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Ashes 2015: England defeats Australia by an innings and 78 runs to clinch series victory at Trent Bridge

ABC Grandstand logoABC Grandstand 8/08/2015
Ben Stokes of England celebrates with teammates Stuart Broad and Steven Finn after dismissing Mitchell Johnson on day two of the Fourth Test. © Gareth Copley/Getty Images Ben Stokes of England celebrates with teammates Stuart Broad and Steven Finn after dismissing Mitchell Johnson on day two of the Fourth Test.

England has reclaimed the Ashes from Australia, posting an innings and 78-run win on day three of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge.

And the repercussions from Australia's series defeat may be felt for some time, with captain Michael Clarke confirming he will retire after the fifth Test at The Oval.

Australia resumed day three on 7 for 241, trailing England by 90 runs, but it took the home side less than an hour to wrap up the tail and establish an unassailable 3-1 series lead.

The visitors were all out for 253 in their second innings, a more encouraging return than their first knock when they were dismissed for an embarrassing total of 60.

Victory saw England regain the Ashes after it was whitewashed 5-0 in Australia in 2013/14.

It also gave England a fourth successive Ashes series win on home soil, with Australia's last away Ashes triumph coming in 2001.

Ben Stokes had Mitchell Starc caught by Ian Bell at second slip for a duck and Mark Wood bowled Josh Hazlewood also without scoring.

Wood produced another ferocious full-pitched delivery to shatter Nathan Lyon's (4) stumps and complete the rout, sparking wild celebrations on the pitch and all around the ground.

"It's unbelievable. I couldn't be happier," England captain Alastair Cook said.

"For what we've been through over the last 18 months, to play like we did has been fantastic. I'm so proud of this young team and the way they've taken this opportunity."

Adam Voges was unbeaten on 51.

Michael Clarke talks with Chairman of Selectors Rod Marsh before the start of play. © Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Clarke talks with Chairman of Selectors Rod Marsh before the start of play. Australia was in trouble right from the start of this match as it collapsed to 60 all out in 111 balls - the shortest completed first innings in Test history - on the first day.

Fast bowler Stuart Broad, who took two wickets in the first over of the match, including his 300th at this level, finished with a Test-best return of 8 for 15.

England in reply made 9 for 391 (declared), with Joe Root top scoring with 130.

All-rounder Ben Stokes took a Test-best 6 for 36 before Wood, a fast bowler, completed the win when last man Lyon played on.

This victory gave England its second successive win inside three days after it beat Australia by eight wickets to win the third Test at Edgbaston last week.

Saturday's result also saw England end a seven-match sequence of alternating wins and losses, as it achieved back-to-back wins in Test cricket for the first time in 2015.

The series concludes at The Oval in London where the fifth Test begins on August 20.

- ABC/Wires

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