England bowler James Anderson will miss the rest of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston and the fourth Test at Trent Bridge because of a side strain.
A mere 19 matches in the 138-year history of Test cricket had ended inside two days, with the last occurrence in England when West Indies were beaten by an innings and 39 runs at Headingley in 2000.
Anderson, whose Ashes-best six for 47 in Australia’s meagre first innings 136 extended his record England haul to 413 Test wickets, suffered the injury while bowling on Thursday.
He joined Australia’s 300-wicket club in his 69th Test match.
The Australian batting was put to a stern test by the incisive bowling of Steven Finn right from the start of the 2nd innings.
“Just nice to contribute to put us in a good position to win the game”, he said. “It’s been a while since I played so to come here and get my game back is fantastic”.
Branded “unselectable” by former England one-day coach Ashley Giles, Finn had experienced a mechanical breakdown with his run-up and action, embarrassingly highlighted by his habit of clipping the bails at the non-striker’s end with his knee.
Resuming on 168-7, Australia scored freely in sunshine.
Now the lanky paceman has produced a fine spell that ripped through the Australian top order and yielded figures of five for 45 to reduce the tourists to also-rans in the third Ashes Test in Birmingham.
Obviously the runs aren’t on the board, but I am sure a lot of us are aware we are not making enough of our first innings as we’d like.
The turnaround from Australia’s dominant 405-run win at Lord’s to their apparent capitulation here was stark, and batsman David Warner believes the raucous nature of the support on show played its part. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon chipped in with three wickets for Australia.
The pair added fast runs after lunch, Moeen once more displaying how worthwhile he’s coming in at quantity eight.
Warner’s lone battle was not going to be enough as England didn’t release pressure and kept picking wickets at regular intervals.
We are still a big three wickets away and then some runs to get, its by no means done, he told reporters.
If he hadn’t yet turned the tide of the match, Warner had at least given England something to think about after they dismissed veteran opener Chris Rogers and Steven Smith to leave Australia 62/2.
In the second over after tea, Finn claimed the wickets of Australia captain Michael Clarke for three and Adam Voges on a golden duck.