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Brett Lee and Andrew Flintoff


This feels all too familiar

The shadows of Edgbaston loomed large over Trent Bridge cricket ground on Saturday.

From Australia's increasingly desperate run chase to England's unquestionable fear that their old foe still had something special in reserve, the comparisons were inescapable.

Eight years ago Australia entered day four trailing by 107 runs with just two wickets in hand.

Now, they require 137 but have four wickets in hand.

Then, Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer had combined for a promising start.

Now, Chris Rogers compiled a measured half century and was ably supported by fellow opener Shane Watson (46).

Then, wickets fell regularly as Australia slowly chipped away at the diminishing total.
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Now, the mood of the ground fluctuated wildly as Australia briefly moved into strong positions only to be pegged back by the hosts.

Then, Australia's brightest young star Michael Clarke defied the English attack and stopped the on-field bleeding.

Now, Australia's captain Michael Clarke stepped in with a cool head to steer his side out of danger.

Then, Clarke fell on the final ball of day three to a tremendous slower ball yorker from England's towering quick Steven Harmison.

Now, Clarke feathered a catch to the 'keeper late in the day off England's towering quick Stuart Broad.

Then, with Australia 8-175 England's fans turned up on the final day in party mode.

Now, with Australia 6-174 England's fans left Trent Bridge with sunburnt faces and no doubt in their mind they'd be returning to watch a famous victory.

Then, the veteran Shane Warne and the indefatigable Brett Lee took up the challenge.

Now, veteran keeper Brad Haddin will start day five in the middle with debutant Ashton Agar.

Then, Warne, Lee and Michael Kasprowicz dragged Australia to within two runs of the most remarkable of victories.

Then, Kasprowicz fended a vicious Harmison bouncer into the gloves of wicketkeeper Geraint Jones - sealing a famous victory for the home side and levelling the series at 1-1.

Then, England's star allrounder Andrew Flintoff bent down to put his arm around a shattered Brett Lee - an image to be forever remembered as the epitome of sportsmanship.

And now? With their backs against the wall the Australians have a chance to both create and defy history.

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