A rampant Stuart Broad took eight wickets as England ripped out shell-shocked Australia for 60 in an extraordinary and dramatic start to the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
After losing early wickets, England steadied through Root (100) and Jonny Bairstow (59) to inflict further misery on Australia – who had been bowled out for just 60 in an astonishing morning session. The lead was 214 runs.
“The criticisms of my game at the moment are deserved and I wouldn’t expect anything different, especially as the captain of the team”, he said in a column for Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.
It amounted to humiliation for Australia.
Specialist batsman Shaun Marsh, brought in to replace younger brother Mitchell, saw his miserable return to Test cricket continue when he followed a first-innings duck by edging Stokes to Root in the slips for two. The crowd gave the beleaguered tourists a standing ovation when they reached 50.
Adam Lyth’s poor run continued when, on 14, the England batsman edged Starc to wicketkeeper Nevill and left-armer Starc produced a venomous full delivery to trap Bell lbw for one.
England pressed home its advantage in the reply.
Australian captain Michael Clarke was the highest scorer with 13. And the situation with the series, knowing like I said before the Test that it’s our grand final. Ben Stokes was the star for England as his five-wicket haul really knocked the stuffing out of the Australian batsman.
McGrath hailed Broad’s skill in nearly certainly ruining Australia’s Ashes series hopes on the ground where he plays county cricket for Nottinghamshire.
Steve Smith (6) was squared up by Broad, and Root took the catch at third slip.
Durham quick Wood, in for Anderson, needed just two balls to take his lone wicket when David Warner was caught behind off the inside edge.
Broad, playing his 83rd test, became the fifth England bowler to take 300 test wickets after fellow pacemen Anderson, Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Fred Trueman. After Clarke departed, Broad ripped through the tail to dismiss Starc (1), Mitchell Johnson (13) and Nathan Lyon (9).
England bowled out the visiting side in just 18 overs on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test.
Under ever sunnier skies, Root was in command on the way to his second century of the series, completed with a cut for his 17th four off his old sparring partner Warner.