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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 August 2005, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
England lead Ashes after epic win
Fourth Ashes Test, Trent Bridge, day four: England 477 & 129-7 beat Australia 218 & 387 by three wickets
England lead five-Test series 2-1
Steve Harmison is hugged by a team-mate
To get over the line is great and we now want to make sure we win the Ashes and play as well at The Oval
Michael Vaughan

England wobbled before holding their nerve at Trent Bridge to beat Australia by three wickets and lead an Ashes series for the first time since 1997.

Set 129 after dismissing Australia for 387, England slumped to 57-4 and 116-7.

Shane Warne (4-31) and Brett Lee (3-51) threw everything at England, but the hosts clung on grimly with Ashley Giles hitting the winning runs.

England, 2-1 ahead, need only to draw the final Test at The Oval to win the Ashes for the first time since 1986/7.

Warne had England stuttering early in their chase with three quick wickets before Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen looked to have done enough with a 46-run stand for the fifth wicket.

But a withering burst of speed bowling from Lee accounted for both, and England were sweating profusely when Geraint Jones threw his bat - and his wicket away - when holing out in the deep.

Shane Warne
Warne was at his best as England wobbled in their run-chase

It was yet another nail-biting finale to a Test between these two sides, but such an outcome was not on the cards at the start of the day with Australia 222-4 and following on in their second innings.

Simon Katich and Michael Clarke struck fifties in a stand of 100 for the fifth wicket and Warne hit a brisk 45, but nobody could produce the big innings Australia required.

The pair were largely untroubled at the start of the day, Clarke registering his fourth Test fifty - and second of the series - with a leg-side push for two off Ian Bell.

The new ball was tossed to Steve Harmison two overs after it was due, with Hoggard operating at the other end.

Neither looked threatening until Hoggard nipped one back onto Clarke's pads and launched a huge appeal, which umpire Steve Bucknor turned down after a long look.

But England's disappointment soon turned to joy when Clarke (56) fished outside the off-stump and feathered Hoggard to Geraint Jones.

Adam Gilchrist wasted no time settling in, crashing Flintoff for successive fours in the last over of the session, but England went to lunch buoyed by the belated reward for their morning's toil.

Hoggard was again to the fore after the break, targeting Gilchrist's leg stump and trapping the out-of-sorts left-hander lbw for 11.

Simon Katich
Katich is furious after being wrongly given out in an lbw decision

Warne, out first ball in the first innings, signalled his intent with three boundaries in one Flintoff over.

The obdurate Katich brought up his eighth Test fifty soon after, but his 183-ball 59 came to an end in contentious circumstances when Harmison's lbw appeal was upheld despite the ball pitching well outside leg-stump and looking too high.

England looked to move in for the kill only for Geraint Jones to undermine the team with shoddy keeping.

He first put down a one-handed chance off Lee before disturbing the stumps with his gloves when a clear run-out chance was on to oust the same batsman.

But redemption came when Warne, having hit Ashley Giles for six and four, left his crease again for a big heave only to be stumped.

Pietersen dropped his sixth straight catch in Test cricket to reprieve Michael Kasprowicz at mid-wicket, but Jones made no mistake soon after off the bowling of Harmison.

Shaun Tait was then clean bowled by Harmison, leaving Lee stranded on 26 and England with an apparently straightforward run-chase.

Andrew Flintoff
Flintoff batted well until getting a good ball from Lee

England started aggressively, with Marcus Trescothick doing most of the scoring as 32 runs were shorn from the target in five overs.

But the introduction of Warne had effect from the leg-spinner's very first ball, which Trescothick defended off his pad to silly mid-off.

Warne swiftly had three scalps when Michael Vaughan sent a leading edge to slip and Andrew Strauss glanced one to Clarke at leg-slip.

And two balls later Lee claimed Bell to a hook shot that Kasprowicz gobbled in the deep, England wobbling on 57-4.

But Flintoff, so brilliant in this Test and for most of the series, was having nothing of a full-blown England collapse.

He deadened Australia's newfound momentum with selective strokeplay off Warne and Tait but lost Pietersen caught behind when Lee returned to the attack, and even Flintoff had no answer to the rapid Lee off-cutter which took the off-stump.

England's mood worsened when Jones tossed his wicket away, but Hoggard capitalised on some poor Lee balls to get England within striking distance.

And a leg-side half-volley from Warne was enticing enough for Giles to clip through mid-wicket and hand England a deserved win, their first at Trent Bridge over Australia since 1977.

Interview: England captain Michael Vaughan

Interview: Matthew Hoggard and Ashley Giles

Interview: Australia captain Ricky Ponting


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