Sydney: Australia coasted to a 4-0 Ashes win after thrashing England by an innings and 123 runs on the final day of the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Monday.
Bogged down by the loss of their skipper Joe Root, who had been hospitalised overnight for gastroenteritis, England were bundled out for a meagre 180 in their second innings, with paceman Pat Cummins claiming 4/39.
The visitors needed a mammoth effort to survive the final day, and Root was key to their hopes.
However, he didn’t resume the day’s play, as Moeen Ali walked out with Jonny Bairstow. Ali lasted 43 deliveries before off-spinner Nathan Lyon (3/54) once again got the better of him, trapping him in front for 13.
Ali’s downfall brought back Root to the middle as he fought hard to add the eight runs required to post another half-century, with England going in to lunch at 144/5.