Stuart Broad claimed his second five-wicket haul of the match to lead England to a 74-run fourth Test victory over Australia at Durham today.
Broad finished with 6 for 50 and match figures of 11 for 121 as the Aussies collapsed from 147 for 1 to 224 all out to hand England a 3-0 series lead and a third successive Ashes series win.
The tourists had been set 299 before lunch when England were dismissed for 330, and opening pair Chris Rogers and David Warner put on 109 before the former was caught at slip by Jonathan Trott off Graeme Swann for 49.
The duo took the attack to the England bowlers and were rewarded by quick runs – Warner being particularly aggressive on one occasion whacking Swann over the long-off fence.
First innings centurion Rogers had just cut the spinner for his eighth boundary when Swann got one to turn just enough to catch the defensive edge, Trott taking the low catch.
Usman Khawaja missed a straight ball from Swann and Tim Bresnan (2 for 36) then triggered a collapse when he found extra bounce to catch the bat edge of danger-man Warner (71).
Broad bowled skipper Michael Clarke with a peach of a delivery with the first ball after the final drinks break as Australia began their slump towards defeat.
The Nottinghamshire seamer bowled Steve Smith when the batsman pulled the ball onto his stumps to leave them on 175 for 5 before both Shane Watson and Brad Haddin fell foul of DRS in near-identical circumstances.
The pair were adjudged LBW to balls they felt were going down leg side, and promptly called for a review, but on both occasions Hawk Eye showed the ball would have just clipped the top corner of leg stump. Their wickets ended any hope the Aussies now had of victory, despite the target falling into double digits.
Broad, at one point having figures of 3 for 4 in five overs, continued to terrorize the tail trapping Ryan Harris plumb LBW before sending Nathan Lyon’s stumps cartwheeling.
England took the extra half hour in a bid to complete victory and aptly it was Broad, back on after a period in which the spinners had to bowl due to poor light, who wrapped things up as Peter Siddle (23) chipped him to James Anderson at long off, sparking scenes of wild celebration.
Harris earlier finished with career-best figures of 7 for 117 as England added 96 runs in 21 overs, despite losing centurion Ian Bell with the addition of just eight to his overnight 105.
Nightwatchman Bresnan counter-attacked to great effect with 45 while Swann added a swift 30 after Harris threatened to run through the tail.
Bell was bowled off an inside edge to a ball that kept low and Matt Prior saw his stumps broken first ball after a ricochet off his elbow.
Bresnan — who had narrowly survived an LBW review when on 12 — responded by striking three boundaries in succession off Jackson Bird at one stage as 60 runs, and three wickets, came in the first 10 overs of the second new ball.
Harris bounced out Broad (13), caught off his left glove in the gully, to end a breezy stand of 24 with Bresnan.
The Yorkshire all-rounder eventually became Harris’ seventh wicket when he chipped back a simple caught-and-bowled.
But there was more frustration for Australia when Smith dropped Swann at long-on off Lyon (3 for 55), costing them another 13 runs before James Anderson was last out caught-behind off the spinner. (Sky)
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