Headingley may be England's home ground, but Australians have always proved they are the better team at the venue.. This 2009 Ashes test match was 24th at the Leeds ground and now Australians have won 9, England only 7 and 8 have been draws.
A very short test match it was, lasting less than half the time and that too because of a century partnership for 8th wicket between Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann when Australian bowlers started to take it easy. Having bowled the home team out for just 102 in first innings inside 34 overs on day 1, Australia secured a commanding 343 run lead with help of century from Marcus North and 93 from Michael Clarke. England lost their half second innings wickets before the end of second day's play itself and things looked nearly over for home team before third day's play began today.
108 runs came in just 75 balls between Broad and Swann in the first session, England scoring 163 runs from just 24 overs in first session on day 3, but it wasn't going to heal any wounds that England's top order had agrevated during this test match. Australians bowlers stuck to full length right through the game and all English top order batsman were found wanting. On other hand, Australian batsman decided to go for their shots and came out triumphants.
Mini Scorecard : Headingley test match :-
England 102/10 & 263/10 in 61.3 overs
Australia 445.. won by inn + 80 runs.
Full scorecard : 4th Ashes test 2009.
Series Situation : both teams locked 1-1, but since Australians are the previous winning of Ashes series, they just need a draw out of 5th and last test match at The Oval while England need to win that test and hence this series to win back the Ashes trophy!
26th Largest Ashes victory margin : as England lost this test match by an innings and 80 runs. This is now the 11th largest Ashes win for Australian side, by an innings that is.