Magic moment

The opening Ashes Test had everything.

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Controversy, centuries, sizzling bowling, spectacular batting and even technology grabbed the headlines at Trent Bridge.

What magical moment caught the imagination of the Sky Sports pundits?

Nasser Hussain - Rave reviews

It's all about the moments around the DRS system and how well it's been used - or not so well! On day two there was Ashton Agar with the umpire's review and not the players. I love the reaction of the players in all of these referrals - is it out or not out?

The Australians have not used the system so well. There was Jonny Bairstow on day three that left the Aussies without any reviews. Then it Stuart Broad's edge to Michael Clarke. The skipper as furious!

Then Clarke's wicket at the end of day four. He reviewed it and Hot Spot showed a feint edge. That last one was very important and meant they had no reviews for the final day. All of this has added to all the fun and magic moments.

Ian Botham - Jimmy blows away Clarke

When you see a craftsman work as hard as Jimmy Anderson, perfect his skills and see him come in with that delivery in the first innings of the first Test to bowl out skipper Michael Clarke. What a psychological blow!

I defy any batsman to have played that. It was the sort of ball you dream about and once in a while it happens. It was magnificent and it laid down a marker for the rest of the Test.

Michael Holding - Sizzling Siddle

The conditions on which Peter Siddle bowled on day one were ideal for fast bowling. The pitch was offering a little bit and there was some swing around but to take five wickets on this surface was fantastic.

"He's not a fast bowler everybody dreams about watching but figures of 5-50 off 14 has to go down as a very good performance. It even included Kevin Pietersen who was looking like he was set for a big score.

Andrew Strauss - Brilliant Bell

Ian Bell's second innings century was the best innings of the game and came under real pressure when England needed someone to stand up and deliver.

The perception is that he doesn't score ugly runs. These runs were ugly or rather tough and they were very important. He played the situation very well and it's a good step forward for him. More importantly it set England up to win this game.

Bumble - Dazzling debutant

It has to be the innings of Ashton Agar in the first innings. He's a young kid and a star has been born.

He comes in at no 11 and played fantastically well. He's got a bit of Kevin Pietersen in there and his 98 was a pure and innocent innings. We knew nothing about him, he can bowl as well and he looks to be a terrific cricketer.

Mike Atherton - Team game

It's the wicket of Chis Rogers in the second innings. It was a collaborative effort of James Anderson and the bowling coach David Saker.

Australia were 124-2 and England were in a tough situation. They went in for tea and obviously had a chat. England's bowlers have always described Saker as a strategist.

Anderson produced a slower ball and Rogers chipped to Ian Bell. It was a plan that came off and you could see the joy when Anderson pointed to Saker on the balcony.

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