Ashes notebook: We look back on England's series-clinching victory in Durham
We look back at England's series-clinching victory in the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.
Last Updated: 13/08/13 11:14am
There were plenty of notable individual performances, with Stuart Broad earning the man-of-the-match award for his 11 wickets.
Ian Bell produced another rescue act for England on day three with his third century of the series, while Australian duo Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris were both unfortunate to finish on the losing side given their towering individual contributions.
Here we take a look back at the Test and pick out some of the highlights.
Day one close - England 238/9
England came to Emirates Durham ICG in Chester-le-Street fresh off retaining the Ashes, but there was still the serious business of trying to win a third straight series against their arch-rivals to attend to. The tourists needed to win both remaining matches to salvage a draw in the five-match series but would have been buoyed by their display in the third Test, which they would have been favourites to win had the rain not forced a draw. While England remained unchanged, Australia opted to mix things up in the pace bowling department as Mitchell Starc was taken out of the line-up to be replaced by Jackson Bird. England captain Alastair Cook won the toss for the third time in four Tests and opted to bat. His side made a slow but solid start as Cook and Jonathan Trott put on 73 for the second wicket, but things started to unravel in the afternoon session as the skipper was trapped lbw by Bird and spinner Nathan Lyon ripped through the middle order with four key wickets.
Cook (51) and Trott (49) would have both been disappointed not to have gone on and posted big scores, but the rest of the line-up struggled to get anything meaningful on the board at all, with Kevin Pietersen the only other batsman to make it into the 20s. Six wickets fell for just 49 runs as a cautious approach from England was punished heavily. Lyon finished with figures of 4-42 while Ryan Harris also chipped in with a couple of wickets as Australia were firmly in control at stumps. England ended the day on something of a high note as Graeme Swann and James Anderson put on an unbroken last-wicket stand of 24, but the balance of play clearly belonged to the tourists.
Day two close - England 238, Australia 222/5
England started the day with one wicket in hand but knew that all of the hard work on Saturday would have to be done with the ball. While Anderson and Bresnan were preparing to take to the field in the hope of flagging a few last-gasp runs, Sky Sports viewers were treated to a bowling masterclass from Australia legend Shane Warne. The 43-year-old made old adversaries Nasser Hussain and Andrew Strauss relive some bad memories during a fascinating session in the Ashes Zone. When play began, England were bowled out without adding to their overnight total as Bird made a mess of Anderson's stumps. Australia looked to capitalise on their bowlers' good work but instead were forced on the defensive themselves as Broad took three quick wickets in perfect seaming conditions. The England paceman removed David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Michael Clarke for a combined total of nine as the tourists staggered to lunch on 75-3.
Bresnan got in on the act after the interval as he had Steve Smith caught behind and almost added a second scalp when he failed to hang onto a one-handed return catch off Shane Watson. Opener Rogers was fortunate not to join his team-mates back in the pavilion. The left-hander had a caught behind decision overturned and narrowly survived an lbw shout in the same review, was dropped by Swann in the slips and came mightily close to chopping onto his stumps but eventually got into a rhythm and kept the scoreboard ticking over alongside old opening partner Watson. The duo put on 129 for the fifth wicket before Watson was caught behind off the bowling of Broad, but veteran county player Rogers went on to grab his first Test century after spending 19 balls on 96 and finished the day unbeaten on 101. Brad Haddin partnered him in the middle when umpires Aleem Dar and Tony Hill called stumps slightly early due to bad light.
Day three close - England 238 & 234/5, Australia 270
Australia began day three with hopes of pushing on to a big first-innings lead but instead tumbled from an overnight 222-5 to 270 all out within 14 overs of the morning session, a collapse that limited their advantage to just 32. Swann removed Haddin and overnight centurion Rogers in quick succession before Anderson and Broad ran through the lower order, Broad finishing with 5-71. England were wobbling at 49-3 early in the afternoon session after Harris had ripped out the top three with the new ball.
But the remainder of the day belonged to Bell as his third century of the series - and fourth in his last five Ashes Tests after scoring none in his first 17 - turned the game on its head. England closed on 234-5 with a lead of 202. Bell shared stands worth 106 and 66 with Pietersen (44) and Jonny Bairstow (28), both of whom fell to Lyon, and was 105 not out at stumps alongside nightwatchman Bresnan.
Day four close - England 238 & 330, Australia 260 and 224 - England won by 74 runs
Harris produced another excellent spell of quick, hostile bowling on the fourth morning to keep Australia's victory target down to 299 - realistic, if still difficult. Armed with the second new ball, Harris bowled Bell and Matt Prior with successive deliveries and bounced out Broad in his next over to reduce England to 275-8. Bresnan went on the attack to reach 45 before becoming Harris' seventh victim of the innings and Lyon accounted for last man Anderson as England were all out for 330 in their second innings, Harris finishing with a career-best 7-117.
Rogers and David Warner set Australia on course with an opening stand of 109 before it all went wrong for the tourists. From 168-2 midway through what turned into a marathon evening session, Australia lost their last eight wickets for 56 as England clinched the series with a game to spare. Broad was the main destroyer with 6-50 to give him 11 wickets in the match. The Nottinghamshire seamer sealed victory when Peter Siddle chipped to Anderson at mid-off after England had claimed the extra half-hour. That sparked joyous scenes in the middle with England's players coming together for a bouncing huddle in the lengthening shadows of Lumley Castle.