New Delhi: Australia defeated England by an innings and 123 runs in the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney here on Monday to seal the series 4-0. The tourists were bowled out for 180, adding just 87 to their Day Four score of 93 for the loss of four wickets. Also Read - ENG vs AUS ODI Report: Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes Star as England Beat Australia in 2nd ODI to Level Series in Manchester
England resumed play on the fifth and final day with Captain Joe Root batting on 42 and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow on 17. Root, suffering from gastroenteritis, had to spend most of the morning in the hospital, and when he resumed his innings, could not stay at the crease for long, and retired on 58. Also Read - Michael Holding Blasts England And Australia For Not Taking a Knee
Bairstow was dismissed for 38, Moeen Ali for 13, Stuart Broad for 4, M. Crane for 2 and last man James Anderson for 2. Tom Curran remained not out on 23. Fast bowler Pat Cummins had match figures of 8-119. Also Read - England vs Australia 2020: Joe Root Dropped From T20I Squad, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler Return For Both ODIs And T20Is
“It has been a great couple of months. The cricket that we have played in the last couple of months has been outstanding,” Australia skipper Steve Smith said.
“We have just been able to get on top and win those key moments and not let them back in the game which is crucial.”
Pat Cummins led the Australian offensive in Sydney with four wickets for 39 to finish man-of-the-match and the leading wicket-taker in the series with 23.
“To get through the five Tests and end the series here at home. I couldn’t asked for much more,” said an ecstatic Cummins.
England finished at 180 for nine off 88.1 overs as Australia won by an innings and 123 runs. It followed comprehensive losses on the troubled five-Test tour in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The fourth Test was drawn in Melbourne.
Stricken Root did not come out to bat after lunch as he continued to experience discomfort after his overnight stomach bug.
“He is asleep. He has a gastro bug and he has not been too well through the night and the heat yesterday didn’t help. He is asleep in the dressing room trying to recover,” said vice-captain Jimmy Anderson, deputising for Root at the post-match presentations.
“To be honest we have been outplayed in the key moments of each game,” he added. “We have been in the games to an extent but just not been able to capitalise on any opportunities. Australia have played great in this series.”
(With agencies inputs)