Stuart Broad says eight for 15 against Australia was a once in a lifetime spell

• Broad: ‘I’m sure I’ll never better that, it was a special morning’
• Joe Root now No1 in the world Test batting rankings

Stuart Broad said the chances of him bettering his historic eight-wicket burst at Trent Bridge are slim, describing his man-of-the-match performance on the first morning of the fourth Test as a once in a lifetime spell.

Broad’s eight for 15, the best figures from a fast bowler in an Ashes Test, effectively sealed the series win inside 93 minutes as Australia’s batsmen folded in 111 balls – the shortest first innings of all time.

“That the best spell I’ve bowled,” Broad said. “Our bowling coach, Ottis Gibson, said to me those spells come once in a lifetime. Sometimes you do it for your school, sometimes you do it for your club. But to do it for England against Australia, I couldn’t have dreamt it.

“Our catching was spectacular that morning. It summed up all the hard work we’ve been putting in, that hour and a half. It was a reward. I’m sure I’ll never better that eight for 15 as a bowler. It was a special morning.”

Broad picked up a ninth wicket for the Test in Australia’s second innings but had to take a backseat on Saturday morning, watching as the Durham pair, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood, wrapped up the innings victory.

Wood claimed the final scalp of Nathan Lyon and took to his imaginary horse in the celebrations, topping off a breakthrough summer with the ball for the 25-year-old from Ashington, who has 18 wickets in his first five Tests.

“I can’t quite believe it. The summer couldn’t have gone any better for me,” Wood told BBC’s Test Match Special. “To miss out at Edgbaston and then to be back here and take the winning wicket is an incredible feeling, one I’ll never forget. I was still shaking in the dressing room half an hour later. I haven’t played a lot because of my injury record but I don’t really care, I’ve won the Ashes.

“I don’t remember much of taking that last wicket. That feeling when we were in the group … I think I got stood on about five times. I still have some ear ache from the shouting. It is not great being teetotal as there is champagne everywhere.

“I never thought a year ago I would be in the side, let alone taking the final wicket to win it. I wanted to be myself and prove I was good enough. I think there is more to come.”

Joe Root’s first innings 130 set up his side’s 391 for nine declared and took him to No1 in the world Test batting rankings – the first England player since Michael Vaughan in 2003. Root has scored 443 runs in the series, with two centuries and two half-centuries, at an average of 71.79. He told Sky Sports: “It’s hard to put it into words – the way that this squad of players has come together and not relied on one or two individuals.

“We bowled them out for 60 when I was wearing the sweater and a few of the other lads are superstitious so I had to keep it on.

“The credit goes to the bowlers – 20 wickets wins you Test matches, and fingers crossed our good catching can continue, because the fewer chances you need to create the better.”

Contributor

Ali Martin at Trent Bridge

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
England’s Stuart Broad demolishes Australia before Joe Root cashes in
Stuart Broad produced his best ever Test bowling figures of eight for 15 as Australia were skittled for 60 before England went on to close on 274 for four in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge

Mike Selvey at Trent Bridge

06, Aug, 2015 @6:47 PM

Article image
England’s Stuart Broad puts up his Dukes as he relishes villainous role
Fast bowler Stuart Broad has said he would love to see an Australian lifting the Ashes urn as long as it’s Trevor Bayliss, the new England head coach

Ali Martin

27, Jun, 2015 @9:00 PM

Article image
Stuart Broad’s box-office duel with David Warner proves just the start | Barney Ronay
Stuart Broad took the key wickets of Chris Rogers, Steve Smith and Michael Clarke but it was his battle with David Warner that was most compelling

Barney Ronay at the Swalec Stadium

11, Jul, 2015 @7:12 PM

Article image
Editor of Brisbane's Courier-Mail explains crusade against Stuart Broad
Christopher Dore, editor of the Brisbane Courier-Mail, explains why his paper has spent the first Ashes Test referring to Stuart Broad only as a '27-year-old English medium-pace bowler'

Christopher Dore

23, Nov, 2013 @10:30 PM

Article image
Stuart Broad cleared of breaching cricket's spirit – by his father
Elite ICC referee Chris Broad played down his son's refusal to walk and said he 'texted him to ask how he kept such a straight face'

Andy Wilson at Trent Bridge

13, Jul, 2013 @6:03 PM

Article image
Candid Stuart Broad has shown that brave does not always mean fearless | Tim Lewis
Stuart Broad’s batting has suffered since he was hit last year and the England bowler has risked being targeted in the forthcoming Ashes series after admitting why

Tim Lewis

20, Jun, 2015 @8:25 PM

Article image
England's Stuart Broad evokes the ghost of Neil Mallender past | Mike Selvey
Mike Selvey: The old-fashioned virtues of line and length were rewarded in a top-drawer spell of new-ball seam bowling against Australia in the fourth Test

Mike Selvey at the Riverside

10, Aug, 2013 @6:11 PM

Article image
Stuart Broad hits zone at Trent Bridge to send Australia batsmen into twilight | Andy Bull
Stuart Broad’s ruthless dismantling of the tourists’ Ashes hopes displayed a raw edge combined with an elusive phenomenon that fascinates psychologists

Andy Bull at Trent Bridge

06, Aug, 2015 @6:47 PM

Article image
How England and Australia compared in the first Ashes Test at Cardiff
There was little joy for Australia in defeat, as England dominated them in nearly every facet of the game, from batting and bowling, to captaincy and preparations for Lord’s

Dan Lucas

12, Jul, 2015 @2:39 PM

Article image
Joe Root’s sense of fun matched by his poise and passion for the England cause
The Yorkshire batsman has been central to the unburdened approach that has been fostered as England prepare for the Ashes battle

Ali Martin

04, Jul, 2015 @2:31 PM