Australia win Ashes 4-0

Australia secured a 4-0 Ashes win at the SCG, winning by an innings and 123 runs.

Trailing by 303 runs on first innings, England collapsed for 180, with Pat Cummins taking 4/39 and Nathan Lyon 3/54. Cummins finished with match figures of 8/119. Captain Joe Root (58 retired hurt) carried on valiantly after being hospitalised on the fourth evening. Jonny Bairstow scored 38 and Tom Curran 23 not out.

Australia scored three centuries in their 7/649 declared: 171 to Usman Khawaja, 156 to Shaun Marsh and 101 to Mitchell Marsh. Captain Steve Smith (83) and David Warner (56) scored half-centuries. There were big partnerships: 188 for the third wicket between Smith and Khawaja, 101 for the fourth between Khawaja and Shaun Marsh and 169 for the fifth between the Marsh brothers. Moeen Ali bowled 48 overs for 2/170.

England won the toss and batted first, making 346. Root (83) and Dawid Malan (62) compiled 133 for the fourth wicket. They were supported by Curran (39), Alastair Cook (39), Stuart Broad (31), Ali (30), James Vince (25) and Mark Stoneman (24). Cummins took 4/80, Josh Hazlewood 2/65 and Mitchell Starc 2/80.

The 4-0 margin was an accurate reflection of the series. While England (and Cook) dominated a benign Boxing Day Test, Australia crushed England everywhere else, including two innings wins. Cummins (23 wickets), Starc (22), Hazlewood (21) and Nathan Lyon (21) each took 20 wickets, while James Anderson took 17 for England.  Smith (three) and the Marsh brothers (two to Shaun, two to Mitch) scored seven of Australia’s nine centuries compared to England’s three.

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