England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 5th day August 25, 2013

Haddin's provides some Australian success

George Dobell and Jarrod Kimber at The Oval
ESPNcricinfo present the plays of the day from day five at The Oval

Record of the day
Brad Haddin entered this match needing four dismissals to pass Rod Marsh's 1982-83 record of 28 in a Test series and he finished the first innings level with Marsh, having picked up three catches. That might have been that, had the match petered out to a dull draw but when Australia set England a target at tea it gave Haddin one session to pass Marsh. His opportunity didn't take long. In the fifth over of England's chase, Joe Root flashed outside off stump and tickled Ryan Harris behind, Haddin gloving the chance cleanly to register a world record 29th dismissal in a Test series. Marsh, the selector-on-duty for this tour, said: "I'm delighted for Brad, I just wish he had have broken it by plenty more which probably would have meant we also won the series."

Reception of the day
There is no disguising the fact that Simon Kerrigan has endured a horrid Test debut. But, rather than hounding him, the crowd at The Oval empathised with his pain and encouraged his every involvement in the game. Coming in at No. 11 in England's first innings, he was afforded the sort of rousing reception usually given to greats of the game playing their last Test on the ground - which is a possibility in Kerrigan's case - and, when he got off the mark with an almost involuntary jab to deflect a ball heading into his ribs into the legside, he was rewarded with the sort of ovation usually reserved for players reaching a century.

Catch of the day No. 1
James Anderson has typified the England approach in this series. Despite looking distinctly jaded at times in the last couple of weeks, he has continued to give his all and here was rewarded for a fine piece of commitment and athleticism with the wicket of David Warner. The batsman, perhaps surprised by a bit of extra bounce, prodded the ball off the splice only to see Anderson, somehow changing direction in his follow-through, diving to his right and holding on to an outstanding, one-handed catch despite jamming his forearm into the pitch as he landed. For a fast bowler with many miles in the legs, it was an outstanding effort.

Snub of the day
Australian indignities this series have been many and varied, but the Tasmanian debutant James Faulkner received a curt lesson in English "courtesy" to Ashes opponents when he went to collect a ball that had run away to the boundary towards the Vauxhall End on the final morning. A local spectator, wearing an egg and bacon MCC tie, had picked up the ball and shaped to offer it to Faulkner, before brusquely dropping it to the ground in front of him. It was an un-gentlemanly act, and the notably feisty Faulkner did well to contain his indignation.

Tune of the day
As the realisation dawned in England's second innings that a win really was a possibility, Billy Cooper, the Barmy Army trumpeter, summed up the mood perfectly when he played the Louis Armstrong riff from the song We Have All The Time In The World, from the James Bond film On Her Majesty's secret service. It was a moment that perfectly encapsulated the feel of the ground as it became apparent that Kevin Pietersen was not in a mood to be denied. Cooper was not allowed to play in the first two Tests of the series (at Lord's and Trent Bridge), but has been an amusing and sometimes calming presence in every game since.

Catch of the day No. 2
Matt Prior finally found some form when the series was deader than Abraham Lincoln. Prior had been in hibernation this series. He hadn't just failed to make a hundred, he had failed to make a 40. So he must have been happy to be smashing the ball around with confidence today, then he skied one that went straight up on the air. Mitchell Starc ran around to catch it as it swirled away from him. Eventually he dived and caught it with his mouth inches away from the sawdust. Prior was left half-centruryless.

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  • H on August 26, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @Mad_Hamish "Haddin's keeping has hardly qualified as exceptional. He's pulled off a few good takes but has also missed & not got to ones that should be taken. As for his batting being top notch he averaged 22.88."

    The two matches in which Australia got closest to winning, Haddin was key. In the first Test at Trent Bridge, it was he, and only he, that scared England into thinking we'd lose that match from a strong position. His 71 was a magnificent knock under immense pressure. Averages don't tell you everything.

    At Old Trafford, he set up the declaration with 65 off 99 and a 97 run partnership with Starc. He then took the crucial leg-side catch off Cook when we were 110-3 (including the nightwatchman), ook and Pietersen were both set, with Ian Bell still to come. He doesn't take that (and it was a beauty), the lead could well have been under 100, making the second innings declaration dicey.

    I do rate Paine, but credit where it's due; Haddin's been brilliant for Austria.

  • Ray on August 26, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Congrats to Haddin. No mean feat.

  • j on August 26, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Haddin taking a few regulation chances along with the odd good 'un you'd expect any keeper to take doesn't change the fact that Prior, always rated the best in the world, is just in a different league. It looks like more of the same this winter.

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    R_U_4_REAL_NICK Not all Aus fans. Many of us saw the poor keeping from Wade that cost us wickets v India and SAF and wanted Haddin in. The 'Keeper is picked first as a keeper, part of the reason Lyon figured more in this series was he had a good keeper to back him up. That Haddin had excellent FC form with the bat just backed up his selection.

  • Hamish on August 26, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Haddin's keeping has hardly qualified as exceptional. He's pulled off a few good takes but has also missed & not got to ones that should be taken. As for his batting being top notch he averaged 22.88. There aren't many people who'd prefer Wade to him, there are significant numbers who would rather have Paine because he is far, far superior with the gloves.

  • John on August 26, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Great work by Haddin. He really has been on top form in this series as a WK. His batting has been up and down, but he has made many superb plays behind the stumps.

    Hopefully, this will wake the Aussie selectors up to the idea that giving a batsman a pair of WK gloves might improve the batting a bit, but will leave the side with a whole lot more runs to make due to chances not being accepted.

  • Tom on August 26, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Haddin always saves his best for the Ashes. Well played.

  • John on August 26, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    While Haddin has kept well after a slowish start - he has taken a few excellent grabs - I think that his record should be seen as a credit to Australia's bowlers too. If the keeper is getting lots of chances then the bowlers are doing a pretty good job.

  • Andy on August 25, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Bad when the only good thing the Aussies can take out of a five match Ashes series is how good their wicket keeper was. Bet England are worried, really worried, about going down under!!!!!!

  • Peter on August 25, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK. Let me correct you there, only the fans who know little about cricket were calling for Wade. Anyone with an ounce of cricket knowledge could see Wade's shortcomings as a keeper, it was there to see in the South African, Sri Lankan & (unbelievably) got worse in the Indian series. @H_Z_O Pretty fair summation of Haddin, it was a feel-good story with him coming back after his personal worries. I don't believe he will be around too much longer, but he is vital, short term, for the reconstruction of this Aussie team. And you're right, he, like Prior, are ultimate team men who always put the team ahead of themselves, both play it tough & are respected.

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