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Broad elated with England revival

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England in fantastic position - Broad

Stuart Broad was delighted with England's position after his 5-37 helped to bowl out Australia for 160 on day two of the deciding Ashes Test.

Graeme Swann took 4-38 and England, who must win to regain the Ashes, reached 58-3 at stumps for a 230-run lead.

"We bowled well as a unit. We talked about putting pressure on together and it proved my day as well as Graeme's.

"To have bowled them out for 160 and have a chance to get a great lead is a great opportunity," said Broad.

The Nottinghamshire paceman struck with his sixth delivery and bowled a devastating spell of 12 consecutive overs to snatch the initiative back from Australia after the tourists had moved to 73-0 in reply to England's first innings 332.

"It was nice to get a wicket first over, we talked about bowling a bit straighter on this wicket because it's a little bit two-paced and we wanted to bring the stumps into play," he said.

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"To get the confidence of that lbw helped me and Graeme at the other end was fantastic picking up four wickets and showing there was turn which can only encourage us for the fourth innings.

"Since the Edgbaston Test I've concentrated on hitting length a bit harder rather than trying to swing the ball, when I do that it swings naturally for me.

"I've been pleased with the way I've bowled but the big one is the second innings.

"The first hour tomorrow is a chance to build and set a platform. There's a lot of time left, we don't have to chase the game."

Australia opener Simon Katich was the one Australian batsman to reach fifty, but admitted his 34th birthday had been spoiled by such a devastating collapse.

"Obviously we're disappointed but Stuart Broad's spell was outstanding and he was backed up well by Graeme Swann with the spin," he said.

"We never seemed to be able to string a partnership together after the first one, the crowd became a factor, they got involved and it was hard to stop the momentum.

"They got the odd ball to swing and the odd ball was breaking through the surface, I thought the whole attack bowled well and it was difficult to play."

He dismissed suggestions that the wicket had been prepared to engineer a result and said: "Once you got in on the wicket it was nice to bat on with a quick outfield.

"It's starting to deteriorate but both teams have got to play on it and the game is not over yet.

"You never know, you just have to keep believing and keep fighting.

"Hopefully, we can have another good session in the morning and claw our way back into the game.

"We know it is going to be hard work but that is the beauty of playing Test cricket, you don't expect it any other way. And the Ashes are up for grabs, so hopefully we can pull off something special."



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