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Ashes fourth Test: Sky Sports' Pick of the Day

England celebrate Ashes victory

The fourth day turned out to be the final one of this fourth Test as England ensured a series victory over Australia with a 74-run win in Durham.

A pulsating day of action saw the momentum swing both ways as England added some late runs through the tail to make 330 in their second innings, and set Australia 299 runs to finally end their long run without a Test victory.

All was going well with their run chase as opening pair Chris Rogers and David Warner put on 109, and that set the home nerves jangling as it really looked like the tourists could pull it off.

However, Stuart Broad then got in on the act and as England's bowling in general became much more attacking, the Aussies collapsed from 147-1 to 224 all out to fall 3-0 behind in the five-Test series.

Broad really had his tail up in the closing stages as the Australian tail tried desperately to send the match into a fifth day, with the Nottinghamshire seamer firing in at over 90 mph at times.

Broad at one point had figures of 3-4 in five overs, and went on to claim 6-50 in the innings and match figures of 11-121 and England's undoubted star on the day.

Tim Bresnan also bowled well and his 45 runs after coming in to bat as night watchman proved to be invaluable as well.

Here we reflect on the fourth day's play in Durham with our picks of the day...

Man of the Day

Stuart Broad produced a dazzling display with the ball on day four to help England to a 74 run victory.

Overshadowed by the efforts of James Anderson and Graeme Swann this summer, Stuart Broad once again proved his worth with a thrilling performance to lead England to victory in Durham. The new-ball bowler had been reduced to a sideline act with just six Australian wickets to his name in the first three Test matches, however, those figures changed dramatically with an 11-121 haul to give England an unlikely 74-run success. Australia were 147-1 and on course to secure their first Test match win of the series before Usman Khawaja fell and that allowed Broad to remove the majority of the remaining wickets as he took 6-50 and the plaudits.

Nerves jangling

Ian Bell insists every Test in the Ashes so far has been tough for England.

England may have won with a day to spare, but Graeme Swann and Ian Bell insisted it was by no means an easy ride up at Durham in this Test. Bell has reached 500 runs in this Ashes series and is the top batsman by a distance, but he insists it was no picnic out in the middle despite notching his third century of the series in the game. Swann also added some vital runs as part of the England tail on the fourth morning, and he said he had never been so nervous and had even predicted that the game would end on Monday - he just did not know how would end up with the victory! As it turned out though, it was the hosts who got home reasonably comfortably in the end - even if the nerves had been frayed in the process.

Big impact from Bresnan

England captain Alastair Cook says Tim Bresnan played a key role in bowling out Australia on day four.

Tim Bresnan may only have finished with bowling figures of 2-36, but the Yorkshire man played a key role in Monday's improbable triumph. Captain Alastair Cook believes Bresnan's tight bowling at one end helped pile the pressure on the Australian's and that allowed match-winner Broad to run riot at the other end. Bresnan also claimed the wickets of the dangerous-looking David Warner (71) and Shane Watson, who only scored two runs for the tourists.

Flower hails Bell's batting

England coach Andy Flower says Ian Bell's form with the bat has been the key factor in winning the Ashes series.

He may not have claimed any of the Man of the Match awards during this summer's Ashes series, but Ian Bell has been crucial to England's success nonetheless. The 31-year-old's knock of 113 in England's second innings gave the hosts hope of victory after conceding a first inning deficit. Following Monday's success coach Andy Flower said Bell's batting was 'superb', 'skilful' and that he was 'calm under pressure'.

As it happened

You can relive all the best action from day four by reading our interactive commentary from Emirates Durham ICG. You can also view a gallery of the day's best images here.

What will be the result of the fifth Ashes Test?

  • England win
  • Draw
  • Australia win