England Shock Australia at Trent Bridge to Record a Win by an Innings and 78 Runs

August 09 23:16 2015

englandNew Delhi, Monday, August 10 – England put forward an amazing show to completely send the rivals on the back foot. Trent Bridge, Nottingham, was set to hold an interesting competition for the reason that Australia were anticipated to bounce back as it was a do and die situation for them. But whatever happened has been registered as an achievement for England what cricket fans will remember for several years to come.

Aussies fell down at a feeble total of 60 runs within 100 hours.  In all probability, they didn’t imagine eight-wicket haul of Stuart Broad (8-15) would not let them rise once again. Being a decisive Test, eyes were stuck on the outcome, which came in favor of the host thanks to great inputs poured as a unit. Australian fans, though not in huge number as compared to support for the home-side, wished their team to start well and log a victory in the later stages.

Strong performance was required to help them be robust and set a challenging score. But dismissal at the lowest total clearly showed scope for Aussies to rise in the game is so weak.  In the fourth Test of the Ashes series, England skipper Alastair Cook made best use of his decision to field first, employing his boys to make a possible thing be attainable within a short span of time. The first jolt was received in the first over when Chris Rogers was made to go back to the dressing room at a naught. Steven Smith hit a boundary to gain grip but had to depart at a score of 6 runs the moment Broad stunned him from his sharp bowling. Wicket of David Warner at a zero was a shock for Australia, who were in troublesome situation.

Broad was superb on Day 1 and took wicket of Shaun Marsh as well at a zero when the batsman was looking forward to settle and pocket some considerable runs. Adam Voges was next to depart with no substantial contribution, losing wicket at a single. Australian skipper Michael Clarke, scored 10 runs in 15 balls, including a couple of boundaries. Peter Nevill, the wicketkeeper batsman, and pacer Mitchell Starc succumbed post adding 2 runs and 1 run, respectively. Starc would probably regret to taunt rivals for being uncertain over pitch but missed the opportunity of utilizing conditions. The top scorer from Australian side was Mitchell Johnson, who added 13 runs. Aussies were hurt so deep by Broad that they couldn’t recover from the shock.

Mark Wood and Steven Finn earned 1-1 wicket apiece. Till stumps on the first Day of the 4th Test, Cook-led side scored 274 runs in 65 overs, with four men down in the form of opening duo Adam Lyth and Cook at 14 runs in 28 balls and 43 runs in 87 balls, respectively. Ian Bell got his legs before wickets post attaining 1 run and Jonathan Bairstow was out at 74 runs, including 12 boundaries, on a delivery by Josh Hazlewood.

24-year-old Joe Root was impressive again and let England supporters enjoy every single strike of his 124-run knock in 158 balls, along with 19 fours and a biggie. He attained runs with a strike rate of 78.5. Resuming his play with Mark Wood next day, Root couldn’t go much far as Australia ensured bowling change to do a trick. Starc got his wicket but brilliant innings of the cricketer in the Ashes has made him be at No. 1 spot in the ICC World rankings, taking over from Steven Smith. The bowler also got wicket of Wood (28 runs in 32 balls; 4 x 5)

Earning wickets is crucial to rebound and put pressure on the opponents. Dismissals of Ben Stokes and Jos Butler at 5 and 12 runs, respectively, pointed out that Aussies are on right track but level of complexity was taken up by Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad. Ali displayed a classy play by obtaining 38 runs in just 24 balls, comprising seven 4s and a six. Broad, the hero of 4th Test. After performing with the ball and attacking Aussies through sharp bowling, the 29-year-old bowler exhibited some batting skills as well, scoring 24 runs in 29 balls (4 x 2 and 6 x 1).

Steven Finn, who was remarkably brilliant in the earlier Test, could not open his account but may have scored something had Cook not declared their innings at 391 for 9 wickets in 85.2 overs. In their second innings, the opener Chris Rogers scored 52 runs, while David Warner 64 runs. Steven Smith succumbed to Broad at 5 runs. Shaun Marsh only added a couple of runs on the team’s total, Michael Clarke was out at 13 runs. Peter Nevill was lbw at 17 runs, whereas Mitchell Johnson was caught by Cook in Stokes’ over at 5 runs. Mitchell Starc was put for a duck. Josh Hazlewood was alike Starc in terms of scoring runs.

Game was all over when Nathan Lyon (4 runs) fell short to Mark Wood. Adam Voges was not out at 51 runs. Australia scored 253 runs while batting for a second time that were inadequate to be on the front foot. England beat Australia by an innings and 78 runs. With one more Test remain to be played, viewers are excited to see whether the last blow is to be won by the tourists or host.

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