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Broad, Swann have Aussies on the ropes at Oval

STUART Broad transformed the fifth Ashes test between England and Australia at the Oval yesterday with a devastating spell of quick bowling in the afternoon session.

Broad, the fifth bowler called up by captain Andrew Strauss, responded with five for 37 as Australia collapsed to 133 for eight at tea in reply to England's 332 all out.

Australian openers Shane Watson and Simon Katich weathered some fierce bowling by Andrew Flintoff in his final test to take their team to 73 for no wicket after 75 minutes' play had been lost to rain either side of lunch.

Broad proved the man for the occasion, cutting the ball both ways off a pitch which also assisted off-spinner Graeme Swann. Swann had instant success when he was switched to the Pavilion end, taking three wickets for 11 runs from 27 balls.

Broad started with the wicket of Shane Watson LBW for 34 with the final ball of his first over.

Ricky Ponting got off the mark with an inside edge which rocketed past his off stump to the boundary. He played and missed at the next delivery, a leg-cutter which climbed past the bat. The Australia captain then dragged the final ball of Broad's third over on to his stumps and was out for eight.


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