Australia angst over DRS system in Ashes loss

HaddinThe initial Test of the 2013 Ashes series has ended on an appropriate note of a DRS dispute after a not-out judgment against Brad Haddin 15 runs short of success was overturned on referral.

This should be a Test recalled for the batting heroics of young Australian debutante Ashton Agar and the inspired10-wicket swing bowling of England pacer James Anderson but instead it will be remembered mostly for all the angst due to the Decision Review System.

Australia’s battling rear-guard action to score the 137 runs required on the last day to win this Test looked to when Peter Siddle became the 9th wicket to fall in the innings, and the next of the morning to James Pattinson, with the score at 231, still 80 runs short.

But a few swashbuckling batting from Haddin and the left-handed Pattinson, aided, it must be said, by some immature bowling by English pacer Steven Finn, saw Australia, for the 2nd time in this game, stage an outstanding last-wicket stand.

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