Nottingham (England), Aug 6: England paceman Stuart Broad took 8 wickets to demolish Australia for just 60 runs in 18.3 overs (111 balls) in the first innings on the opening day of the 4th Ashes Test here today.
After home captain Alastair Cook had won the toss and opted to field, Australia were rocked in the very first over of the match when 29-year-old Broad, in his 83rd Test, removed opener Chris Rogers and number 3 batsman Steve Smith.
The visitors were 10/2 in 1 over and never recovered from there, at Trent Bridge. Broad's outstanding spell of swing bowling earned him 3rd best Ashes bowling figures for England as he ended with 8/15 in 9.3 overs (9.3-5-15-8). Australia were reeling at 21/5 in 4.1 overs and were all out before lunch.
When he had his first wicket, Broad completed 300 Test wickets, becoming the 5th Englishman on the list after James Anderson (413), Ian Botham (383), Bob Willis (325) and Fred Trueman (307). Broad is now level with Trueman. Anderson is not playing this Test due to injury.
Today's 60 is the lowest score in Ashes for Australia since 1936. And their innings lasted just 18.3 overs, which is the quicket ever a team is bowled out in a first innings in Test history.
Speaking to "Sky Sports" after this top-class spell of bowling, Broad said it was "pretty unbelievable".
"It's pretty unbelievable. It's not sunk in. We knew Trent Bridge would offer us something but we had to bowl well and take our catches. I still can't believe Ben Stokes caught that one (to dismiss Adam Voges). It was unbelievable. We've given ourselves a chance to get a big lead now. We just have to graft hard," he said.
Three of Australia's batsmen - Rogers, David Warner and Shaun Marsh departed for ducks. The highest score in the innings came through extras (14). Among the batsmen, Mitchell Johnson top-scored with 13.
England lead the 5-match series 2-1 and need a victory here to regain the urn.
Lowest totals in Ashes Tests
36 - Australia (Birmingham 1902)
42- Australia (Sydney 1888)
44 - Australia (The Oval 1896)
45 - England (Sydney 1887)
52 - England (The Oval 1948)
53 - England (Lord's 1888)
53 - Australia (Lord's 1896)
58 - Australia (Brisbane 1936)
60 - Australia (Lord's 1888)
60 - Australia (Nottingham 2015)
61 - England (Melbourne 1904)
61 - England (Melbourne 1902)
62 - England (Lord's 1888)
65 - England (Sydney 1895)