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Broad bowls England to 3-0 series win

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Australia has lost the fourth Ashes Test to England by 74 runs today in Durham, and now trail 3-0 in the series with one match to play. Australia dismissed England for 330 in their second innings, leaving a chase of 299 to win the match.

Things were going well when the tourists were 149-1 on the back of a 109 run opening partnership between Chris Rogers 49 and David Warner. However, the tide turned quickly with Australia losing 9-75 to be all out for 224 despite Warner top scoring with a fine counter attacking 71 against the moving ball in touch conditions. Stuart Broad took 6-50 in a devastating spell that tore through the visitors in a man-of-the-match performance.

Broad's effort with the ball overshadowed that of Ryan Harris earlier in the day, who had taken a career best 7-117 to bring Australia back in contention. However, it was the English tail who added some invaluable runs in the end that put Australia under pressure. Harris had removed centurion Ian Bell (113) and Matt Prior (0) on consecutive deliveries to reduce England to 251-7, but the tail enders rallied once again to effectively win this game for England by adding an extra 79 runs for the last three wickets. Contributions of 45 from night watchman Tim Bresnan, 13 from Stuart Broad and 30 from just 24 balls from the dashing Graeme Swann swung the tide England's way.


England: Alastair Cook(c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior(wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson

Australia: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke(c), Steve Smith, David Warner, Brad Haddin(wk), Peter Siddle, Jackson Bird, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon

Mini Scorecard

England 1st innings 238 all out (2.58 RPO)

Alastair Cook: 51(164) Nathan Lyon 4/42(20)

Jonathan Trott: 49(60) Jackson Bird 2/58(22)

Australia 1st innings 270 all out (3.01 RPO)

Chris Rogers 110(250) Stuart Broad 5/71 (24.3)

Shane Watson 68(134) Graeme Swann 2/65(25)

England 2nd innings 330 all out (95.1 overs, 3.46 RPO)

Ian Bell 113 (210) Ryan Harris 7/117 (28)

Kevin Pietersen 44 (84) Nathan Lyon 3/55 (22.1)

Australia 2nd innings 224 all out (68.3 overs, 3.27 RPO)

David Warner 71 (113) Stuart Broad 6-50 (18.3)

Chris Rogers 49 (100) Tim Bresnan 2-36 (13)

England win by 74 runs