The Ashes: England in control?

The ongoing ‘battle on a cricket pitch’ between England and Australia resumed this morning at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

Victory for England in this 4th Test would result in the return of the Ashes to the home team for the first time since they were surrendered in Perth 20 months ago.

England began the game without their main strike bowler, James Anderson, who with well over 400 Test wickets is one of the finest the country has ever produced. However, it seems that the rest of the English bowlers have stepped up to the plate this morning by bowling Australia out for just 60 runs!

They bowled 111 balls to dismiss the entire Australian team, which is the quickest any team has been ever been bowled out for in the first innings of a Test Match! It is also only the fourth time that a team has fielded first and found themselves batting before lunch!

Stuart Broad, who plays County Cricket for Nottinghamshire, took a remarkable 8 wickets at a cost of just 15 runs on his home ground. These figures have only ever been bettered in an Ashes series by Jim Laker’s 9-37 & 10-53 at Old Trafford in 1956, almost 60 years ago…

All in all, an extraordinary morning of cricket. Hope you saw it?

If not, get yourself in front of a television showing the rest of what has already proved to be an historic Test series. Who said cricket was boring?

 

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