England vs Australia 4th Test Day 1: Broad and Root leave Australia in tatters

Broad finished with career-best figures of 8-15 off 9.3 overs

Broad finished with career-best figures of 8-15 off 9.3 overs

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It was not a day to remember for Australia as England pace bowler Stuart Broad ripped through their batting line-up with a career-best eight wickets before batsman Joe Root rubbed salt in the wound by scoring an unbeaten 124.

England captain Alastair Cook would have been ecstatic with his decision to bowl first as Broad dominated right from the get-go, picking up the wickets of Chris Rogers and Steven Smith in the first over of the match.

He then proceeded to wreak havoc on the rest of the batting order, to the extent that Australia were bowled out for a dreary 60, which is their seventh-lowest score in Test history.

To put Australia’s innings into perspective, Mitchell Johnson and captain Michael Clarke were the only two batsmen to reach double figures. The left-arm seamer ended up being the top-scorer with 13 runs, while the Australian skipper made 10.

Broad finished with a career-best eight wickets, while Mark Wood and Steven Finn chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 60 runs, England did not get off to the best of starts as they lost Adam Lyth and Ian Bell for 14 and one respectively.

Cook and Root stabilised the innings with a 62-run partnership before the England captain was given out lbw off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for 43.

Root and Jonathan Bairstow kept the runs flowing with a 173-run stand, during which Root brought up his eighth Test century and Bairstow his half-century, before Bairstow was caught by Rogers at square leg off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.

Bairstow’s fantastic knock of 74 came off 105 balls and included 12 boundaries.

Bairstow hit 12 boundaries during his innings of 74

Bairstow hit 12 boundaries during his innings of 74

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Root and Wood, who was sent out as the nightwatchman, proceeded to amass an unbeaten five-run partnership before stumps was called.

Root finished on 124 off 158 balls, which included 19 boundaries and a six, while Wood remained undefeated on two.

Root celebrates after scoring his eighth Test century

Root celebrates after scoring his eighth Test century

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Starc was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Hazlewood claimed one.

England ended day one on 274/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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