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England vs. Australia, 1st Ashes Test, Day 4: Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Published by Bleacher Report on Sat, 11 Jul 2015

England bowled Australia all-out for 242to win the first test of the Ashes by 169 runs.Australia began the day needing a total of 412 over Days 4 and 5, but an excellent display with ball in hand for England ensured a fifth day was not needed.Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali took three wickets apiece, while Mark Wood and Joe Root each took two. For Australia, David Warner's knock of 52 and Mitchell Johnson's 77 were the sole highlights in a disappointing day at the crease.Here's how the scorecard shaped up:Australia were always up against it, and a successful chase would have been the highest in Ashes history.That never looked a likely scenario though, as England took their first wicket just 10 overs in.Chris Rogers scored just 10 runs before he was dismissed by Broad. With the bounces proving unreliable, Broad adjusted his line and length to send a delivery flying toward the shoulder of the bat, which was duly edged to Ian Bell at second slip.Warner's arrival sparked some hope for the Australians, with his half century helping them to 97 for one just before lunch.England went into lunch on a perfect note however, when Moeen Ali took Warner for an lbw.From then on, the test was England's as they took an outstanding five wickets in the afternoon session.Broad took his second of the day as he crucially dismissed Steven Smith, who looked to be building some momentum as he hit 33.Michael Clarke andAdam Voges fell in quick succession soon after, with Broad making his hat-trick before Wood's clever off-stump delivery offered Jos Buttler an easy catch.Australia looked rattled, and it wasn't long before another batsman fell.This time, it was Brad Haddin on seven runs. Haddin hit a hard strike over mid-on, but the shot was far too low, and Alistair Cook was able to pounce and claim an excellent catch, which required more than a little juggling before it was under control.Shane Watson tried to steady the ship as Australia found themselves on 122 for six, but after making just 19 runs, the 34-year-old found himself once again on the receiving end of an lbw, the 29th of his test career.Australia limped to tea with 162 for seven, but England were determined to end this on Day 4.Johnson's admirable 77 came courtesy of nine fours and a pair of sixes, but it was all for naught as the English once again stepped up their bowling.The eighth wicket was a real team effort, with opening pair Cook and Adam Lyth combining for the catch at gully and slip after the former parried it for the latter to secure.In the 70th over, the ball was edged to Lyth at slip yet again as Johnson clipped an attempted slog.The result was sealed just minutes later, when Josh Hazlewood got under Ali's ball to send it high into the air for Root to make a simple catch.The day caps what has been an excellent first test for England.Stuart Broad was delighted with his side's performance. Per Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson of BBC Sport, he said:We're really happy. It's always hard work, especially on a wicket where you had to run in on and hit the pitch hard to get anything out of it.But a four-day win by 169 runsit was a really good performance. There are a lot of proud players up there.Both the result and performance will give the hosts a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the second test. England showed outstanding resilience with both bat and ball and can begin to truly believe they can win the Ashes here.For Australia, they will need to recover from what will undoubtedly be a shock result from their perspective.The Baggy Greens boast an incredible array of talent in their ranks though, so expect them to come back strong in the second test.
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