Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook targets historic win in fifth Test at The Oval

By Tom FordyceChief sports writer at Chester-le-Street
Ashes 2013: Captain Alastair Cook reflects on Test victory

England captain Alastair Cook set his sights on an historic 4-0 series win after with a stunning 74-run victory at Chester-le-Street.

Stuart Broad took 6-50 as Australia slumped from 168-2 to 224 all out, going 3-0 down in the series with only the fifth Test at The Oval remaining.

England have never won four Tests in a home Ashes series and had not won three in a series at home since 1985.

"We are going to get greedy and try and repeat that at The Oval," said Cook.

"Nine wickets in a session, the crowd, excitement and nerves at the beginning - it was a special day."

He added: "As a side in these last 12 months, and before that under Andrew Strauss as well, we have come through tough situations and we have learnt how not to get beaten when we are up against it.

"When we've got a chance, when it's even stevens, we have the players to take the game by the scruff of the neck."

Broad was outstanding in a burst of six wickets for 20 runs in 45 balls, seeing off both Australia captain Michael Clarke and his vice-captain Brad Haddin before cleaning up the tail with a spell of near-unplayable pace bowling.

"The guys are very proud in that dressing room," said Broad. "There is a group in there who have won three Ashes series from three and there is a real hunger in there to achieve more."

Australia had appeared in control at tea, with David Warner racing to 71 and the victory target of 299 getting closer with each boundary.

But, in a remarkable final session, Broad turned the match on its head, sealing the win when he had Peter Siddle caught by James Anderson with darkness falling at the Riverside.

"It was a very special afternoon," Broad admitted. "We gathered ourselves at tea because Australia won that session.

"The great thing about this side is we have a lot of experience in the changing room. The guys put their heads together calmly and decided the best way forward.

"Cookie was clear what he wanted the bowlers to do: we needed to make the Aussies play off the front foot a little bit more.

"Once we got the ball fuller we got the ball to move and we were massively in the game.

"Despite the openers beginning well it was a very hard wicket to start on, and we always had in the back of our minds that with 300 on the board we could put a lot of pressure on the new batsmen.

"The crowd gave us a huge lift. It was a special moment when we took that final wicket."

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Cook has now won three of his first four Test series as captain, and he paid tribute his strike bowler as the team celebrated their first Ashes secured under his leadership.

Broad's haul gave him match figures of 11-121 and evoked memories of his performance in the 2009 Ashes decider at The Oval.

"If we lost that [evening] session we would have been struggling," Cook added. "Broady knew that and the lads knew that. He really charged in.

"When everything clicks, bowling in the high 80s [mph] with the control Broady has, it is incredibly hard to bat against.

"I said that against New Zealand when he got that seven-for at Lord's. It was similar to that, but here was more important in terms of the situation of the game and in the Ashes.

"Words can't underline how good a spell of bowling that was."

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