Australia hand England 281-run thrashing, seal 5-0 Ashes whitewash
Australia claimed a comprehensive 281-run win at Sydney Cricket Ground to seal an emphatic 5-0 Ashes whitewash. What a way to respond after losing three Ashes series on the bounce!
Australia claimed a comprehensive 281-run win at Sydney Cricket Ground to seal an emphatic 5-0 Ashes whitewash. What a way to respond after losing three Ashes series on the bounce! (All images: AP and AFP)
England were set a stiff target of 448. However, just like Michael Carberry's bat, their spirit was broken and they crumbled for 166.
Mitchell was voted Man of the Series for an outstanding haul of 37 wickets.
Ryan Harris and Nathan Lyon were the stars on Day 3 as the English batsmen danced to their tunes.
As soon as the final wicket fell, the Aussies belted out their 'sacred' team song in the center of the pitch!
And finally it was time to lift the urn, something that the Aussies haven't been able to do for the past seven years.
Michael Clarke seemed to enjoy it the most and couldn't stop showering the tiny trophy with kisses.
After a 5-0 Ashes whitewash Australia leapfrogged Pakistan and England to 3rd in the ICC Test rankings, to within six points of second-placed India.
Every member of the Australian backroom staff can take pride in the massive turnaround for Australian, who hadn't won a Test all year prior to this series.
A special word on Darren Lehmann though, who has transformed a talented side into a match-winning one.