Complete humiliation for England – 5th Test

Australia 326 (Steven Smith 115, Brad Haddin 75, Ben Stokes 6-99) and 276 (Chris Rogers 119, George Bailey 46, Scott Borthwick 3-33) beat England 155 (Stokes 47 Stuart Broad 30*, Peter Siddle 3-23) and 166 (Michael Carberry 43, Broad 42, Ryan Harris 5-25) by 281 runs.

Australia continued their supremacy over England in the Ashes, the hosts whitewashed the visitors in the fifth and final Test and clinched the series at 5-0.

The Kangaroos smashed 326 runs in the first innings followed by 276 in the second. The visitors were dismissed for 155 in the first and managed 166 in the second innings.

Ryan Harris (Australia) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his excellent bowling in the game.

Mitchell Johnson (Australia) was declared ‘Player of the series’ for his lethal bowling in the five Tests. He was the highest wicket taker with 37 at an awesome average of 13.97, the best of 7-40 in an innings and 9-103 in a match.

The fifth Ashes Test concluded on Sunday (day three), January 5, 2014, at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ryan Harris - Player of the match
Ryan Harris – Player of the match

Earlier, the Aussies went into bat at 4-140 in 30 overs whereas Chris Rogers and George Bailey were at the crease for 73 and 20. The duo started off in an attacking mode, the boundaries were flowing from their woods and the first blasted his consecutive hundred with another four. The score jumped to 200 in 45.4 overs when Bailey was gone for 46 at that point and was replaced by Brad Haddin. The latter was gone after the addition of 39 for 28 and Chris Rogers was the 8th batsman who went back to the pavilion for 119. The entire Australian side was bowled out for 276 after utilizing 61.3 overs.

Scott Borthwick was the top wicket taker with three, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes shared two each whereas Boyd Rankin held one wicket.

England required 448 runs to win the game but lost two important wickets of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell at 37. Michael Carberry held one end and tried to force the pace but surrendered at 87 after contributing 43 runs. The Kangaroos bowlers took over and tourists were reeling at 7-95 when Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad joined together. They crept to 139 as the first left the scene for 32 and the wickets kept on crumbling at regular intervals. Stuart Broad was clean bowled by Ryan Harris for 42 as the innings of the Englishmen was folded back for 166 in 31.4 overs.

Ryan Harris was the star performer with five, Mitchell Johnson got three and Nathan Lyon chipped in with two wickets.

Australia grabbed the final encounter with a huge margin of 281 runs and pocketed the series at 5-0.


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