60 all out! Broad rips through Australia on remarkable Ashes morning

England's Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Australia's Michael Clarke. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA W

England's Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Australia's Michael Clarke. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Stuart Broad roared past 300 Test wickets, and marked his feat with a career-best eight for 15, as Australia collapsed to a hapless 60 all out at Trent Bridge.

England bowler Stuart Broad celebrates taking his 300th test wicket. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

England bowler Stuart Broad celebrates taking his 300th test wicket. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Broad became only the fifth Englishman to take 300 when Chris Rogers fell to just the third delivery of the fourth Investec Test - the first success in an astonishing spell of seam-and-swing bowling.

Australia's problems had barely begun, however, Broad recording Ashes figures previously surpassed for England by only Jim Laker as the tourists recorded their lowest total against their oldest enemy since 1936.

Broad was round the wicket to Rogers on his home ground, and had the opener edging to Alastair Cook at first slip - consigning the Australian to his first duck in his 46th Test innings.

Michael Clarke's team must avoid defeat here to stop England regaining the Ashes, but - in good bowling conditions after Cook had won the toss on a cloudy day - they surrendered their first innings in just 18.3 overs.

England's Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Australia's Shaun Marsh. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

England's Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Australia's Shaun Marsh. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. - Credit: PA


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Steve Smith also went in Broad's first, edging extra bounce to Joe Root at third slip.

Mark Wood briefly outdid his new-ball partner, striking with only his second delivery when David Warner got an inside-edge behind.

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Shaun Marsh was the next to edge Broad, to Ian Bell this time at second slip.

Then at the start of Broad's next over, Ben Stokes pulled off a brilliant catch at gully as Adam Voges went for a single - to go with Warner, Rogers and Marsh's ducks.

Clarke managed double-figures - but with 10 to his name, he faced Broad for the first time and duly edged an attempted drive at a wide one high to Cook.

Broad completed his third successive wicket-maiden, and equalled Test cricket's fastest ever five-wicket haul - having, like Australian Ernie Toshack in 1947, needed only 19 balls to do so.

The seventh wicket was not his, Steven Finn replacing Wood at the Radcliffe Road end and bowling Peter Nevill through the gate in his second over.

If there was any consolation for Australia, it came perhaps when Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson took them past their worst ever Test total - 36 against England at Edgbaston in 1902.

They just kept edging, though, and England kept catching - Root twice collecting again when both Johnson and Starc fell to flat-footed attempts to somehow release the pressure in Broad's seventh over.

Broad finished the job in his 10th over, when Nathan Lyon speared yet another edge to gully to ensure England would have to bat for 10 minutes before lunch.

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