Ashes 2015: Eight moments that shaped day four in Cardiff

Sam Rogers takes a look at the key moments that led to England's 169 run Ashes win over Australia on day four in Cardiff

By Sam Rogers

Against all the odds and pre-match predictions, England produced a near-perfect performance to trounce Australia in the first Ashes Test.

Sam Rogers takes a look at the key moments that led to England’s 169 run victory on day four in Cardiff.

11.43GMT – It was always going to be a tall order and when Stuart Broad got one to lift on Chris Rogers for an edge to Ian Bell, it made the task that bit more difficult. England had their tails up and were looking to get a lead in the series.

12.42 – Australia, not one to fall away meekly, took the attack to England with Steve Smith and David Warner adding a half century in just 40 balls before Warner himself brought up his own 50 from 72 balls. The visitors believing that the best form of defence is attack.

12.55 – Having bowled two overs for 22 earlier in the day Moeen returned to the attack and got Warner out leg before on the stroke of lunch. Australia 97-2 at the interval.

14.07 – Having lost a wicket just before lunch, Australia will have wanted to steady the ship. Instead they lost another three wickets for 25 runs with Broad picking up Steve Smith and Michael Clarke before Mark Wood had Adam Voges caught behind.

14.35 – With England smelling blood, the visitors looked in real trouble and it was compounded when Brad Haddin was caught brilliantly at mid-wicket off the bowling of Moeen to leave Australia 122-6 and in real danger of being out before Tea.

15.26 – Australia continued to battle through Mitchell Johnson who made a brilliant 77 bringing up their 150. Watson perished soon after though when Wood had him pinned in front and Australia were 151-7.

17.02 – The pair of Mitchells Starc and Johnson continued to smash the ball around as they went down with a fight but a shrewd bowling change from Alastair Cook saw Joe Root pick up the pair of them in quick succession.

17.06 – Moeen Ali completed the victory having Josh Hazlewood caught at long-off to end the resistance and give England an unlikely, but no less deserved 1-0 lead in the series.

England 430 ao & 289 ao beat Australia 308 ao and 242 ao by 169 runs, and lead the five match series 1-0.

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