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Inspired Broad shatters Australia

Fifth Ashes Test, The Oval, day two (close):
England 332 & 58-3 v Australia 160
Match scorecard

By Jamie Lillywhite

Stuart Broad
Broad struck in his first over and inspired a famous England fightback

England took control of the deciding Ashes Test after closing day two at The Oval 230 ahead of Australia at 58-3.

After England added only 25 to their overnight 307-8, Australia were 73-0 before Stuart Broad produced a stunning spell of 4-8 in 21 balls.

Broad finished with 5-37 and spinner Graeme Swann joined in with 4-38 as Australia were skittled for 160.

England, who need to win to regain the Ashes, lost some wickets but Andrew Strauss was undefeated on 32.

If England were deemed to have wasted a good position on day one, Australia's collapse was far more dramatic as the tourists failed to press home their advantage.

The first wicket of the Australia innings went down at 1441 BST and by 1719 it was all over, and that included 20 minutes for the tea interval.

England are crying out for a new hero given the impending retirement of Andrew Flintoff and may well have found one in 23-year-old Broad, who many thought would be dropped after taking only seven wickets for 345 runs in the first three matches of the series.

There had been much talk about the devilish surface but few if any of the Australia wickets were attributable to it.

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Two were clear umpiring errors but the rest were merely a result of excellent bowling.

England had actually endured a disappointing morning, James Anderson losing his world record of 54 Test innings without a duck in the first full over of the day and Broad caught at slip.

They then saw the Australia openers reach 61 without loss before dark clouds descended and the heavens opened.

Flintoff shared the new ball and sent down six vigorous overs in which three lbw appeals against Shane Watson were rejected, one in particular was difficult for umpire Asad Rauf to justify.

But it was the introduction of Broad for the second full over after the resumption that turned the match on its head.

His sixth delivery trapped Shane Watson bang in front, and four overs later the prize wicket of Australia's record Test run-scorer Ricky Ponting followed, an inside edge knocking back the captain's off-stump.

England in fantastic position - Broad

As an electrifying atmosphere intensified Broad struck in his next over, swinging one back to trap Mike Hussey plumb lbw for a third ball duck.

Broad made it three wickets in three overs when he tempted Michael Clarke to drive at a wide-ish delivery and debutant Jonathan Trott scooped up an excellent low catch at short cover.

Swann was brought on and he too made an immediate impact, with the important wicket of stubborn left-hander Marcus North, who has made two centuries and a 96 in the series.

This time he made only eight, but he showed admirable restraint to simply offer a smile of disbelief after umpire Rauf gave him out lbw despite a thick edge into the pad.

There was an inside edge in Swann's next over too, but this time it was on to the pad and the ball ballooned up to give Alastair Cook the simplest of catches at short-leg and send another adhesive left-hander Katich back to the pavilion.

At that stage Australia were still 24 from the follow-on target.

Ricky Ponting
Australia skipper and premier batsman Ponting was another Broad victim

Broad's ball to bowl Brad Haddin two runs later was perhaps the best of the summer, appearing to drift into the pads only to swing away late and shatter the timbers as the wicketkeeper tried to turn the ball to leg.

Matt Prior's improvement with the gloves was highlighted by an outstanding take at the wicket as he pouched a thick edge from Mitchell Johnson.

In the third over after tea the penultimate Australian wicket went down but it was another unfortunate error from umpire Rauf.

Stuart Clark may have hit his pad but was certainly nowhere near the ball as it spooned to short-leg

Fittingly Flintoff wrapped things up, his full straight delivery shattering the stumps of Ben Hilfenhaus and giving England a first innings lead of 172.

Australia brought their part-time spinner North into the attack after just 10 overs of the England second innings.

He struck in his second over as sharp turn and bounce deceived Cook as he tried to turn to leg and the edge flew to slip.

Ian Bell was brilliantly caught at short-leg by the athletic Katich on his 34th birthday, and when Paul Collingwood could only fend a rapidly lifting ball from Johnson to the same position, there were perhaps twinges of anxiety amongst home supporters.

But with a healthy advantage on a pitch offering such help for the spinners, their assured captain Strauss still at the crease and seven wickets intact, England will feel extremely satisfied with their position with three days still remaining.



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