Captain Pat Cummins, Cameroon Green and Scott Boland took three wickets each while Mitchell Starc took one wicket for Australia to dismiss England for 124 while chasing 271.
Australia beat England by 146 runs in the fifth and final Ashes Test to claim the series 4-0. It was another poor performance from the England batters, as they were bowled out for 124 runs in the fourth innings while chasing the target of 271. Captain Pat Cummins, Cameroon Green and Scott Boland took three wickets each while Mitchell Starc took one wicket for Australia in the second innings. For England the only bright spot was a 68-run opening stand between Rory Burns and Zack Crawley.
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It was Cummins who delivered the final blow as he bowled out Ollie Robinson. England lost 10 wickets for just 56 runs in 22.4 overs to complete a nightmare of a tournament for their batters. The campaign saw England lose 10 for 61 in Melbourne, eight for 86 in Adelaide and eight for 74.
The hosts could have easily won the series 5-0, but for some bad weather and heroics from England’s lower order in Sydney denied Australia a clean sweep. Meanwhile, England once again had no answer to the Australian pacers. The visitors had bowled Australia out for 155 in the second innings but the Aussie batters had scored enough runs in the first innings (303) to set a target of 271 as England’s first innings ended with a score of only 188.
Burns and Crawley gave England a very good start to the chase, but in the last over before tea, Burns tried to leave a ball from Green, only to chop it on, falling for 26 with the score on 68. Number three batsman David Malan started well with a couple of boundaries, but got dismissed the same way by Green to end a disappointing Test.
Green struck again when Crawley edged the ball to wicket keeper Alex Carey, before Ben Stokes fell to Starc. The English all-rounder pulled a short ball to Nathan Lyon at deep square leg.
England captain Joe Root could do nothing as he was dismissed by Boland when the delivery barely bounced, shooting through and crashing into the bottom of off-stump. That brought debutant Sam Billings to the crease, but he didn’t last long as the 30-year-old chipped Boland to mid-off where Cummins took a simple catch.
Wickets continued to fall cheaply as only Wood managed to get to double figures. Chris Woakes edged Boland to the keeper Carey before Cummins completed the proceeding by dismissing Wood and Robinson.
Earlier, England pacer Wood took career-best figures of 6-37 in an impressive spell of fast bowling to give some hope to his side. The 32-year-old had both Travis Head and nightwatchman Boland caught by Billings. He then got the prized wicket of Steve Smith as the Aussie batter hooked a shot straight to Malan at deep fine leg.
Carey top scored for Australia with 49 in the second innings. Starc became Wood’s fifth scalp as he was caught at short leg by Ollie Pope. Wood delivered a lethal yorker that crashed into Cummins’ foot and he was given lbw. Carey didn’t last long after the lunch as Stuart Broad got him caught by Billings.