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Australia beat England by innings & 123 runs in final Ashes test

11 January, 2018, 09:36 | Author: Joan Malone
  • England managed just two wickets on day three in Sydney

Australia had already regained the Ashes by winning the first three tests and only missed out on a 5-0 series sweep when last week's fourth match in Melbourne ended in a draw.

Shaun Marsh and Mitch Marsh celebrated emotional centuries on day four of the fifth Test, powering their side to 7-649 when Steve Smith called his teammates in during the post-lunch session.

"He's worked hard and probably hasn't scored as many runs as he would have liked throughout this series". He's a great character - got a terrific work ethic.

"We have just got to keep getting better and improving as a team".

"That's what has been so special about it", he said.

South Africa are now in second place, on 111, with India atop the standings, on 124, though the Proteas are on their way to narrowing that gap, with the sides in the midst of a three-test series and the hosts in Cape Town securing a 72-run win in the first test.

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In his absence, England lost three wickets for 12 runs to Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins, who ended with four in the innings and match figures of 8-119.

They denoted the Aussies 4-0 series victory, but not everyone was a fan.

"We've just not managed to do it in those key moments and they've handled those pressurised moment and situations better than us and eventually when they've done that and put pressure back on us we've not coped with it well and that's why they've won".

"For me the moment that changed the whole series was Nathan Lyon and his run out at the Gabba, that was such a huge moment in the series and those sorts of plays can change a series and I think that was a series-changing moment", he said.

The veteran quick feels that their failure was down to an inability to capitalize on key moments in the games.

"They have a fantastic bowling attack and all their batsmen have come to the party".

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