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England players celebrate after England beat Australia by an innings and 78 runs to win the Ashes during day
three of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Australia 1st Innings:
60 all out
England 1st Innings: 391-9 declared
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 c Bell b Stokes
J Hazlewood b Wood
N Lyon b Wood
Extras: (20b, 16lb, 1w, 3nb) 40
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-113, 2-130, 3-136, 4-
136, 5-174, 6-224, 7-236, 8-242, 9-243.
Bowling: Stuart Broad 16-5-36-1, Mark
Wood 17.4-3-69-3 (1w, 2nb), Steven Finn
12-4-42-0 (1nb), Ben Stokes 21-8-36-6,
Moeen Ali 6-0-34-0.
To s s : England.
Result: England wins by an innings and 78
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and
Sundaram Ravi, India.
Third umpire: Marais Erasmus, South
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri
its 18-month transformation from
national embarrassment to Ashes
winners yesterday, taking 40 min-
utes to wrap up a series-clinching
victory over Australia in the fourth
Test that ushered in the interna-
tional retirement of Michael Clarke.
When Nathan Lyon chopped a
delivery from Mark Wood onto the
stumps to end Australia s misery at
Trent Bridge, England s jubilant play-
ers gathered in a huddle near the
crease and jumped up and down in
celebration at regaining the urn.
A victory by an innings and 78
runs moved England into an insur-
mountable 3-1 lead with one Test
remaining, a scarcely believable sce-
nario considering the Australians
came into the series as big favourites.
England had also been scarred by a
5-0 defeat Down Under 18 months
ago, which sparked soul-searching
and a regime change in English
"I didn t think we were quite ready
to win the Ashes at the beginning,"
said an emotional Alastair Cook, who
survived as England captain through-
out the upheaval. "But the guys have
The English have won five of the
last seven Ashes series, and the last
four at home---an indication of just
how tough they are to beat in English
conditions when the ball swings and
batsman s technique is tested.
England won with two days and
more than two sessions to spare in
Nottingham, mirroring the eight-
wicket win in the third test at Edg-
"It s not for want of trying," Clarke
said, "but the boys have been beaten
by a better side."
With minutes of the result, Clarke
announced he will be retiring from
Test cricket after the fifth Test at
The Oval to end a 12-year interna-
tional career. Clarke, who has scored
only 117 runs in eight innings this
series, will hang up his baggy green
having never won an Ashes series in
England changed coaches---twice
---and refreshed its team in the wake
of the 2013-14 Ashes whitewash,
bidding farewell to senior stars
Graeme Swann, Kevin Pietersen and
Matt Prior. New officials also came
in at the top of English cricket, leav-
ing Cook as one of the few survivors
in the shake-up.
Cook has also changed, though,
becoming a more attacking, exper-
imental captain and he has led a
young side out of the "dark times"
to a famous series win. Cook is only
the third person to captain England
to two home series wins in the
Ashes, after WG Grace and Mike
It was fitting that he left it to two
of his younger players to polish off
Australia at Trent Bridge.
The tourists resumed yesterday on
241-7 and it took 22 balls for Ben
Stokes to get a nick off Mitchell Starc
(0), with Ian Bell taking the catch
at second slip. Stokes finished with
career-best figures of 6-36.
At the other end, Wood---playing
in his fifth Test---knocked out the
middle stump of Josh Hazlewood (0)
and was kept on by Cook despite
Stuart Broad limbering up nearby,
hoping for an opportunity to com-
plete a 10-wicket haul after getting
8-15 in the first innings.
On the 64th ball of Day 3, Wood
skipped in and Lyon played on. Trent
"Someone told us to watch the
Ashes from behind the sofa," Cook
said with a smile.
"From where we ve been as a side
over the last 18 months, we ve stuck
to what we believe was the right
thing to do. The way the lads stepped
up has been unbelievable."
The fourth Test has been forget-
table for the Australians since the
first morning, when they were skit-
tled for 60 in 18.3 overs for the
shortest first innings in Test history.
Then there was the ignominy of Eng-
land declaring its first innings on
391-9, before a top-order collapse
from 113-0 to 136-4 in the second
Australia s last series win in Eng-
land was in 2001 and its batsmen
have been incapable of dealing with
a swinging ball.
England s players must wait until
The Oval to get their hands on the
little urn. (AP)
England regains Ashes from Australia
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