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Well played

England managed to salvage a draw from the first Ashes test last night, after another day’s magnificent batting at the Gabba.

England reached a total of 517-1 before declaring, giving Australian an improbable target of 297 over only 40 overs, and predictably the match ended in a draw. Alistair Cook was the star of the show, hitting 235 not out, the sixth highest ever Ashes innings for an English batsmen, and surpassed Donald Bradman to become the highest ever scorer at the Gabba. Unsurprisingly England have their tails up for the second test in Adelaide.

‘We are going to take a lot out of this Test match and we are looking forward to Adelaide,’ said captain Andrew Strauss. ‘There are some concerns for sure. I don't think we bowled as well as we could in their second innings. We know we can do better and we know we can improve.

‘We're very happy to be nil-all. Nothing changes and both sides will come out hard in the next Test in Adelaide.’

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