“I didn’t hear anything,” the opening bowler said after the game, “but Matt Prior and Cookie [Alastair Cook] were convinced.”
“I’m just delighted we could review it and sneak home.”
Australia almost snatched the win having started day five on 6-174.
While the 311 they needed to win seemed too much, Brad Haddin and his mates throughout the morning thought otherwise.
Anderson got first innings star ‘number 11’ Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle caught at first slip by Cook, but when he needed a rest after 13 overs the wheels fell off for the English.
Haddin tore Steven Finn apart and Pattinson was more comfortable than seemed sensible againts Graeme Swann, the spinner tipped to be the Aussie’s undoing before the Test.
Anderson took five wickets in each innings, and his sixth five-wicket haul had his happy hunting ground Trent Bridge – he was a worthy man of the match.
“The match had the nerves going but I love bowling here and I’m happy to pick up some wickets again,” he said at the end, shortly after the lunch break few thought the Aussies would survive until.
“It generally swings here but whatever way we can get the ball moving, it is a bonus for us.
“At one point it looked like we were only going to have a lead of 150 but Stuart Broad and Ian Bell batted superbly well and got us to a decent total. You can’t fault the effort of the boys.
“I love playing Test match cricket and the Ashes is right up there. The hard work in the gym is for bowling the long spells in matches like these.”
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