Durhamand England pacemen Mark Wood and Ben Stokes set the seal on a crushing innings and 78-run victory over Australia in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday as England regained the Ashes in style. Australia started the day on 241 for seven, 90 runs shy of making England bat again. But they lost their last three wickets in just 40 minutes’ play, with all-rounder Stokes, who’d taken five wickets on Friday, striking again on his way to Test-best figures of six for 36. Fast bowler Wood ended the match when he had Nathan Lyon playing on as the tailender tried to withdraw his bat. READ: England regain Ashes, annihilate Australia by an innings and 78 runs in 4th Test at Trent Bridge

This Victory gave Alastair Cook’s men an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series as, for the second match in a row, they defeated arch-rivals Australia inside three days following their eight-wicket win in the third Test at Edgbaston last week. It was also the first time this year that England, whitewashed 5-0 in Australia in 2013/14, had won back-to-back Tests. This win was particularly impressive as England were without James Anderson after their all-time leading wicket-taker suffered a side injury at Edgbaston, AFP reported. READ: Michael Clarke to retire after Ashes 2015 Test at Oval: Reports