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Ashes Live: Day Five – WICKET!


It’s Anderson who ignites the Trent Bridge crowd, and Agar who has to walk. An excellent delivery edged to the welcoming hands of Alastair Cook at first slip. Mitchell Starc the new man in, but with Haddin showing touches of class, he could well be the key to this match. Australia require 104 more…

Ashes Live: Day Five

Gall25194-6 and it’s all very tense here at Trent Bridge. The Australian defence looks solid, and there have been a couple of nicely played shots for four. If momentum was to be the true driving force in this game, it’s difficult to see which way it is swinging.

The new ball was taken at the start of the 82nd over, and it’s Jimmy Anderson to continue from the Radcliffe Road end. The new ball almost worked dividends as well, an appeal for LBW  not impressing either umpire, and there’s no review.

Here comes Broad too, replacing Swann from the Pavilion End.

Ashes Live: Day Five


The opening exchanges have been tight, Swann and Anderson keeping the batsmen well under wraps. Agar looking assured, and he received quite the reception after sweeping Swann for an excellent four. The only real chance has come from Anderson, Haddin edging one that evaded Prior by inches before hitting the boundary rope. 180-6, 131 more needed.

Ashes Live: Day Five


Jerusalem rings out from Trent Bridge for the final time this summer, and conditions will have England’s bowlers rubbing the ball between their hands with glee. It’s overcast, and far from the baking heat from earlier in the Test. Graeme Swann is opening… facing young Ashton Agar. Here we go!

Ashes Podcast: Mrs Agar

When young bowler Ashton Agar was presented his cap by Glenn McGrath ahead of the test here at Trent Bridge, the resounding question around many was ‘Who?’.

The 19-year-old then made quite the statement, sending records tumbling after scoring 98 from number 11.

Trent Bridge united in supporting the young man on his final shot, which was caught by Swann, and he received a rousing reception, leaving the field two shy of a century and an instant hero.

There will have been no prouder individual in the ground than Sonia Agar, his mum.

Ashes Podcast: David Hussey

David Hussey has a reputation around these parts, and Nottinghamshire’s favourite Australian is sure to have some divisive opinions on the matters in hand here at Trent Bridge this week. Find out what he has to say for himself:

View from the stands

steward1In their high visibility gear dotted around Trent Bridge, it’s the job of the safety steward to help keep things moving smoothly for spectators throughout the day.

It’s also a great way of getting feedback from fans and getting to know their impressions of the Ground.

Steve Rippey’s been a steward at Trent Bridge for many years as well as doing a similar job just across the river at nearby Nottingham Forest Football Club. ”It’s a very different atmosphere at the cricket compared with the football” says Steve. “The banter’s a bit more friendly and of course the weather’s better!”

Chatting to fans is all part of the job and Steve has met quite a few fans from Australia over the past couple of days.

“They really seem to love Trent Bridge” says Steve. “They like the atmosphere and some have been surprised how close they are to the action compared to many grounds back home”.