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England secure first Ashes Test victory by just 14 runs

Alastair Cook of England celebrates after catching Peter Siddle of Australia off the bowling of James Anderson
Alastair Cook of England celebrates after catching Peter Siddle of Australia off the bowling of James Anderson

JAMES Anderson secured victory for England by 14 runs in the first Investec Ashes Test in a gripping encounter against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Tireless Anderson (five for 73) bowled 13 successive overs on an agonising final morning, his burst of three wickets for six runs helping to give him 10 in the match.

But in the end it needed yet another DRS referral, in this epic contest dominated by them, to ensure England's pace lynchpin ended the late heroics of Brad Haddin (71) in a 10th-wicket stand of 65 with James Pattinson as Australia were bowled out for 296 just after lunch.

There were unmistakeable echoes of Edgbaston 2005 - when England famously prevailed by just two runs in similar circumstances - by the time Anderson had Haddin caught behind off an inside edge after Aleem Dar had initially given the Australia wicketkeeper not out.

Anderson's accomplice this morning, after almost an hour had elapsed with no joy - and plenty of concern for any Englishmen in a sold-out crowd - was Alastair Cook, with three catches at first slip.

Australian captain Michael Clarke refused to blame the decision review system for the outcome but conceded the game needed to get rid of the 'howlers'.

"That's the way the system is unfortunately. If I'd used my reviews better, I would have had an opportunity to use it when there's a howler like that," Clarke said.

"We've still got two umpires on the field they're still the most important people out on the ground, those two umpires. They make their decisions and, as a player, I've been brought up to live with the decision of those guys.

"The DRS has been introduced for the howler - there's no doubt about that. I don't know the answer to your question (how to fix it). What we've got is the same for both teams. That's all I can ask for."

More on this story at The Independent

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