Man of the day
James Anderson must wish he could play every Test at Trent Bridge after bowling England to victory.
Last Updated: 14/07/13 4:58pm
In seven Tests at the venue the Lancastrian has now taken 49 wickets at an average of 17.34. He helped himself to a 10-wicket haul in the opening Ashes Test, following up his 5-85 in the first innings with 5-73 second time around.
Crucially, he claimed all four wickets to fall on a nerve-jangling final day of the series opener that went right down to the wire.
In the morning session he dismissed Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle, all thanks to slip catches by captain Alastair Cook, during a marathon 13-over spell that pushed England to the brink of victory.
Cramp sent him in for an early lunch, and without him the hosts lost their way. Steve Finn replaced him and immediately saw his first over cost 15 runs - Anderson had given away just 21 in his 13.
When the action resumed after the break it was no surprise to see Cook immediately turn back to his talisman. Anderson duly delivered yet again, getting Brad Haddin caught behind to clinch a 14-run victory.
In the post-match presentation Cook heaped praise on the leader of his seam attack, but insisted the hosts were not overly reliant on him, saying it "just happened to be Jimmy's game."
The thing is, it always happens to be Jimmy's game at Trent Bridge.