- England beat Australia by 74 runs in the fourth Test at Durham
- Home team secures winning 3-0 lead in best of five series
- Stuart Broad rips through Australian batting with six wickets
- Australia needed to win to have chance of leveling series
The Ashes may have been retained in the anti-climactic finish to the drawn third Test but Stuart Broad ensured the series against Australia would be clinched in a wave of wicket taking glory.
The England paceman produced an inspired burst to turn a likely victory for the tourists into a demoralizing 74-run defeat in the fourth Test at Durham Monday.
Australia, chasing a tough, but far from impossible 299 runs for victory, subsided from 109 for one wicket and just two down for 168 to slump to 224 all out on the fourth day.
Broad, who took five wickets in the first innings, grabbed six of them, with fine support from fellow seamer Tim Bresnan, who chipped in with a vital two wicket burst.
Off spinner Graeme Swann had grabbed the opening wicket to fall, ending a century opening partnership when he had Chris Rogers (49) caught at slip.
Bresnan then removed David Warner, whose fine 71 was a reminder of his batting talents after he sat out the first two Tests of the series as a disciplinary measure for punching England's Joe Root in a Birmingham night club.
Once Warner had departed, Broad ripped through the Australia middle and lower order, his dismissal of captain Michael Clarke for 21 with an unplayable delivery to bowl him, providing the impetus.
Little resistance was offered and England took the extra half hour available to wrap up victory rather than returning for the fifth day to the Chester-le-Street ground.
Peter Siddle lofted a ball from Broad straight to James Anderson to complete a dismal collapse by the Australians, who were losing their third straight series to England.
"We got outplayed, Stuart Broad bowled a couple of outstanding spells and as soon as we lost Chris Rogers we found it difficult," Clarke admitted.
England captain Alastair Cook, was delighted his team had taken a winning 3-0 lead in the best of five series, but admitted it came as a shock.
"At tea we still had a lot of wickets to get. I didn't expect us to be stood here at 8 pm (1900 GMT) having won the Ashes."
Broad was named man of the match for his 11 wicket haul for just 121 runs. "The wicket suited my style of bowling," he said.
Earlier, England's batting hero Ian Bell added only eight to his overnight score of 105, but Bresnan (45) and Swann (30 not out) lifted England to a second-innings score of 330.
Australian paceman Ryan Harris finished with seven wickets for 117, but it was to prove in a losing cause.
"Ryan Harris was outstanding and I feel really disappointed that I've let him down," said a crestfallen Clarke.
The fifth and final Test of the series between the oldest rivals in world cricket starts on August 21 at The Oval in London.
There is only a short break before hostilities are resumed between the two sides in a five-Test series in Australia which starts in Brisbane in November.