England star Stuart Broad has expressed his delight after his match winning performance during the fourth test at Durham helped the Three Lions seal victory in the Ashes series.
Australia started the day on a positive note as Ryan Harris' 7/117 could see England add only 96 more runs to their overnight's score. The visitors had a target of 299 to chase as David Warner and Chris Rogers gave a fine start to Michael Clarke's side.
The game was in Australia's control before Broad's second innings figures of 6/50 saw them from 168/2 to being bowled out for 224. The right-arm pacer was named the man of the match for his 11 wickets in the fourth test at Durham.
"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. 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," Broad explained.
"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 (Alastair Cook) threw me the ball and said 'let's spice it up a bit'," he added.
Meanwhile, Australia skipper has blamed himself and his side's middle order for failing to convert the fourth test into a victory for them. The visitors lost their last eight wickets for 56 runs, which in return saw them face yet anothyer defeat in the series.
"I guess at the end of the day, to only lose by 75 runs, we can take some positives out of that. But on the other side, our batting performance and especially our middle order - me included - wasn't good enough today. A lot of things are hard to swallow at the moment," Clarke told Sky Sports.