Broad described his feelings as he came off the pitch barely one and a half hours after starting the fourth test, after going 2-1 up in the series at Edgbaston. It’s not really a straightforward decision, but there is green grass and the overhead conditions.
It was nonetheless embarrassing for Australia, their seventh-lowest Ashes total and smallest in England since 1902.
England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to field against Australia in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
After the fastest fall of five wickets in Test history Steven Finn also got in the action, removing Peter Nevill for two.
Mitchell Johnson (13) and Australia captain Michael Clarke (10) were the only batsmen to make double figure scores in the innings.
He told Sky Sports Ashes: “It’s pretty unbelievable, it’s not sunk in”.
“We knew Trent Bridge would offer us something but we had to bowl well and take our catches”.
Clarke’s desperate run of form continued when, driving loosely outside off stump against Broad, he was well caught by a leaping Cook at first slip to leave Australia 29 for six.
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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.
England took the first and third Tests in Cardiff and Edgbaston respectively but Australia, looking to simply retain the Ashes, won at Lord’s.
The wicket of Shaun Marsh (0), promoted to the side at the expense of brother Mitch, started a run of three consecutive wicket-maidens for Broad.
Broad then had Adam Voges (one) brilliantly caught one-handed by diving fifth slip Ben Stokes.
The 34-year-old Clarke’s exit meant one of the best batsmen of his generation had now managed just 104 runs in seven innings this series.
But they will be really clear in wanting to put in another really good performance at Trent Bridge, that’s for sure.
The pair looked in complete control until Cook misjudged another swinging full-pitched delivery from Starc and was adjudged lbw.