Ashes - Australia complete series whitewash over dismal England

Fifth Ashes Test, day three - Sydney Cricket Ground - England 166 (Harris 5-25, Johnson 3-40) & England 155 (Harris 3-36, Siddle 3-23, Johnson 3-33) v Australia 276 (Rogers 119; Borthwick 3-33) & 326 (Smith 115, B. Haddin 75; Stokes 6-99); Australia win the series 5-0.

Ashes - Australia complete series whitewash over dismal England

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Australia's captain Michael Clarke (4th L) holds up the "Replica Ashes Urn" as he celebrates with teammates after winning the fifth Ashes cricket test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 5, 2014 (Reuters)

- 5-0 sweep only third in Ashes history after Australia's 1920-21 and 2006-07 triumphs

- Mitchell Johnson named man-of-the-series after claiming 37 wickets

- Ryan Harris gets man-of-the-match award for his eight-wicket haul

- Chris Rogers records his highest Test score with 119 on 'pink day' at SCG

- England only manage 166 after being set mammoth target of 448 to win

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Australia 196-4 - Rogers cuts Pietersen to the boundary to bring up his century as the SCG rises as one to salute the opener.

Australia 200-5 - The first wicket of the day falls as Bailey pulls Broad and is caught in deep mid-wicket by Borthwick for 46.

Australia 229-5 - Australia bring up a 400-run lead with Rogers and Haddin at the crease. A declaration at lunch or just after looks likely.

Australia 239-6 - Borthwick claims the scalp of Haddin (28), who attempts a big pull shot on a full toss but only manages to get am inside edge onto his stumps.

Australia 244-7 - Johnson departs soon after, for just four, as he walks across his stumps and Stokes bowls him. It's a close call for a no-ball, but Stokes' leading foot is just the right side of the line.

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Australia 255-8 - Borthwick strikes again as Rogers is caught and bowled by the debutant and leaves for 119.

Australia 266-9 - Harris is next to go to Borthwick after being well caught in the deep by Carberry, the ball after hammering a six that the same fielder caught only to topple over the boundary ropes.

Australia 276-10 - Rankin gets his first Test wicket - the last Australian wicket of the series - as Siddle edges behind to Bairstow, and England need 448 to win this Test match.

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England 7-1 - Cook's miserable Ashes are over as Johnson gets him caught behind for seven. Real concerns now that this match won't last until a fourth day.

England 37-2 - Harris picks up the wicket of Bell (16), who cuts straight to Warner at gully, and a fine catch is taken.

England 48-2 -Michael Carberry's bat snaps clean in two after playing an innocuous defensive shot. The only thing holding the two pieces together is the sticker. Add your own analogies about spirits, hearts etc. being as broken as the England opener's bat.

England 57-3 - Pietersen's innings is brought to an end for just six as an inside edge from a Harris delivery bounces up off his pads and Bailey takes a nice catch at short leg.

England 87-3 - England make it to tea without further loss, with Carberry on 43 not out, and maybe this match has legs to make it into a fourth day after all.

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England 87-4 - Johnson takes his 36th wicket of the series to claim the scalp of Carberry, caught behind for 43 on the second ball after tea.

England 90-5 - Johnson strikes for the second time in an over, trapping Ballance plumb in front of his wickets. Superb bowling.

England 91-6 - Bairstow goes for a duck, after getting a big inside edge off Lyon's bowling and being caught by Bailey at short leg.

England 95-7 - And another wicket falls as Clarke catches Borthwick in the slips for four off the bowling of Lyon. Four wickets in the 13 minutes since tea.

England 139-8 - Harris comes back into the attack and promptly ends Stokes' impressive innings, chopping on for 32.

England 166-9 -Harris clean bowls Broad, caught swinging again after making a quickfire 42 from 36 ball including four sixes.

England 166-10 - Rankin slashes Harris into the slips and is caught by Clarke and this Ashes series is over, won comprehensively by Australia 5-0.

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This is England's 108th series of five or more Tests. In only seven of them has they scored as few as one century.

In 2010/11 Alastair Cook scored 766 runs at 127. This series Cook has scored 246 at 24. Cook has averaged under 30 in four out of his five Ashes.

Brad Haddin reached 50 dismissals in the two Ashes series.

Johnson's scalp of Cook was his 35th wicket of the series. They've come at just 13.8 runs apiece.

Brad Haddin reaches 3,000 Test runs, but falls seven runs short of a series total of 500. His 493 runs, at an average of 61, is the most scored by any player at number seven or below in a Test series.

Australia were all out in a second innings for the first time this series.


"We're sorry we've let you down." A clearly disappointed Alastair Cook to the Barmy Army during the post-match awards presentation.


Mitchell Johnson deservedly picked up the man-of-the-series award but without his consistently fast and aggressive bowling right from the outset, might the outcome of the series have been different? Or were England so shambolic, and Australia so good across the board, the hosts wouldn't have missed him?


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