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Anderson, Panesar deny Aus victory

cricket Updated: Jul 16, 2009 17:44 IST

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England tailenders James Anderson and Monty Panesar denied Australia victory in the first Ashes Test with a heroic unbeaten last-wicket stand before a capacity 16,000-strong crowd on Sunday.

Victory seemed assured for the Australians when Paul Collingwood was dismissed for 74 after five hours 43 minutes of dogged resistance with England still needing six to make Australia bat again and with 11.3 overs remaining.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting put his faith in off-spinners Nathan Hauritz and Marcus North for the final overs after taking pace bowler Peter Siddle out of the attack.

Anderson (21 not out) and Panesar (7 not out) defied the bowling with the former negotiating the final over from Hauritz to tumultuous applause.

The day began brightly for Australia when Ben Hilfenhaus captured the wicket Australia prized most by knocking over Kevin Pietersen's off-stump.

Heated argument

Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Johnson were involved in a heated argument before the start of day’s play. The tiff took place when Pietersen struck a ball that landed where the Australians were warming up and missed Johnson narrowly. Johnson confronted Pietersen, and the duo were seen exchanging words before Johnson was pulled away by Stuart Clark.

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