Trent Bridge 2005 went down to the wire and the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge 2013 had fans at the ground biting their nails, while viewers from across the world were glued to their televisions. In the end, as predicted England finally managed to cross the line with a little help from the DRS. The first Ashes test lived up to all the hype and has shown that test cricket is alive and well.
The pitch surprised a number of people as it was dry, dusty and offered very little for the seamers on both sides. James Anderson who was named Man of the Match took 10 wickets but he had to work extremely hard, including bowling a 13 over spell on the 5th and final day.
There is no doubt that the Aussies surprised England with the fight they put up. On the 2nd day, Australia looked down and out until test debutant Ashton Agar who was batting at number 11, played a blinder and not only brought Australia back into the game but gave them the upper hand.
However, a steady innings from Cook and Pietersen along with a well compiled century from Ian Bell gave England an imposing total of 300 plus. Yet, the way the Aussies started their second innings, the total no longer looked threatening. In the end, it was James Anderson who took the final wicket in the second innings and took England over the line.
The match was spectacular as both sides put up an excellent show resulting in a sell-out crown on the final day at Trent Bridge. The television ratings were also good with viewers from over 60 countries tuning in to watch the Ashes. Yet the match was marred by poor umpiring decisions and a faulty DRS review system.
In England’s second innings, Jonathan Trott could not get the benefit of the DRS due to a human error on the video recording. Stuart Broad nicked one to first slip but Aleem Dar gave it not out and Australia had used up their reviews. To cap things off, the final wicket of Brad Haddin did not look very conclusive on the DRS and gave the Aussie press something to write home about. Australian Captain Michael Clarke openly admitted that England used the DRS reviews a lot better than he had and that is one area where he is looking to immediately improve.
During the post match press conference Captain Alistair Cook was full of praise for his premier fast bowler saying “Jimmy was outstanding. He always wants one more over — I think 13 was probably quite a lot in that first hour!” When Cook was asked if England were now over reliant on James Anderson, he went on to say that “No, not at all. He`s a world-class bowler and you sometimes use him in these situations when you know there`s a timeframe.”
Australia came out with a lot of positives, the most obvious one being the performance of Ashton Agar. Their main concern will be the flop of their batting order and will have to address those issues if they are to even the series at Lords.