England won a thrilling first test against Australia by just 14 runs on Sunday after James Anderson claimed 5-73 on a tense fifth day.

Chasing 311, Australia struggled at 231-9 before its last-wicket pair of Brad Haddin (71) and James Pattinson (25 not out) took the total to 296 and the brink of a famous victory.

England leads the five test series 1-0. The second test starts at Lord’s on Thursday.

Anderson had earlier taken three wickets during the morning session.

Play began with the floodlights on to combat the overcast conditions and the first runs of the morning came when Haddin flashed Anderson through third slip for four in the second over of the session.

England opted not to take the new ball until the 82nd over and Australia took this as a cue to attack.

Agar (14) offered few chances, but he finally fell after 57 minutes when he nudged Anderson to first slip. Mitchell Starc then fell in almost identical fashion, lasting just five balls before he was tempted by Anderson and caught by Cook for 1.

Peter Siddle reduced the target to less than 100 with successive boundaries off Broad and was dropped by Cook off Anderson when he was on 10. Cook atoned brilliantly in Anderson’s next over with a superb diving catch.

Anderson bowled for nearly two hours from the Radcliffe Road End but, when he was replaced, Haddin smashed Steven Finn for three consecutive boundaries.

The lunch session was extended as England chased the final wicket, but Finn bowled two overs for 24 runs and Pattinson hit Swann for six over midwicket to reduce the target to 31.

The lunch interval gave Anderson the chance to recover and in his second over of the session Haddin swished at the fifth ball to hand Anderson his fifth wicket and England the match.


Shane Watson lbw Broad 46

Chris Rogers c Bell b Anderson 52

Ed Cowan c Trott b Root 14

Michael Clarke c Prior b Broad 23

Steve Smith lbw Swann 17

Phillip Hughes lbw Swann 0

Brad Haddin c Prior b Anderson 71

Ashton Agar c Cook b Anderson 14

Mitchell Starc c Cook b Anderson 1

Peter Siddle c Cook b Anderson 11

James Pattinson not out 25

Extras- (111b, 10lb, 1nb) 22

TOTAL- 296

Overs- 110.5.

Fall of wickets- 1-84, 2-111, 3-124, 4-161, 5-161, 6-164, 7-207, 8-211, 9-231, 10-296.

Bowling- James Anderson 31.5-11-73-5, Stuart Broad 23-7-54-2 (1nb), Graeme Swann 44-10-105-2, Steven Finn 10-3-37-0, Joe Root 2-0-6-1.

Toss- won by England.

Result- England wins by 14 runs.

Umpires- Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka.

Third umpire- Marais Erasmus, South Africa. Match referee- Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.

source: the hindu