Up and running: England seal thrilling victory to get Ashes off to flying start

England's James Anderson (centre) and the rest of the England team celebrate winning the First Investec Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge

England's James Anderson (centre) and the rest of the England team celebrate winning the First Investec Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge

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ENGLAND’s cricketers secured a nail-biting victory in the first Ashes Test as they prevailed in a gripping encounter.

The home side’s win by only 14 runs at Trent Bridge came after four-and-a-half days of tense 
see-saw action.

England looked set for a comfortable win but a remarkable last wicket stand by Australia – their second of the match – set up a breathtaking finale.

Lancashire paceman James Anderson took all four wickets to fall yesterday, but the last only came with the help of replay technology which has proved controversial throughout the contest.

It triggered scenes of wild celebration among players and home fans reminiscent of those during the 2005 Ashes series.

England’s victory is the first time they have won the opening contest in an Ashes series since 1997 and marks the third defeat in a row for the Australians in one of sport’s oldest rivalries – a feat not achieved since 1986. The next match starts at Lord’s on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s first team coach, former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie, has been granted compassionate leave by the club following the tragic death of his father.

Neil Gillespie died of a heart attack on Saturday while staying with his wife at his son’s family home in Leeds.

The club said: “Our heartfelt condolences go to Jason, his mother and family.”

Mr Gillespie, a former head of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, was a great supporter of his son’s cricketing career during which he claimed 402 international wickets before moving into coaching. He steered Yorkshire to promotion last season and the county is well placed to challenge for the title this summer.

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