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England joy at dramatic Test win

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England took a positive first step in the defence of the Ashes with a dramatic victory over Australia at Trent Bridge. Australia fell 14 runs short of snatching a astonishing win but the five-day drama already looks likely to rank among the classic Ashes Tests.

On the final day England needed another four wickets to win, Australia required a daunting 137 runs. It seemed a formality when Jimmy Anderson caused havoc with the new ball, taking three wickets in four overs to put England on the brink of victory.

In the first innings though, teenage debutant Ashton Agar had managed a defiant innings of 98 in a record-breaking last wicket stand. This time, with Agar already promoted to number eight, wicket-keeper Brad Haddin was joined by James Pattinson for another last-ditch stand. They defied everything the English bowlers could throw at them and edged closer to the required total.

Anderson was still bowling menacingly and the England captain Alastair Cook was quick to refer when Haddin appeared to edge to Prior but was given not out. The video replay confirmed Cook's belief and underlined the importance of retaining a review. Haddin was out and Australia's hopes were dashed.

It was a match of brilliant competitive cricket, some dubious umpiring and standout individual performances. Agar's batting on debut was remarkable, Ian Bell's calm century steered England back into control, but it was Anderson's devastating bowling that was the notable difference between the sides. He won the award for man of the match and already indicated that this could be remembered as Anderson's summer.

"Jimmy was outstanding," Cook said. "He always wants one more over. He's a world-class bowler and you sometimes use him in these situations when you know there's a timeframe. He had an amazing rhythm in this game."

The Australians could consider themselves unfortunate to be on the receiving end of Anderson at his best. "The boys can hold their heads high," their captain Michael Clarke said. "It was a wonderful game of cricket but credit to England. They deserved to win."

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