Ashes 2015: Aussies ridiculed on Twitter as Stuart Broad destroys Australia at Trent Bridge
Stuart Broad destroyed Australia in a freakish first session at Trent Bridge with one of the most remarkable spells in Ashes history as the tourists collapsed to 60 all out.
Broad's career-best eight for 15 has previously been surpassed by only Jim Laker for England in the Ashes, and gave the hosts the opportunity in this fourth Investec Test to press home a huge advantage by establishing a first-innings lead before tea on day one.
By then, England's obvious chances of winning the match and therefore the series were reflected in odds slashed by bookmakers from a start-of-play 2-1 to 1-10.
On his home ground, Broad began the match with 299 wickets, needed just three balls to become only the fifth Englishman to 300 and in another nine overs took seven more to move into equal fourth in the national list alongside Fred Trueman.
Australia's batting was hapless, albeit in cloudy conditions which had persuaded Alastair Cook to bowl first on a pitch tinged with green, as a blur of edges were all expertly held in the slip cordon.
England were batting before lunch and a session later had put Australia's unequal struggles into fair context with 99 for three on the board.
Chris Rogers began the tourists' manic surrender to seam-and-swing when he edged Broad, from round the wicket, to Cook at first slip.
It was the opener's first duck in his 46th innings and when Steve Smith also departed in the first over, edging extra bounce to Joe Root at third slip, Broad was on his way to figures bettered for England against Australia by only Laker in the famous Old Trafford Test of 1956.
Australia must win here to stop England regaining the Ashes, yet they never hinted at resistance, recording their lowest total against the old enemy since 1936 and shot out in 18.3 overs, Test cricket's shortest ever completed first innings.
Mark Wood briefly outdid his new-ball partner, striking with only his second delivery when David Warner got an inside-edge behind.
In affectionate remembrance of Australian cricket, which is currently dying at Trent Bridge. RIP.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 6, 2015
Ben Stokes... https://t.co/Rjw94jeATb— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) August 6, 2015
Ashes - I've haven't enjoyed myself so much since my second divorce went through.— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) August 6, 2015
My dad: "I think those Aussies may have to seek political asylum."— Chris Addison (@mrchrisaddison) August 6, 2015
If you want to know what it feels like to be an Australian Batsman, find a large field, walk to the middle, Stop then walk back #theashes— Lewis Brooks (@LBrooks11) August 6, 2015
Shaun Marsh was the next to edge Broad to Ian Bell this time at second slip.
Then at the start of Broad's next over, Ben Stokes pulled off a brilliant catch at gully as Adam Voges went for a single, to go with Warner, Rogers and Marsh's ducks.
Australia captain Michael Clarke managed double-figures, but with 10 to his name he faced Broad for the first time and duly edged an attempted drive at a wide one high to Cook.
Broad completed his third successive wicket-maiden and equalled Test cricket's fastest ever five-wicket haul having, like Australian Ernie Thoshack in 1947, needed only 19 balls.
The seventh wicket was not his, Steven Finn replacing Wood at the Radcliffe Road end and bowling Peter Nevill through the gate.
If there was any consolation for Australia, it came when Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson took them past their worst ever Test total - 36 against England at Edgbaston in 1902.
They just kept edging, though, and England kept catching - Root twice collecting again when both Johnson and Starc fell to flat-footed attempts to release the pressure in Broad's seventh over.
Broad finished the job when Nathan Lyon speared yet another edge to gully to ensure extras would be top scorer with 14 runs.
Starc (three for 33) profited as the ball continued to swing in the afternoon, but England eased in front.
Adam Lyth edged behind and Bell and Cook were both pinned on the crease lbw, the captain and his deputy Root having nonetheless added between them two runs more than Australia could muster collectively.
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