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After Broad special, Root puts England in strong position

Home side ends opening day on 274 for 4 after Broad's 8 for 15 restricts Australia to 60

After Broad special, Root puts England in strong position - Cricket News
Root completed a 128-ball century, his eighth in Test cricket and second of the series.
Stuart Broad bagged eight wickets as England bowled Australia out for 60 in just 111 balls and consolidated its hold over the fourth Test on the opening day at Trent Bridge on Thursday (August 6). Broad took 8 for 15 in 9.3 overs, and in the process went past the 300-wicket tally in the longest format.

Australia's innings got over in just 18.3 overs - the quickest any team has ever been bowled out in the first innings in Test history.

Joe Root's unbeaten ton then helped England reach 274 for 4, a lead of 214 runs, by stumps.

Root was 124 not out after putting on 173 for the fourth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (74). Mark Wood, the nightwatchman, remained unbeaten on 2.

England are 2-1 up in the five-match series and need one more win to regain the Ashes.

Cloudy overhead conditions offered some assistance to swing and seam bowlers and, doubtless, prompted the decision of Alastair Cook, the England captain, to field first. Broad bowled well, maintaining an excellent line and length on his Nottinghamshire home ground. 

Eight Australia batsmen were caught in the cordon -- all off Broad's bowling.

Mitchell Johnson (13) and Michael Clarke (10), the Australia captain, were the only batsmen to reach double digits. Australia's total -- with 14 extras the top score -- was the lowest by either side in an Ashes innings since England was dismissed for 52 at The Oval in 1948.

Broad, leading the attack in the absence of the injured James Anderson - England's all-time leading wicket-taker - needed just three balls to take his 300th Test wicket when Chris Rogers, the opener, yet to get off the mark, edged to Cook at first slip. It was the first duck of Rogers's 46-innings career in Test cricket.  

Three balls later, Broad struck again when Steven Smith, aiming legside, was held by Joe Root at third slip for 6. Mark Wood, in for Anderson, needed just two balls to take his lone wicket of the innings. Wood had David Warner caught behind by Buttler off the inside edge. Rogers and Warner became the first Australia openers to both fall for ducks in an Ashes Test innings since Arthur Morris and Jack Moroney at Brisbane in 1950.

Shaun Marsh, brought in to replace younger brother Mitchell, then fell for a duck when he was caught in the slips by Ian Bell off Broad.  Broad then had Adam Voges (1) caught brilliantly by a diving Ben Stokes who took the catch one-handed at fifth slip to leave Australia 21 for 5 in the fifth over. Clarke's struggle for runs 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 6. Clarke's exit meant one of the best batsmen of his generation had now managed just 104 runs in seven innings this series.

Broad ended the innings when he had Nathan Lyon, Australia's No. 11, caught in at slip by Stokes.

Mitchell Starc, the left-arm fast bowler, took three wickets to leave England 96 for 3. But from then on, Root and Bairstow piled on the runs as an increasingly sunny day made conditions easier for the batsmen.

Root completed a 128-ball century, his eighth in Test cricket and second of the series following his 134 in England's 169-run win in the first Test in Cardiff, when he cut Warner, bowling his part-time medium pace, for his 17th four.

But there was no maiden Test century for Bairstow, whose innings ended when he clipped Josh Hazlewood off his pads straight to Rogers at square leg.

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