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Man of the day

Stuart Broad rips through the Australia line-up to guide England to victory

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

Stuart Broad: Finished with match figures of 11-121

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 the ball with just six Australian wickets to his name in the first three Test matches.

However, when he's hot he is really hot and the Nottinghamshire seamer, who picked up his 200th Test victim earlier in the series, proved too much for the Aussies as they went in search of a victory target of 299.

David Warner and Chris Rogers made batting look relatively easy as they compiled the first opening stand of 100 by either side this series and suddenly the tourists were eyeing victory.

The England seamers seemed to lack spark as the ball softened and it was Swann who got the breakthrough with the wicket of Rogers and then Usman Khawaja, who also looked set when falling LBW.

England win Ashes Series

But, with Tim Bresnan again pulling his weight at the other end, the rest of the innings belonged to Broad as he steamed in often sending it down at 90mph or more.

Broad had reduced the Aussies to 49-3 in the first innings before Rogers had dug his side out of trouble, but with the back of the line-up broken second time around the stage was his.

Lynchpin Michael Clarke was beaten by a jaffa that clipped the top of off stump and in his next over Broad had a stroke of luck when Steven Smith guided a short ball onto his stumps.

It just got better for the all-rounder in his next over when he had Brad Haddin LBW - Haddin using up Australia's last review - but there was nothing 'iffy' about the balls that got Ryan Harris and Nathan Lyon, both being fast and straight.

The last pair hung around as spinners Swann and Joe Root sought to bring the match to a conclusion a day early, but the stubbornness of Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird merely served to tee things up for a seemingly inevitable finale.

And so it proved, as the dark clouds parted our hero was brought back on and Siddle duly popped the ball up to James Anderson to give Broad a sixth wicket and match figures of 11-121.

It was a marvellous effort from one of England's key players and it was great to see another of the home team playing a decisive role in what has been a triumphant summer.

What will be the result of the fifth Ashes Test?

  • England win
  • Draw
  • Australia win