Stuart Broad celebrates after dismissing Peter Siddle, the last Australian wicket with teammates, on Monday
Chester-le-Street: Australia, with victory in sight, collapsed from 120 for one to 224 all out in a crazy post-tea spell as England won the fourth test by 74 runs to go 3-0 up in the five-match Ashes series, on Monday.
A pugnacious innings from David Warner (71) put Australia in complete control but Tim Bresnan produced a peach of a delivery to remove the opener and that seemed to sap all the confidence out of the visitors as they lost eight wickets for 56 runs.
Stuart Broad (6/50) picked up his second five-wicket haul of the match with another dynamic burst of fast bowling as he and Bresnan (2/36) ripped the heart out of the Australian batting.
“That was amazing,” Broad said.“Australia gave us nothing in that middle session of the day and we had to regroup at tea.
“The atmosphere here kept us going and at the end we prayed for a bit of sunshine and it went our way. I found a nice rhythm at the top end of the ground and just tried to be aggressive.”
A thrilling game, in which the Durham wicket produced an even contest between bat and ball, ended in the gloom after the umpires had fidgeted around with their light meters amid boos from the crowd.
With one wicket left to fall, Broad came back on to seal England’s third straight win in an Ashes series by removing Peter Siddle for 23.
England’s triumphant players gathered together in a huddle in the middle and danced up and down in joyous celebration.
It all looked so different a few hours earlier as Warner and first-innings centurion Chris Rogers put together an opening stand of 109.
Rogers played the tortoise to Warner's hare as the two left-handers, chasing a victory target of 299, carried the attack to England.
Warner hit several crunching strokes as he scored at almost twice the rate of his partner.
Rogers had two lucky escapes via the Decision Review System and was also dropped by Graeme Swann at second slip before the spinner finally had him caught low at first slip by Jonathan Trott for 49.
Warner, who welcomed Swann to the attack by lofting him over wide mid-on for six, continued to play with freedom when he was joined by Usman Khawaja.
Khawaja was trapped lbw by Swann for 21 before England captured the key wicket of Warner when he edged a brutish, lifting ball from Bresnan to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
Broad then ran through the Australian order, removing captain Michael Clarke for 21, Steve Smith for two, Brad Haddin for four, Ryan Harris for 11 and Nathan Lyon for eight.
With play finishing later than normal following a 70-minute rain interruption earlier in the day, England briefly took the quicker bowlers off as the light deteriorated.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, the gloom gave way to bright sunshine and that was the signal for Broad to deliver the coup de grace by having Siddle caught by Anderson at mid-off.
Earlier, the home team were bowled out for 330 in their second innings with in-form Ian Bell hitting 113 and Australia paceman Ryan Harris rocking the hosts.
Harris took his Test-best figures but Australia were still set a target of 299.
Queensland fast bowler Harris led Australia’s attack with seven wickets for 117 runs in 28 overs, taking four for 43 with the new ball on Monday after reducing England to 49 for three on Sunday.
His figures, in his 15th Test, surpassed the 33-year-old’s previous innings best of six for 47 against England at Perth in 2010.
But although Ian Bell could only add eight to his overnight 105, England’s second innings total of 330 all out was bolstered by Tim Bresnan’s dashing 45 and Graeme Swann’s quick-fire 30 not out, made at better than a run-a-ball.
England resumed Monday on 234 for five, a lead of 202 runs, with Bell 105 not out after completing his 20th Test century and third of the series. None of Bell’s 19 previous Test hundreds had been made in a losing cause (13 wins and six draws). Australia took the new ball as soon as they could, with England 250 for five, off 80 overs.
And it was not long before England were 251 for seven with Harris taking two wickets in two balls.
A good length delivery that jagged back and kept low saw Bell bowled off the inside edge for 113, his highest score of the series after he made 109 in both England’s wins at Trent Bridge and Lord’s, to end a near five-hour innings of 210 balls with 11 fours. (Agencies)