Super Broad Destroys Aussie Hope

August 6, 2015

Stuart Broad takes 8-15 in a devastating spell in the morning session at Trent bridge in the 4th Test. Australia bowled out for just 60 which is the shortest Test innings in history.

In a spell that completely blew the Aussies away Stuart Broad became the 5th English bowler to take 300 wickets. He also equalled the quickest 5 wicket haul claiming 5-6 in 19 balls. Broad also returned the 3rd best Ashes figures behind Jim Laker 9-37 and 10-53.

Broad had Chris Rogers caught at first slip by Alastair Cook with his second ball inflicting a first duck in 46 Test innings on the Australia opener before Steve Smith edged his sixth delivery to Joe Root at third slip. England new something special was about to happen when Mark Wood struck in the following over when David Warner was caught behind off an inside edge.

Broad continued his onslaught by removing Marsh and then Voges to an outstanding catch by Ben Stokes at gully. Next to go was the Captain Clarke, his run of poor form continues.

Nevill was bowled playing the wrong line to a Steve Finn delivery before man of the moment Broad had Johnson and Starc out with identical balls and strokes caught both times by Root. The England boys and crowd were well and truly happy with what they were witnessing when Nathan Lyon got an edge behind to Stokes to wrap up proceedings. Australia out for 60 and shocked to the core.

England came out to bat before lunch and made a steady start with Lyth and Cook making it to lunch at 13-0. After lunch the pair were tested by some good tight bowling from the Aussies. This did the trick as Lyth was gone for 14. He was quickly followed by Ian Bell who was caught on the crease from a cracker from Starc for just 1.

Cook hung around with Root for awhile before he was out on 43 LBW to Starc also. This brought both of Yorkshire’s starlet’s to the crease and things got easier and easier. Bairstow showed some of his county form with a strong 74 before he was caught at square leg by Rogers off Hazelwood.

Root continued to dazzle, finishing on 124* not out alongside night-watchman Mark Wood 2* not out at the end of play. England are well and truly in the driving seat at Trent Bridge with a lead of 214 runs after the first days play!

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by Matt Buck

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