England beaten after brave fightback
England eventually succumbed to defeat in the fourth npower Ashes Test at Headingley Carnegie - but not before salvaging some pride with a gutsy counter-attacking performance on day three.
The hosts were eventually dismissed for 263 shortly after lunch, handing Australia victory by an innings and 80 runs.
However, England can take heart from the way they fought back from 120 for seven in their second innings, with Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann sharing an electrifying partnership of 108 from 12.3 overs for the eighth wicket.
Broad fell shortly before lunch for a boundary-laden knock of 61 from 49 balls, while Swann departed four overs into the afternoon session having smashed seven fours and one six in his 62.
Last man Graham Onions was then bowled by Mitchell Johnson to bring an end to proceedings, the left-armer finishing with figures of 5-69.
The two teams will now move on to the final Test at the Brit Oval with the series locked at 1-1 and England needing to win to regain the famous little urn.
Resuming on 82 for five, England lost nightwatchman James Anderson to the third ball of the morning as he edged Ben Hilfenhaus into the safe hands of skipper Ricky Ponting at second slip.
Matt Prior struck consecutive boundaries off Johnson as England looked to hit back, but when he fell for 22, caught behind off Hilfenhaus by a diving Brad Haddin, England’s innings looked all but over.
What followed was truly sensational as Broad and Swann tore into the Australia attack in a manner not dissimilar to that of Ian Botham and Co at this very venue some 28 years ago.
Both men had moments of good fortune during their innings but that should not detract from some marvellous clean hitting which thrilled the home faithful.
Having received a life early on when a leading edge off Johnson was dropped by a leaping Peter Siddle at mid-off, Broad greeted the introduction of Stuart Clark with glee, thumping four boundaries from the seamer’s first over.
The final boundary of the over brought up the 50 partnership, from only 51 balls, and Australia’s frustration grew in the next over as two consecutive Siddle deliveries flew over Haddin’s head to the boundary.
Broad passed 50 in style from the final ball of Siddle’s over with a blistering straight drive for four.
Swann then joined the fun in Clark’s next set of six, hitting three boundaries of his own and taking a total of 16 from the over as England raced past 200 in astonishing fashion.
Broad was given another repreive on 53 as he lofted Siddle towards Johnson at long-off, only for the fielder to spill the ball over the rope for four.
A scrambled single from Swann took the partnership to 100 before Broad picked up four more with a pull shot that bisected two fielders in the deep.
Broad’s fascinating innings was finally ended shortly before lunch as he holed out to Shane Watson at deep midwicket while trying to thump Siddle for yet another boundary.
His departure understandably led to a slight lull in proceedings, but Swann was soon back in full flow, hooking Siddle over fine-leg for six to bring up his own half-century from just 53 balls.
He and Steve Harmison made it through to lunch unscathed and the latter tucked into Clark shortly after the interval with successive boundaries through the leg side.
However, there was to be no repeat of the fireworks that lit up the morning session as Swann edged Johnson to Haddin as he looked to drive on the up.
Onions followed shortly after to give Johnson his fifth wicket, but England will at least have some momentum to take to the Brit Oval having been comprehensively outplayed on the opening two days here.
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