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  1. England win with day to spare
  2. England take 1-0 lead in five-Test series
  3. Australia bowled out for 242 - target 412
  4. Johnson 77; Broad 3-39, Moeen 3-59

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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So, all the problems seem to be Australia's at the end of the first Test. Who would have thought that when we gathered on Wednesday morning?

It is England who will take a 1-0 lead to Lord's on Thursday. See you at the home of cricket.

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Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician


"Root also had the highest score in the match again. The eighth time in his 28 Test match career. Bradman is the only one who has a higher percentage."

Alastair Cook. England's leading Test runscorer. Captain. Photographer.

Cook poses for a selfie, waits as a chap can't get his phone sorted, then decides to do the business himself.

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Matthew Burnett: Cardiff hosted a fantastic Test Match in the Ashes once again. Proud to be a Welshman. Stand tall and proud Cardiff, great game.

Stuart Broad on England's tactics with the ball: "We decided that width was going to be easy. We'd prefer to be driven than cut, and I can't really remember us being cut.

"Cooky had a really good game as captain - he put fielders in places in front of the bat that could apply some pressure."


BBC Radio 5 live

There will be plenty of chance to talk about this England victory on BBC Radio 5 live tonight as Michael Vaughan hosts 6-Duck-6. (The football version is 6-0-6. Geddit?)

Michael will be on air from 19:00. You can call 0900 909 693 or text 85058.

Stuart Broad, who took 3-39 in the second innings: "We're really happy. It's always hard work, especially on a wicket where you had to run in on and hit the pitch hard to get anything out of it.

"But a four-day win by 169 runs - it was a really good performance. There are a lot of proud players up there."

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Ross Chambers: So great for England, stepped it up and silenced a lot of critics who shouted whitewash, great job.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Michael Clarke is right up there with the best captains but Alastair Cook has just out-captained him this week, he has tactically manoeuvred his field better, who thought we'd be saying that? I just don't think there will be any draws in this series unless the weather comes in. Batting first is a big advantage, if Australia win the toss at Lord's these things can turn around quickly. Whatever happens it is going to be a very, very entertaining series."

The England players are out of the dressing room and on the edge of the field, meeting fans and signing autographs. Ben Stokes seems to be a particularly sought-after signature. Adam Lyth and Mark Wood are there too, while Jos Buttler chats away to two friends.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Broad was magnificent and Anderson bowled as we hoped he would - and Joe Root - I am so glad he's English, normally you'd expected that with a Kallis or a Tendulkar."

Captain's view

Alastair Cook: "It's a start. It's a long series, it would be nice if it was a one-match series! We are going to have to play well for a long period of time but I am fully confident the guys are up to it."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Australia had a big problem with Harris, now it is Starc's ankle. Lord's usually has a bit in it for the fast bowlers and the slope helps you. Starc has to be a doubt. Watson keeps getting out lbw and Haddin as well at 37, has he lost it? I question whether he's up to it. On top of that they want to have a big talk about their tactics and their batsmen getting out for 30."

BBC Radio Test Match Special

Alastair Cook on Joe Root: "The world is his oyster with how good he is but you don't get there without hard work."

Man of the match

England's Joe Root: "I think it was my most important hundred in this match. It's great to get that win, hopefully we can now back it up at Lord's.

On his counter-attacking style: "When they attack, it's the best time to attack them. There are more gaps in the field. And I've always had people at the other end to build a partnership with, contributions from people like Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes were important and shouldn't be forgotten about."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

England leave the field after winning test

"I don't think anyone really expected England to win. We wanted to get rid of the horror show of Australia, but we were hoping not expecting. We got a big surprise which shows when it's a two-horse race, you never know what is going to happen."

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Andrew Russe: A couple of months ago I was livid with the ECB and the politicking - still am - but I'm SO PROUD of these boys. Well done lads.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Root didn't just go on, he went on to make a big hundred and that changes a game. It's so important that if you get a slice of luck you make it count."

Player's view

Man of the match Joe Root on Test Match Special: "We've got to keep taking all the confidence from the one-day series and this match.

"Australia are a very good side and they've proven that for a number of years. We've got to make sure we're right on the money when we go out there at Lord's."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Everything Cook has touched has worked. He has been backed up very nicely by his bowling attack - they all have different styles.

"Broad has been outstanding - he has been the pick of the seamers. Then you've got the skiddy, quick Mark Wood, the swing of Jimmy Anderson, and Ben Stokes has a bit of licence.

"And the 12th and 13th man in the stands - the crowd has been excellent this week."

Captain's reaction

England captain Alastair Cook: "It was a brilliant performance. The crowd have been fantastic. We really appreciate the support we've got.

"The one-day and Test series against New Zealand was exciting and people appreciated the way we went about it. This Test couldn't have gone any better and we'll enjoy tonight. Joe Root was fantastic and the bowlers were superb.

"Everyone was talking about what's gone on in the past, but this is a different side. We had to look forward. We always took the attacking option in this game.

"We have four or five experienced players and the rest are inexperienced in terms of Ashes cricket. It helps when you're on top and it's been a really good four days."

Captain's reaction

Australia captain Michael Clarke: "We tried to play our natural game. Some guys played positive, others backed their defence a little more. Whatever we tried didn't work today."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Australia must be the most surprised. They would have been thinking Johnson was going to blow them away again and now we also have Starc at 90mph, but we never saw that the pitch was going to pull their teeth and they weren't going to be as effective."

Player's view

Joe Root

England batsman and man of the match Joe Root, who made 134 and 60 and took 2-28 in the second innings, on Test Match Special "We were up against it in the first innings but Gaz Ballance scrapped his way through it.

"It's hard to single anyone out in particular because it was such a good team performance."

On the manner of England's win: "We weren't surprised by it at all. We know we're capable of beating Australia because we've got some talented players."

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Laura Kirk: Ok ok let's not get carried away..............5-0 IT'S GOING TO BE 5-0 I PREDICT A RIOT.

FranKO: Stand up if you're 1-0 up! More of the same next week please

The presentation is about to begin. The England players not involved are sitting on the balcony, still in their whites, most with a beer. They look the cast of The History Boys.

Captain's view

Australia captain Michael Clarke on TMS: "We were outplayed in all three facets. England batted well on day one, we didn't take our catches and our batting let us down in both innings. We look forward to making amends in the second Test."

Will Mitchell Starc be fit for the second Test at Lord's, starting on Thursday? "I hope so. I haven't got a last update but I'm confident the fact he bowled in the second innings means he will be fit to bowl at Lord's."

Is Shane Watson's place under threat? "I'm sure the selectors will look at everyone's performance and make a decision about the second Test."

Sam Sheringham

BBC Sport at Cardiff

"As some complementary sponsors' booze is plonked on our desks in the press box, one Aussie journalist quips: 'Australians will need two of those.'"

Jos Buttler already has a beer in his hand, Gary Ballance a bottle of water (or vodka). Trevor Bayliss and Darren Lehmann, good mates, are sharing a joke. "Can you believe I've turned up late and spanked your boys out of sight, Boof?"

The presentation stage has been erected on the outfield, very few spectators have left. Alastair Cook and Joe Root are down the steps, so it's probably safe to assume that Root is man of the match.

Final scorecard


We'll be rolling for a while, getting all the reaction from both sides after England's four-day victory. To repeat (in case you can't quite believe it), England have won in four days. Keep your texts, tweets and emails coming.

Glenn McGrath

BBC Test Match Special

"There had been talk England had turned it round but England in their own back yard are a different team. Anderson and Broad with the Duke ball are as deadly a combination as there is in world cricket. England have won the big moments and seem to have a lot more confidence."

Player's view

England's Mark Wood, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's fantastic to go 1-0 up. We put the pressure on Australia and they didn't expect that. We bowled to our strengths on this pitch. When the crowd started singing 'stand up if you're 1-0 up', I was laughing. I was doing my best to stay professional."

I wonder what Trevor Bayliss is thinking? The Aussie has just won his first Test in charge. He's already in conversation with Alastair Cook and Paul Farbrace on the England balcony.

Glenn McGrath

BBC Test Match Special

England team celebrate
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"Thinking what positives Australia can take and there are not too many. England have basically outplayed Australia in every department."