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BBC Sport's Pat Murphy
"Another comprehensive victory for Australia"
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England captain Nasser Hussain
"It's not been the most amusing few weeks of my career"
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Australia's Shane Warne
"It was a great pitch"
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England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher
"It was positive cricket throughout"
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England batsman Marcus Trescothick
"We're prepared to work hard and come back strong"
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Australia captain Steve Waugh
"We need to make sure we keep improving"
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banner Sunday, 8 July, 2001, 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
Rampant Australia crush England
Australia celebrate winning the first Test at Edgbaston
Australia in high spirits after claiming the first Test
First Ashes Test, Edgbaston: Australia 576 bt England 294 and 164-9 by an innings and 118 runs

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Australia have demolished England to win the opening Ashes Test by an innings and 118 runs on the fourth day at Edgbaston.

As Shane Warne claimed the final three wickets, England were also suffering with the news that their skipper had broken a finger on his left hand.

Nasser Hussain retired hurt in the morning for nine after a sharp ball from Jason Gillespie's opening delivery and is likely to miss the second Test at Lord's.

In under four days, the crowd were enthralled by Andy Caddick's unbeaten 49, three Australian centurions, including one from man-of-the-match Adam Gilchrist, and stunning bowling from the tourists on the last day.

Marcus Trescothick hits more runs for England
Trescothick carried the fight to Australia

England started the fourth day 234 runs behind, and had begun in spirited fashion with Mark Butcher and Marcus Trescothick treating the bowlers with rare disdain.

Both Warne and Glenn McGrath suffered the indignity of seeing their deliveries regularly pounded for boundaries, with the occasional six thrown in for good measure.

But Australia were not likely to take this treatment lightly and Butcher was soon to fall, edging a vicious bouncer from Brett Lee after scoring a fine 41.

But as Trescothick took the fight to Australia, and with his skipper nursing his wounds in the pavilion, his batting partners buckled under the intense pressure from the increasingly dangerous pacemen.

Ian Ward (3) was Lee's second victim, playing on to his stumps, and his downfall, sadly predictably, initiated the onset of another England collapse - they lost their last seven wickets for 22 runs.

Jason Gillespie rejoices after claiming Uzman Afzaal
Gillespie demoralised the England batsmen

Alec Stewart had made just five before edging Gillepsie to Warne in the slips, with Craig White (0) and Usman Afzaal (2) soon to follow, both undone by an inspired Gillespie.

Darren Gough was trapped leg before on his very first ball, and the misery was completed as Ashley Giles was snapped up by Mark Waugh, to give Warne his third scalp.

Caddick, the hero from England's first innings' last-wicket stand, was unable to repeat his efforts and finished unbeaten on six.

With the Australians in this mood, England may need to bring in the rain-dancers if they are to avoid a similar fate at Lord's in two weeks.


England: N Hussain (Essex, capt), MA Atherton (Lancashire), ME Trescothick (Somerset), MA Butcher (Surrey), IJ Ward (Surrey), AJ Stewart (Surrey, wkt), U Afzaal (Nottinghamshire), C White (Yorkshire), D Gough (Yorkshire), AR Caddick (Somerset), AF Giles (Warwickshire).

Australia: SR Waugh (capt), ML Hayden, MJ Slater, RT Ponting, ME Waugh, DR Martyn, AC Gilchrist (wkt), SK Warne, B Lee, JN Gillespie, GD McGrath.

Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) & G Sharp (Eng).

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