(Picture: Reuters)Victory tasted so sweet for Cook’s men!
“They’re not quite in our grasp yet, but we hope they’re very close”.
It promised to be a session of complete frustration for England as Rogers and Warner added 113 in 24 overs compared to the 18.3 needed to wrap up Australia’s first innings.
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.
England allrounder Ben Stokes says he’s relishing the extra responsibility bestowed upon him by skipper Alastair Cook after putting his side on the brink of Ashes glory.
Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced he will retire from global cricket after the final Ashes Test at The Oval.
Starc (nought not out) and Adam Voges (48 not out) will be the batsmen in the middle when play resumes on Saturday.
“Our backs are against the wall and we’ve got to fight tomorrow but you’ve got to front up and find a way”.
Starc was staying positive but Australia is facing a third big loss this series, after a 169-run defeat in Cardiff and an eight-wicket hammering at Edgbaston last week.
Nasser Hussain believes England’s batting was “spot on” as they seized firm control of the fourth Investec Ashes Test on day one at Trent Bridge.
Ben Stokes took five wickets to put England on the verge of a famous victory that would win back the Ashes as Australia finished on 241 for seven after a compelling second day of the fourth test at Trent Bridge on Friday.
Australia’s batting was hapless, albeit in cloudy conditions which had persuaded Alastair Cook to bowl first on a pitch tinged with green, as a blur of edges were all expertly held in the slip cordon. It was another ignominy in a test they want to quickly forget.
Ali carved Johnson over point for four as the bowler conceded 100 runs in the innings.
Rogers was then given a let-off on 47 when brilliantly caught by Root at slip off a Wood bouncer, the opener being recalled after replays showed a no-ball. Shaun Marsh (2) prodded at a wide one by Stokes and edged to Root.
England hero Stuart Broad (via BBC): “It was one of those days you dream of”.
And once Stuart Broad (1/36) dismissed the world’s no. 1 Test batsmen, Steve Smith for five, Australia had slumped from 113/0 to 136/4 – and Broad had his ninth scalp of the match.
Root strengthened their iron grip on the game as England reached stumps on 274 for four to lead by 214 runs.
Root was caught behind for 130, tentatively driving at a ball angled across him. That was Johnson’s only wicket of the innings.
“It’s pretty unbelievable. It’s not sunk in”, Broad told Sky Sports after drawing level with England great Fred Trueman’s career tally of 307 Test wickets.