Nottingham: England rid themselves of an unwanted record with their innings and 78-run win in the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
Since drawing their series opener against the West Indies at Antigua in April, England’s next seven Tests have seen them alternate between winning and losing. (Root Climbs to No.1 in ICC Test Rankings | Cook Surprised at Ashes Triumph)
Prior to their Trent Bridge triumph, which saw them take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match Ashes series, England captain Alastair Cook’s team had been unable to string two Test wins together in 2015.
And there were those who thought the absence of James Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, with a side injury would damage their chances of a back-to-back success in Nottingham.
But Stuart Broad, on his Nottinghamshire home ground, took eight for 15 as Australia were dismissed for just 60 in their first innings to ensure England did not miss his longtime new-ball partner. (England Enjoy Swinging Time)
England’s Test results in 2015 (start date, venue, opponent, result):
Apr 13, Antigua: v WIS, Drawn
Apr 21, Grenada: v WIS, Won 9 wkts
May 01, Barbados: v WIS, Lost 5 wkts
May 21, Lord’s: v NZL, Won 124 runs
May 29, Headingley: v NZL, Lost 199 runs
Jul 08, Cardiff: v AUS, Won 169 runs
Jul 16, Lord’s: v AUS, Lost 405 runs
Jul 29, Edgbaston: v AUS, Won 8 wkts
Aug 06: Trent Bridge: v AUS, Won inns and 78 runs