Ashes: Oz beat England in final Test, seal series by 4-0
Australia's cricket team celebrates after retaining the Ashes trophy, defeating England on the final day of the fifth Ashes cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 8, 2018.
WION Web Team Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Jan 08, 2018, 06.11 AM
Australia maintains its winning streak by claiming an innings victory over England in fifth Ashes Test and whitewashed England by completing a 4-0 series.
Nathon Lyon took three wickets for 54 off 35 overs. Pat Cummins struck twice just after the lunch break. He took Jonny Bairstow leg before wicket for 38 and having Stuart Broad caught behind off a short ball for four. For his outstanding performance, he got Man of the Match also he was the leading wicket-taker in the series by taking 23 wickets.
"To get through the five Tests and end the series here at home. I couldn't ask for much more," said Cummins.
Australian captain Steve Smith seemed exponentially happy after winning the series and receiving the honour of Man of the Series on which he said, "It has been a great couple of months. The cricket that we have played in the last couple of months has been outstanding"
"We have just been able to get on top and win those key moments and not let them back in the game which is crucial," he added.
England finished at 180 for nine off 88.1 overs as Australia won by an innings and 123 runs.
Joe Root did not come out to bat after lunch as he continued to experience discomfort after his overnight stomach bug.
England's remote chances of saving the Test disappeared when Root failed to appear at the crease after lunch.
Australian bowlers struck hard, Aussie took a grip on the final Test with a massive 303-run innings lead and then reduced the battle-weary tourists to 93 for four at the close on the fourth day.
England first innings 346 (J. Root 83, D. Malan 62; P. Cummins 4-80)
Australia first innings 649 for 7 declared (U. Khawaja 171, S. Marsh 156, M. Marsh 101; M. Ali 2-170)