Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Australia thrash England to complete 4-0 Ashes rout

Australia thrash England to complete 4-0 Ashes rout

Australia's bowlers were unrelenting to the final wicket, finishing off England for 180 runs in the final Test as they scored an innings & 123-run win. The Australians amassed a massive 303-run innings lead and then reduced the battle-weary tourists to 93 for four at the close with a day to play.

He talks to Michael Vaughan with interviews from England Vice captain James Anderson, Australian captain and man of the series Steve Smith along with man of the match Pat Cummins.

England went to stumps last night with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow at the crease, and went to lunch today with Root and Bairstow still there.

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England have endured plenty of taxing sessions this summer but none compare to the punishment they copped during Sydney's heatwave.

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Smith's incredible series saw him make 687 runs - 242 more than the next best, Shaun Marsh - at an average of 137.40.

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Mark Stoneman was leg before wicket to Mitchell Starc for a duck and lost a review in the process, and next ball Alastair Cook was put down at first slip by Shaun Marsh off Josh Hazlewood for five.

Smith is hoping not and thinks the existing team might just be able to take Australia back to the top of the test rankings, and more importantly perform the tricky task of retaining the Ashes on English soil in 2019.

Cummins cleaned up England's tail clinically after lunch on day five of the fifth Test, finishing with eight wickets for the match.

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Australia captain Steve Smith said "belief", each player knowing their roles and a home crowd were behind their success.

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