Clarke says Australia can still 'save Ashes'
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.