England reclaim Ashes, Aussies thumped

Australia have ceded the urn in embarrassing circumstances, suffering an innings and 78-run defeat in the fourth Ashes Test early on day three.

Australia resumed at 7-241 on Saturday, with news breaking of Michael Clarke’s impending retirement and England holding a 90-run lead.

It was only a matter of time at Trent Bridge before the hosts took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-Test series and reclaimed the urn.

The tail delayed the inevitable for 39 minutes before Nathan Lyon played on, the uprooted off stump triggering wild celebrations.

Adam Voges finished 51 not out, one of few positives in what has been a miserable match for the tourists.

Realistically, there was only one result possible in the game after Australia were skittled for 60 in 18.3 overs on day one, Stuart Broad recording unprecedented figures of 8-15.

The tourists showed a bit more ticker after their ignominious day-one debacle, the fastest first innings in Test history.

However, Australia still needed a handful of reprieves to avoid their first two-day Test loss since 1890.

David Warner was dropped twice on Friday, while Chris Rogers and Peter Nevill were recalled after video replays revealed no-balls.

Bad light also helped push the game to a third day.

The shambolic defeat, which follows a similarly one-sided game at Edgbaston last week, will have major ramifications.

Already, Clarke has seemingly fallen on his sword after vowing to fight on three days earlier.

Clarke is but one of many batsmen to be exposed in a handful of woeful collapses that shaped the series.

Much had been made of the topsy-turvy nature of the much-hyped contest.

The reality is Australia’s 405-run win in the second Test at Lord’s, in which Steve Smith scored his maiden double-century, was the anomaly.

Brutal bursts of seam and swing bowling from Broad, Jimmy Anderson and Steve Finn exposed the batting order in Cardiff, Birmingham and Nottingham.


* 1st Test, Cardiff: 5-25, 6-50

* 3rd Test, Edgbaston: 5-60, 4-30

* 4th Test, Trent Bridge: 7-29, 4-23

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