Stuart Broad takes 8-15 as England eye Ashes win

Broad passed 300 wickets and equalled the fastest Test five-wicket haul – 19 deliveries – as the tourists were dismissed in 111 balls at Trent Bridge.

It was the shortest first innings in Test history.

Root’s unbeaten 124 helped England to 274-4 at the close, a lead of 214.

Alastair Cook scored 43 and Jonny Bairstow made 74, sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 173 at more than five runs an over with Yorkshire team-mate Root.

Victory will give England an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series and see them regain the urn they lost courtesy of a 5-0 whitewash in Australia in 2013-14.

Broad, bowling the first over, had Chris Rogers caught at first slip by Alastair Cook with his second ball – claiming his 300th wicket and 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.

Australia scored 10 runs in that first over, a sixth of their eventual total.

Mark Wood, returning to the England side after missing the third Test win at Edgbaston, struck in the following over when David Warner was caught behind off an inside edge.

Broad had Shaun Marsh held by Ian Bell at second slip in his second over and Adam Voges spectacularly taken one-handed by a diving Ben Stokes at fifth slip in his third.

Australia captain Michael Clarke became Broad’s fifth victim, slashing to Cook at first slip from Broad’s 19th ball, equalling the number of deliveries needed by Australia’s Ernie Toshack to claim five wickets against India at Brisbane in 1947 – although Toshack did not open the bowling.

Steven Finn bowled Peter Nevill to reduce Australia to 33-7 after 9.2 overs, before Broad took the last three wickets as Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson edged to Root at third slip and Nathan Lyon was held by Stokes at sixth slip.

There were still 20 minutes until lunch.

Nottinghamshire seamer Broad, playing his 83rd Test, returned England’s third best Ashes bowling figures on Thursday, bettered only by Jim Laker’s 9-37 and 10-53  at Old Trafford in 1956, and the third-cheapest eight-wickets in Test history.

His five-wicket haul is the fastest taken from the start of a Test innings, beating the 25 balls required by South Africa’s Vernon Philander to claim five New Zealand wickets at Cape Town in January 2013.

He has now joined team-mate James Anderson, Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Fred Trueman in England’s 300 club when he removed Rogers, and his eighth wicket drew him level with Trueman on 307. 


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