Jamaica Gleaner

Eng­land re­gain Ashes with big win

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ENG­LAND COM­PLETED their 18-month trans­for­ma­tion from na­tional em­bar­rass­ment to Ashes win­ners yesterday, tak­ing 40 min­utes to wrap up a se­ri­esclinch­ing vic­tory over Aus­tralia in the fourth Test that ush­ered in the in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment of Michael Clarke.

When Nathan Lyon chopped a de­liv­ery from Mark Wood onto the stumps to end Aus­tralia’s mis­ery at Trent Bridge, Eng­land’s ju­bi­lant play­ers gath­ered in a hud­dle near the crease and jumped up and down in cel­e­bra­tion at re­gain­ing the urn.

A vic­tory by an in­nings and 78 runs moved Eng­land into an in­sur­mount­able 3-1 lead with one Test re­main­ing, a scarcely be­liev­able sce­nario con­sid­er­ing the Aus­tralians came into the se­ries as big favourites. Eng­land had also been scarred by a 5-0 de­feat Down Un­der 18 months ago, which sparked soul-search­ing and a regime change in English cricket.

CAP­TAIN SUR­PRISED

“I didn’t think we were quite ready to win the Ashes at the be­gin­ning,” said an emo­tional Alastair Cook, who sur­vived as Eng­land cap­tain through­out the up­heaval. “But the guys have sur­prised me.”

The English have won five of the last seven Ashes se­ries, and the last four at home — an in­di­ca­tion of just how tough they are to beat in English con­di­tions when the ball swings and bats­man’s tech­nique is tested.

Eng­land won with two days and more than two ses­sions to spare in Not­ting­ham, mir­ror­ing the eightwicke­t win in the third test at Edg­bas­ton.

With min­utes of the re­sult, Clarke an­nounced he will be re­tir­ing from Test cricket af­ter the fifth Test at The Oval to end a 12year in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.

The tourists re­sumed yesterday on 241-7 and it took 22 balls for Ben Stokes to get a nick off Mitchell Starc (0), with Ian Bell tak­ing the catch at sec­ond slip. Stokes fin­ished with ca­reer-best fig­ures of 6-36.

 ?? AP ?? Aus­tralia’s Nathan Lyon is bowled by Eng­land’s Mark Wood as Eng­land beat Aus­tralia by an in­nings and 78 runs to win the Ashes dur­ing day three of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge yesterday.
AP Aus­tralia’s Nathan Lyon is bowled by Eng­land’s Mark Wood as Eng­land beat Aus­tralia by an in­nings and 78 runs to win the Ashes dur­ing day three of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge yesterday.

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