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Broad's six-wicket haul gives England victory

Last updated on: August 13, 2013 00:14 IST

England won the Ashes outright for a third straight series on Monday when they beat Australia by 74 runs in the fourth Test, thanks largely to pacer Stuart Broad.

Alastair Cook's side, which retained the urn after the drawn third Test earlier this month, took a 3-0 lead in the five-match series with the final Test at the Oval next week. 

The tourists, chasing 299 for victory, folded for 224 after being well-placed at 109 for 1.

Stuart BroadStuart Broad (6-50) picked up his second five-wicket haul of the match with another dynamic burst of fast bowling as he and Tim Bresnan (2-36) ripped the heart out of the Australian batting.

A pugnacious innings from David Warner (71) put Australia in complete control, but Bresnan produced a peach of a delivery to remove the opener and that seemed to sap all the confidence out of the tourists as they lost eight wickets for 56 runs.

Earlier, fiery paceman Ryan Harris (7-117) produced the best figures of his Test career to bowl England out for 330.

In-form Ian Bell resumed on his overnight score of 105 and quickly took his run tally for the series to 500 before Harris bowled him for 113 with an inswinger that stayed low.

Prior followed one ball later for a golden duck after another perfect inswinger from Harris deflected off his elbow and on to the stumps.

The Australian paceman then removed Broad for 13 with a vicious bouncer that the all-rounder gloved to Steve Smith in the gully.

Nightwatchman Bresnan produced a bright and breezy innings before Harris had him caught and bowled for 45.

Nathan Lyon removed last man James Anderson for a duck, leaving Graeme Swann unbeaten on 30.

Image: Stuart Broad

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