The English players celebrate their Ashes victory.
The English players celebrate their Ashes victory.

England secures the Ashes with 74-run victory

ENGLAND secured a third consecutive Ashes series win for the first time in 32 years following a stunning Australia collapse late on day four of the fourth Investec Test at Chester-le-Street.

Australia lost nine wickets in an elongated final session, after initially seemingly well-placed in their pursuit of 299, before Stuart Broad (six wickets for 50 runs) removed last man Peter Siddle in descending gloom at 7.41pm.

Broad, who completed a second 10-wicket haul of his career, and Tim Bresnan did all of the late damage as Australia were bowled out for 224 to seal a 74-run win.

It meant England moved into an assailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series.

Bresnan triggered the collapse when he found extra bounce to catch the edge of dangerman David Warner (71), who had combined in the first century opening stand of the series - by either side - with Chris Rogers (49).

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