Stuart Broad

England sealed victory after claiming the extra half-hour on Day Four, Stuart Broad (above) ending the match by having Peter Siddle hole out to James Anderson at mid-off © Getty Images

Chester-le-Street: Aug 13, 2013

Stuart Broad celebrated an “amazing” success after his match haul of 11 wickets saw England to a 74-run fourth Ashes Test win over Australia at Chester-le-Street on Monday.

Australia, set 299 to win on the fourth day, collapsed to 224 all out with Broad taking six wickets for 50 runs for a Test-best match haul of 11 for 121.

England had already retained the Ashes following a drawn third Test at Manchester’s Old Trafford last week.

But this stunning success, achieved with more than a day to spare, meant they had an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

It was the first time since the 1950s that England had won three successive Test series against Australia.

And it was also the first time they’d enjoyed a run of three straight Ashes campaign triumphs since 1981 — England won the urn either side of refusing to put it up for grabs in Australia when their arch-rivals decided upon a three-match, rather than the customary five, series in 1979/80.

“It’s amazing,” Broad told Sky Sports. “I just found a rhythm at that end, I had the wind helping me get the ball moving away from the right-hander.

“I just wanted to be more aggressive, I think we lacked a bit of intensity in the middle and Cookie [England captain Alastair Cook] threw me the ball said ‘let’s spice it up a bit’.”

England sealed victory after claiming the extra half-hour, Broad ending the day by having Peter Siddle hole out to James Anderson at mid-off.

“At the end there, we prayed for a little bit of sunshine and it worked well for us,” Broad said.

Meanwhile Cook said of Broad’s burst: “It was a great spell, he turned the game on its head.

“I can’t praise him enough, words can’t really do it justice. When he gets it totally right like that he’s very hard to play.”

Australia were well-placed at 120 for one at tea after openers Chris Rogers (49) and David Warner (71) gave the tourists, who’ve now gone eight Tests without a win, hope of victory during a stand of 109.

“At 120 for one, Australia were batting very well and we didn’t quite get right but the character and skill after tea was fantastic,” said Cook.

“Tim Bresnan tied it up at that end, we talk about bowling in partnerships and without him going at one an over, Broady couldn’t have got those wickets.”

Cook also paid tribute to Ian Bell, whose third century of the series was the cornerstone of England’s second innings 330, bolstered by Bresnan’s dashing 45 and Graeme Swann’s 30 not out.

England were in dire straits at 49 for three when Bell came to the crease but he responded with a superb knock of 113 — his 20th Test hundred and none yet made in a losing cause (14 wins and six draws).

“At 50 for three, he’s come in and played an outstanding innings,” said Cook.

“He’s in great form, he’s fantastic to watch but he’s got them in really gritty circumstances, he’s had a fantastic series.”

Meanwhile Australia captain Michael Clarke, clean bowled by a brilliant Broad delivery on Monday, said: “I guess to only lose by 75 (74) runs, we can take some positives, but our batting and middle order wasn’t good enough today.

“I don’t want to take anything away from England. Stuart Broad was outstanding in both innings and what a century from Ian Bell.”

Australia will now seek a consolation win in the fifth Test at The Oval starting on August 21.

“I think a few of us need some more runs,” said Clarke. “We’ll be working our backsides off. There’s a lot to play for at The Oval.”