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GOD FOR JIMMY on; FIRST BLOOD THE ASHES ARE ON FIRETHANK TO ENGLAND AFTER FIFTH DAY NAILBITER Brilliant Anderson defies the tension and cramp to steer nervy England home.

Byline: DEAN WILSON Cricket Correspondent

JIMMY ANDERSON was emotionally and physically drained, despite using Popeye's favourite trick to give him the extra energy he needed to floor the Aussies.

England's finest fast bowler of his generation put down a 10-wicket man-of-the-match marker for this Investec Ashes series and after a lung-bursting 13-over spell he revealed how he kept going.

Instead of spinach, it was isotonic, electrolyte-heavy, energy-boosting drinks and gels.

But the cartoon sailor-man would have been proud of the way England's fast bowler stretched his arms and legs for one more time to finish the old enemy.

It was one of the all-time great spells of modern fast bowling that took England to the brink of first Test glory before the late lunch break and a recharge of the batteries took him and his team over the line.

over the me RS t And when it came courtesy of another DRS referral, his fifth wicket of the innings, his 10th of the match and the final Australian of the 20 England needed to win the Test, the adrenaline rush still left him empty.

o eeft "It has been draining emotionally and physically," raini" admitted Anderson, who finished with figures of 10-158. "I'm lost for words - it's been amazing.

"The hard work in the gym is for bowling the long spells in matches like these. The lunch break came at a good time.

"I managed to refuel and get a lot of fluid on board, some food and then just rest the legs for half an hour.

"I knew it wasn't going to be a huge spell after lunch, they only needed 20 to win, so I think that plus the adrenaline helped."

spell af need tha " A packed house for day five arrived with four Australian wickets to be taken, while 137 runs needed to be scored. It was advantage England, but only just.A not too dissimilar situation to the 2009 Lord's Test when Andrew Flintoff took the ball and just kept going until the job was done.

n It Engl A no This time it was Anderson and in conjunction with skipper Alastair Cook, they got rid of three men, caught at slip to reduce the Australians to 231-9 and all but defeated. Four years ago at Lord's, Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin were the men hoping to pull off something special at the start of the day and this time the fact the visitors got within 14 runs of a great upset was down to Haddin.

Brought back into this Australia team as vice-captain and to show a bit of backbone, he did just that and more.

With 80 still needed when last man James Pattinson (with Haddin, left) walked to the middle, he marshalled a 10th-wicket partnership of 65 that took his team within sniffing distance of greatness.

Haddin did not deserve to be the last man out after a battling 71, but by that stage, no England fan was interested in Australian fairy tales.

Until the lunch break, which was pushed back to 1.30pm due to the ninth wicket being down, Australia had the momentum with them.

Anderson had cramp and was unable to bowl, Steven Finn was a liability, while Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann could be played off the slow, low pitch.

The break made the difference and for a man who is used to battling out tight finishes with the bat, this was a situation he relished, because he certainly knew what he was doing with the ball.

"It was a lot more relaxed for me because I've got an idea of what I'm doing," he said.

"Even when I was batting at Cardiff a few years ago, the fact that you're actually out there in the middle you feel less nervous, because you're in control.

"And that felt the same today. As soon as I got the ball I felt in control and I wasn't nervous because I knew what I was doing. I knew I could get that final wicket."

JIMMY: THREE OF THE BEST.. 2010 v Pakistan, Trent Bridge: Anderson's first 10-wicket haul in Tests is an exhibition of unplayable swinging deliveries.

His 2nd innings display is a mindboggling 6-17 in 15 overs.

2010 v Australia, Melbourne: Anderson returns to Australia following the birth of his daughter and takes 4-44 as Australia are skittled out for 98. It is part of the most dominant Boxing Day for England ever. 2012 v India, Kolkata: Takes three wickets in each innings as part of an incredible win. It is the timing of his wickets on a spinning pitch that is so impressive. Tendulkar, Kohli and Dhoni all fall to him.


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IT AT LAST! Anderson leads the England celebrations as the final Aussie wicket falls sDONE
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jul 15, 2013
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