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England salvage draw from first Test

England got a hard won draw in the first Ashes series Test played at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff after Australia failed to bowl them out on the fifth day.

The early play on the fifth day went Australia's way as England lost key wickets and victory looked so certain but Paul Collingwood's stay on the crease made sure that England snatched an unlikely draw.

I think that on their performance on the last day England probably deserved a draw because it was Australia's duty to bowl them out and they failed to do so.

The tourists had just one innings were four players scored centuries. Simon Katich, captain Ricky Ponting, Marcus North and Brad Haddin all scored centuries.

I also think that the rain breaks were good for England and especially on day four when play had to finish early because of the weather.

The drawn first Test means that this could be yet another interesting Ashes series. The second Test begins at Lord's on Thursday.

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