Sydney - Australia have completed a 5-0 Ashes clean sweep against England on Sunday as the hapless tourists crumbled to a humiliating 281-run defeat in the fifth Test in Sydney.
Mitchell Johnson - described by captain Michael Clarke as one of the
modern-day pace greats - was named man-of-the-series for his 37
wickets over the five games at 13.97.
Fellow quick Ryan Harris
took man-of-the-match for his eight wickets in the two innings in
Sydney, where a hapless England endured their fifth successive heavy
The demoralised tourists capitulated after tea, losing
seven wickets in 52 minutes on their way to being bundled out for 166 in
31.4 overs -- nowhere near the 448 victory target.
It was the sixth time the beleaguered tourists had been skittled for under 200 in the 10 innings of the series.
crushing defeat -- with more than two days to spare -- is expected to
have major ramifications for English cricket just months after they beat
Australia 3-0 in England.
Harris finished with five for 25 in the second innings, while Johnson claimed 3-40.
was the third time Australia had achieved a 5-0 series clean sweep over
England, after 1920-21 and 2006-07, and Clarke was also involved in the
previous one. The Australians have now climbed to third in the ICC
rankings above England and Pakistan.
"Any time you win a Test match is an amazing feeling, but to win 5-0?" Clarke said.
think with this current team, the fact that it's been the rollercoaster
ride, the start of 2013 didn't go anywhere near as well as we'd have
liked, I think that's what feels so satisfying at the moment, that we've
been able to turn things around."
Johnson's spells in the series "certainly match the greats, if not better", he said.
hopes vanished with the cheap dismissals of skipper Alastair Cook (7),
Ian Bell (16) and Kevin Pietersen (6) in the middle session as England
limped to tea on 87-3.
But the rout turned to carnage after the
interval as four wickets tumbled in two overs, with the tourists falling
apart against inspired Australian bowling and fielding.
today was a culmination of being under the cosh for four and a half
games," Cook said. "Credit to Australia, I can't even count on how many
sessions we won in the series. That's a pretty daunting stat to take but
a very realistic statistic."
Michael Carberry (43) feathered
Johnson to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin just two balls after tea and three
balls later debutant Gary Ballance was trapped plumb in front by Johnson
Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow went for a three-ball duck
and debutant legspinner Scott Borthwick was magnificently caught by
Clarke off Lyon for four.
Ben Stokes offered some belated
resistance, punishing Lyon for 20 off one over before he was bowled by
Harris for 32 off 16 balls with three fours and two sixes.
Broad also went down swinging, with four sixes and three fours in his 42
off 36 balls before being bowled by Harris. Boyd Rankin was last man
out, caught overhead by Clarke at second slip to complete the victory.
Cook, who has endured a miserable series with the bat, was caught
behind off Johnson for seven and was followed by Bell, who was snapped
up in the gully off Ryan Harris.
Pietersen was athletically caught by Bailey close to the bat off Harris as England's top order yet again failed to fire.
England skipper has scored just 246 runs at 24.60 in this series, in
sharp contrast to the last tour of Australia in 2010/11 when he amassed
766 runs at 127.66.
"When you strip everything down, every single
player now has to go back and have a look at themselves, have a look at
their techniques," Cook said.
"Have a look at the way they've bowled and start rebuilding again. And that hunger has to come from within to do it."
Bell, who was impressive in last year's Ashes series in England, and Pietersen, have both averaged less than 30 in the series.
Australia were dismissed for 276 in their second innings shortly after lunch, with Chris Rogers top-scoring with 119.
Haddin became the highest-scoring Australian wicketkeeper in a Test series with his breezy 28 off 40 balls.
keeper, the nemesis of the English bowlers with his aggressive lower
middle-order batting, finished the series with 493 runs at 61.62 to beat
the previous best of 473 by Adam Gilchrist against South Africa in