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The fourth Test of Ashes 2015 at Trent Bridge started in sensational fashion after Alastair Cook put the Australians in on a seaming track. James Anderson’s absence meant that Stuart Broad had to rise to the occasion, which he did, scything through the Australian top-order. The tourists were reduced to 29 for 6 (33 for 7) as I write this in 6.1 overs, Broad taking 5 for 6. Mark Wood removed David Warner at the other end, and he was brought on, Steven Finn reciprocated by clean bowling Peter Nevill. It was a spectacular effort by Broad, supported ably by his teammates: Anderson was not missed as only Michael Clarke managed to reach double-figures. LIVE BLOG: England vs Australia, The Ashes 2015, 4th Test at Trent Bridge, Day 1

The hero of the innings was, of course, Broad, who claimed 5 wickets in 19 balls. In the process he emulated the feat of Ernie Toshack, who had done the same on a ‘sticky’ at The Gabba against India in 1947-48. From 53 for 5 India were skittled out for 58.

Quickest to 5 wickets in an innings

Balls Bowler Team Against Venue Year Final figures
19 Ernie Toshack Australia India The Gabba 1947 2.3-1-2-5 (8-ball overs)
19 Stuart Broad England Australia Trent Bridge 2015
21 Shane Watson Australia South Africa Newlands 2011 5-2-17-5
23 Hugh Trumble Australia England MCG 1904 6.5-0-28-7 (8-ball overs)
25 Vernon Philander South Africa New Zealand Newlands 2013 6-3-7-5

As per researches by Charlie Davis, both Monty Noble (against England, MCG 1901) and Jim Laker (against Australia, Old Trafford 1956) had both taken five wickets in 13-ball spells. However, they were not the first 13 balls of their spells. READ: Alastair Cook set to become 1st England cricketer with 50 Test wins