10 Test Matches In 21st Century That Proves That “Tests Are Still The Best”

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#8 England v Australia, Trent Bridge, 2013

Talking about see-saw rides the first test of Ashes 2013 was probably the mother of all see-saw rides. Whenever England marched towards taking an advantage, Australia swooped into the game with their fighting spirit. When Australia were 117/9 in their first innings after England’s 215, Ashton Agar stunned everyone with his astonishing 98 batting at no. 11 and Aussies ended up with a lead of 65. Australia started to crawl ahead in the second innings with regular wickets but England somehow managed to set a target of 311 for the visitors with a ton from Ian Bell and a controversial fifty from Stuart Broad. Australia were 174/6 at the end of day 4 and it seemed just a formality on the final day but Aussies were yet to show their never-say-die spirit for one last time in the game. Brad Haddin took Australia close batting with the tailenders and were just 15 away with one wicket left when Haddin made a tentative push towards a James Anderson delivery only to be adjudged not out by the umpire. England tried their luck with DRS and decision was reversed as England prevailed in one of the most epic Ashes encounters. DRS seemed like a pretty odd way to end a stupendous game like this.

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England players started the celebration after the on-field decision was reversed through DRS

 

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