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England edge closer to victory in opening Ashes Test

England edge closer to victory
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A late collapse from Australia on day four sees England move closer to winning the opening Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

A late collapse from Australia on day four has seen England edge closer to victory in the opening Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

The hosts, who started the day on 326-6, were bowled out for 375 runs following a century from Ian Bell.

That set Australia a target of 311 to land the first blow in the series, but a devastating spell with the ball from England after tea saw the visitors post a score of 174-6 at the end of play.

Stuart Broad, starting on 47, quickly reached his 50 before Bell added the two runs that he needed to become the first player of the series to hit a century.

Broad eventually made 65 before he was caught by Brad Haddin off the bowling of James Pattinson, while Bell notched up another nine runs when he fell to Mitchell Starc.

Peter Siddle took out Graeme Swann for nine soon after and England were all out as James Anderson was bowled for a duck by Siddle.

The Aussies got off to a good start as Chris Rogers and Shane Watson tried to build a solid foundation.

However, Watson fell to Stuart Broad soon after lunch following a knock of 46 for the opener.

The visitors looked to have steadied themselves as tea was approaching, but Ed Cowan was bowled by Joe Root with 14 runs to his name.

Rodgers was the first to go after tea, hitting 52 before he was caught by Bell off the bowling of Anderson.

That preceded a dramatic collapse from the Aussies as they went from 161-3 to 164-6.

Captain Michael Clarke could only muster 23 runs when he fell to Broad, while Steve Smith went lbw to Swann for 17.

England edged closer to victory with the very next ball as Phillip Hughes failed to get out of the way of another tricky Swann delivery.

Brad Haddin (11 not out) and Ashton Agar (one not out) will start at the crease on the final day.


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