England’s Regain the Ashes

August 13, 2015

England regained the Ashes after a remarkable victory over Australia which came on the third morning of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge.

England took Australia’s three remaining second-innings wickets in 39 minutes to win by an innings and 78 runs.

Ben Stokes took the day’s first wicket to finish with 6-36 before Mark Wood clinched the victory by bowling Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.

England’s second successive three-day triumph gives them an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series with one match to play.

The winning margin is all the more remarkable given it is only 19 months since England were on the receiving end of a 5-0 thrashing by the Australians down under.

England have now beaten Australia in four consecutive home series – their best sequence since 1896.

England came into the series as underdogs after winning just one of their previous five Test series.

But under the stewardship of Australian coach Trevor Bayliss and his assistant Paul Farbrace, they stunned the Australians with their new-found aggression and vigour.

After suffering a humiliating 405-run defeat as Australia squared the series at Lord’s, England exploited seam-friendly conditions to maximum effect in successive three-day victories.

The victory gives Alastair Cook his second Ashes success a captain, while Ian Bell becomes the first England player since Sir Ian Botham to be part of five Ashes-winning teams.

The final Test at the Oval starts on the 20th of August.

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