Broad has Australia reeling

Broad has Australia reeling

Visitors hit back as Test heads for interesting finish

Broad has Australia reeling

Stuart BroadFast bowler Stuart Broad inspired a remarkable England performance by taking five for 37 on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia at the Oval on Friday.

Fifteen wickets tumbled on a hectic day which finished with England 58 for three in their second innings, a lead of 230 runs, after Australia had collapsed to 160 all out.

Broad recorded his third five-wicket haul in a Test while Graeme Swann captured four for 38 at the other end after the visitors had reached 73 for no wicket.

Australia then fought back in an extended evening session, taking the wickets of Alastair Cook (9), Ian Bell (4) and Paul Collingwood (1) to keep their hopes alive in a match England must win to regain the Ashes.

Captain Andrew Strauss (32 batting) stood firm on a pitch which offered assistance to speed and spin but was also by no means unplayable.

Although Broad returned career-best figures of six for 91 in the fourth-Test defeat at Headingley, he was the fifth and final option for Strauss among the front-line attack on Friday.

He immediately discovered lift and disconcerting movement, dismissing Shane Watson lbw for 34 with the final ball of his first over and bowling captain Ricky Ponting (8) off an inside edge with the last delivery of his third.

Score board

England (I Innings, O/n: 307-8)

Broad c Ponting b Hilfenhaus    37
Anderson lbw Hilfenhaus    0
Harmison (not out)    12
Extras (B-12, LB-5, W-3, NB-18)    38
Total (all out, 90.5 overs)    332
Fall of wicket: 1-12, 2-114, 3-176, 4-181, 5-229, 6-247, 7-268, 8-307, 9-308.
Bowling: Hilfenhaus: 21.5-5-71-3, Siddle 21-6-75-4, Clark 14-5-41-0, Johnson 15-0-69-2, North 14-3-33-0, Watson 5-0-26-0.

Australia (I Innings)

Watson lbw b Broad    34
Katich c Cook b Swann    50
Ponting b Broad    8
Hussey lbw b Broad    0
Clarke c Trott b Broad    3
North lbw b Swann    8
Haddin b Broad    1
Johnson c Prior b Swann    11
Siddle  (not out)    26
Clark c Cook b Swann    6
Hilfenhaus b Flintoff    6
Extras (B-1, LB-5, NB-1)    7     
Total (all out, 52.5 overs)    160
Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-85, 3-89, 4-93, 5-108, 6-109, 7-111, 8-131, 9-143.
Bowling: James Anderson 9-3-29-0, Andrew Flintoff 13.5-4-35-1, Graeme Swann 14-3-38-4, Steve Harmison 4-1-15-0, Stuart Broad 12-1-37-5.

ENGLAND (II Innings)

Strauss (batting)    32
Cook c Clarke b North    9
Bell c Katich b Johnson    4
Collingwood c Katich b Johnson    1
Trott (batting)    8
Extras (LB-1, W-1, NB-2)    4
Total (for 3 wkts, 28 overs)    58
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-34, 3-39.
Bowling: Ben Hilfenhaus 5-1-9-0, Peter Siddle 6-1-15-0, Marcus North 9-2-15-1, Mitchell Johnson 4-0-12-2, Simon Katich 4-2-6-0.

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