Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Broad and Root Demolish Aussies; ASHES CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Broad and Root Demolish Aussies; ASHES CRICKET

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STUART Broad destroyed Australia in a freakish first session with one of the most remarkable spells in Ashes history as England took a merciless hold on the fourth Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

Australia collapsed to 60 all out, Broad an irresistible force with a career-best eight for 15 - figures previously surpassed in the Ashes for England by only Jim Laker.

Then Joe Root (124no) and Jonny Bairstow (74) confirmed a position of utter dominance in a partnership of 173 which helped England close day one on 274 for four and with one hand on the urn.

Twenty-four hours earlier, captain Alastair Cook had called on his team to "etch themselves into history", and Broad especially took him at his word.

By the time he had finished - and it took little more than an hour-and-ahalf - England's obvious chances of winning match and therefore series were reflected in odds slashed by bookmakers from a start-of-play 2-1 to 1-10.

On his home ground, Broad began the match with 299 wickets, needed just three balls to become only the fifth Englishman to 300 and in another nine overs took seven more to move into equal fourth in the national list alongside Fred Trueman.

Australia's batting was hapless, albeit in cloudy conditions which had persuaded Cook to bowl first on a pitch tinged with green, as a blur of edges were all expertly held in the slip cordon.

Chris Rogers began the tourists' manic surrender to seam-and-swing when he edged Broad, from round the wicket, to Cook at first slip.

It was the opener's first duck in his 46 innings, and when Steve Smith also departed in the first over, edging extra bounce to Root at third slip, Broad was on his way to figures bettered for England against Australia by only Laker in the famous Old Trafford Test of 1956.

Australia must win here to stop England regaining the Ashes, yet they never hinted at resistance, recording their lowest total against the old enemy since 1936 and shot out in 18.3 overs, Test cricket's shortest ever completed first innings.

Mark Wood briefly outdid his newball partner, striking with only his second delivery when David Warner got an inside-edge behind. …

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