Stuart Broad, the English fast bowler, while playing in his final Test match at The Oval, picked up the final two wickets to help his side achieve a famous Ashes win by 49 runs. With that, England have also levelled the Test series by 2-2 against the old enemy Australia, after five gruelling matches.
During his final spell, Stuart Broad employed his trademark mind games of flipping the bails, before the final ball of the 91st over, to get into the mind of the Australian batters. On the very next ball, he bowled a beautiful outswinger to the left-handed batter Todd Murphy from around the wicket, getting him nicked off to the safe hands of Jonny Bairstow, the wicket-keeper, behind the stumps.
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This massive moment allowed England to reduce Australia to 9-329, needing 55 more runs to win, with the last batting pair of Josh Hazlewood and Alex Carey at the crease. After taking out Todd Murphy, Stuart Broad dismissed Alex Carey with a good length delivery, caught behind by Jonny Bairstow, to end his international career on a winning note.
For the unversed, Australia started day 5 with David Warner and Usman Khawaja at the crease, who had already put together a massive partnership of 135 on the board, after completing their respective fifties. Chris Woakes broke open the game for England in the first session, picking up both openers in quick succession.
Marnus Labuschagne was dismissed soon after, off the bowling of Mark Wood for 13, caught in the slips cordon by Zak Crawley. Steve Smith and Travis Head stitched a 95-run stand to put Australia in command at one stage, needing 120 runs to win with seven wickets in hand.
But then, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes teamed up to bowl a great spell of partnership bowling, to first dismiss the set batters at the crease. They also scalped Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins, to break the back of Australian batting lineup at 8-294, needing 90 more runs to win with only two wickets in hand, while setting the stage up for Stuart Broad to end his England career on a high.