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England vs Australia, 4th Test, The Ashes 2013

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England won by 74 runs | England Vs Australia Live Score, 4th Test

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Presentation Quotes:
Stuart Broad: 'The crowd kept us going at the end. We had to fight hard after Tea. Australia made it really hard for us in the middle session. We had to change our plans and once we got some side movement, we executed our plans well. It was not an easy wicket for batsmen. We did not bowl full enough in the middle session and we focused on drying up the runs. To help a side win a Test match was wonderful. Given a target of 300 was helpful. The bowling unit is high on confidence. One wicket was needed to boost our morale. The ball to bowl Clarke just came out of the hand properly. Everybody has enjoyed the Test and the weather has held up.'
Stuart Broad is the MoM for his match haul of 11/121.
Alastair Cook: 'The support at Durham and the noise in the last session was fantastic. We were lucky to have such great support and we would like to thank the crowd. It was a great spell of bowling from Broad. Australia batted well but the character and skill shown by us was fantastic. Bresnan was simply outstanding. Without him maintaining the pressure at the other end, Broad would not have got those wickets. The lower order contributed yet again. The spell from Broad was unbelievable. Ian Bell's knock was outstanding. He has got some good knocks in tough situations.'
Michael Clarke: 'To lose by 74 runs, we can take some positives. However, our batting let us down. I do not want to take anything away from England. Broad was outstanding in both Tests. I have seen plenty of collapses in the second innings. We could have scored a lot more in the first innings and we failed to capitalize. England found some reverse swing. Rogers and Warner batted well but the middle order failed to back up. It was going to be a tough chase but we did not bat with confidence. Ryan Harris was outstanding. Ian Bell was also outstanding. I need more runs and we will be working hard for the Oval Test.'
Everything is looking picture perfect at Chester-le-Street. England are overjoyed with the series win, there is a rainbow just above the stadium, wonderful moments. It is even sweeter for the fact that Cook has not lost a series since assuming the captaincy. In fact, England have been undefeated in the last 12 Tests under him.
Broad says that Bresnan's role at the start of the day with the bat was crucial. Australia gave away nothing during the middle of the day. He said that hitting the pitch hard was crucial and it was a difficult wicket for batsmen at the start. Once a wicket was taken, it was easy to open the floodgates.
Thanks to the efforts of Broad, England have now won the third consecutive Ashes series. In fact, in the last seven series since the start of the millenium, England have won four while Australia have won three.
Plenty of joy at the moment in Durham. The England players are in the huddle and are screaming in joy. The England fans are jubilant in the stands. It has been a wonderful performance from Captain Cook and his players. This is England's fifth win out of five Tests at the Riverside stadium.
What a collapse by Australia. Who would have thought? They were cruising at 109/1. After the Tea break, Warner was going great guns before Bresnan snapped him up for 71. The session after the drinks break totally changed the complexion of the match. Broad produced an absolute ripper to dismiss Michael Clarke and the rest of the lower middle order folded up. Siddle and Bird frustrated England as the hosts took the extra half hour. Broad returned and took the final wicket as England won by 74 runs to win the Ashes series.
What a performance by Stuart Broad. He has owned this Test match. Figures of 5/71 and 6/50 in the match. Definitely, my man of the match.
68.3 Stuart Broad to Peter Siddle W
out Caught by Anderson!! England win the series. Full ball and in the slot just outside off, it kicks up from the deck as Siddle gets forward and looks to loft it over mid off, but he ends up toe-ending it and he gives a simple catch to Anderson at mid off, fittingly, it is Broad who takes the final wicket, this is his best match haul in Tests. Siddle c Anderson b Broad 23(48) [4s-2]
10 wickets down for AUS. Out batsman is Peter Siddle. It is all over for AUS.
68.2 Stuart Broad to Peter Siddle 0
no run, short ball outside off, Siddle sizes it up and clouts the pull to deep mid wicket but he does not take the single
68.1 Stuart Broad to Peter Siddle 0
no run, back of a length delivery on the middle and leg stump, Siddle works it to mid wicket but does not take the single

Match details

Toss : England won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Tony Hill (New Zealand)

TV umpire : Marais Erasmus (South Africa)

Match referee : Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

Teams

England : Alastair Cook(c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior(wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

Australia : Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke(c), Steven Smith, David Warner, Brad Haddin(wk), Peter Siddle, Jackson Bird, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.

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