England reached 4/274 at stumps on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge – nothing too out of the ordinary about that, just a solid day’s work…except that the hosts had already bowled Australia out for just 60 during an extraordinary first session.
A plethora of records tumbled as the tourists capitulated in one of the most humiliating performances in their modern history.
Alistair Cook opted to bowl and any fears of going into the match without injury pace spearhead James Anderson were quickly allayed when Stuart Broad removed Chris Rogers and Steve Smith in the first over.
David Warner fell to recalled Mark Wood in the second over, before Broad claimed Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges in his next two overs. Rogers (0), Warner (0), Smith (6), Marsh (0) and Voges (1) faced just 16 balls between them as Australia sunk to 5/21.
Stokes produced the catch of the series at fifth slip to send Voges on his way.
It became a full-blown disaster at the start of the seventh over when Broad had Michael Clarke caught at slip for 10, giving the blonde-haired seamer a five-for in just 19 balls.
Steve Finn then bowled Peter Nevill (2), and Broad mopped up the tail in the form of Mitchell Starc (1), Mitchell Johnson (13) and Nathan Lyon (9). Australia all out for 60 in 18.3 overs, with extras the most prolific scorer on 14. Broad finished with 8/15, the best ever by a fast bowler in an Ashes Test.
‘Ashes Disgrace’ ‘Disaster’ ‘Pomicide’ How the Aussie press are handling today’s carnage. Enjoy pic.twitter.com/qs5fhkKEAw
— Dan Roan (@danroan) August 6, 2015
Australia started positively as Starc got rid of the struggling Adam Lyth (14) and Edgbaston hero Ian Bell (1) to have England at 2/34, but Cook made a steady 43 and Joe Root – who earlier took three catches – crafted a wonderful century off 128 balls, finishing unbeaten on 124. Jonny Bairstow made an impressive 74 but fell with only four overs of the day remaining, with nightwatchman Mark Wood surviving on 2 not out.
Stud of the day
Broad was unstoppable, taking eight wickets in just 57 deliveries – all caught behind the wicket as he consistently found the Australian batsmen’s edges. He also became just the fifth English bowler to pass the 300-wicket mark in Tests.
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 6, 2015
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 6, 2015
After Australia’s rock, Chris Rogers, edged to Cook on just the third ball to record his maiden Test duck, the tourists never recovered.
Australia’s hopes of retaining the Ashes by keeping the series alive with a win or a draw appear bleak to say the least. Leading by 214 already, England could conceivably finish this off on Day 2 if Australia’s first-innings effort is any gauge.
- Broad became just the third bowler to take two wickets in the first innings of a Test since 2002.
- Australia’s 111-ball innings was the shortest ever for the first innings of a Test.
- Extras top-scored for a team for just the 14th time in Test history, and the first time in an Ashes match.
- Australia’s total was their seventh-lowest ever in Tests, and their second-lowest in the last 79 years after the 47 they scored against South Africa in 2011.