England win Ashes

England wrapped up the 4th test and the series at Durham today after a superb spell of bowling saw the Aussies fall from 109-0 to 224 all out.

Starting on 234-5, England wanted to get a lead of at least 300 to secure a win at Chester-Le-Street. Tim Bresnan survived an early lbw review after the new ball came out, with the decision being left to ‘Umpire’s call’ as the ball was only clipping the bails. Ian Bell fell early on to end a magnificent innings of 113 after being bowled by Harris. Harris claimed his 5th wicket as he dismissed Prior for a Golden duck from the next ball. Harris got his 3rd wicket of the day as Steve Smith caught Broad for 13, leaving England on 275-8. Bresnan, who had been promoted to 7, and Swann put on an impressive 42 partnership before Bresnan was caught and bowled by Ryan Harris for 45. Swann survived a dropped catch by Steve Smith when he was on 17. Jimmy Anderson was finally out for 0, as he nicked Lyon behind to Haddin, meaning England finished on 330 all out, a lead of 299. Harris’ 7-117 was his best figures for Australia

Rain delayed play by an hour after lunch but finally the sun came out with Australia on 11-0. Chris Rodgers survived an appeal, as the umpire gave him out for caught behind, however the review showed the ball to have come off his hip, not his bat. England finally broke through the 109 run opening partnership by Graeme Swann, as Jonathon Trott caught Rodgers for 49. Swann also got the next wicket, as Khawaja went lbw for 21. Bresnan got the key wicket of Warner, who by this time was on 71, with Prior catching him behind. England wasted a review as Steve Smith was adjudged to be out lbw, but the ball hit him at waist height. Stuart Broad bowled an outstanding ball to dismiss Clarke for 21. Steve Smith then dragged his bat on to his stumps as he tried a pull shot, going for only 2 runs. Bresnan then got Shane Watson lbw for 2, despite Watson being urged to review by partner Haddin. Australia had now lost 4 wickets for just 11 runs. That became 5-13 as Stuart Broad trapped Haddin lbw for 4, despite another unsuccessful review. Broad struck yet again, as he trapped Harris lbw for 11. Nathan Lyon survived 2 dropped catches in successive balls from Broad, with Swann and Broad putting him down. With England needing 1 wicket to win the Ashes, the umpires decided that the only way that the match could continue was for England to bowl spin as it was too dark to bowl pace. Matt Prior missed his chance to go down is Ashes history as he missed the ball when Jackson Bird was in no man’s land, allowing the Aussie to scramble home. Soon the sun came out, allowing England to bowl pace, and that paid off as Peter Siddle lofted Stuart Broad straight into the hands of Jimmy Anderson, out for 23. Broad’s 11th wicket of the match meant Australia finished on 224, meaning England won the match by 74 runs and the series (3 – nil up with one to play).

After his 11 wickets, Stuart Broad was named Man of the Match. Post-match, he said “I was glad I could contribute. The wicket suited my style of bowling and I found slightly fuller length. We had to regroup today and to get nine wickets in that period after tea was a special effort.” This is the first time since 1934 that England have had two bowlers take 10 wickets in an Ashes series match, Anderson at Trent Bridge and Broad at Chester-Le-Street.

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