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Ashes 2015, 4th Test: A day to forget for Australia as Joe Root scores a ton

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Disappointed Clarke

England's Stuart Broad single-handedly demolished the Australian batting line-up by taking 8 wickets and restricting the visitors for 60 runs in the first innings of the 4th Ashes Test match. Broad didn't let the Aussies breathe as he kept troubling them with his swing and bounce ever since the first ball he bowled.

The kangaroos were helpless on the opening day of Test as England piled on more misery to finish the day with a 214-run lead. The morning session was dominated by Broad alone, as he carved through Australia's batting at will. He picked his career's best figures of 8 wickets by giving away just 15 runs. The Michael Clarke-led team could bat only 18.3 overs.

After getting bowled out for 60 runs before lunch, Australia's bowlers were cracked by the English batsmen especially Joe Root who reached his career's 8th century. He was well supported at the other batting end by Jonny Bairstow who scored 74 runs before giving away his wicket to Josh Hazlewood before the close of play.

The Australian players were barely left with any energy to celebrate by the end of the day, Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped 3 home team's wickets. England were 274 for 4 at stumps, leading the Aussies by 214 runs as Mark Wood was sent in as a nightwatchman. 

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