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07-Aug-2015 02:04:00 GMT
England v Australia, 4th Test, Nottingham

Broad, Root set up Australia on Backfoot

Nottingham: Joe Root and Stuart Broad delivered stellar performances on Thursday as England held a commanding 214 lead against Australia at stump on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

England made 274-4 at the close of play as Root and Jonny Bairstow (74) shared a robust 173-run partnership before the dismissal of the latter.

Root remained unbeaten on 124, while captain Alastair Cook made 43. Adam Lyth (14) and Ian Bell (1) fell cheaply on Mitchell Starc's delivery.

Earlier, Stuart Broad (8-15) became the fifth England bowler to join the coveted 300-wicket club as the hosts wreaked havoc on Australian batsmen to bundle them out for a paltry 60 within 18.3 overs.

Broad joined the list of stalwarts, which features Fred Trueman, Bob Willis, Sir Ian Botham and his team-mate James Anderson in England's 300 club.

Broad, bowling the first over, had Chris Rogers caught at first slip by Alastair Cook with his second ball - claiming his 300th wicket and inflicting a first duck in 46 Test innings on the Australia opener - before Steve Smith edged his sixth delivery to Joe Root at third slip.

Australia scored 10 runs in that first over, a sixth of their eventual total.

Mark Wood, returning to the England side after missing the third Test win at Edgbaston, struck in the following over when David Warner was caught behind off an inside edge.

Broad had Shaun Marsh held by Ian Bell at second slip in his second over and Adam Voges spectacularly taken one-handed by a diving Ben Stokes at fifth slip in his third.

Australia captain Michael Clarke became Broad's fifth victim, slashing to Cook at first slip from Broad's 19th ball, equalling the number of deliveries needed by Australia's Ernie Toshack to claim five wickets against India at Brisbane in 1947 - although Toshack did not open the bowling.

Steven Finn bowled Peter Nevill to reduce Australia to 33-7 after 9.2 overs, before Broad took the last three wickets as Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson edged to Root at third slip and Nathan Lyon was held by Stokes at sixth slip.

England are leading 2-1 in the Ashes and will seal the five-match series if they win at Nottingham.

Brief scores
Australia -
60 (Broad 8-15)
England - 274-4 (Root 124*, Bairstow 74, Starc 3-73)
Status - England lead by 214 runs

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