Tudor celebrates but England rue their ill-fortune

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August 4, 2001

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Alex Tudor has emerged as the perfect foil to England's respected opening pair of Caddick and Gough.

Tudor claimed his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket in Australia's first innings at Trent Bridge, and was understandably delighted.

"I am on top of the world," he said. "To get five wickets in my comeback match, I cannot ask for more than that. I tried to bowl it in the right areas and luckily it was my day."

And he paid tribute to Glenn McGrath's bowling as the example that he hoped to follow.

"He showed where to bowl the ball in the first innings and I tried to do that as well," Tudor said. "You can only learn from the best and there is no-one better than Glenn McGrath. He showed there is no point banging the ball in short when the wicket is moving around like that."

But Tudor and his England team-mates are aware that Australia appeared to take a firm grip on the Ashes with Shane Warne claiming another five English wickets.

England felt that Mike Atherton was probably unfortunate to be given out caught behind, and with Marcus Trescothick falling to a freak catch - his sweep rebounding off the burly frame of Hayden at short leg into the eager clutches of Adam Gilchrist - and replays suggesting that the Warne delivery was a no-ball anyway, England were left rueing their luck.

"Mike felt he did not touch it," Alex Tudor admitted afterwards. "We have seen in the past a few decisions do not go your way, but losing a player like Mike is disappointing.

"I suppose that with all the technology available now it is frustrating," Tudor said. "But it is the umpire out there making the decision, and of course they are human. We just have to get on with it.

"To lose Marcus just before the rain came like that is very frustrating," he continued. "I am sure Marcus would be very disappointed. It has happened to him before in Sri Lanka and it is obviously a bit freakish."

Even Warne agreed that Trescothick had been unlucky - particularly remembering that he was dismissed in similar fashion in the winter, caught in Arnold's shirt in Colombo.

"Trescothick going like that is just one of those things in cricket that is dead unlucky," Warne conceded. "It is a bit stiff for him - he was playing well - but it was lucky for me."

But Warne insisted that Mike Atherton had got an edge to the delivery that dismissed him, and was surprised at the controversy surrounding the decision.

"I heard a good noise," he said. "It was a good little noise, and I didn't realise there was any conjecture about it."

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