Anderson: ‘If matches go on like this at Trent Bridge, I would not want to be playing here all that often. I love bowling here. The ball did a lot more reverse than conventional. Cook made up for that drop of Siddle very well. You cannot fault the effort of the guys today. The dismissal of Michael Clarke is right up there as my finest wicket. If I bowl 13 over spells consistently, the workload will be a bit harder. However, this is the Ashes and this is why we put in that extra effort in the gym.’
James Anderson is the MoM for his match haul of 10/158.
Alastair Cook: ‘I might not be the only captain to go bald after Nasser Hussain, Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan, but days like these do not help. I kept a cool head but Australia fought incredibly hard and credit goes to them. Anderson was fantastic. He wanted one more over but he had bowled 13 already. We were not over-reliant on Anderson and we use him in these circumstances (when asked about Anderson’s workload). He is in good rhythm and Broad, Finn supported him well. Anderson had a bit of cramp before lunch. The innings played by Bell showed his class and determination. Australia bowled superbly in the second innings and they held the length back. We were under pressure in the second innings. Australia have a fantastic bowling unit and they will pose questions in this series. This is a great match and to get this crowd on the final day is an outstanding effort.’
Michael Clarke: ‘The guys can hold their head high. Credit to England for putting up a superb show. Ian Bell and James Anderson were outstanding. I tried not to think too much of the 2005 Edgbaston match. It has been a great game for both fans and players but we will have a crack in four days time. We have a good mixture of youth and experience. Haddin was superb. I do not care how we make the runs as long as we make them. We aim for success. I would expect that dry conditions will await us in this series. I am not happy with the way we used DRS. At the end of the day, England used the DRS well but it is consistent for both teams. Ashton Agar is a remarkable talent and he is a popular boy. He has got a smart mind and he loves the game. We are going to see a lot more of him. I am confident of challenging England in the series.’