Clarke says Aus­tralia can still 'save Ashes'

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Aus­tralia cap­tain Michael Clarke in­sisted his team could still "save the Ashes" af­ter a hu­mil­i­at­ing first day in the fourth Test against Eng­land at Trent Bridge. Clarke´s men were skit­tled out for just 60 in 18.3 overs -- the short­est com­pleted first in­nings in Test history -- af­ter los­ing the toss in over­cast but not to­tally ´un­playable´ con­di­tions.

Stu­art Broad took a Test best eight wick­ets for 15 runs in 9.3 overs on his Not­ting­hamshire home ground as the fast-medium bowler be­came only the fifth Eng­land crick­eter to take 300 Test wick­ets. By stumps, Joe Root´s un­beaten 124 -his sec­ond cen­tury of the se­ries -- had taken Eng­land to 274 for four and a lead of 214 runs. Eng­land are 2-1 up in the five-match se­ries and need just one more vic­tory to re­gain the Ashes.

Aus­tralia will con­tinue to hold the Ashes if they ei­ther some­how win this match and the last Test at The Oval or if the cam­paign ends all square at 2-2. "I´m re­ally dis­ap­pointed with how the day has turned out, but it´s only one day down," said Clarke as Aus­tralia´s bats­men were once again un­done by side­ways move­ment of the ball.

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