Australia thrashed England by an innings and 80 runs as they won the fourth Test at Headingley in Leeds on Sunday inside three days to level the series at 1-1 and revive their bid to retain the Ashes.The result left the Ashes all square ahead of the fifth and final Test at The Oval starting on August 20.
England, who resumed on Sunday in the dire position of 82 for five in their second innings, still 261 runs behind Australia's first innings 445 and facing the prospect of a record-breaking home defeat, were bowled out for 263.
Stuart Broad (61) and Graeme Swann (62) delayed the seemingly inevitable with an eighth-wicket stand of 108 off 79 balls that delighted home fans after the pair had come together with England on 120 for seven,
At lunch, England were 245 for eight, 98 behind, with Swann 56 not out and Stephen Harmison six not out.
But soon after the break Swann on 62, one shy of his Test-best score, was caught behind off left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson, who took five wickets for 69 runs in the innings.
Johnson then wrapped up the match in the sixth over after lunch when he clean bowled last man Graham Onions for nought.
England started the day with nightwatchman James Anderson unbeaten on nought and wicket-keeper Matthew Prior four not out.Anderson, off Sunday's second ball, extended his world record for most consecutive Test innings without a duck to 54 thanks to a square cut four off Ben Hilfenhaus for four.
But next ball he edged to Australia captain Ricky Ponting at second slip.
Prior offered brief resistance before he too fell to Hilfenhaus, for 22, well caught one-handed by diving wicket-keeper Brad Haddin to leave England 120 for seven.
Pace bowler Broad, who took a Test-best six for 91 on Saturday, was given a life on 18 when Peter Siddle at mid-off dropped a difficult chance, running back, off left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson.
Broad's four off Stuart Clark ensured England would not suffer on Sunday a record home Test defeat by Australia to top their innings and 180 run loss at Trent Bridge in 1989.
England 1st inn: 102
Australia 1st inn: Watson lbw b Onions 51, Katich c Bopara b Harmison 0, Ponting lbw b Broad 78, Hussey lbw b Broad 10, Clarke lbw b Onions 93, North c Anderson b Broad 110, Haddin c Bell b Harmison 14, Johnson c Bopara b Broad 27, Siddle b Broad 0, Clark b Broad 32, Hilfenhaus 0*;
Extras: (b9, lb14, w4, nb3) 30;
FoW: 1-14, 2-133, 3-140, 4-151, 5-303, 6-323, 7-393, 8-394, 9-440;
Bowling: Anderson 18-3-89-0; Harmison 23-4-98-2; Onions 22-5-80-2; Broad 25.1-6-91-6; Swann 16-4-64-0;
England 2nd Inn: Strauss lbw b Hilfenhaus 32, Cook c Haddin b Johnson 30, Bopara lbw b Hilfenhaus 0, Bell c Ponting b Johnson 3, Collingwood lbw b Johnson 4, Anderson c Ponting b Hilfenhaus 4, Prior c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 22, S Broad c Watson b Siddle 61, G Swann c Haddin b Johnson 62, S Harmison not out 19, G Onions b Johnson 0
Extras: (b5, lb5, w5, nb11) 26
Total: (all out in 61.3 overs) 263
Fow: 1-58 2-58 3-67 4-74 5-78 6-86 7-120 8-228, 9-259 10-263
Bowling: Hilfenhaus 19-2-60-4; Siddle 12-2-50-1; Clark 11-1-74-0; Johnson 19.3-3-69-5;
Toss: England, who chose to bat
Series: 5-match series level 1-1
Player of the match: MJ North (Australia)
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and BF Bowden (New Zealand)
TV umpire: IJ Gould
Match referee: RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: JH Evans
Close of play
7 Aug day 1 -Australia 1st innings 196/4 (MJ Clarke 34*, MJ North 7*, 47 ov)
8 Aug day 2 -England 2nd innings 82/5 (JM Anderson 0*, MJ Prior 4*, 32 ov)
9 Aug day 3 - England 2nd innings 263 (61.3 ov) - end of match
Driving strongly, left-hand bat Broad struck four fours off one Clark over as he and Swann posted a fifty stand in 51 balls.
Broad then went to his fifth Test fifty in style with an off-drive off Siddle that rocketed through mid-off to the boundary, the 23-year-old reaching landmark in 78 balls with eight fours.
Broad could have gone on 53 when a drive off Siddle saw Johnson, back-pedalling at long-off, drop the difficult chance and knock the ball over the boundary for four and on 57 he was missed at long leg by Simon Katich.
He eventually holed out off Siddle to Shane Watson in the deep having faced 48 balls with 10 fours.
But Swann hooked Siddle for six to bring up his fifty in just 53 balls with 10 fours.
Siddle whose first six overs this innings on Saturday yielded just four runs, conceded 46 in his six overs before lunch on Sunday.
England, without injured stars Andrew Flintoff - the inspiration behind their 115-run second Test win at Lord's - and Kevin Pietersen, were on the backfoot after collapsing to 102 all out on Friday's first day.
Clark took three wickets for 18 runs on his return to international cricket and Siddle a Test-best five for 21.
Australia, in reply, were 151 for four, just 49 runs ahead, before a stand of 152 between Marcus North, whose 110 was his second century of the series, and vice-captain Michael Clarke (93) all but doubled the score.
England slumped for the second time Saturday, in a match where top-order batsmen Ravi Bopara, Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood managed just 16 runs between them, losing five wickets for 20 runs in 44 balls.
England had a frantic build-up to this match with an early morning fire alarm at their hotel on Friday before Prior suffered a back spasm during the warm-up which forced the toss to be delayed while he received treatment.
The hosts also had to endure several days, after the end of Monday's drawn third Test at Edgbaston, of agonising over Flintoff's fitness.