmison

    "Jones … Bowden … Kasprowicz the man to go. And Harmison has done it … Despair on the faces of the batsmen. And joy on the faces of every English player on the field."

    That's the legendary Richie Benaud's commentary at the dramatic conclusion to what has been termed the Greatest Test.

    Are we set for another Edgbaston 2005? England only require four more wickets this morning, Australia need 137 runs.

    We will, won't we? They won't, will they? Let's find out...

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Live Scores - England v Australia


  • England beat Australia by 14 runs
  • England: 215 & 375 (149.5 overs)
  • Australia: 280 & 296 (110.5 overs)
  • Venue: Nottingham

Australia 2nd Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total all out 296
Watson lbw b Broad 46
Rogers c Bell b Anderson 52
Cowan c Trott b Root 14
Clarke c Prior b Broad 23
Smith lbw b Swann 17
Hughes lbw b Swann 0
Haddin c Prior b Anderson 71
Agar c Cook b Anderson 14
Starc c Cook b Anderson 1
Siddle c Cook b Anderson 11
Pattinson not out 25
Extras 1nb 11b 10lb 22

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