England wins 4th Test, regains Ashes from Australia
Nottingham: England regained the Ashes with a match to spare in the series after dismissing Australia for 253 to win the fourth Test by an innings and 78 runs at Trent Bridge today.
Australia started Day 3 on 241-7, and the English took the three wickets they needed in 10.2 overs.
Mark Wood took the series-clinching wicket when Nathan Lyon played the ball on to his own stumps, sparking wild celebrations among England’s players.
England won with two days and more than two sessions to spare, taking an insurmountable 3-1 lead ahead of the final test at The Oval.
England has won five of the last seven Ashes series, and the last four at home.
Adam Voges and Mitchell Starc were jeered onto the pitch by giddy England supporters anticipating a quick finish to one of the most remarkable Ashes Tests, which began with Australia getting skittled for 60 in 18.3 overs for the shortest first innings in Test history.
It took 22 balls for Ben Stokes to get a nick off Starc (0), with Ian Bell taking the catch at second slip.
Josh Hazlewood (0) had his middle stump knocked out by Wood three overs later, before Voges reached his fifty with a single into the leg side.
Voges was left stranded on 51, though, when Lyon got an inside edge onto his own stumps.
Stokes finished with career-best figures of 6-36.