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  1. Eng 124-2 (Bell 65*, Root 38*) - win by 8 wkts
  2. Australia 265 all out (Nevill 59, Starc 58)
  3. Man of the match Steven Finn takes 6-79
  4. Injured Anderson ruled out of next Test

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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So, an absolutely stunning victory for England. The only downside has been James Anderson's injury.

They go 2-1 up in the series with two to play. We move on to Trent Bridge next week for round four.

Thanks for all your contributions over the last few days. You've played well! It's time for me to head off now, but stay tuned to

BBC Sport's cricket pages for plenty more reaction.

And enjoy tonight. If you're an England fan, of course!


Paul Heyes: Such a shame that all the Lyth criticizers weren't on the Aussie board of selectors in Steve Waugh's youth. They'd have got rid of him after his first nine innings averaged a mere 12.5, and he never would have darkened English grounds!

Jeremy from London: I'm sick of the messages demanding Lyth be dropped from the side. He proved last year that he is the best opener on the county scene and you do not become a bad player overnight. Now if there was someone knocking down the door then I would consider a switch but the list of potential replacements is very thin with no outstanding candidate.

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Paul: I would pick Chris Rushworth for the next Test. He is running through county sides and as a swing and seam, line and length bowler is a similar proposition to Anderson. Not a long-term replacement, but an interim measure and an indication that the County Championship has some merit, and an acknowledgement from ECB that the Championship can produce players.

Bob Cluley: I'm surprised no one has mentioned Harry Gurney as a replacement for Anderson. Left arm; can swing it; Trent Bridge is his home ground.

Player reaction

James Anderson

England bowler James Anderson, who will miss the next Test through injury, on Sky Sports: "I'm hoping to be fit for The Oval. It is not an intercostal injury. That is not the word I heard when they told me what it was. Broady, who has experience of these kind of injuries, told me not to bowl another ball. I set off but pulled up and didn't want to risk it.

"I've been fortunate with injuries so you just have to take it on the chin. The medical team were happy with me and didn't think it was too serious.

"Finny was fantastic. He has been bowling well in the nets and looked like he had never been away. Credit to him because he has worked so hard."

TMS journalist panel

BBC Radio Test Match Special

John Etheridge (the Sun cricket correspondent), on TMS: "It won't surprise many people if this is Michael Clarke's last series because of his injury problems."

Glenn McGrath

Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Test Match Special

Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle
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"Peter Siddle bowls good areas, while Pat Cummins has only played one four-day game in the past year. Would they try him? They have to bowl better than they did in this Test match."

TMS journalist panel

BBC Radio Test Match Special

Melinda Farrell from Cricinfo on TMS: "Players have not been happy with the Brad Haddin situation, with the 'family first' policy not being used any more. But Nevill batted really well last night and this morning - he and Starc batted the way that most other batsmen in this Test match should have played."

Aussie problems

What do Australia do next? Bring back Shane Watson? Give Shaun Marsh a go?

I reckon Mitchell Marsh is batting a place too high too, judging by his dismissals in this match. Adam Voges is the man most likely for the chop.

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@Ian_Bell we are one short for Saturday, now you've got the day off can you help out? #bbccricket #ashes15 would be a great help

Player reaction

More from Steven Finn: "I try to appreciate every moment that I wear the England cap and shirt. The crowd was incredible, so thank you to them.

"The dark times teach you to enjoy the highs a little bit more. To be here at the moment and help win a Test match for England is a great feeling.

"I feel good at the moment with the ball in my hand, but who knows what might happen in the future? I'm happy and glad to be playing for England again."


Andy Genney in Scunthorpe: Not only a crushing victory over the Aussies but England ensuring the day three crowd gets full value for money. Well done all round!

Player reaction

More from man of the match Steven Finn: "When I dreamt about it before the game I didn't quite think it would go as well as it has. I was just happy to be playing.

"I felt in good rhythm. You have to trust the work you've done. An early wicket settled the nerves.

"Yesterday was probably as good as I've bowled in Test match cricket, thankfully the ball came out in nice areas."

'I doubted if I'd play again'

BBC Radio Test Match Special

Steven Finn

England bowler and man of the match Steven Finn on Test Match Special: "I've tried to enjoy every moment of this week. It has been fantastic and I'm thoroughly enjoying Test cricket again.

"There are a few nerves in the first few balls and you question yourself but after that it was focusing on getting people out. The thing I have tried to focus on in the last 18 months is understanding when you have bowled well and being fair on yourself when you have not taken wickets. As long as the ball is coming off the end of my fingertips I am happy.

"It is as nice a feeling as I have ever had taking a wicket. It is the most I have ever celebrated a wicket. I did doubt at times if I'd play again but knew I could be good enough again. To be stood here now, there is no better feeling."

Captain's view

More from England captain Alastair Cook: "Sport has a great way of testing you, and for Steven Finn to come back like that was fantastic. Standing there at slip for that spell, you thought they were going to get a nick every ball. It's a happy dressing-room for Finny. Class is permanent, Ian Bell is a fantastic cricketer, but we've got to keep backing the right horses and trust me, Ian Bell is one of them. Jimmy's injury gives somebody else an opportunity to stand up."

On England's win-loss-win-loss-win-loss-win sequence in their last seven Tests:

"If the sequence carries on for nine, I'll be happy!"

Michael Clarke and Steven Finn

Michael Clarke's problem in this match? Steven Finn. The big, strapping fast bowler got the skipper out in both innings - bowling Clarke with a beauty in the first dig. Finn finished with match figures of 8-117.


Dean in Australia: Play Haddin as keeper and Nevill as number 6 batsman. Sack Clarke and end the all-rounder experiment at number 5.

Captain's view

Michael Clarke

More from Michael Clarke: "The captain is due to get off the plane, that's the plan for the next Test match.

"I can't put my finger on it. It's always about my preparation. If I do the hard work, that's gives me the self-belief. England have bowled well at me and got me out early.

"My record at five is better than at four, but it's about what is best for the team. I still believe we can win the series, but we have to play our best."

England's strength in depth

Michael Clarke has just 94 runs in 18 innings in this series, while Adam Voges at number five has just 73.

England's number eight - Moeen Ali - has more than the pair of them put together.

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Captain's view

BBC Radio Test Match Special

Australia captain Michael Clarke on Test Match Special: "It is really hard to be honest. This is the way it has gone. This is similar to Cardiff. It is as simple as we need to make more runs as a unit and execute better with the ball. I was happy with the way the tail wagged this morning and fought hard. That is a good sign and something we need to do more of.

"The spirit is good. I couldn't be happier with the preparation. It is not as simple as saying one man is to blame. We need to try our best and that is what this team is doing. I need to turn my form around because at the moment we are playing with 10 players. The number four has not turned up. I need to find a way to score runs. I will prepare hard and keep the faith it will happen in the middle.

"We don't wish injury on anyone but Jimmy Anderson missing could be a bit like 2005 when we lost Glenn McGrath. But I'm sure whoever comes in will do well for England."

TMS journalist panel

BBC Radio Test Match Special

John Etheridge (the Sun cricket correspondent), on TMS at lunchtime: "Trevor Bayliss has made it clear he'd like to play two spinners at some point. Moeen Ali hasn't been completely fit, I think he's still getting over that side injury, but I don't have massive concerns over him."


Nicholas Keyden: With Jimmy out, the sensible option would be for an out and out replacement. Broad has nip and seam, Finn bounce and pace. Choosing Wood may lead to lack of variety, especially given swing bowlers' history of success at Trent Bridge. Perhaps Tim Bresnan could return to the fold? Would like to see Jack Brooks, although unsure of his readiness for Test match cricket, let alone the middle of an Ashes nail-biter.

Crocked Jimmy

James Anderson
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Alastair Cook on James Anderson, who has been ruled out of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge next week: "Sport is cruel. We were celebrating his birthday (33) yesterday. It shows time is getting on - he's had a remarkable run of fitness. Unfortunately it's caught up with him a bit. He's devastated.

"Fingers crossed for The Oval, we might be able to get him there."

All hail Edgbaston

More from Ian Bell: "The crowd has been incredible. It's been a great week for us, but there's lots of hard work to go over the next couple of weeks.

"The great thing is coming home in familiar surroundings and with a lot of support. When I walked out to bat, it felt like everyone was with me, hopefully that's the start of me coming back to form.

"I've been involved in a few of these series and I know Australia will fight all the way."

Captain's view

More from England captain Alastair Cook: "We need to thank everyone who's turned up over these three days, the Edgbaston atmosphere is unique and it was as loud as I can ever remember it. The way Jimmy bowled in that first innings was fantastic, but I don't think it was a 140 all out pitch. You always wonder whether cricket has a sting in the tail, but it's good to see Ian Bell back in form."

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Alex Lee: This series has had more ups and downs in it than a hyperactive kid on a pogo stick. Who's knows what will happen next.

FranKO: That's a good win, that, especially after the 405 run drubbing at Lord's...

Alice Stainer: Absolutely riotous victory! Proud of the response to the ignominy of Lord's. Can we try & win the next one too?

Brief recap

Just joining us? Wondering why we're still here?

Well, England were pushed hard by Australia today. The tourists dug in and their tail managed to set England a target of 121.

Mitchell Starc got rid of Alastair Cook with a beauty and Adam Lyth was lbw to Josh Hazlewood, but Ian Bell and Joe Root finished the job off. Both men were positive in their play and the finish came with a flourish.

Player reaction

Australia captain Michael Clarke: "It's very hard to explain. Credit has to go to England, they bowled well on day one and we didn't bat anywhere near we'd have liked. I still would have batted first, you can see the wicket has deteriorated.

"It swung and seamed throughout the whole game. We probably had the best batting conditions, we just didn't execute with bat and ball."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was an amazing win for England in Cardiff and amazing how badly they lost at Lord's and now amazing to come back here.

"Michael Clarke must go away with his team and worry that if the pitch at Trent Bridge is one that moves they will struggle again. They have struggled against the moving ball. They have been pathetic. They didn't graft and didn't work. If they play like they did here again, the Ashes are gone. They have to adapt to the situation."