Butcher carves up Australia

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Mark Butcher steered England to a sensational six–wicket victory in the fourth Test at Headingley with an unbeaten century as the hosts made light of work of reaching the 315–run target.

The Surrey left–hander hit a Test best 173 not out as England averted an Ashes whitewash against the Aussies, who had won the first three Tests of the series.

Butcher shared in a third–wicket stand of 181 with captain Nasser Hussain (55) – the pair coming together after openers Mike Atherton (8) and Marcus Trescothick (10) had departed with just 33 runs on the board.