England Close to Ashes Glory

By Stephen Giles

  • Ben Stokes claimed a superb 5-35 to torment the visitors
  • Australia finished day two on 241-7 – trailing by 90 runs
  • England need 3 wickets to regain the Ashes

NOTTINGHAM, UK – England are on the verge of regaining the Ashes after another whirlwind day in Nottingham.

Having bowled out the Australians for just 60 on the first morning, England held a 214-run lead going into day two at Trent Bridge.

Mitchell Starc (6-111) tore through the England top order, taking six wickets before Alastair Cook cheekily declared with the hosts on 391-9 ten minutes before lunch.

The tourists fared better in their second innings than they did in their first, batting with self-assurance and discipline in reaching 113-0, before Ben Stokes had Chris Rogers caught by Root.

It was the first of five wickets in the day for Stokes, as he took the scalps of David Warner (64), Shaun Marsh (2), Peter Nevill (17) and Mitchell Johnson (5) before bad lighted signalled the close of play.

That memorising spell left Australia facing a big defeat – closing on 241-7, with Michael Clarke’s boys needing to score 90 more runs just to make England bat again, as the hosts look to seal the series once and for all early on day three and regain the Ashes urn at the first time of asking.

The Investec Ashes 4th Test match continues at 11am – Follow via the Britwatch Live Score Service.

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