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clinched a third straight Ashes series
after winning the fourth Test by 74
runs following a dramatic Aus-
tralian batting meltdown in the face
of some inspired bowling from
paceman Stuart Broad yesterday.
Set a victory target of 299, Aus-
tralia collapsed from 168-2 to 224 all
out in just short of two hours in a
memorable final session at Chester-
le-Street on day four.
A rampant Broad took 6-50,
claiming all his wickets in a 45-ball
period as darkness descended across
the ground. He completed his second
ten-wicket haul in tests and was
named man of the match, with
career-best overall figures of 11-121.
"Cooky (captain Alastair Cook)
threw me the ball and said, Spice it
up a bit, " Broad said. "I got a good
partnership going with Tim Bresnan,
we tried to hit the deck as hard as
we could and we managed to do it.
"It was amazing, really."
England leads the five-match series
3-0 with one Test left, starting at
The Oval on August 21.
Retaining the urn, which they did
after the drawn third Test at Old
Trafford last week, was one thing.
But winning a third Ashes series in
succession for the first time since
the so-called "Botham s Ashes" of
1981 really rubber-stamped England s
superiority over its greatest rival.
Despite their improvement over
the past two weeks, the Australians
winless streak in Tests moved to
eight---a sorry record for such a proud
"We got outplayed, Stuart Broad
bowled a couple of outstanding spells
and as soon as we lost Chris Rogers
(for 49, to make it 109-1), we found
it difficult," Australia captain Michael
Fifteen wickets fell in total yes-
terday, with England losing the final
five of its second innings after adding
96 runs to the overnight 234-5 fol-
lowing a career-best bowling per-
formance from Ryan Harris.
Harris took four wickets to claim
7-117 --- becoming the first Australian
since Shane Warne in 2001 to take
so many victims in one Ashes
innings---but agricultural knocks of
45 from Tim Bresnan and 30 not
out from Graeme Swann proved cru-
cial in taking the game away from
Even so, things looked rosy for the
Australians when they resumed after
tea on 120-1, with David Warner---
who top-scored with 71---in his
Even when Usman Khawaja (21)
was trapped lbw to Graeme Swann
to make it 147-2, captain Michael
Clarke came in, hit three quick fours
and ensured the momentum was still
with the tourists.
Then it all went wrong.
Warner edged a beauty from Bres-
nan to wicketkeeper Matt Prior, and
Broad bowled Clarke (21) with a
pearler off the seam.
The crowd came to life. England s
fielders suddenly chirped up.
"We regrouped and Broady led
from the front," Cook said. "When
he clicks, he s got everything---pace,
movement and control. When those
three click, it is hard to face."
Australia will agree. Steve Smith
(2) dragged a 90 mph delivery from
the paceman onto his own stumps
as he attempted a pull and then
trapped Brad Haddin lbw for 4, as
Broad wheeled away in celebration---
puffing his cheeks and with his eyes
In 55 minutes, the whole middle
order had been removed. So had Aus-
tralia s hopes of squaring the series.
Harris (11) was plumb lbw to Broad,
who then bowled Nathan Lyon for
eight to bring up his second five-fer
of the match.
With shadows lengthening and
spectators straining their eyes, Eng-
land was allowed an extra half-hour
to take the last wicket---and they
almost needed all the allotted time
before Peter Siddle clubbed Broad to
James Anderson to mid-off.
In that final session, Australia lost
nine wickets for 104 runs, with Broad
hitting one of those purple patches
he is known for. (AP)
Graham Onions has been ruled out
of contention for the final Ashes Test
after breaking a finger in Durham's
recent YB40 match against Scotland.
Although it is far from certain
Onions would have been included in
the squad for The Oval the injury ends
his chances of making a Test
appearance this season. He was part
of the 13 for his hometown Test at
Chester-le-Street but did not make the
cut for the final XI. Onions has yet to
play for England since the third Test
against West Indies, at Edgbaston, last
year which is also his sole cap since
suffering a career-threatening back
injury in 2010. Onions broke the
knuckle joint on the little finger of his
right hand attempting to take a return
catch during Sunday's match in
Glasgow. Durham are hoping he will be
fit for their next Championship match
against Surrey which starts on August
Onions suffers broken finger, ruled out of Ashes
England 1st Innings: 238 all out
Australia 1st Innings: 270 all out
England 2nd Innings
A Cook c Haddin b Harris 22
J Root b Harris
J Trott c Haddin b Harris 23
K Pietersen c Rogers b Lyon 44
I Bell b Harris
J Bairstow c Haddin b Lyon 28
T Bresnan c and b Harris 45
M Prior b Harris
S Broad c Smith b Harris 13
G Swann not out
J Anderson c Haddin b Lyon 0
Extras: (4b, 5lb, 1w)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-42, 3-49,
4-155, 5-221, 6-251, 7-251, 8-275,
Bowling: Ryan Harris 28-2-117-7,
Jackson Bird 20.3-6-67-0, Shane
Watson 6.3-1-22-0, Peter Siddle
17-4-59-0 (1w), Nathan Lyon 22.1-
3-55-3, Steve Smith 1-0-1-0.
Australia 2nd Innings
D Warner c Prior b Bresnan 71
C Rogers c Trott b Swann 49
U Khawaja lbw Swann
M Clarke b Broad
S Smith b Broad
S Watson lbw Bresnan
B Haddin lbw Broad
P Siddle c Anderson b Broad 23
R Harris lbw Broad
N Lyon b Broad
J Bird not out
Extras: (6b, 5lb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-109, 2-147, 3-
168, 4-174, 5-175, 6-179, 7-181, 8-
Bowling: James Anderson 16-1-
73-0, Stuart Broad 18.3-3-50-6,
Tim Bresnan 13-2-36-2, Graeme
Swann 18-2-53-2, Joe Root 3-2-1-
Toss: Won by England.
Result: England wins by 74 runs.
Series: England leads 3-0.
Man of the Match: Stuart Broad
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan,
and Tony Hill, New Zealand.
Third Umpire: Marais Erasmus,
South Africa. Match Referee:
Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.
...leads England to third straight Ashes
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