Fourth npower Test Match
England 102 (P M Siddle 5-21) & 263 (G P Swann 62, S C J Broad 61, M G Johnson 5-69, B W Hilfenhaus 4-60) v Australia 445 (M J North 110, M J Clarke 93, R T Ponting 78, S R Watson 51, S C J Broad 6-91)
Australia beat England by an innings and 80 runs
Australia overcame some thrilling lower order resistance from England to complete a series-levelling victory by an innings and 80 runs shortly after lunch on the third day at Headingley.
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The hosts resumed on 82-5 in their second innings, still 261 runs behind and staring an ignominious defeat in the face after a shambolic display on the opening two days of the fourth Ashes Test.
While the result was never in any doubt, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann both flayed half-centuries as England at least managed to delay the moment of defeat until after lunch.
The eighth-wicket pair put on 108 in just 12.3 overs after the early departures of James Anderson and Matt Prior had appeared to pave the way for a quick finish.
Mitchell Johnson took the final two wickets to finish with his maiden Ashes five-for as England were eventually all out for 263 in early afternoon.
Anderson had slashed the second ball of the day from Ben Hilfenhaus through the gully for four, a signal of his side's desire to restore some pride by going down swinging.
But the Lancastrian, still to make a Test duck after 54 innings, departed to the very next delivery, edging a comfortable catch to Ricky Ponting at first slip.
England's plight worsened six overs later when Matt Prior, the last recognised batsman, fell to give Hilfenhaus (4-60) his fourth victim of the innings.
Prior had combined well with Broad in a 34-run stand, but pushed forward at an outswinger and was brilliantly caught diving low to his right by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
His innings of 22, which included three boundaries, had at least ensured England would not suffer their worst ever defeat on home soil, eclipsing the innings-and-226-run loss to the West Indies at Lord's in 1973.
Broad and Swann opted to play some shots in an effort to entertain another bumper crowd basking in the Leeds sunshine.
Broad raced to an audacious half-century from just 42 balls as Australia briefly lost control for the only time in the entire match, 49 runs flowing in an incredible three-over spell as Stuart Clark (0-74) - so miserly in the first innings - was smashed out of the attack.
The eighth-wicket pair continued to blaze away and had completed England's first century stand of the game when their fun was ended by Peter Siddle.
Broad took on a short ball and holed out to Shane Watson in the deep to depart for 61 off just 49 balls, including 10 fours.
A hooked six off Siddle (1-50) allowed Swann, who had been joined by Steve Harmison, to reach 50 for the second time at Test level as England went to lunch at 245-8, a deficit of 98, having scored 163 in the 24-over session.
The Nottinghamshire spinner had advanced to 62, one short of his career best, when he was given out caught behind by umpire Billy Bowden off Johnson despite appearing to have made no contact with an extravagant drive.
Johnson followed up by bowling last man Graham Onions for a duck to finish with 5-69, confirming his return to form after his struggles earlier in the tour.
The series is now level at 1-1 ahead of the final Test at the Oval, starting on August 20, where Australia will require only a draw to retain the Ashes.