England in control on day 4

England took control at Trent Bridge on day 4, with Australia limited to 174 for 6 at the close, 137 runs behind.

The day started well, as Broad reached his 50 and Bell reached his century early on. But eventually, the Aussies broke the 138 run partnership, as Broad was caught for 65 from Pattinson’s bowling. This time Broad did walk. Haddin also caught Bell behind for 109, with Starc claiming his 3rd wicket of the innings. At this point, England were 371-8, and England’s tail enders didn’t put up much resistance, with Swann falling for 9, Anderson for 0, both from Siddle, and Finn 2 not out. England finished on 375 all out.

Australia raced along to track down England’s high total, but their progress was halted by Stuart Broad, who trapped Watson lbw for 46. Just before tea, England got their second breakthrough, with Cowan being caught by Trott for 14. England tore in to the visitors after tea, with Rodgers being the first to fall for 52, with Bell taking the catch from Anderson’s bowling. Stuart Broad took the key wicket of Michael Clarke, caught behind for 23. This opened the floodgates, as in the next over Graeme Swann trapped Steve Smith lbw for 17. Australia only added three runs, bringing their total to 164 before Swann struck again, with one of Australia’s first innings heroes Phil Hughes going for 0, lbw as well. Australia will resume tomorrow on 174 for 6 with Haddin and Agar at the crease.

With Swann in this form, England will be favourites to get the four wickets that they need to wrap up the first test, and lead the Ashes 1-0.

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