Ashes: England hero Stuart Broad says it feels 'amazing' to win the series
England hero Stuart Broad said bowling his team to victory over Australia was an "amazing" feeling.
Last Updated: 12/08/13 10:20pm
England's 74-run victory at Chester-le-Street sealed victory in the series, the hosts now leading 3-0 with one match left to play and Broad was the man of the match, taking 6-50 with an outstanding display of seam bowling.
But the fourth day was a rollercoaster. Tim Bresnan's 45 in the morning helped England post 334 in their second innings, having begun the day 234-5.
That meant Australia needed 299 to win the match and they looked in total control at 109-1 but Graeme Swann removed Chris Rogers (49) and Usman Khawaja (21) before Bresnan (2-36) and Broad (6-50) ripped through the rest of the order.
"Amazing," said Broad. "It was a really interesting day's cricket. We knew we had to fight hard this morning. The ball was spitting off a length with the new ball.
"Tim Bresnan's runs were vital were vital for us. Australia were fantastic in that middle period. They gave us nothing.
"We had to regroup at tea (Australia were 120-1). There were lots of conversations about how we could get Australia on the front foot a little bit, bowling a bit fuller, and how we could get the ball moving sideways.
"Once that happened we executed our plans fantastically. The atmosphere here kept us going.
"I found a nice rhythm and had the wind taking the ball away from the right-hander. I just wanted to be really aggressive. I think we lacked a bit of intensity. Cooky (captain Alastair Cook) threw me the ball and said 'let's spice it up a bit'.
"Bresy and I had a good partnership and hit the wicket as hard as we could. It worked for us. We got together and said, 'Come on we can really put the squeeze on here, build the pressure'.
"You don't think about wickets, you just think about bowling dot balls and building pressure that way. With that we created chances.
"I think we gave away far too many four balls in that middle session of the day and we tried to cut those out.
"'In' batsmen scored well on the wicket but it was very hard to start. So once we got a wicket we could put huge pressure on the new Aussie batsman."
Broad says that far from resting on their laurels, the current England crop are hungry to book their places in Ashes history in the next few years.
"As players we have a real determination to win an Ashes series," he said.
"The guys are very proud in that dressing room. There's a group in there who have won three from three and there is a real hunger in there to achieve more.
"There are one or two in there who could become the leading ever in the Ashes which is a special era to play in."