NOTTINGHAM, 13 JULY: England were on the brink of winning the first Test against Australia after more umpiring controversy dogged the Ashes series opener at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
Australia were 174 for six at stumps on the fourth day, still needing a further 137 runs to reach their victory target of 311 after they lost three wickets for three runs late in the day.
No side has made more to win in the fourth innings of a Trent Bridge Test than England’s 284 for six against New Zealand in 2004.
But the fact teenage debutant Ashton Agar, who in Australia’s first innings made 98, the highest score by a Test No. 11, was still there was a warning to Ashes-holders England they had work left to do if they were to go 1-0 up in this five-match series. Brad Haddin was 11 not out and Agar, promoted to No 8, one not out.
England captured the prize scalp of Australia captain Michael Clarke when Stuart Broad, himself at the centre of an umpiring row on Friday, had the tourists’ best batsman caught behind by wicketkeeper Matt Prior for 23 off an excellent full-length delivery.