A dominant Australia hammered England to win the Ashes series 4-0 and lifted the coveted Trophy. In the fifth and final Test match held in Sydney, England was expected to show some fight to end the series on a good note, but Steve Smith’s side humiliated them yet again as they won the match by an innings and 123 runs as England got bowled out for just 180 runs in its second innings.
After opting to bat first, England scored 346 runs in their first innings with Captain Joe Root leading from the front and scoring a deserving 83. Dawid Malan supported his captain with 62 runs. Australian pacer Pat Cummins was on target scalping 4 vital wickets. In its reply, Australia ended their innings on a mammoth 649 for the loss of 7 wickets. Usman Khawaja (171), Shaun Marsh (156), and Mitchell Marsh (101) rattled past the English bowlers and seemed quite comfortable while they scored runs fluently. David Warner (56) and Captain Smith (83) were the other notable scorers for the Aussies.
England couldn’t handle the pressure and was bundled out for 180 runs as Cummins again bagged 4 wickets. Nathan Lyon (3) along with Starc (1) and Hazlewood (1) supported the youngster well enough.
Although it is not subtle, it was a slight improvement on England’s last visit Down Under where they lost 5-0 that included a three –day defeat in Sydney. This time they were able to stress every match till the fifth day.
England will be hoping to restore their pride when they face the Aussies in five ODIs and two T20 matches.