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England's Ben Stokes, centre, celebrates with teammates after bowling Australia's Mitchell Johnson caught
Alastair Cook for 5 runs during day two of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham,
England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Australia 1st Innings: 60 all out
England 1st Innings
A Cook lbw b Starc
A Lyth c Nevill b Starc
I Bell lbw b Starc
J Root c Nevill b Starc
J Bairstow c Rogers b Hazlewood
M Wood b Starc
B Stokes c Nevill b Hazlewood
J Buttler b Starc
M Ali c Smith b Johnson
S Broad not out
S Finn not out
Extras: (14b, 2lb, 2w, 4nb)
TOTAL: (for 9 wickets declared)
Overs: 85.2 overs
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-34, 3-96, 4-269, 5-297, 6-
306, 7-320, 8-332, 9-390.
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 27-2-111-6 (1nb), Josh
Hazlewood 24-4-97-2 (1w, 3nb), Mitchell Johnson
21.2-2-102-1, Nathan Lyon 10-1-47-0, David Warner
Australia 2nd Innings
C Rogers c Root b Stokes
D Warner c Broad b Stokes
S Smith c Stokes b Broad
S Marsh c Root b Stokes
M Clarke c Bell b Wood
A Voges not out
P Nevill lbw b Stokes
M Johnson c Cook b Stokes
M Starc not out
Extras: (16b, 15lb, 1w, 3nb)
TOTAL: (for 7 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-113, 2-130, 3-136, 4-136, 5-174,
Bowling: Stuart Broad 16-5-36-1, Mark Wood 12-
0-63-1 (1w, 2nb), Steven Finn 12-4-42-0 (1nb), Ben
Stokes 16-4-35-5, Moeen Ali 6-0-34-0.
Still to bat: Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Sundaram
Third umpire: Marais Erasmus, South Africa.
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.
NOTTINGHAM---England was three
wickets away from regaining the
Ashes and completing Australia s
humiliation at Trent Bridge after
reducing the tourists to 241-7 by
stumps on the second day of the
fourth Test yesterday.
The Australians will resume needing
90 more runs just to make England
bat again, having started their second
innings 331 runs behind following Eng-
land s positive declaration at 391-9.
"They are not quite in our grasp,"
Ben Stokes, who took 5-35 in Australia s
second innings, said of the Ashes, "but
they are very close."
Stokes first three dismissals came
in 13 deliveries to spark an Australian
collapse from 113-0 to 136-4 in a crazy
21-minute spell just before tea. It evoked
memories of the first-innings meltdown
when Australia was skittled for 60 and
Stuart Broad took 8-15.
When captain Michael Clarke
departed for 13 for another failure this
series, Australia was on course to lose
an Ashes test inside two days for the
first time in 125 years.
But Adam Voges and Peter Nevill
dug in for a 50-run partnership, helping
delay England s likely coronation until
today unless there was a major surprise
or weather came to Australia s rescue.
After Stokes removed Nevill (17) and
Mitchell Johnson (5), Voges (48) and
Mitchell Starc (0) were in the middle
when bad light stopped play.
"It s been a tough couple of days of
cricket but we are still alive," said Starc,
who was Australia s standout bowler
with career-best figures of 6-111. "We ll
come out again tomorrow and fight as
hard as we can --- that s the Australian
The English lead 2-1 in a five-match
series they started as underdogs. If they
seal victory in Nottingham, they will
have won five of the last seven Ashes
series and four straight at home.
The fact that Cook was happy to
declare with less than 400 on the
board, batting second, summed up the
Australians plight and was another
ignominy in a Test they want to quickly
Chris Rogers and David Warner ini-
tially put up decent resistance, although
Rogers was given a reprieve after being
caught on a no-ball and Warner was
dropped by both Cook and Ian Bell in
Stokes second spell was lethal, this
time from Radcliffe Road End, and he
dismissed Rogers when a diving Joe
Root took a one-handed catch at third
That wicket kicked off a now-familiar
batting disintegration. Warner attempt-
ed another short-arm pull and scooped
a leading edge to Broad at mid-on,
Shaun Marsh (2) prodded at a wide
one by Stokes and edged it to Root,
and Steve Smith (2) drove Broad to
Stokes at short point.
Australia limped to tea having lost
four wickets in 27 balls. Smith, the
world s top-ranked batsman, had four
consecutive single-figure scores for the
first time in his Test career, with 26
runs in two matches since Australia s
win at Lord s.
Soon after the interval, Clarke pushed
hard at a full ball by Mark Wood. Cook
fumbled at first slip, but managed to
flick up the ball for Bell to take catch
next to him.
It left England a couple of hours to
polish off Australia, but it didn t hap-
Earlier, England added 117 runs in
20.2 overs before declaring, despite
overnight centurion Root getting out
Root departed for 130 --- adding just
six runs to his score --- when he was
caught behind prodding at Starc.
Nightwatchman Wood (28) smashed
25 runs off the misfiring Johnson before
losing his leg stump to a yorker by
Starc. Jos Buttler departed in the same
fashion for 12, deceived by late move-
ment as he attempted to drive the left-
Moeen Ali struck seven fours and a
six for 38 off 24 balls, with his enter-
taining 58-run stand with Broad (24
not out) piling misery on Australia
before Smith took a flying catch at sec-
ond slip to remove Ali. That was John-
son s only wicket in an innings in which
he conceded 102 runs off 21.2 overs.
Starc beat his previous best of 6-
154 against South Africa in Perth in
"Taking six wickets was special,"
Starc said, "but I d rather we were
heading into Day 3 in a better position"
England 3 wickets from regaining Ashes
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