Stuart Broad demolishes Australia for just 60 in opening session of fourth Test with a spell of high quality pace bowling, recording his personal best of 8-15 in just 9.3 overs
Nottingham: Under the cloudy skies of Nottingham, in 100 minutes of blink-and-you-miss-it action, Stuart Broad demolished Australia in the opening session of the fourth Ashes Test with a spell of high quality pace bowling, recording his personal best of 8-15 in just 9.3 overs.
England pacer Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Australia skipper Michael Clarke (right) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham yesterday. Pic:AP/PTI
With his family in audience to witness him reaching a personal milestone (300 wickets), Broad didn't keep them waiting for long as he induced an edge from Chris Rogers on the third delivery of the day. Three balls later, Australia's captain-in-waiting Steve Smith was disposed of, and that opened the floodgates and Australia bled quick and often to their seventh lowest total ever in a Test innings.
The Trent Bridge pitch wore a similar look to the one at Edgbaston last week. So did the Australian batsmen, who were all at sea against the lateral movement in the air and off the pitch, fishing outside off stump like a blindfolded drunk sailor walking the plank. Shaun Marsh, brought in to bolster the faltering Australian batting at the expense of his brother Mitchell, was dispatched off by a delivery that seamed off the deck, and all of Australia's plans were laid to waste.
A blinder of a catch by Ben Stokes at fifth slip, as he grabbed an outside edge from Adam Voges one-handed. Broad equalled the record of Australian Ernie Toshack for the quickest five wicket haul, off just 19 deliveries. Michael Clarke was defiant leading in to the Test match responding with bluster the queries about his form slump and his tenuous hold on captaincy.
He had dropped himself down the order, but eight balls in to the innings, he walked out. 29 balls later, he was walking back after a horrid slash at a wide delivery to end his miserable stay at the crease. It was a perfect day for Broad, and England, as the tail was bundled out and Australia were bowled out for 60 runs, in just 111 balls, the fewest balls for any team to be dismissed in the first innings of a Test.
How Broad bagged his eight wickets
4 for 1
Chris Rogers c Cook b Broad 0
Stuart Broad takes his 300th Test scalp with the third ball of the morning. He goes round the wicket to Rogers, who nicks in the channel outside off and bags a first duck in his 46th innings.
Steve Smith c Root b Broad 6
Broad makes a second breakthrough in the first over, squaring up Steve Smith, who sends a thick edge sailing comfortably through to the waiting Joe Root at third slip.
Shaun Marsh c Bell b Broad 0
Shaun Marsh, recalled for his brother Mitch, has an unhappy return to the Test stage as he unwisely attempts to drive a full ball from Broad and merely warms Ian Bell’s hands at second slip.
Adam Voges c Stokes b Broad 1
A sensational one-handed catch at fifth slip from Ben Stokes continues the Aus procession. His full-length dive called to mind Strauss’ effort in 2005, but given the angles this may even have been better
Michael Clarke c Cook b Broad 10
An absolute abomination of a stroke from Australia’s under-fire captain. Flashes negligently to a ball he should have left and a catch whistles into the hands of Alastair Cook.
Mitchell Starc c Root b Broad 1
Broad feeds England’s hungry slip cordon again after drinks, Mitchell Starc responding to a tester outside off stump by offering a lazy edge that is pouched with ease by Root.
Mitchell Johnson c Root b Broad 13
More catching practice for Root at third slip, Broad continuing to pound out a length that Australia apparently find both irresistible and unplayable.
60 all out:
Nathan Lyon c Stokes b Broad 9
Broad bags career-best figures of eight for 15 as Nathan Lyon squirts the ball to gully, where Stokes has the simple task of bagging the catch.
This is Australia's seventh-lowest score in Test history
The first time in Ashes history that sundries have top-scored in an innings
Highest partnership in the Australia innings
Since an England player last took eight wicket in an innings (Angus Fraser 8-53 vs WI)
Number of times a Test team has bowled first and been batting by lunch on Day One
The shortest completed first innings in Test history
Deliveries sent down by Stuart Broad for his five-wicket haul to equal Aussies' Ernie Toshack's fastest fifer in 1947. The England pacer recorded the fastest five wickets from the start of a innings, surpassing the 25 balls required by SA's Vernon Philander vs NZ in 2013
Number of Test innings by Chris Rogers before his first Test duck
Total deliveries faced by Australia's top four