ENGLAND secured a third consecutive Ashes series win for the first time in 32 years following a stunning Australia collapse late on day four of the fourth Investec Test at Chester-le-Street.
Australia lost nine wickets in an elongated final session, after initially seemingly well-placed in their pursuit of 299, before Stuart Broad (six wickets for 50 runs) removed last man Peter Siddle in descending gloom at 7.41pm.
Broad, who completed a second 10-wicket haul of his career, and Tim Bresnan did all of the late damage as Australia were bowled out for 224 to seal a 74-run win. It meant England moved into an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series.
Bresnan triggered the collapse when he found extra bounce to catch the edge of dangerman David Warner (71), who had combined in the first century opening stand of the series – by either side – with Chris Rogers (49).
Australia, who were 120 for one at tea, were still favourites when Warner was third man out at 5.26pm with 131 required. But when Broad bowled skipper Michael Clarke with a peach of a delivery with the first ball after the final drinks break, Australia began their slump towards defeat.
In a mad half-hour Bresnan and Broad dismissed Clarke, Steven Smith, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin to expose the tail. Australia's bowlers held on long enough to take the game into an extra half-hour, and at one time force England to bowl their spinners as the light faded, before Broad returned to have Siddle caught by James Anderson at mid-off.
Earlier, England lost their final five wickets in the opening 90 minutes but, critically, added 96 runs in 21.1 overs.
Ryan Harris' Test-best figures of seven for 113 put the clamps on an England tail that was in a hurry this morning. Nightwatchman Bresnan (45) led the heavy hitting after Harris removed overnight centurion Ian Bell (113) and Matt Prior with successive balls with the lead at 219.
But Bresnan, with the help of Graeme Swann (30 not out), attacked before England were bowled out for 330.