Australia vs England 5th Test Day 3: Australia complete series whitewash

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Australia regained the Ashes for the first time in five years

Australia completed their 5-0 whitewashing of England with a convincing 281-run win on the third day of the fifth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to regain the Ashes for the first time in five years.

Pace bowler Ryan Harris was the standout performer of the day as he ripped through England’s batting line-up with a five-wicket haul.

Starting out the day on 140/4, Australia opener Chris Rogers and batsman George Bailey converted their 49-run partnership into a 101-run partnership, during which Rogers brought up his third Test century, before Bailey was caught by debutant Scott Borthwick off the bowling of Stuart Broad for 46.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin made a quickfire 28 before being clean bowled by Borthwick.

Following Haddin’s dismissal, Australia’s lower order completely collapsed and they were eventually bowled out for 276.

Rogers ended up making 119 off 169 balls, which included 15 boundaries.

Borthwick was the pick of the England bowlers with three wickets, while Broad, Ben Stokes and James Anderson snapped up two wickets apiece and Boyd Rankin chipped in with one as England were set a target of 448 to win.

Needing 448 to avoid being whitewashed 5-0, England got off to a horrible start as captain Alastair Cook was caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson for just seven runs.

Ian Bell only made 16 runs before being caught by David Warner at gully off the bowling of Ryan Harris.

Kevin Pietersen failed to have an impact either as he was brilliantly caught by Bailey off the bowling of Harris for only six runs.

Michael Carberry ended up making 43 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Johnson.

Just three ball later, Gary Ballance was on his way back to the pavilion after being given out lbw.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon removed both Jonny Bairstow and Borthwick in the very next over as England slumped to 95/7.

Things went from bad to worse for the tourists as Stokes was clean bowled by Harris for a quickfire 32.

Broad smashed 42 off 36 deliveries, which included three boundaries and four sixes, before being cleaned up by Harris.

Harris picked up his fifth wicket of the innings just two balls later when Rankin edged a delivery from him straight to captain Michael Clarke at second slip.

Rankin’s wicket led to the start of the celebrations as Australia completed their 5-0 whitewashing of England.

Harris recorded his fifth five-wicket haul, while Johnson claimed three wickets and Lyon chipped in with two.

Cook was visibly disappointed to have been whitewashed 5-0, and said: “It’s obviously tough knowing that you’ve been beaten badly in five games. We weren’t good enough to turn it around. We tried to change the way we played but anything we through at Australia they were good enough. When you hit rock bottom the only way is up. Things turned around in 2007. We know we have a huge amount of talent in England and we have to look about where we go from here.”

Clarke was ecstatic to have turned his fortunes around, especially after his side were thrashed 3-0 during the last Ashes series in England.

“It’s an extremely special occasion,” he said. “We couldn’t foresee 5-0 after the England series but I said then the work we were putting in behind the scenes we were going to get the rewards. The bowlers have done a fantastic job, I told them before the Test that they were the best attack in the world and I think they’ve earned that mantle.”

Harris was named Man of the Match for his outstanding five-wicket haul.

Johnson was named Man of the Series for his 37 wickets an a jaw-dropping average of 13.97.

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