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Cricket: England win fourth Ashes Test and series

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England won the fourth Test against Australia at Chester-le-Street by 74 runs with more than a day to spare on Monday to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series.

Australia, set 299 to win, were well-placed at 168 for two but collapsed to 224 all out on the fourth day as paceman Stuart Broad took six wickets for 50 runs for a Test-best match haul of 11 for 121.

This was the first time England, who had already retained the Ashes, had won three successive Test series against Australia since the 1950s.

Australia will now look to end a run of eight straight Tests without a win in the final match of the series at The Oval in south London, starting August 21.

Brief scores

England 238 (A Cook 51; N Lyon 4-42) and 330 (I Bell 113, R Harris 7-117, N Lyon 3-55)

Australia 270 (C Rogers 110, S Watson 68; S Broad 5-71) and 224 (D Warner 71; S Broad 6-50)

Result: England won by 74 runs

Series: England lead five-match series 3-0

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