4th Test, Nottingham, Aug 25-28 2005, Australia tour of England and Scotland
(31.5 ov, target 129)
477 & 129/7
218 & 387
England won by 3 wickets
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Jenny Thompson

England end on top

Another pulsating day ended with England in control of the third Test, although Australia fought back after being made to follow on before lunch

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
England477(123.1 overs)1st Innings
Andrew Flintoff102 (132)
Geraint Jones85 (149)
Shane Warne4/102(29.1)
Shaun Tait3/97(24)
Australia218(49.1 overs)1st Innings
Brett Lee*47 (44)
Simon Katich45 (66)
Simon Jones5/44(14.1)
Australia387(124 overs)2nd Innings
England129/7(31.5 overs)2nd Innings

England have scored a famous victory here at Trent Bridge! And after years and years of waiting English fans can celebrate being ahead in an Ashes series!

But spare a thought for the Australians as well, they played like true champions today, getting so close to defending a small total like 128

The players are all shaking hands with each other now. England and Australia have played some unbelievable cricket in this series so far, truly unbelievable

I'm afraid that's all we have for you from Trent Bridge.

It's been an absolute pleasure bringing you this cracker of a game

I do hope you enjoyed our coverage

For the moment this is Anand Vasu, your commentator, signing off, saying cheers and good night. Catch you again for the start of the fifth Test at the Oval on September 8

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Warne to Giles, 2 runs
THAT'S IT! England have done it! full and on the pads, flicked through the on side for two of the most valuable runs Ashley Giles has ever scored in his life!
Warne to Giles, no run
it's the slider! Giles plays all over it! Somehow the ball misses the off stump. That was a cracking delivery from the blonde master

That could so easily have been the end of the game

Giles does a bit of gardening to steady the nerves

Warne to Giles, no run
full-toss on the leg stump, Giles flicks that but hits Katich at forward short-leg

Still 2 needed, 3 wickets in hand. Right down to the wire

Warne to Giles, no run
full and on the off, defended towards the off side

2 to win, 3 wickets in hand

Warne to Giles, no run
full, fairly flat and on the pads, played down to short fine-leg, no run there
end of over 316 runs
ENG: 127/7CRR: 4.09 
Matthew Hoggard8 (13)
Ashley Giles5 (12)
Brett Lee12-0-51-3

Just 2 to win now and three wickets in hand

Surely now England are well and truly home. The crowd can barely take it, eager to celebrate a famous victory ... all on their feet cheering, chants of "Barmy Army!" echoe around Trent Bridge

Lee to Hoggard, 2 runs
full and on the pads, another yorker that did not quite come off perfectly, flicked down to fine-leg for two more
Lee to Hoggard, no run
just short of a good length and outside the off, slanted towards point with an angled bat

4 needed now, 3 wickets in hand

Surely it's over now?

Lee to Hoggard, FOUR runs
Lee puts in that extra effort searching for the yorker and gets it wrong, the ball is a full-toss and Hoggard calmly drives the ball through cover! The most valuable 4 runs Hoggartd will ever score!

Still 8 needed remember and 3 wickets in hand

Lee to Hoggard, no run
good length ball just outside the off, Hoggard angles the ball away but straight to the man at gully

What is Lee doing here? Is he setting him up for the yorker? Or could it be the slower ball?

Lee to Hoggard, no run
another bouncer steamed in, Hoggard watches very very carefully and leaves the ball alone

90.9 mph from Lee, he is putting in an amazing effort here

Lee to Hoggard, no run
short one banged in Hoggard manages to nimbly step out of the way of that one
end of over 302 runs
ENG: 121/7CRR: 4.03 
Ashley Giles5 (12)
Matthew Hoggard2 (7)
Shane Warne13-2-29-4

Still 8 needed with 3 wickets in hand

Lee now to bowl one more over from the

Radcliffe Road End

Warne to Giles, no run
tossed up and on the off, Giles defends very carefully, he looks extremely calm and composed out there despite all the tension
Warne to Giles, no run
once again reasonably full and on the stumps, once again Giles defends very carefully
Warne to Giles, no run
fuller and on the off, defended to the leg side

Now the targetr is in single figures, 8 needed, 3 wickets in hand

Warne to Giles, 2 runs
too full and on the stumps, worked through the leg side for a couple of runs as Shaun Tait fields

Warne ripping that one, watch out for the slider

Warne to Giles, no run
big spinning legbreak outside the off, left alone to the keeper
Warne to Giles, no run
well flighted and on the off, Giles gets front foot forward and drives
end of over 293 runs
ENG: 119/7CRR: 4.1 
Matthew Hoggard2 (7)
Ashley Giles3 (6)
Brett Lee11-0-45-3

End of another maximum effort from Lee who is in the middle of a fairly long spell here

Still 10 runs needed with 3 wickets in hand

Every game in this Ashes series has been better than the previous one. What an unbelievable series it has been so far

Lee to Hoggard, no run
full and on the stumps, driven well to mid-on but there's no chance of a run
Best performances - batsmen
A Flintoff
102 runs (132)
14 fours
1 sixes
GO Jones
85 runs (149)
8 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
SP Jones
SK Warne
Match details
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
TossEngland , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of England and Scotland
Player Of The Match
Andrew Flintoff
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 1762
Match days25,26,27,28 August 2005 (5-day match)
Test debut
Shaun Tait
Steve Bucknor
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Mark Benson
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle