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Inspired Broad spell leaves Aussies reeling

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  • Australia all out for 160 on second day of deciding fifth and final Ashes Test
  • Stuart Broad takes five wickets for England and spinner Graeme Swann four
  • In their second innings, England had reached 58 for three, a lead of 230 runs
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(CNN) -- An inspired five-wicket spell by Stuart Broad saw England dramatically turn the tables on Australia in the deciding Ashes cricket Test at The Oval on Friday.

Broad celebrates a wicket during his inspired spell of bowling at The Oval on Friday.

Broad celebrates a wicket during his inspired spell of bowling at The Oval on Friday.

The young paceman ripped through the Australian top order as they were dismissed for a meager 160 runs just after tea on the second day.

However, the day ended with a sting in the tail as Australia fought back with three second innings England wickets as the hosts reached 58-3 at stumps, a lead of 230 runs.

Earlier, in reply to England's 332, Australia comfortably reached 73 without loss until Broad trapped Shane Watson leg before wicket for 34.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting looked unsettled during his brief spell at the crease before he chopped a ball from Broad on to his own stumps to go for eight.

Mike Hussey, who has endured a miserable Ashes series, went for a third ball duck as Broad again struck and Australia were reeling.

Then series top scorer Michael Clarke drove Broad uppishly to be held by debutant Jonathan Trott for just three runs and Australia were deep in trouble.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann came on for his second spell and took the fifth wicket to fall, trapping Marcus North leg before wicket for eight.

Television replays indicated that Headingley hero North had got an inside edge to the delivery and he left the field shaking his head.

Swann claimed the sixth wicket to remove opener Simon Katich for exactly 50, turning the ball sharply to have him caught at short leg by Alastair Cook.

Broad then completed his triumphant five-wicket haul by bowling Brad Haddin for one before Swann had Mitchell Johnson caught for 11 by wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Swann took his fourth wicket shortly after tea as Stuart Clark gave Cook his second catch of the innings, but again TV replays indicated umpire Asad Rauf had made in error with the delivery missing his bat.

Andrew Flintoff, who had bowled superbly in the pre-lunch session, wrapped up the innings by bowling Ben Hilfenhaus to leave England with a first innings lead of 172.

With England firmly in the driving set, this remarkable Test series took another twist as Australia battled back to give themselves some hope.

Australia brought part-time spinner North into the attack after just 10 overs of the England second innings. He struck in his second over as sharp turn and bounce deceived Alastair Cook (9) and the edge flew to slip.


Ian Bell (4) was then brilliantly caught at short-leg by Katich off Johnson and when Paul Collingwood (1) could only fend a lifting ball from Johnson to the same position, England were suddenly three wickets down at the close.

Australia only need a draw in the fifth and final Test to retain the coveted urn, but England require a victory to regain the Ashes with the series all square at 1-1.

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