Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 3rd day January 5, 2014

Australia complete 5-0 Ashes sweep

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Australia 326 (Smith 115, Haddin 75, Stokes 6-99) and 276 (Rogers 119, Borthwick 3-33) beat England 155 (Stokes 47, Siddle 3-23, Johnson 3-33, Harris 3-36) and 166 (Carberry 43, Harris 5-25, Johnson 3-40) by 281 runs
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Kimber: Party time for Australia

Michael Clarke was asked at the toss if he knew which two captains had led Australia to 5-0 Ashes clean sweeps. Yes, Warwick Armstrong and Ricky Ponting, he replied. Now there are three. Fittingly, it all ended in Clarke's hands. England's No.11, Boyd Rankin, edged Ryan Harris to second slip, where Clarke thrust his arms and clung on to a catch above his head. With it, he sealed a 281-run victory, a 5-0 result and his legacy as leader. His team not only beat England, they annihilated them.

The celebrations were intense and immediate; Nathan Lyon led the team in their victory song, Underneath the Southern Cross, on the pitch barely minutes after the win was complete. The same 11 who started on the first morning at the Gabba had carried Australia right through the campaign. Remarkably, they completed their sweep in only 21 days of cricket; it took Ponting's legendary outfit 22 days in 2006-07 and Armstrong's squad 24 days back in 1920-21.

For Alastair Cook, the series result was devastating. That it ended with a three-day defeat after he won the toss and sent Australia in must have been especially galling. But that England collapsed for 166 in their final innings of the series was not exactly surprising. Their batting failed throughout the tour and again they were unable to handle Man of the Series Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Co. Seven wickets in 52 minutes after the tea break and it was all over.

Set 448 for victory after Chris Rogers completed his third Test century in the morning, England needed a world-record effort to avoid defeat. It was not the kind of history they were capable of making. Cook prodded outside off to a fast ball from Johnson that moved away and was caught behind for 7, Ian Bell steered a late cut to gully off Harris for 16 and Kevin Pietersen's inside edge onto pad off Harris was smartly snapped up by George Bailey, backpedalling from short leg.

They were 3 for 87 at tea. Bill Lawry wasn't there to tell viewers it was all happening, but after the resumption it was, indeed, all happening. Johnson began the session with two wickets in an over, Michael Carberry caught behind for 43 flashing outside off and then Gary Ballance lbw for 7. Lyon followed with two wickets in the next over, Jonny Bairstow taken at short leg for a duck and Scott Borthwick brilliantly snapped up at slip by Clarke.

A few boundaries from Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad followed, but none of that mattered. It was only a matter of time until the wickets fell. Stokes played on to Harris for 32, Broad was also bowled by Harris for 42 and then Harris completed his five-wicket haul by drawing the winning edge from Rankin. England were all out for 166, the sixth time from their ten innings in this campaign that they had failed to reach 200.

And that was the difference. Perhaps the most memorable moment of England's innings came when Carberry's bat snapped in half when he played a regulation forward defence to a delivery from Harris. Everyone on the ground saw the funny side but the image of a broken bat encapsulated England's campaign. Australia's batsmen scored ten centuries throughout the series; Stokes was the only England batsman to make one, or to average over 30.

Earlier in the day, Rogers made his second century in consecutive Tests as Australia built their lead and were dismissed for 276. Rogers and George Bailey both ticked the scoreboard over during their 109-run partnership. Rogers reached his century from the last ball before drinks in the first session with a late cut for four off the part-time spin of Pietersen, but it was Bailey who really needed a big score in order to retain his place for the upcoming tour of South Africa.

At times Bailey still looked vulnerable outside off but it was the short ball that brought his downfall on 46. Bailey went for a hook off Broad and was caught by Borthwick running around to deep square leg, and it left Bailey with an average of 26.14 from his five Tests and an uncertain future.

The crowd enjoyed a little cameo from Brad Haddin, who made a quick 28, and in doing so broke the record for the most runs in a Test series by an Australian wicketkeeper, surpassing the 473 that Adam Gilchrist made in South Africa in 2001-02. Rogers was eventually out for 119, one of three wickets for Borthwick, and the tail-enders enjoyed some late hitting. Australia's innings ended with Rankin taking his first Test wicket. It may be his only good memory of the Test.

The match ended off Rankin's bat, and with the ball in the hands of Clarke. Australia nominally had the urn after the Perth Test, but now they had a 5-0 clean sweep. They also rocketed up from fifth to third on the ICC Test rankings. A challenge against the No.1 team in South Africa awaits, but for now they will celebrate a feat that only two other Australian sides have ever achieved.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • H_Z_O on January 5, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Contd.

    3) Brad Haddin went through a terrible slump with the bat in the 2011/12 season, averaging just 26 with 2 50s (and one of those at home to New Zealand). Aussies dropped him for a better batsman in Wade, but one whose glovework was suspect.

    Here he is, undoubtedly Australia's best batsman in this series and England's chief nemesis (arguably more so than Mitch). Every time England have gotten a sniff of a chance with the ball, he's snuffed it out and gotten Australia right back into it. If not for his runs, it's possible that even Australia's brilliance with the ball might not have been enough.

    England have to go back to Matt Prior. Bairstow's neither there as a batsman or as a keeper, and asking him to work on both at the same time in the cauldron of Test match cricket is insane.

    4) Australia kept trying to "tame" Mitch, to make him more accurate and less leaky. They nearly broke him. Then they let him off the leash and he demolished us.

    We have to stop tinkering with Finn.

  • H_Z_O on January 5, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Maybe I'm clutching at straws but there are some things England can draw from in this series, if they want to complete a similar transformation to Australia's.

    1) In 2010-2011 there were many Australians who thought Steve Smith was simply not a Test cricketer. I thought the kid had heart and guts, and he impressed me, at the SCG especially. He went away, improved, and came back a beast.

    Stokes, Root and Bairstow have all shown a bit of "ticker" at times. Stokes at Perth, Root at Adelaide, Bairstow at Melbourne. If they can draw on that and improve, we will be a better team for it.

    2) Rogers was brought in as cover for an injured Matthew Hayden in 2008. He had a pretty poor debut, it's fair to say, but was then discarded, seemingly forever. He'd been harshly treated, everyone agreed, but his time was done.

    Except it wasn't. The selectors realised their mistake. The parallels to Compton are numerous. Hopefully our selectors will follow suit.

    Contd.

  • RohanMarkJay on January 5, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia and a great performance, a very professional team that religiously performs all three cricket disciplines Batting, Bowling and fielding to the highest standards. They played this series with high self confidence and positivity also no doubt were given a huge lift performing in front of aussie crowds in thier own wonderful state of the art cricket stadiums. The ashes win no doubt brought huge amount of joy to millions of Aussies Men and Women in Australia. Well Played and well done. I am very tempted to buy the DVD of this series even though I am not Australian just to see how a cricket team should play cricket to a high standard. Well Done Australia. All the best. You are now a top cricket side!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on January 7, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    The Aussies are going to get licked in SA. The would be encountering Stein, Vern, Morkel, enough to have the Aussies hopping around. Batsmen like Smith, Amla, Du Plessis and Villiers would be hard to dislodge even by Johnson, Siddle and Harris. Man to man, SA will bat and bowl better than the Aussies. The South Africans will bring the Aussies to the ground. Just watch.

  • Biggus on January 7, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    @fguy:- I think you'll find the term irony does apply, 'the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.' But we know why you didn't appreciate it, don't we.

  • Biggus on January 7, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    @fguy:- Sorry you didn't appreciate it, but I think I can guess why.

  • fguy on January 6, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    the formatting went haywire so reposting---

    as a neutral i think aus will win in SA. reasons - 1) johnson at his best >> steyn at his best, (2) no kallis, (3) ABD after hand surgery, (4) amla out of form, (5) aus have the better & more aggressive captain, (6) aus have better all round bowling attack, (7) sa have no good spinner

  • fguy on January 6, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    as a neutral i think aus will win in SA. reasons - johnson at his best >>> steyn at his best no kallis ABD after hand surgery amla out of form aus have the better & more aggressive captain aus have better all round bowling attack sa have no good spinner

  • fguy on January 6, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    @Biggus on (January 5, 2014, 11:54 GMT) "@mainul079080:- For your information Australia, unlike some countries who I won't name, have complied with ALL of our requirements under the future tours program"

    right, just like you'll did during the 1996 world cup, correct??

    @Biggus on (January 6, 2014, 9:27 GMT) "I was making a joke. It's called 'IRONY'. Please look it up"

    i think you need to look up the word because it isnt what you think it means & definitely doesnt apply to the "joke" you attempted

  • ofthedeepbluesea on January 6, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    @Thegimp Why are they South African's and Indians so defensive? Well, I can't speak for the Indians but I can tell you this much. If you take the recent Ist test between South Africa and India, all we got was endless comments from the Australians - with v. little understanding of test cricket - as to how we bottled it, how Australia would've have gone for it (win or lose), what a great captain Clarke is, etc. ad nauseum... Australians are no longer the best team in the world, despite their recent ashes victory - something many keyboard commentators here have difficulty coming to terms with. South Africa however haven't lost a series in the last 14, and only one in the last 25 - worthy of their #1 ranking. If they were afforded a little more respect for their achievement you wouldn't have to wonder so much...

  • H_Z_O on January 5, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Contd.

    3) Brad Haddin went through a terrible slump with the bat in the 2011/12 season, averaging just 26 with 2 50s (and one of those at home to New Zealand). Aussies dropped him for a better batsman in Wade, but one whose glovework was suspect.

    Here he is, undoubtedly Australia's best batsman in this series and England's chief nemesis (arguably more so than Mitch). Every time England have gotten a sniff of a chance with the ball, he's snuffed it out and gotten Australia right back into it. If not for his runs, it's possible that even Australia's brilliance with the ball might not have been enough.

    England have to go back to Matt Prior. Bairstow's neither there as a batsman or as a keeper, and asking him to work on both at the same time in the cauldron of Test match cricket is insane.

    4) Australia kept trying to "tame" Mitch, to make him more accurate and less leaky. They nearly broke him. Then they let him off the leash and he demolished us.

    We have to stop tinkering with Finn.

  • H_Z_O on January 5, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Maybe I'm clutching at straws but there are some things England can draw from in this series, if they want to complete a similar transformation to Australia's.

    1) In 2010-2011 there were many Australians who thought Steve Smith was simply not a Test cricketer. I thought the kid had heart and guts, and he impressed me, at the SCG especially. He went away, improved, and came back a beast.

    Stokes, Root and Bairstow have all shown a bit of "ticker" at times. Stokes at Perth, Root at Adelaide, Bairstow at Melbourne. If they can draw on that and improve, we will be a better team for it.

    2) Rogers was brought in as cover for an injured Matthew Hayden in 2008. He had a pretty poor debut, it's fair to say, but was then discarded, seemingly forever. He'd been harshly treated, everyone agreed, but his time was done.

    Except it wasn't. The selectors realised their mistake. The parallels to Compton are numerous. Hopefully our selectors will follow suit.

    Contd.

  • RohanMarkJay on January 5, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia and a great performance, a very professional team that religiously performs all three cricket disciplines Batting, Bowling and fielding to the highest standards. They played this series with high self confidence and positivity also no doubt were given a huge lift performing in front of aussie crowds in thier own wonderful state of the art cricket stadiums. The ashes win no doubt brought huge amount of joy to millions of Aussies Men and Women in Australia. Well Played and well done. I am very tempted to buy the DVD of this series even though I am not Australian just to see how a cricket team should play cricket to a high standard. Well Done Australia. All the best. You are now a top cricket side!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on January 7, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    The Aussies are going to get licked in SA. The would be encountering Stein, Vern, Morkel, enough to have the Aussies hopping around. Batsmen like Smith, Amla, Du Plessis and Villiers would be hard to dislodge even by Johnson, Siddle and Harris. Man to man, SA will bat and bowl better than the Aussies. The South Africans will bring the Aussies to the ground. Just watch.

  • Biggus on January 7, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    @fguy:- I think you'll find the term irony does apply, 'the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.' But we know why you didn't appreciate it, don't we.

  • Biggus on January 7, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    @fguy:- Sorry you didn't appreciate it, but I think I can guess why.

  • fguy on January 6, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    the formatting went haywire so reposting---

    as a neutral i think aus will win in SA. reasons - 1) johnson at his best >> steyn at his best, (2) no kallis, (3) ABD after hand surgery, (4) amla out of form, (5) aus have the better & more aggressive captain, (6) aus have better all round bowling attack, (7) sa have no good spinner

  • fguy on January 6, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    as a neutral i think aus will win in SA. reasons - johnson at his best >>> steyn at his best no kallis ABD after hand surgery amla out of form aus have the better & more aggressive captain aus have better all round bowling attack sa have no good spinner

  • fguy on January 6, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    @Biggus on (January 5, 2014, 11:54 GMT) "@mainul079080:- For your information Australia, unlike some countries who I won't name, have complied with ALL of our requirements under the future tours program"

    right, just like you'll did during the 1996 world cup, correct??

    @Biggus on (January 6, 2014, 9:27 GMT) "I was making a joke. It's called 'IRONY'. Please look it up"

    i think you need to look up the word because it isnt what you think it means & definitely doesnt apply to the "joke" you attempted

  • ofthedeepbluesea on January 6, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    @Thegimp Why are they South African's and Indians so defensive? Well, I can't speak for the Indians but I can tell you this much. If you take the recent Ist test between South Africa and India, all we got was endless comments from the Australians - with v. little understanding of test cricket - as to how we bottled it, how Australia would've have gone for it (win or lose), what a great captain Clarke is, etc. ad nauseum... Australians are no longer the best team in the world, despite their recent ashes victory - something many keyboard commentators here have difficulty coming to terms with. South Africa however haven't lost a series in the last 14, and only one in the last 25 - worthy of their #1 ranking. If they were afforded a little more respect for their achievement you wouldn't have to wonder so much...

  • Biggus on January 6, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    @AidanFX:- OK Aidan, I'll spell it out for you. I was making a joke. It's called 'IRONY'. Please look it up. Just in case you still don't get it I'm Australian.

  • AidanFX on January 6, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    I was asked why shouldn't an Indian fan get offended if Tendulka is not once mentioned in an article - I repeat this question "Why does Tendulka need to be mentioned in an article summarising the match between Australia and England - The Ashes?

  • Biggus on January 6, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @Chris_P:- Mate, if I posted what I really thought it wouldn't be published. Let's just leave it at that.

  • RVC-38 on January 6, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @ AidanFX on (January 6, 2014, 5:30 GMT) I have always found that if you are not sure what nationality they are, just say what you have to say without @people.

  • Chris_P on January 6, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    @Biggus. Is it me or the fact there is "no interest" in the Ashes series that sees so many of our sub continental friends posting as such? I mean I didn't give squat, read or posted anything when India played the West Indies for the care factor was zippo, especially for benefit or retirement matches.

  • Thegimp on January 6, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    @ Srini_Chennai..........mate, your side hasn't won a series in Australia period, does that mean you deserve 2nd?

  • Thegimp on January 6, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Why are Saffas and Indians so defensive? As soon as someone says anything about a player, other that one from Sth Africa or India, all they want to do dispute the point and tell everyone how good their players are.

    What are you scared of guys? Scared that the Saffas may get beat? Scared that India might actually lose a home test series (they certainly can't win one away from home) because the groundsmen make some mistakes and produce some decent cricket wickets?

  • Biggus on January 6, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    @AidanFX:- You need to look up the word 'irony' in the dictionary.

  • SirDon99 on January 6, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Interesting how some people here are saying that there was not much interest in this series. I guess if you're not supporting either team then you would have limited interest in the series. The crowd attendances at all five test matches would indicate the exact opposite. I can say that there was intense interest in the series here in Australia and, I would suggest, the same in England.

  • AidanFX on January 6, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    @ Greatest_game - when OZ play india - then you'd expect comments from Indian fans. No there is no need for statements about Tendulka the fine batsmen (not god) he was in a series after he retired in an Ashes series - it is irrelevant. Unless a player showed glimpses of him in the series there is no need to mention his name. No we don't need comments about Indian turning wickets and so forth. And I am sick of reading after every series - results being equated with doctored pitches and stuff - maybe that happens on occasions but he had nothing to do with this series nor the series in SA.

  • sidh78 on January 6, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    every one always pointed out ins's 4-0 loss in aus & eng.that time india was very tired(after wc&ipl) & had very aging team.so they lost in alien conditions.ind also whitewashed aus 4-0.but now look at eng, whitewashed 5-0 in almost similar conditions of there own& not alien for engl.butu heared any time that ind whitewashed in subcontinante which has similar condn. like india but india always dominated in sc and played very well beside thay two eng - aus tour

  • RVC-38 on January 6, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    @ Raghavendra Prasanna on (January 5, 2014, 15:14 GMT) We may not beat the Saffers but we still respect them, everyone else we can beat.

  • Chris_P on January 6, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    @Raghavendra Prasanna. Do yourself a favour, either learn about the game or try playing a serious game of it. I still play & I always see 10 other players with me. In fact every game I have played & still play in have 11 players in each team, ergo, it takes 11 to win a game. And you know what else, we all usually bat & bowl in the 2nd innings of the games as well!! And one more point, what is the problem with going in trying to win games anyway, that is the Australian way! Why on earth should we not think about winning in South Africa?? Face palms......

  • Monjur_Elahi on January 5, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Even Bangladesh would put up a better fight!

  • Greatest_Game on January 5, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    @ Biggus posted a comment of such brilliance it deserves reposting, and reposting, and ...

    "@AidanFX:- Surely you can't be so insensitive as to be incapable of understanding how traumatic it must be for Indians to read an article on the Ashes that doesn't mention Tendulkar or India ONCE at least or attribute ALL of MJ's success to the IPL? You, good Sir, have a heart of stone!"

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

  • on January 5, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    @H_Z_O - "We have to stop tinkering with Finn" - I think that is the most astute comment yet. Finn needs to go back to his long run, and just bowl a bit wide off the stumps so as not to disturb the bails.

  • on January 5, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Comprehensively outplayed. A loss in 3 days just about sums up the tour. Congratulations, Australia. The stats for the England team will not make pleasant viewing, and they have a lot to think about.

  • Greatest_Game on January 5, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    @ BradmanBestEver somehow manages to come to the conclusion that "Australia has the best pace bowling attack in the world - that is beyond doubt."

    This is a tired old topic by now, but you might find it useful to consider that, apart from a few deluded Aussies & the occasional Indian sycophant, the rest of the world knows that statement is about as sensible as asserting that Eng has the strongest batting in the world. The Aussie attack was flattered by abominable Eng batting. It is by no means a bad attack, but believing it the best displays an alarming lack of understanding of the realities of cricket, and leads quickly to the assumption of Aussie arrogance & ignorance.

    Essentially, making such unwarranted claims makes Aussies appear ignorant & arrogant - not true, but a myth that becomes difficult to dispel. Your wildly exaggerated claims DIMINISH the achievements of the Aus team. At the moment Aussies should be proudest, they are undermined by such complete and utter rubbish!

  • on January 5, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    Well done Australia in white washing the POMS. The fourth test in Melbourne remains a bit of a mistery. For what ever reason, the Australian captain asked England to bat after winning the toss. England for the first and the only time in this seris led Australia (runs) from the first ball of the match, until the very end when Australia equalled and then over took England. England's 255 runs in the first innings remained the highest and still England lost the match.

  • on January 5, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    The real test of Aussies is if they can beat the world No 1 team SA in SA. Lets see.

  • on January 5, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    the biggest change in the aussie side is their cohesion..seems that all the dressing room divisions are forgotten and they are at last supporting clarke as he deserves. never has a captain had to endure such negativity when taking over it seems old grudges dogged him from the start..having the ex captain still there left him in an invidious position! he has been our most attacking captain since ian chappel but at times seemed to be on his own.. maybe being a selector gave cause for resentment but you can't win without loyalty from your team..it's a pleasure to see the boys enjoying each other's success...hope the love affair continues..great job boys and well done haddin for keeping us in the game so often!!

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 5, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Congratulations to both the teams for the entertainment provided. Its been just awesome couple of months of test cricket. Most would have loved watching ENG,AUS, IND, SA, PAK, NZ etc play so competitively and reproduce the thrills of pure cricket. As far as ashes are concerned i feel Eng lost it in the heads after Brisbane and 5-0 rout was only a formality. But all is not lost Eng have players to build on, youngsters like Stokes, Carberry, Borthwick look good for tests. Stokes could be as effective as Flintoff. For Aus no words could be enough to praise the brand of cricket they produced. Hats off Aussies..

  • landl47 on January 5, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    As an England supporter, all I can say is well done, Australia. You were superb in every facet of the game and beat England comprehensively. The whole side contributed to the win and the team spirit was evident (I guess those Australians who were moaning about Clarke's captaincy, and there were a lot of them, have to admit they got it wrong). There really wasn't a weak area in Australia's game; even when they occasionally got into trouble, as in the game at Melbourne, players stood up and bailed them out. This will go down as one of the greatest Ashes triumphs, the more so because it was unexpected.

    As for England- well, they've been here before. They'll pick themselves up, new players will come in, and there'll be another day for them.

    That's the beauty of the game.

  • Boofed on January 5, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Raghavendra Prasanna how can you say that 2 men (Haddin & Johnson) won the series 5-0. Only six players made over 300 runs for the series and they were all Aussies. Harris 22 wickets, Lyon 19 and Siddle 16 and the countless classic catch candidates from all players surely this was a very solid and aggressive team effort, that wipes out the last loss in pommie land.

  • tennakoon63 on January 5, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Well done Australia. Let's see how they are going to show their same performance in SA.

  • eyballfallenout on January 5, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    @Raghavendra Prasanna, the ashes has been played between our two sides for 100 years, if you don't like it dot watch it……it is not about you or your team. so get over it that your team can't be involved in everything.

  • Naresh28 on January 5, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    WELL DONE TO AUSTRALIA on the ashes win. It just goes to show that if you have at least one quality bowler like Mitch Johnson or Dale Steyn in your team you can win matches. THIS IS WHAT INDIA NEEEDS TO DO TO WIN MATCHES. Bowlers will win you win games and not batsman alone.

  • ofthedeepbluesea on January 5, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    a little tired of these 'south africans don't handle pressure well' delusions. a couple of past performances in the WC somehow equal the sum of a national psyche, do they? aside from the WC, people seem to have forgotten how we chased down 433 against australia? and as for recent test performances, we came back from a losing position to almost winning the 1st test against india and in the process setup nicely for the 2nd test. finally, lets not forget the last series in australia: salvaged a draw out of nowhere in the 2nd test and then went on to thump them in the 3rd. unbeaten in last 14 series, lost only 1 in the last 25. suppose there was never any pressure there either...

  • SkyCutter on January 5, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Amazing by AUS. They have turned around and responded to their Critics in the best way possible.

  • Herath-UK on January 5, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Certainly Sri Lanka touring in the spring will be heartened by this news .

  • on January 5, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Just to sign off.. For fans from both Oz and Eng, the bitter truth is, inspite of all the hype and drama about "THE ASHES" being THE series, it was a pretty average series in terms of quality of Cricket and played between an just about average team in Australia (which though is on an upswing and improving) against a poor and occasionally mediocre England..

  • anton1234 on January 5, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    I have seen enough of Borthwick to say he should be persevered with. He reminds me a bit of the Warne. He can develop a lot. He, along with the Irish spinner Dockerell, should be the spinners to go forward with.

    Secondly, I think England should rest Pietersen, Bell, Cook, Anderson for the summer. After playing back to back Ashes, it's going to be hard for these seasoned pros to lift themselves for India and Sri Lanka in the summer. They should play the ODIs only, since these will be preparation for the World Cup. They should be rested from tests this summer so they are fresh for South Africa and Australia in 2015. The summer of 2014 should be used to give the likes of Finn, Rankin, Root and other younger players a good go in the team, to develop some new players for the next few years.

  • on January 5, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Dear Oz! I hope you ain't getting carried away just yet. Eng clearly lost to 2 men (Haddin & Johnson) & Smith to some extent. Aus were in trouble in 1st inn of each of the 5 tests and were bailed out each time by Haddin with some support from Clarke, Johnson & Smith. 132/6 to 295 257/5 to 570 143/5 to 385 216/6 to 255 97/5 to 326

    Rogers, Warner and Watson's numbers are misleading due to their 2nd innings efforts when Eng were already under severe pressure due to their own batting failures. These 3 mostly failed in 1st innings (only 4 50s, no 100s) & only managed to beat up a snake which was already dying in 2nd. Watson is the most overrated Test player in the world and seems to be an excess baggage at 3. Aus should look at a long term No. 3 to invest upon.

    The real tribute should go to Bowling lead by Johnson to dismantle Eng 1st every time. He was easily the biggest factor with very good support from rest. Hope you are not even beginning to think you can beat SA with this team

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    What a revenge? Great sereis for Ausi

  • Sadip on January 5, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Hurray... its a Clean Sweep... Revenge in the same year....!! Aussie not only won the series 5-0 but they also destroyed the English Cricket....Jonathan Trott returned back to Home & Greme Swann retired in middle of the series.... English fellow couldn't handle the speed of Mitchel Johnson & Co. Brilliant Batting display by Brad Haddin in each test to recover the inning... Hundred of Warner, Rogers, Watson, Clarke & Smith were wonderful... even 28 runs in one over of James Anderson by George Bailey was great.... Five wicket haul of Johnson, Harris & Lyon was also awesome... enjoyed each moment of all the 5 Test with Aussie win in all.... 5th Test finished in 3 days, which itself tells the story of whole series...Well Played boys...!!

  • TropicPleasure on January 5, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    I support England thru & Thru but b4 this series I predicted England would lose 3-1. Not because Australia are better but because I thought only one team would be hungry enough after battling for the Ashes a few weeks earlier. England had won it three times, the last time in the summer, and no one would bother. Herein lies the problem. Absolutely no motivation by England. Before the first test I thought Ballance and Rankin should have played. I still believe they should have from test 1 and that England should have stuck with them throughout the series. Flower is becoming too much like Fletcher. I expect England to win the next Ashes because they will be motivated and, despite the 5-0 thrashing, Australia are still rubbish.

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Congratulations to the Aussie team. Welldone!

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    So where does blame lay? Who responsible for the demise of the great English cricket team who beat Ausie's three months before that? will this be swept under the carpet yet again as what normally happens with ECB. Surely somebody is answerable for this embarrassing drubbing. If you ask me I will tell you! 1. It starts with lack of preparations. 2. Bad team selection. 3. Lack of strategy. 4. Players who are over the hill 5. Lazy coaching staff. 6. Badly scheduled tour dates. Why on earth would you want to play the Ausie's yet again? Is it rocket science to schedule the ashes test every 2 years?

    So who is to be blamed? Flower and the managemt team!

  • vannoj on January 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    "Perhaps the most memorable moment of England's innings came when Carberry's bat snapped in half when he played a regulation forward defense to a delivery from Harris. Everyone on the ground saw the funny side but the image of a broken bat encapsulated England's campaign". Well said reporter.

  • H_Z_O on January 5, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    @Posted by shot274 on (January 5, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

    Carberry's average is less than 30. And after 6 Test matches (the same number as Carberry's played) Compton was averaging 47 with 2 hundreds and a 50. Carberry played an innings more (Compton played 11 in his first 6 Tests) and yet scored 80 runs *less* overall. No hundreds.

    Compton also occupied the crease for an average of 81 balls an innings. Carberry lasts less than 70. Not only have England's batsmen failed to score the runs, they failed to occupy the crease for very long either, giving Australia all the more time for their batsmen to get them an unassailable lead while still giving their bowlers all the time in the world to knock over England.

    Out of a possible 25 days of play there've been only 21. Australia have faced 849 overs for the loss of 77 wickets. England have faced 744 overs for the loss of 100. Not saying Compton would've made a difference but he's a better batsman than Carberry and deserved a fair chance.

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    @JG2704:- Yep we know where we are as a team, with a fragile batting line-up and aging quicks. I expect the Saffers will beat us but hope we'll put up a stiff fight. Today however, the world is a beautiful place, the earth is once again spinning properly on it's axis and to borrow a phrase from FFL, "Normal service has been resumed", as we would have it.

  • on January 5, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    In the post mortem - Analysts talked about 3 teams of Current and It did not included any mentioning of currently #2 ranked team righly so. I am worried about India to face full wrath of England when they visit them - for England to prove its worth or so to show as to how the rebuilding process is taking shape and that is end of It. Then the bruised and worry India will show up in Aus for Clarke to avenge 4-0 whipping in India. Lord have mercy!

    Easirer would be if India were to voluntarily give their #2 ranking and stay home.

  • wellrounded87 on January 5, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @Philander50 it's hardly a stretch. Johnson at his best is the best bowler in the world as reflected by his rankings during his prime patch so on current form he and Steyn are equals. Harris and Philander are about equals maybe a slight edge for Philander. Siddle is better than Morkel. And the real difference is that Lyon is head and shoulders above Tahir or Peterson. With kallis retired Watson wins the all rounder spot. So yeah I'd say they're the best attack in the world.

  • Tlotoxl on January 5, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Enjoy it now Aus because you will get thrashed against SA, in the 5 first innings Aus were 6/132, 4/174, 5/143, 8/162 and 5/97.

    They got away with it each and every time this series but does *anybody* seriously think they will get away with it against Styen, Mokel and Phillander? or that the SA batsmen will rack up plenty of centuries ?

    Place you bets on 3-0 to SA.

  • H_Z_O on January 5, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    @Shaggy076 I don't think the defeat itself owed anything to how bad we were (I'd have backed Australia to win even if we'd played better) but I do think the manner of defeat was somewhat self-inflicted. We selected a mediocre squad and even the Kiwis had exposed cracks in our batting. Not as ruthlessly as Australia, true, but it's fair to say we capitulated in the face of a brilliant onslaught from your bowlers.

    As for the first Test, I'd say Haddin was the turning point more than Mitch. Yes, we did pretty well to restrict you to 295 on a good batting wicket but from 132-6 you'd have expected a sub-250, maybe even sub-200 score. That said, Mitch was also an integral part of that comeback with the bat, which no doubt spurred his bowling on even further. But where Mitch was able to turn 6 down for not many into all out for not many, we (yet again) failed to knock over the lower order. It's not the first time and it's an issue we need to solve sooner rather than later.

  • Protears on January 5, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    @whofriggincares you forget that in 2008/2009 Steyn and Johnson were at the pinacle of fast bowling, Johnson was 28 bowling fast and in the best form of his career, aided by the fact Australia had Kattich, Clarke, Ponting (in great form), Hussey all playing well it was a stronger team all round back then.

    Johnson played in the Cape Town test which saw us win comfortably despite the freak day and was dropped for Cummins, he also played against us in Perth another game we won comfortably. In the Cape Town test we played Harris, Watson, Siddle, Johnson and Lyon, in Perth we played against Starc (off destroying India), Johnson, Siddle, Lyon and Watson there is not much different other than in the head, England allowed themselves to be pushed into a hole and buckled. To expect Australia to roll into South Africa and win comfortably can only end miserably. I would have liked the indian series to be 3-4 tests if only for a preparation standpoint.

  • Riz000 on January 5, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Being a Pakistani fan its hard to see a team like England loosing 5-0 i would blame selectors and Cook for not including great Steven Finn who was the most effective bowler in Australia last time England need few changes for sure its time to say Kevin Peterson a Final Bye bye and bring in young bloods like Nick Compton Moeen Ali and root must be in the side instead of Michael l carberry.

  • izzidole on January 5, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Coach Darren Lehman , bowling coach Craig McDermott and the supporting staff should be lauded for their magnificant effort in transforming this team from scratch to a champion side in less than six months.This could be termed as the biggest miracle in sport history. The same side that suffered a heavy 4 nil loss at the beginning of the year in India and lost the ashes series in England 3 nil by mid year eventually ended up regaining the ashes 5 nil by years end.They not only whitewashed the poms 5 nil but also inflicted the worst defeats in the history of the game by huge margins in all five tests. The biggest win in the fifth ashes test in under three days was the final nail in the coffin for English cricket. Having come well prepared to win back to back ashes the poms never expected an aussie onslaught of such proportions being outplayed in batting, bowling and fielding that they simply wilted under pressure and surrendered the urn without a fight.

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Re Aus vs India/SA etc. I noticed the better Oz commenters aren't getting too involved in all the chestbeating and are just celebrating their well deserved win. Much can happen in a short time in cricket.Within a year or so the side who Aus whitewashed at home prev beat the side that whitewashed Aus away in their own back yard. I'd not say they'd obliterate SA right now or get obliterated by SA right now.We must remember that SA are a very resilient side and know how to come back in tests/series as they have consistently shown. IMO the key factors remain-The fitness of Harris and form of Johnson. Also we'll see how big a loss Kallis is. Obviously they may already have quality lined up to replace him but even in the side as it is I see a massive gulf in class between the likes of Smith,AP,Amla,AB,Faf and the guy I see as a bit of a weak link in JPD. As for India - for me India still beat Australia at home and Australia still beat India at home although neither by 4-0 margin

  • CodandChips on January 5, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Well played Australia. You have bowled excellently, which we needed to expose our batting issues which have been hidden by playing against Newzealand (no disrespect). Your batsmen have played well, but will struggle in South Africa.

    1.Rogers 2.Warner 3.Hughes 4.Clarke 5.Smith 6.Haddin 7.Faulkner 8.Johnson 9.Siddle 10.Harris 11.Lyon Hughes would give a bit more stability than Watson, and Faulkner can do the all rounder bit. Haddin can bat 6.

    Get rid of Flower and coaches. Thanks for the success you brought us, but now is time to move on.

    Move on Bell and Pietersen. Thanks for all you have done, but with so many talented middle order players in county cricket, we can move these 2 on. Keep KP for white ball cricket, WC and WT20 in particular.

    1.Cook (c) 2.Root 3.Ali 4.Taylor 5.Ballance 6.Stokes 7.Davies 8.Broad 9.Anderson 10.Finn 11.Kerrigan

    Kerrigan is a risk, but a good spinner, and Moeen Ali could back him up. Davies is a better keeper and bat than imo. Cook to help stability.

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Re Root's omission - despite comms accusing Eng of shortsightedness - I'd say it was one time when they actually showed a bit of long term vision. Let's not forget that Root's form was poor and we surely had to look at Ballance. Personally I would not have been against ANY of our batsmen making way. None had shown enough in the series. But we heard gripes about too heavy a schedule (not from Root) but I reckon Root has probably played more cricket for England and possibly more cricket than any other English player. If we think about it who else over the last year has played regularly in all 3 formats for England? So surely if anyone needs a rest it's Joe and surely the best time to rest a player is when they are flagging and not when they are in top form - no? Also why does dropping a player for 1 match (which only consequence is if one team avoids a whitewash) mean any more than that?

    PS Landl - How did you get into the dressing room and weaken Carberry's bat?

  • yorkslanka on January 5, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    @nayandini - well said i fully agree..it will be a huge challenge for us to play England after this result as they will be hurting and come back hard.. but lets see what happens... still this forum is about the Asjes so again Well done to the Aussies...

  • RVC-38 on January 5, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    @ leighrh on (January 5, 2014, 11:51 GMT) arrr sole

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Re England. Only Stokes comes out of the tour with rep enhanced. It says much about him that he stood firm when so many more experienced players did not. ALL of the batsmen should be ashamed. I feel it says it all that our sole century maker is an all rounder whose better suit is his bowling and Carberry who is the least technically adept of our batsmen is 2nd (out of our batsmen). The bowlers by and large have also been mediocre. Broad comes out with some sort of credit and it seems strange that Tremlett (who I was strongly against the inclusion of) takes 4 wkts at 30 in the 1st test and then is discarded for the rest of the series. Those figures look a whole lot better now. And then we have the fact that 3 lankies were chosen and they played 2 tests between them. Those coming in for the last 2 tests were joining a sunken ship so I'm not going to be so judgmental on them. Personally I'm glad they were brought in even if this was possibly the heaviest of the defeats.

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    mitchell.harris.siddle V Steyn.Philander.Morkel .

  • philander50 on January 5, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    @BradmanBestEver Australia have also produced one of the lowest scores of 45, you can add that as an accolade

  • hhillbumper on January 5, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Fair play to the aussies you were the better team. As for England for the first time since the nineties I am disgusted by the lack of fight and class.this team are not that bad and aid are not that much better.but the sissies had more heart and more fight and more speed.David Aker needs to go because the bowlers have atrophied. Finn is potentially world class but now seems like a pie chucked. I have never been so ashamed of a bunch of over rated prima donnas. England needs to grow a pair and change the culture that need this shambles

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on January 5, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    @mainul079080, if the Ashes is so boring and overrated to you why are you on a cricket website commenting on an article about it? Nobody wants to hear it buddy.

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    I think we all are getting a little too carried away by this 5-0 series. Australia is nowhere a 'great' team like the 2006-07 one. India too whitewashed the Aussies earlier last year 4-0. Does that mean anything? Lets not forget that the Ashes in England could very well have been 4-0 if not for bad light.

    Now-a-days, its become a norm for every team to dominate at home and struggle abroad with the exception of SA.

    Australia's immediate reality check will come next month against. Lets see how they fare against Steyn, Morkel and Philander and then we will see their progress. Same for India in their away series against NZ, ENG and AUS.

    There is no doubt that SA is the best test team out there. The question now is who is the next best after team. Déjà vu, right? Yes, it was the same in the early 2000s when everyone was fighting for the No. 2 spot.

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Re Aus ctd - The one player I'm not convinced about in test cricket is Bailey. Maybe he will come good in time. I always like 5/1/5 as a formation but I suppose Watson can be seen as part of a 5 man bowling attack. Would a 4/1/6 be too attacking with Faulkner in for Bailey?

  • popcorn on January 5, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    This Ashes clean sweep is even sweeter than the 2006 / 07 whitewash. Ask Michael Clarke. He is the only one who tasted the bitter loss of the 2005 Ashes and the sugar of 2006-07,versus the Ashes losses of 2009,10 /11,and 2013 versus the honey of 2013 /14.

  • dunger.bob on January 5, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    @ sachin_vvsfan : re SA v Aus. Yes, it should be very entertaining. A good old fashioned shoot out. I hope the Saffers produce quick bouncy pitches so we can see this gathering of many of the worlds best fast bowlers in action. .. The batsmen can take a back seat in that series, pampered puppies that they usually are. .. I'm quietly confident we've got a team that can disturb South Africa. Probably not actually beat them but hopefully give them a hell of a fright.

  • lok900 on January 5, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    AUstralia are not far away form having a good squad. Definitely some holes in the batting order.

    1) Watson is not a No.3 batsman. Hughes, I think has to be given a spot given his shield form. Can't see anyone else coming in apart from him. Therefore, I'd give Hughes an opening spot, and wouldn't it be interesting to see Rogers at No.3? He is solid, and knows what he's doing, and then replace Bailey with Watson at No.6

    Therefore: 1,2) Warner, Hughes 3) Rogers 4) Clarke 5) Smith 6)Watson 7)Haddin 8)Johnson 9)Harris 10)Siddle 11)Lyon.

    Also, the bowling backup is quite remarkable.

    STARC = Johnson BIRD = Siddle PATTINSON = Harris

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    @mainul079080:- For your information Australia, unlike some countries who I won't name, have complied with ALL of our requirements under the future tours program, so what we do after that is our own business. Could it perhaps be that you have a problem with the Ashes because India is not involved? Here, I'll make you feel better...."Tendulkar". Now you should feel better, so please go away and save us from your mean spirited comments. Here's a news flash Princess, "WE DO NOT CARE AT ALL, NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST WHETHER YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THE ASHES. WE DIDN"T CARE IN 1877 AND WE DON"T CARE NOW".

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Well played Australia. Your side has built on their performances in the summer and absolutely humbled us. Pretty much every player has made big contributions and IMO none more so than Brad Haddin. Mitch has also been superb of course but I prefer Haddin because on several occasions he has come into bat with England seemingly on top and Aus 5 down for not many and counter attacked along with the lower order/tail and shifted the balance of the game. He did so in the 1st inns of the series and has consistently scored runs when Australia had their backs against the wall. Mitch was immense too but he also had the ever consistent Harris and Siddle as back up seamers and I also wonder if it is any coincidence that Harris was fit the whole series? Haddin didn't have the equivalent of those bowlers partnering him at the crease. I said pre series that much would depend on the form of Mitch and fitness of Harris and I feel that is true.

  • leighrh on January 5, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    As I said after the first innings in Brisbane, for England the party is over. But now Australia has sold their sole to the Devil. I doubt they will succeed again.

  • philander50 on January 5, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Sorry I don't usually do this but when Clarke said that Australia had the best bowling lineup in the world I thought........... your joking right. Don't get me wrong you guys have a brilliant bowling attack but in no way is it the best in the world, anyway enjoy your win and when you guys come to S.A the real challenge begins :)

  • on January 5, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    England paid the price by dropping Nick Compton. really its seems to be a bad move. the bowling attack was excellent,. but batting let them down. Wishing them all the best for future.

  • Rowayton on January 5, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    I posed a theory a while ago that at about this time English sport in general would start suffering from a post home Olympics letdown -same as happened here a couple of years after 2000. Don't know whether I was talking through my derrière or not, but we shall see. Worth considering, as mentally this English team looked flatter than a pancake, right from the start. And as for the upcoming SA series, how come none of the Saffers on here are mentioning Kallis's retirement? You guys were describing him as the greatest all rounder ever, and yet you don't seem to think your side will be considerably weakened.

  • Back-Foot-Cringe on January 5, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Echoes from history . . .

    After the "bodyline" series, which Eng won comprehensively in Oz in 1932-33, skipper Douglas Jardine sent a gift to Larwood, his demon bowler who decimated Aussie bats & quieted Bradman.

    It was an ashtray with the inscription: "To Harold, For the Ashes, From a grateful skipper."

    Whether MJ smokes or not, Clarke might consider doing the same for his dog of war.

    Mitchell Johnson: 37 wickets @ 13.97 @ 30.6 strike rate.

  • on January 5, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Well done Aussies. The best team won. Doing the hard work in the first three tests. Once the ashes were won it looked like England rolled over for a kicking. Who would have thought Mitch and Haddin would so thoroughly out perform and out last Swann and Prior? Two cricketers considered flakey and mercurial against two rock solid performers. They have swapped places 100%. Their impact with ball and bat/glove respectively were the major difference in the first three tests. Aussie bowler and keeper walk away as heroes. English bowler and keeper utterly destroyed and no longer even playing test cricket

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @5wombats:- Yes indeed, who would have thunk it? As you'll be aware we Aussies felt we'd shown enough in England to show that the home series would be a contest, but never in the wildest dreams of any sober minded Australian did we dare to imagine this. Don't go congratulating me though mate. I did make myself available but it seems the selectors have a problem with selecting half-assed 50 year old ex grade players who haven't rolled the arm over or had a net in two years. Instead I'm thinking of starting a religion, The Church of Latter Day Ryan Harris. I'm such a fan of his I even think I've got a bit of a man crush on him. As for your guys Cook has to go as Captain. Really nice guy but a deer in the headlights when things are difficult, plus it's not helping his batting. I hear Bell's a decent leader in the county game so it would have to be him. Broad's improved, handling the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune with far more equanimity and less teapot stance than before.Cheers!

  • mainul079080 on January 5, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    I think ICC should take measures in future about this kind of boring one sided back to back ''Ashes series''. 10 in number in 6 months! Wao! India-Pak clashes were never boring and one sided. Yet, English and Aussies call Ashes the most exciting and luxury series in the world!3-0 followed by 5-0 scoreline. No competition whatsoever. I have become sick of Ashes. I dont wanna see any of this series in next 3 years.

  • sachin_vvsfan on January 5, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    I am waiting for SA vs Aus series already. Steyn is likely to blow the Aussies away but Mitch can also do that . It ultimately boils down to the batting strength and SA has an edge over Aussies but then we all know that when pushed to the corner SA will the first to buckle under pressure. Bring it on

  • mzm149 on January 5, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    I don't get it what makes you assume that Sri Lanka is my team.

  • ashes00 on January 5, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    The only higher performer in the England camp was the Delays Tactician - he came up with some novel ways to hold up play when batting, fail to complete the regulation overs in a day when bowling. Frustrating the fans and firing up the Aussie team. In terms of the cricket - only 1 team turned up and provided clinic after clinic on all aspects of the game. Super stuff - well deserved.

  • yorkslanka on January 5, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @5wombats - graceful in defeat as in victory from you as usual mate- look forward to our commenting this summer when we tour..

  • brusselslion on January 5, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Well played Australia. It was a comprehensive thrashing and the result was an accurate reflection of the gulf between the 2 teams.

    England have big problems to solve: Confidence in themselves and their team mates must be shot. Do the senior players have the desire and/or ability to come to come back from this? Will youngsters have the ability to make the step up to Test class? As Gooch infers: This may take a while to overcome.

    Although England were poor, let's take nothing away from the Aussies. The attack was excellent. It's a shame that age is not on their side as watching skillful bowlers such as the (wonderful) Harris and the excellent Siddle and Lyon - humble pie time: I was wrong about the latter - is a joy. Then there is Mitch: A fast bowler in full flow is the most exciting sight in cricket.

    Although the batting not as good as the bowling, any team with Clarke in it can't be too bad. Should be a close and interesting series against SA.

  • yorkslanka on January 5, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    As a neutral, I am eagerly awaiting the series between SA and Aus as imho, these are the real #1&2 teams in test cricket as time will show...

  • 5wombats on January 5, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    @Biggus - hey mate! My team did bad - very very bad. BUT - Your team did good! Enjoy the win. Well played Australia. Implacable as ever. I wanted to congratulate you personally as you have always been a good sport on here. Have a cold one for me mate - have more than one! God knows after this I need a drink.....

  • Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on January 5, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    I heard Ian Chappell say this is the first time ever in an Ashes series that a team (England) have lost all their Wickets (100), is this stat true?

  • latecut_04 on January 5, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    A vote for the Barmy Army here.They have traveled across the world and spent a lot of time and money and surely they did not get any entertainment.But they have maintained their voice and didnt jeer Cook during the presentation.I was watching this on TV from India.Also it was heartening to see and hear them applauding the winners.I am afraid most fans across the world do not display this 'sportsman' spirit.Take a bow...Goody Army..(all of you)

  • shot274 on January 5, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    The torture ends! Well played Aussies!! So many posts about Compton. It is customary that when a team looses their fans often take someone who was not selected and grant him Messiah status! Comptons test average of around 30 albeit in a handful of tests doesnt exclude him from future greatness but he would probably be the first to thank the selectors that judgement of his ability would now be against Sharma, Shami, Lakmal and Eranga on home conditions rather than the thunderbolts of MJ and Harris Down under. Whatever changes England make it is pointless picking anyone unless the captain has confidence in his ability. Borthwicks second innings wickets mean very little but why pick him if he is going to bowl 12 odd overs in the whole match?Same was with Monty in the second innings of the 4th test. You cant play test match cricket with fillers .

  • StarveTheLizard on January 5, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    A lot of the posters here seem to be underrating the qualities of this side. I am sure that the Australians hope that SA shares your opinion. They ambushed the English so well that they turned them into a gormless rabble. What kind of master plan does Clarke have in mind for SA?

  • dunger.bob on January 5, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    @ H_Z_O : I can see why your post is featured. Very good indeed. Cheers.

  • Shaggy076 on January 5, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Mitch Johnson was man of the series by a mile, although Haddin played a blinder. His all round series was won of the most dominant series performance ever by a bowler and the main reason that the English minds were shot.

  • on January 5, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot, But he'll remember, with advantages, What feats were did that day. Then shall our names, Familiar in his mouth as household words- Pup the Skipper, Jonno and Ryano, Hadsy and Bucky, Watto and Warner- Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red. This story shall the good man teach his son; And Jane McGrath Day shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that spills his bear with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so lean of runs as Bailey, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen of England now-a-field Shall think themselves accurs'd that they were here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Jane McGrath Day.

  • Shaggy076 on January 5, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Everyone talking about how bad this was from England and so many people refusing to give Australia any credit for the way they played or the way England played. Go back to the first day of this series England bowled really well and bowled the AUssies out for under 300 on a great batting wicket. From there the Aussie bowlers Johnson in particular went through the English batsman, and this was followed up by a fatigue bowling unit going out to bowl again. Again in the second innings Johnson went through the English. THis sent Trott home, shockwaves to the English batsman and the bowlers were scared for there own safety. Mitch Johnson set the tone in the first test and again followed it up in Adelaide and suddenly the English confidence had gone and we saw the result played out over the remainder of the series. Australias bowling attack desserve all the credit for the mental disintegration of the English and the performance that followed TBC

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on January 5, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @othello22, nice one. I had to read your comment a few times to see it was sarcastic but you're right, anyone who thinks this was a one man show is mistaken. It is in fact that all of the 11 contributed that made them such a beast to play, there was barely a moment in the series where England were allowed to play. I'd go to SA unchanged, this is a team that knows how to win again and I think that chemistry is really important.

  • noisypants on January 5, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Well done Australia. Much deserved win. Bad show by England who will definitely bounce back (betcha!). Australia has beaten a very good side which had some bad luck re timing of Trott illness and Swann poor form, and which, as all teams do from time to time, had a bad few games. Credit to Australia, but I fear the upcoming series against South Africa will have many commentators making similar comments about Australia as they are now about England (betcha!).

  • on January 5, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Well done Australia! But how long will Harris (Knees). Clarke (Back), Rodgers, Siddle (Age), Warner (Temperament), Watson (Injury prone) last??

  • whofriggincares on January 5, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    @protears, the fact is those series in India and England we had a different bowling attack. This bowling attack is a true dream team they just compliment each other so well. Who gives a stuff whether they are the best attack in the world or second best? IMO it is impossible to label ours or the saffers as the best, fact is they are both very good. One thing that is 100% clear and that is that this attack is by far the best attack SA has faced in a long long time. I am sure with the professionalism and competitive spirit that the saffers have they are really looking forward to the challenge. I guess even if we are able to draw the series our boys can take the mantle of best attack in the world as there is no doubt they will be bowling to a much stronger top order. MJ loves playing in SA makes hundreds and rips through batting orders as well as breaking the occasional opening batsmens hand!

  • on January 5, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Well done lads, like every sport we have gone through a rebuilding stage and the new coach knows this and has worked it well!

    Pitches for the series have been amazing. no place in the world has pitches like Australia!!!! No place on this planet has the quality of the pitches that Australia has, if you think they do you are kidding yourself.Thank you greens keepers for an awesome job.

    My next hope is for a test in Pakistan, i believe it has been stable long enough to warrant a test and ODI series.As an Aussie i want this because it is good for Pakistan and cricket. I have 4 kids and i will take them all to see a test in Pakistan because i think its time. I am 6 gen aussie of scot decent, i want it cause i know its the right time and i believe in building cricket not stifling it!!!!

    Long live test cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • othello22 on January 5, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    So Aussies beat an ordinary English side, big deal. When you look closely, they aren't that good, obviously a one man band. Hard to see them winning without Johnson. And Haddin. And Harris. And Rogers. Two hundreds a piece from Clarke, Warner and Smith. A brutal hundred from Watson. 28 runs off a single over from Jimmy Anderson. Excellent support bowling from Lyon and Siddle. Some great fielding and catching, excellent coaching and tactics. Take all this out of play and it would have been a much tighter series.

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @VinodGupte:- Fair enough mate, peace.

  • CustomKid on January 5, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Well done again to Bucky Rogers, the guy just makes me smile and he is living the dream. 5-0 is quiet amazing, 100 wickets, the same 11. A lot has to go right for that to happen from weather to injuries and we were playing a decent team, well on paper at least and in world rankings. On to South Africa, it's going to a very interesting series and closer than many think at least in my opinion.

    The saffas are a great unit but not unbeatable. India did a very good job with a rubbish attack, I expect Australia to be very competitive. The sa conditions suit the Aussies as much as the home side and their series have been very close both home and away. It will really rest on the Aussie batsmen, time will tell.

    For now it's time to enjoy 5-0, it's only happened 3 times and even some of our greatest sides didn't achieve that. Well done lads job done and party hard.

  • on January 5, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Shameful display by the Poms..very well bowled Harris, i was actually more impressed by him, well played Rogers but they have a tough series in south africa, Steyn and co wont be easy pickings for a vulnerable Aussie batting line up Winning 5-0 and in such convincing a way is certainly to be applauded esp with that English team on paper...

  • RWood on January 5, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    One thing can be stated quite simply - this is arguably the worst ever performance by an English side touring Australia. The opposition in 2006 was much stronger than is the current Australian team. There may be a case against the 1920-1921 tourists, but WW1 had an important after-effect on the strength of the England side.

  • on January 5, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Haddin deserved that Man of the series award because he got them out of trouble in every game and I have never seen a wicket keeper batsman play so consistently for 5 tests. But I credit Johnson and he did bring out some amazing to watch, spectacular collapses.

  • H_Z_O on January 5, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Sorry, I did post a previous comment that congratulated Australia on their series win (and without that my featured comment might look a little ungracious). Not sure if it's a moderation issue so I'll just put a short one up to say congratulations to the Australian fans on here.

    I'm not one of those who predicted we'd win Down Under (I hoped for a draw, at best) so I'm not backtracking. I'd hoped we'd put up a better fight but alas.

    My prediction that Johnson would get picked and might be the difference was, to my chagrin, spot on. One of those times I would've liked to have been wrong.

    I thought the Australian batting lineup that ended the series in England looked an awful lot better than the one that started it, so I'm not surprised by their batting.

    Australia haven't really surprised me in this series, I knew they were a good side, but England's shambolic showing has. The better side undoubtedly won, though, so once again, congratulations.

  • Rohit... on January 5, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Australian bowling will only get better when Pattinson recovers.... But I still maintain that Pakistan has the best bowling line-up as they have the bowlers to succeed in any type of track in the world.

  • dunger.bob on January 5, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    @ Ramesh Subramaniam "Australia played very well but do not forget they are 5 down for no score in all first innings. if they forget that in this winning cloud soon they could see the reverse because you can't expect Haddin to save every time. Hopefully Clarke and Lehmen take this seriously" .. I assure you most sane Aussie fans and most definitely the brains trust are taking it seriously. We know we've got some problems with the batting but that can wait a few days. For the moment we're just going to enjoy one of the biggest Ashes hidings ever.

  • Fan1969 on January 5, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    "espncricinfo" had run a series of greatest TEST teams ever. And the present England side was considered as a front runner within current teams.

    I wonder who thought that this bunch could be an all time great. May I have the names of those that thought this English team could be all time great?

  • cricconnossieur on January 5, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    At the start of the series Sachin Tendulkar, when asked in a press meet who he backed to win, said only one sentence--It will all depend on Mitchell Johnson's bowling- as hes seen him at close quarters in MI camp.

  • RVC-38 on January 5, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    It's funny isn't it in the last two years we have played India home and away, England home and away, last summer we played the saffers at home and now we will play them away, all of these series have trophies but the England v Australia being called the ashes is so hurtful to some, but you see that's history, to Aussies those people who think the Gavaskar trophy is worth more than an ern don't know history.

  • VinodGupte on January 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    haha, biggus. look, my post may have given you an impression that i was trying to take the win away from AUS. not at all. they played very well and congratulations to them. quite naturally, AUS supporters must have enjoyed this immensely and good for them! outside of AUS, however, the series failed to make the impression it USUALLY makes.

  • Gabbagod on January 5, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    England were pathetic - careers have to come to an end after those horrible efforts. Their major problem was not form or ability, they just gave up which when you are representing your country, just unforgivable. Where to for Australia ? The next two months will tell. I expect a tough series in SA but for the Proteas to win 2/1. Watch for Jordan Silk to be the bolter and Jackson Bird to play as well. I hope I am wrong, but to have the same 3 pacemen available for 3 Tests in 3 weeks in SA is wishful thinking. They will have us out in the field a lot longer than 31 overs at a time with 3 or 4 day Tests I am sure.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 5, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Fair play to Australia. They played their home conditions well. Feel sorry for England but this was always on the cards. They played so poorly and made Australia look like world beaters. I strongly feel this Aussie team are an ordinary bunch and will be found out in SA shortly. This same Aussie team got humiliated in India recently where their batsmen were worked over by the Indian spinners and their bowlers ripped apart by the brilliant Indian batsmen. I don't think they have the capacity yet to keep up this brand of cricket everywhere they go. Still, winning 5-0 is an achievement and for that, I commend them. England need to do a lot of soul searching; most of their players are NOT good at this level. Some of the senior players' future in the team needs a re-assessment. Carberry has played his last for England along with Boyd Rankin. Scott Borthwick is not international material. Only Stokes looks good for the future. Hard to see England get up from this mess.

  • on January 5, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    I really can't believe how people are forgetting that a worse Australia side tied with South Africa last time they toured there and were unlucky not to beat them when they toured Australia last year. South Africa are very good, but Australia have played well against them lately and are now a rejuvenated, more aggressive side.

  • jimmyvida on January 5, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Aussies have a good chance in SA. Kallis has retired and ABD may be recuperating from surgery.

  • milepost on January 5, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @dunger.bob, I agree, can't stand the 'what if's' either. With the exception though if Root was caught at Lords on 8 he wouldn't have even been in Australia! On the SA tour, I fully expect Australia to whitewash them. Yep, I've said it. I saw a lot of the series against India (it's much closer to my time zone) and on form Australia look a much better team. SA also showed they are happy to draw (the first test was a shambles) and that mentality will cost them against Australia. Kallis is gone, Amla is a bit out of form as is Duminy. Philander won't trouble the Aussies with his medium pace, Steyn is back to 135-140kph, they don't have a spinner and the Aussies are on a high after a 5-0 series thrashing of England. Also, the conditions are very similar to Australia.

  • on January 5, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Well done Michael Clarke, well done Australia; this is the phoenix team!

  • on January 5, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @Proteas: Before the series England were told that they play boring and unexciting cricket. They were told to be more positive like Australia. England took the bait and changed there style, not doing what they knew how to do best and lost. it wasn't just a matter of what was done on the field but also what happened off it.

  • dunger.bob on January 5, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @ Torbjörn Swenson : "Well what can they do against South Africa?" .. I don't know what they'll end up doing but I know what I'd be doing. I'd play the exact same 11 in the first test if they're all fit. .. I'm not going to say South Africa is over-rated, far from it. They thoroughly deserve their extensive lead on the table. .. It's just that I think there's something about the way we play that they don't like. .. They beat us in Aus, that's a fact, but it wasn't exactly a hammering. I can recall us piling on 400+ runs on the first day of the series then progressively fumbling our way to a draw from there. .. The point is Steyn, Morkel and Philander were pasted to all parts. .. our bowling let us down then. Patto busting a gut within the first 10 overs in Adelaide did not help. .. Our bowling/fielding let us down then. .. Both have improved out of sight since then. .. I think we can rattle their cage and I don't think they're gonna like it.

  • on January 5, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    It seemed as if England didn't want to bat in their final innings. Knowing that they would lose, it seemed as if they just wanted to get it over with it.

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    @Nutcutlet:- Kudos for your gracious sentiments.

  • Vishnu27 on January 5, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    lara-better-than-bradman: a great many cricket lovers worldwide will completely & utterly disagree with your assertions there. I am one of them

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Australia played very well but do not forget they are 5 down for no score in all first innings. if they forget that in this winning cloud soon they could see the reverse because you can't expect Haddin to save every time. Hopefully Clarke and Lehmen take this seriously

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    When asked about the Ashes to Sachin Tendulkar on his Farewell press conference he only had to say , "The way Mitchel Jhonson bowled here in India it would be interesting" I think he was perfect in his words Mitch made all the difference.Taking 37 wickets with an average of 14 is outstanding.

  • creebo777 on January 5, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    aussies bowlers on fire ...rayn harris such a witty bowler but as a unit they really bowled well..cant wait for feb when they play us,we havent beaten them in a home series in donkey years ..aussies has some weakness that we can attack and not worry about their bowlers

  • dunger.bob on January 5, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @ Biggus on (January 5, 2014, 7:50 GMT) "@Lutfullah Faqerzai:- Glad you enjoyed the show mate. We Aussies have also seen how far your Afghan team has come and are VERY impressed. We look forward to having your guys down here as guests for the World Cup later this year." .. Very well said mate and 100% ditto.

    @ VinodGupte on (January 5, 2014, 8:06 GMT) "it is good to stick to traditions but not at the cost of spectator interest." .. I don't get it. Spectator interest was huge. People at the grounds and viewers on TV in their droves. .. Sorry if you found it boring but I can guarantee you millions of Aussies and maybe even a few Brit's found it absolutely exhilarating. .. A show like that isn't something you see every day.

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    great win by aussies... now over to SA... boy we are in for a treat....

  • kepler22b on January 5, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 5, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

    Broad is better than Siddle (not that Siddle is bad, Broad is just better)

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @Mark Newman:- No mate, we don't have to beat the Proteas to celebrate an Ashes victory, you see they're different things.......

  • phat55 on January 5, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    some of the aussie supporters have been so quiet over the last year or more coz they kept losing match after match after match,now after their 1st series victory (at home I might add) in ages they have the best bowling attack in the world & are world beaters once again hahahahaha!! please dont go down the road the Poms did.its gonna be an awesome series next month especially with the form Mitch & Harris are showing but i definitely back our boys to perform better against them than your top 6 will perform against our attack......

  • Mervo on January 5, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Fully agree ygkd, specialist openers, not makeshift ODI sloggers, are worth their weigh in gold. We so quickly abandoned Simon Katich and forced Hayden and Hussy out of the game before their time. Mistakes.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on January 5, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    I am waiting desperately for 12th Feb if anyone can defeat South Africa it will be Australia I don't expect a 3-0 for Ausis but still 2-0 will do ;)

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Interesting stat : 100 English wickets fell during just concluded Ashes series.. Out of which 99 wickets were taken by Australians..and 1 was runout. Unsurprisingly Johnson tops the list with 37 wickets and the lone runout is in his name so make it 38. # Well Played Aussies. Thoroughly deserved this victory. # Eagerly waiting for India's tour down under in 2014.

  • Mervo on January 5, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    VinodGupte, I must disagree. It was an intense and exciting series with a reversal of fortune in the one calendar year. Cricket needs that kind of excitement and real dangerous, fast bowling back on the agenda not dead wickets and tweakers making slow boring attritional cricket. I only wish there were two more tests!

  • arjunkamath on January 5, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Well done Australia!! Waiting for the Aus - SA test series now ! Aussies have a great chance if Harris , Johnson and Siddle are all fit to play all the 3 tests.

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @VinodGupte:- Pray tell, what makes you think we schedule Ashes series to please you?

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @srini-chennai,no 2 side in world hasnt on an away test in 2 years @slslider -this mediocre Oz team beat SL on square turner at galle and were denied by rain in Kandy and took serie 1-0 in 2011 and hiteashed your lions 3-0 when they toured here last year. Oz havent lost a series in SA since 69 and sa will be without services of Kallis and possibly AB devilier who is having hand surgery.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 5, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    My goodness gracious me what a comprehensive flogging that series was.

    I am beside myself with disbelief at how one sided was the series - simply amazing.

  • ms_cool on January 5, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Congrats Clarke & co.. Great Performance... But the series is gone one sided nothing much to enjoy except aussies bowling.. but i feel the real challege will be SA they have great bowlers and better batsman then australia may be they dont luxury of kallis this time, looking for a great contest. one thing we ll miss in southafrica will be crowd which we seen in ashes they are great. Even during ind vs sa the game is good but not the crowd.

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    England NEED spin attack in their team to to control the game they also need new batsman who play and stay on wicket

  • Protears on January 5, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    I know there is a lot of excitement beating the old enemy admittedly a very poor and broken England side that lost Swann and Trott early and a far cry from the side that won 4-1 two years earlier, in actual fact it was an inevitability that England were on a hiding to nothing and now are firmly in a transition phase.

    Australia having the best attack in the world? how well did they do on their tours of India and England? to make that claim you actually need to win and Australia lost 8 test matches this year hardly anything to call best in the world, perhaps the best in Australia where all are tall men able to bowl fast and get bounce to be effective on Australian decks bereft of lateral movement and swing. Add to the conundrum that Johnson has been a roller coaster and aging, Harris is nigh on 35 years and has cronic knee problems, if England batsmen were able to apply themselves would harris survive bowling 60 overs a test match? i think not. England are just a poor guage.

  • Zak-R on January 5, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    England need Moeen Ali, England's best Batsman (County Stats) plus the benefit of leg spin. PCA Player of the year!!!!!! How long will it take?

  • fine-edge on January 5, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    @SLslider. You don't know very much about cricket, do you? It's absurd to say the Aust. pitches were doctored. Every Aust. pitch is different, yet the team line-up stayed the same all series! And each pitch has had more or less the same character for many years. You don't seem to know what doctored means.

    And you say that Clarke, among others, is not even a genuine batsman! In 2012 Cricket365 said: "Clarke went on one of the most prolific run-scoring streaks in Test history. Eight Test tons, three double-hundreds and a triple-hundred, and a batting average of 52.33 that has him sitting alongside some of cricket's greatest batsmen. Averaging over 100 in 2012, Clarke drew serious comparisons with Don Bradman." And in 2013 the ICC made him Test Cricketer of the Year, because of his prolific batting in Tests, amassing 1559 runs in the period, more than 300 better than the next highest. 5x100s, 2x200s etc etc. Nobody who knows anything about cricket would make your ridiculous claims.

  • BlorScouser on January 5, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    An amazing turnaround by Australia after three consecutive Ashes series defeats. Kudos to Lehman and the rest of the team. Shocking display from an England side that had managed to compete decently across the cricketing globe in the last 2-3 years. Much re-building to be done, and on the positive side England does have a few young talents coming through, they must be given their chances. It was great to see Australia blood the same XI through the series, and this is a really strong side in Australian conditions. That series against South Africa will be a tasty prospect.

  • Vishnu27 on January 5, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    pommy80: keep dreaming. England were smashed pillar to post, start to finish! Where does that leave your team after being beaten so easily, so thoroughly & comprehensively by such an "average team"? "Average teams" don't have bowling attacks like that. That stuck-in-your-craw feeling must hurt & rankle very deeply. Whimper-free cricket from England.

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Glad to see Aussies win but let's not get too excited. England played as a total shambles. Can't wait for the SA tour.

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    I'm thoroughly looking forward to the upcoming SA series. It would be incredibly surprising if Australia come out on top. South Africa are in an era of unrivaled excellence. Haddin, in my opinion, was decent against a seriously poor bowling unit. Between philander, Steyn and Morkel he has little chance of demonstating his apparent form.

  • BlackShipWreck on January 5, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @VivGilchrist: spot on. I like that we play aggressive but am still haunted by that 400+ chase SA made against us a few years back. We seem to be the only team in the world that gives the opposition a sniff.

    Take the 500 target Clarke set eng a couple of matches back - if Eng or say India was in that situation they would have both batted or a lead of at least 550 or 600 to rule out the loss.

  • Shaggy076 on January 5, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Bokkengood; Australia upheld there end of the bargain,vthe pitches had nothing to do with the tests not going the distance except for this last test it was England's batting

  • IndianEagle on January 5, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @BradmanBestEver firstly i m hoping that my comment will publish. My username not created for you. Bradaman was greatest batsman of his time but not EVER. He never played against quality spin, he never had more opponents and also never faced any great bast bowling. No player at his time ever qualified as greats shows bradman's opponent player qualities. Greatest spinner ever is MURALIDARAN, not warne by any means. Lillee was great but not great ever.

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Let's not get too carried away. Australia has won one test series here but South Africa is unbeaten in their last 14 and has only lost 1 in their last 25 dating back to 2006! If the Aussies want to celebrate and show the world they are the best ,they will need to beat the Proteas first.

  • gsingh7 on January 5, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    series review-1.Cook- as solid as Bradman.Averages 25

    2.Trott-English Kallis.Now disappeared

    3.Swann-Greatest spinner of modern era.Now retired.

    4.Anderson- Greatest swing bowler.Destroyed.Has the record of giving away most runs in an over now

    5.Prior-Greatest wicket keeper batsman sincs Gillchrist.Now dropped

    6.Root-Next big thing in English cricket.Complete failure.

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on January 5, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @humdrum - Finn no doubt would be thanking his stars and having bragging rights in the dressing room right now. Similarly Nick Compton would be thanking all his guardian angels. Sometimes favouritism is not such a bad deal.

  • Pragmatic on January 5, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    @bokkengood, dopey comments from you indeed. The surfaces in Australia offer assistance for both bat and ball. Maybe you would prefer 2/500 vs 4/650. Oh and regarding mitchell Johnson against SA, just ask Smith how his hand feels. Should be good series, SA are favourites for sure, but as every saffer knows, SA don't handle pressure well. The world needs a strong Australia, even if it is for someone to hate, the last few years have lacked something that only Australia brings to the table.

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Never have I been so happy so to see a team beaten to a pulp, hammered,pulversized like this. This England team disrespected the game of cricket by their antics at the Oval at the last ashes and now deserve this thrashing

  • dunger.bob on January 5, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    valleypf on (January 5, 2014, 6:50 GMT): "I've discovered England's real problem!! Being down under they don't know how to play upside down!" .. Gravity, my friend, is an out and out bitch :)

    @ Laraku Sheytaan on (January 5, 2014, 6:58 GMT) "agreed with Rajive Kumar, but poor performances by England they are ranked number 3 but play like they are on 10." Not any more. We jumped 2 places (because we walloped a team 2 places in front of us 5-nil). It's now SA, Ind, Aus, Eng, Pak rounding out the top 5. .. That's one of the reasons we're so happy down here. Not only did we thrash them, we jumped into their spot.

  • DylanBrah on January 5, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Again nothing... NOTHING compares to TEST CRICKET.. Always has and always will be where our heroes are made.

  • aussie1993 on January 5, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    @sl slider r u sure tht clarke nd rogers r home track bullies clarke has scored in india,england, sri lanka,west indies,sa nd rogers has only played 10 tests 5 at home nd 5 in england he got 2 fifties in last ashes in england nd a hundred in same series so how can u call him home track bully reality is sangakara,mahela nd co are flat track bullies I remember last sri lanka tour of australia when they lost 3-0 nd sangakara told before test started tht he is ill in reality he was scared of aussie pace attack nd wt abt jayawardne poor 33 avg in odi nd compare it to clarke 45+ in odi so now who is bully I still remember kohli dominating malinga at hobart nd then in sri lanka poor sri lanka medicore team

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Never have I been so happy so a team beaten to a pulp, hammered,pulversized like this. This England team disrespected the game of cricket by their antics at the Oval at the last ashes and now deserve this thrashing

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Let's not get too carried away . Australia has only won one test series in recent times , South Africa are unbeaten in their last 14 and have only lost 1'in their last

  • Nutcutlet on January 5, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Well done & many congratulations to Michael Clarke, Lehmann & all your team, on & off the field. It is a hugely deserved green-&-gold wash that accurately reflects the play we've all seen. I'm sorry that England couldn't have given you more of a fight; people like me losing sleep in England have hoped that somewhere at some point some bloody-minded resistance would be offered - in vain. Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad & to an extent, Michael Carberry stood up but the rest of them were, frankly, pathetic & an embarrassment. It's too early to assess how good Ballance & Borthwick may be one day, so they mustn't be judged harshly or at all, right now. But our big guns turned out to be pea-shooters and the Australian team would have beaten them with ease, even if every one of England ten innings had been given a 100 run starter! On a best combined XI, England would claim one out of the eleven places: Ben Stokes at #6, IMO. That is the unacceptable measure of the margin. And it's shameful.

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Well what can they do against South Africa? Find a number 3 batsman! Easier said than done of course... Watson should bat at 6 instead of Bailey who just isn´t good enough. So who bats at 3? Clarke should do it until we have one. Probably wo´nt happen and Saffers will win.

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    If there's one thing England needed, it was spin. What they didn't have, Australia had.

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Whitwash was unstoppable. throughout the series england body language was lethargic. no questions on Australian bowlers.but please stop hailing them as best Australian team or best team in world!!! its just one series win at home. i saw loads of previous comments hailing Australian players as best in all category. please get your facts right!!

  • on January 5, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Massive win for Australia !

  • VinodGupte on January 5, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    one of the most boring Ashes ever. given that the same teams played for the same urn only a few months ago, there wasn't much buzz around this series. having won the urn a few times in the recent past, ENG had no intensity or hunger to do well. AUS on the other hand had everything to play for. and the result shows that. MJ and Haddin made all the difference. they must not forget that they are playing SA next and it is not going to be easy at all for them.

    it is good to stick to traditions but not at the cost of spectator interest. these two teams are well advised to not play two Ashes in the same calendar year.

  • NAYANADINI on January 5, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @slslider mate,i seriously object your comments. England is a far better team than you project. I seriously doubt if our youngsters can stand the ground against quality seam bowlers like anderson and co. Do we have match winning fast bowlers? A few good Performances of youngsters in the past were against a not in form oz team and may be sa. We should not get carried away and imagine too much. The england tour will be a good learning experience for our youngsters. Pls don make improbable comments like we will thrash both aus and england. Pls look at our test ranking before making such comments. We attract too much criticism just because we talk and hype too much. Not because of anything else. Everyone in our country know the fact that we will easily get whitewashed unless sanga or mahela contribute in england. We can cheer our team,but that does not mean we can daydream.We are a developing young team.

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on January 5, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx - well put. No team could win without taking 20 wickets and if there has to be a choice in team composition between extremely good batsmen and extremely good bowlers, the latter would win. What would gall is, compared to the Australian pantheon, this team is not particularly good. England have just been shown up as wash-outs and most of them have actually helped the Australian cause. The total lack of stomach to stand and fight, along with not justifying the pre-meditated bluster, is what will rankle the fans more than anything else.

  • postandrail on January 5, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    BokkenGood So you've forgotten that Johnson was Player Of The Series four years ago in SA? Or did you not know that before you wrote your "expert" comment?

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    I still think England are "front runners".Can remember Prior,Anderson,Swann,Trott and co being interviewed straight after the 5th test in England and saying how good they are and how much belief they had in each other and how they could win from any position, suddenly when the pressure is on they have depression,time to retire,lost form etc.When the going gets tough the tough get going,(home to England or South Africa or where ever).Just an interesting foot note:in December there were 16 South African born players playing test cricket and only 8 English born players.(lucky Stokes is a KIWI )

  • Buggsy on January 5, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Just goes to show that it doesn't matter how good or poor your batting capabilities are, if you have a bowling attack consistently capable of taking 20 wickets you will always win. Australia hands down has the best bowling attack in the world. Individually the bowlers may not be the greatest but as a unit they are unmatched, even by South Africa.

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    the writing was on the wall when England struggled to beat NZ both at home and away. I think the Ashes in England last time was a transitional period for Australia that made England think they were better than they actually were. Though a tour of Australia must be psychologically one of the toughest assignments in cricket, England clearly lacked the skills to turn it around or at least stop the rot. Looking forward the the South Africa vs Australia series to see just where this Aussie team really is. It could be they are not as good as this series has led them to believe either

  • pommy80 on January 5, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @dunger.bob.. no doubt about it that. Think the nerves got to him, plus Australia whacking him everywhere didn't help his line/length. As for Lyon, all he has to do is not quit the team. Really don't care if he beats Swann, my sympathy for him has gone. @Vishnu27.. Nope, just telling the truth. England's performance made Australia's performance look superior. No doubt they bowled/batted better, but one series doesn't make them world beaters. Remember they had lost/drawn previous 10 matches....

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on January 5, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @dunger.bob - succinct summation of RednWhite Army's efforts at grace. Though you were unnecessarily kind. As per him, Carberry needed to be dropped asap and I had voiced a thought at that time that dropping him would see the Test over an hour earlier. That was pretty much on the ball. Now being RednWhite Army's advocate - Australia's top order didn't do much to earn their stripes and the credit of the 5-0 whitewash on their resumes. That remains a problem area to rectify and something that will hurt Australia. No other team has remained consistently competitive worldwide in Test cricket over so many years.

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @Lutfullah Faqerzai:- Glad you enjoyed the show mate. We Aussies have also seen how far your Afghan team has come and are VERY impressed. We look forward to having your guys down here as guests for the World Cup later this year.

  • AidanFX on January 5, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    The debate between the merits of Haddin and Johnson can go on forever. I have already spoken in regards to Haddin. But with regard to Johnson - it was really impressive bowling. He was certainly aided by the troubling accuracy of Harris and Siddle but in his own right it was a great effort. It isn't the first time actually - against SA in Aus and in SA (especially in SA) he had a tremendous time. He broke a finger of Smith - twice. I don't think I've seen such accurate short pitch bowling - so many were rib cage - helmet height. Maybe later in the series there were a few more over the headers but by and large it was a sustained effort of short bowling where more often than not Eng players were forced to fend off delivers rather than have time to duck or play an aggressive shot. Also, whilst he did spray a few balls here and there - his overall accuracy was very good. He bowled some lethal deliveries at the stumps and pads. It was aa good story, given what he went through.

  • vivekitsme on January 5, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    What should Boycott criticise and . Just look at your oen pitholes man ...England left with nothing in hand!! Same

  • bparry on January 5, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    I'm a Yank who lived in the Oz as a kid - have loved cricket and baseball all along - gives me a summer team whatever the weather outside (currently -12C in Cleveland). A special day today with the whitewash. My two teams have won their prized quest this year - Boston Red Sox in baseball and Australia with the Ashes. Both teams were 'good' on talent, but turned magical as a 'team'!!!

  • batman_gothamcity on January 5, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Congrats to Michael Clarke and his team , well played 5-0 is never easy especially after they had claimed there dream of Ashes at the WACA . Looking forward to Aus -SA series with both teams in good form . It will be close series for sure .

  • Cubacat on January 5, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Oh if only Ricky Ponting captained against this English team instead of the England of old. Well done to Australia, back near the top of test cricket. On the other hand, I hope the English team has a clean out starting at the top. Just a disaster, somewhat comical at times unless you paid money to see this English rabble.. In a language the ECB might understand: Go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars. I can safely say the only convicts involved in this Ashes series are the thieves trying to pass this English team off as being competitive.

  • jonesy2 on January 5, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    greatest series thrashing is the history of cricket and greatest series performance from a player in the history of the game from Mitchell Johnson. things are only going to get better for Australia and worse for England.

  • Chris_P on January 5, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    As for a final wrap-up, the margins of victory were incredibly high & I am still stunned at the result because I still believe this English side is not as bad as many have suggested or the scoreline reveals. Perhaps in time, we will learn more about what has been happening internally. For our team, the pace attack has been stunning, & knowing there are classy players ready to step up is re-assuring, the depth is incredible. Lyons leaning curve in test cricket is still climbing the right way. What a great return by Haddin, I would suggest after spending 1 year nursing your 2yo daughter through cancer, you wouldn't know not care about pressure situations in the cricket field. Chris Rogers showed every young budding batsman just how to do it in test cricket, what an out & out tough cookie, he should have been selected 5 years ago. Smith is still continuing to improve as a test batsman., & Warner continues to perform well at home & on quick tracks. Overall, very satisfying.

  • mulleegrubber on January 5, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    NEWSFLASH! Cricket Australia has just notified the ECB that they want compensation for the loss of earnings occasioned by the premature ending of the 5th Test on the third day. The note says "When we invited the ECB to send an Ashes team to Australia, we didn't mean the remains of 11 former English cricketers". The ECB's response is awaited.

  • VKohlitheGreat on January 5, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    @ Edward Spacer, Shaggy076 & Dhananjay Sarpotdar : Did anyone just post something from an ID similar to mine? I am sure most of us know who it was, pls dont take it seriously, I would certainly like to know the comment though.

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    @SLslider:- "SL would have won this series on these kind of pitches". Call me a cynic Mr SLslider, but when WAS the last time SL won a test series down here? I may be getting old and my memory fading, but that would be NEVER, wouldn't it? Not even with Murali. Yet you still feel no shame making outlandishly unrealistic claims that no-one not living in a padded cell could take as anything other than pure dross. When will SL be coming down here next to teach us a lesson in how to play test cricket? I only ask since you guys forgot to beat us last time you were here and the score ended up 3-0 in our favour. Would you like us to remind your guys next time they get off the plane down here that they're supposed to remember to win, or will SL be able to afford to hire support staff to do that?

  • xtrafalgarx on January 5, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @SLslider: There are 2 ways to win test matches. One is bury the opposition under a pile of runs, OR keep the opposition to manageable totals.

    Australia don't have too many consistant batsmen at the moment, but if you had to choose between being a good bowling side or being a good batting side. You would choose bowling every time because you can still win games even with dodgy batting because your bowlers can restrict opposition. Runs are easier to fluke.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 5, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Australia have proved that it is the greatest cricketing nation of all time.

    We produced the best batsman of all time: Bradman

    We produced the best fast bowler of all time: Lillee

    We produced the best spin bowler of all time: Warne

    We produced the best keeper - batsman of all time: Gilly

    We produced one of top 3 all rounders of all time : Miller

    And now we produce the greatest turn around comeback of all time!

  • Shaggy076 on January 5, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    SLslider; Obviously you only have a short term Memory, but to help you out SL were here only 12 months ago and received the same whitewash.

  • BokkenGood on January 5, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Aus played well on bating surfaces that were atrocious. All five tests ended well within 5 day, compare that to SA Eng series or last SA tours in Eng and Aus. To be honest wasn't test cricket, more like a drawn out 20/20 match and disappointing to watch. Looking forward to Aus attack vs SA attack on more predictable surfaces. Eng never dug in and showed commitment. SA vs Aus is going to be epic series with SA winning. Johnson may be on top of his game but lets be honest his mental frailty cannot be questioned, three sessions no wicket in Pretoria heat may crumble him for rest of series.

  • humdrum on January 5, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    The tourist of the year with all expenses paid has to be Steve Finn.And to think he can proudly say that he played no part in the ignominy suffered by the lads.Might even make a guarded statement on how things could have been different had he been given a chance.Ah well,in this case,we will have to die wondering.

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Congratulations Aussie! The only test series I have ever enjoyed the most. I think the credit goes to the Aussie's bowling attack particularly to rocket arm bowler Johnson...what a comeback!

  • DanTas on January 5, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Take a bow Aussie XI! Take a bow Darren Lehmann and Craig MacDermott. Brilliant stuff against a totally demoralised opposition. Enjoy the celebrations. We will not win against South Africa unless our top order improves out of sight. We can match them elsewhere on the park but don't expect Brad Hadden to be able to get us out of trouble time after time against the number one team in the world. Ryan Harris, under-rated superstar and deserved man of the match.

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    the self proclaimed great england fans and commenators finally got what they deserve,, england played so poorly that i doubt theyworst is still to come,, england team has players who are mentally so weak, depressed characters who cant handle defeat,, better give some life skills coaching to them before making them play, trot and swann joins the list of players like trescothick, harmison, yardy who all are not suitable to handle pressure of international cricket.. boycott instead of criticising others should first look into their own team problems and find a way to reslove it.

  • Cricfever_PM on January 5, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Good luck for Australia!!! they have been in really duff condition where they lost to India 4-0 and to Eng 3-0 and they lost their home serious to SA 1-0, after long struggle now something to cheer and this is big celebration!! Eng were looking really bad and they have no clue right from the beginning!! Aus got their old guns (Chris, Haddin & Harish) fire in this serious. Australia really played like a champion team and England's real problem have been exposed now!! England has good seam bowling condition but they could't face Aus seam!! the real change in the Aus camp is Mitchel Johnson!! Who come from no where and took the Aus bowling attack from the front!! One of rare Test serious i followed right from beginning!!! Now Cook has to learn how to digest the white wash ans Clarke & Dhoni have experienced lot in recent time!! Good luck Clark & Co!!

  • BradmanBestEver on January 5, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Australia stuffed the English turkey for the 5th straight time in this series.

    Australia has the best pace bowling attack in the world - that is beyond doubt.

    The top order batting needs tinkering - Bailey out, Maddinson in and Watto down to Number 6

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    - For Nick Compton Supporters -

    Take to Twitter: #BringComptonBack

    Flower must be held accountable for listening to Michael Vaughan's daft advice regarding Joe Root as an 'aggressive opener'. Vaughan is Root's Godfather. They both played for Yorkshire and they both went to the same school. Vaughan knows nothing. He's a partisan hack just like most other English players who come from Yorkshire. They can't stand being looked down upon by 'Southeners'. Is it any wonder that Root's biggest supporters so far have both been Yorkshire boys like Vaughan and Boycott?

    Geoff Boycott's gotten daft in his old age as well. A few months ago he had a interview on Cricinfo entitled 'I don't think Clarke and Lehmann' can transform this Australian side. So now he's got egg all over his face.

    I was half hoping Vaughan would fall off that KFC skyroom restaurant. If he were Japanese, he would've committed Hari-Kiri by now in shame for endorsing Root at the expense of Compton.

  • SLslider on January 5, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    I would like to tell AUS fans that its not a great achievement defeating ENG -0 at

    home. They were looking lost before they were here. Aus isn't a good team and their

    batting is among the worst batting lineups in the world. With Rogers being home track

    bully, Warner being a slogger, Watson LBW King, Clarke inconsistent, Smith home track

    bully, Haddin slogger. They don't have a single genuine batsman and if track doesn't

    offer help then their bowling is also capable of going for 550 runs everytime.

  • SLslider on January 5, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    I would like to tell AUS fans that its not a great achievement defeating ENG -0 at

    home. They were looking lost before they were here. Aus isn't a good team and their

    batting is among the worst batting lineups in the world. With Rogers being home track

    bully, Warner being a slogger, Watson LBW King, Clarke inconsistent, Smith home track

    bully, Haddin slogger. They don't have a single genuine batsman and if track doesn't

    offer help then their bowling is also capable of going for 550 runs everytime.

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 5, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @ mzm149 We saw what BANGLADESH did to your mediocre team at you home. Bangladesh is way better than SL at the moment.

  • aussie1993 on January 5, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @sl slider u must be kidding u didn't remember lst year 3-0 lost in test series in australia nd u also lost t20 wc in ur own den against poor west indies side as far as 2015 wc is concerned top 4 will be australia, india,sa nd pakistan nd final will be between australia or india or australia or sa or sa or india poor sri lankan medicore team

  • Akoben on January 5, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    England's 3-0 series win earlier in 2013 was nothing more than masking over some serious challenges. They were relying too much on Australia having internal issues/lack of team unity. Once that got sorted, WOW!! Always knew Johnson would come good. He was due after all the abuse he was getting prior to the return series. England lost before the first ball of the first test. You have a 90+ mph bowler, with an ok average, and you don't play him? Lack of confidence from management in Finn is primarily what is affecting his bowling/game. Australia on the other hand told Johnson to 'BOWL FAST'. Simple! Have to also agree wi Omar Nizam when he highlights Compton's opening contribution. He looks like a fighter. Again England do not know how to deal with different characters in a team. From current squad only Cook, Bell, Stokes, Bairstow (will come good) and Broad should stay. The rest it is 'thank you and good night'

  • dunger.bob on January 5, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @ RednWhiteArmy on (January 5, 2014, 5:53 GMT) "Well in the 2nd ashes of the year you gotta say the best team got beat 5-0... Just kiddin aussies, fair play to you. No DRS or silicone tape excuses from me in defeat." .. That's very big of you RednWhite. I mean it. Nice little dig as well, but cheers mate. Coming from you that actually means something. .. You Brits are a total pain when you're winning but I have to admit that most of you are pretty gracious in defeat. Once again, cheers.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 5, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Well done Australia. But they have to be cautious. They are 7-0 overseas and counting. If Australia were to pose any threat to SA, then they need to be a bit more consistent with their batting. BUT............CAN THEY..........

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Some of these commentators love to always bag Australia when they are winning. They throw stats out like @Srini_Chennai does...well let's have a look at a stat, shall we... Who is the only team in history, in the world to have a win/loss ratio away from home in the plus field? Yep that's right Australia, every other major player in test cricket falls short lol India W/l 0.37 Australia 1.25 England 0.85 S Africa 0.80 W Indies 0.70 Pakistan 0.72 S Lanka 0.35 NZ 0.28

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    - For all the supporters of Nick Compton -

    I would request all supporters of Nick Compton to take to Twitter.

    Show him your support by following him on Twitter: @thecompdog.

    And take to this Twitter hashtag if you want to see him opening again for England: #BringComptonBack

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Can't cop all these armchair experts who say SA is going to annihilate Australia. I know for a fact SA have requested all the footage they can get of Johnson in particular. Obviously while not panicked they are taking the threat he represents very seriously. The Aussie may not win, in fact the only certainty from this series is that SA will not capitulate meekly like England did, but the India series has exposed a few cracks in the Proteas' armour, and Lehmann will be aware of these. SA should win, but it will not be a thrashing. A much less effective Australian side pushed SA to the limit last summer, does anyone really think this side after this result will take a backward step?

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Wonderful to see pompous dweebs being brought back down to earth.

  • InfiniteWhite on January 5, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Congratulations, Australia! Now the SA batsmen will face the challenge of their lives. Never before they face on fire Johnson and Harris in tandem. Steyn and co? Let the man Rogers handle them. 2-1 for Australia.

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    with respect, what planet are you on Rajeev Kumar? South Africa are unbeaten away from home in 8 years! Your logic may apply to India but don't tar all international sides with the same brush!

  • shibuhiba on January 5, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    awesome AUSSIES.... really enjoyed it...MITCH& co did it very well...outstanding fielding too...a comprehensive performance... go ahead guys!

  • SLslider on January 5, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I would like to tell AUS fans that its not a great achievement defeating ENG -0 at home. They were looking lost before they were here. Aus isn't a good team and their batting is among the worst batting lineups in the world. With Rogers being home track bully, Warner being a slogger, Watson LBW King, Clarke inconsistent, Smith home track bully, Haddin slogger. They don't have a single genuine batsman and if track doesn't offer help then their bowling is also capable of going for 550 runs everytime.

  • Akhter786 on January 5, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I think England is undone for a long time now. It is all over for them at the moment. I wanted Aussie to win but 5-0 was unimaginable. Clearly everyone of the team deserve everything ,Haddin and Mitch though were the clear Heroes.

    I guess South africa will have a tough time this time, but they will negotiate Aussies.

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @AidanFX:- Surely you can't be so insensitive as to be incapable of understanding how traumatic it must be for Indians to read an article on the Ashes that doesn't mention Tendulkar or India ONCE at least or attribute ALL of MJ's success to the IPL? You, good Sir, have a heart of stone!

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Just great victory for Australia & horrible ended to English side

  • SLslider on January 5, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    I think time has come when this mediocre England team take lessons on Batting by Chandimal, Matthews, Mahela and sanga. SL would have won this series on these kind of pitches. Eng is effectively new minnows now. Aus is no where near a good team they are looking right now on their doctored pitches. I can bet both ENG and AUS will crash out of the next WC without winning a game. I would rate Bangladesh better than ENG as they have real quality players.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    agreed with Rajive Kumar, but poor performances by England they are ranked number 3 but play like they are on 10.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Well done Australia for their domination in the series. If it was India losing the series 5-0, not England what Sir Boycott would comment? Where are all the English, Australian commentators? Where are the greats Nassir Hussein, Ian Chapel, Boycott? A genuine fast can certainly make batsmen dance around, as THE ENGLAND players found. Even the best of players find fast bowling difficult to handle ( COOK, BELL, Peterson, MATT PRIOR) None of the English batsmen were dominating in the series. It was the sixth time the beleaguered tourists had been skittle for under 200 in the series. Congratulation Australia!

  • MarinManiac on January 5, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing what happens to Australia in South Africa. Oh, for a five match series there at least...

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    The worst team to ever tour Australia.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    I love the Australian coach, Darren Lehmann"s epigram; "There are no fielders in the car park"

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    You've got to take your hat off to Australians bowlers, they were outstanding and look like they will be for some time with plenty of quality to come in. The batting has had it's moments but if we are to prosper against South Africa the top order has to step up. Our capacity to collapse remains and SAs bowlers won't be nearly as accommodating

  • postandrail on January 5, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I've discovered England's real problem!! Being down under they don't know how to play upside down! Well it's as good as most of the excuses I've read so far.

  • humdrum on January 5, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    First Test: Australia win by 381 runs

    Second Test: Australia win by 218 runs

    Third Test: Australia win by 150 runs

    Fourth Test: Australia win by 8 wickets

    Fifth Test: Australia win by 281 runs

    Has there ever been a more thorough thrashing? I'll leave that one with you.

  • AidanFX on January 5, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Comprehensive victory - both bat and ball in favour of Aussies. They thrashed them. SA will be an interesting challenge, little time to prepare.

    England for so long have had a stable team, with minimal changes each game and series. The team at Sydney, with the departure of Trott, sudden retirement of Swan, the axing of Prior and then other players dropped for this game - their side has not looked this different for so long.

    I wonder if after the comments come through it is possible, just possible 25% of the comments won't be filled with comments about India and something to do with spinning wickets/ 'doctored' aussie/ british wickets and so all comments will focus just on the series that has just been on this page.... nah I doubt it.

  • docbob on January 5, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Amazing achievement. Well done, team Oz! And TEAM is truly the operative word. Someone always stood up when needed- Mitch (now surely known as Cookie Monster), Hadds, Rhino, Smithie, Buck, Warner, Watto, Sidds, Gazza, Pup and yes, even new boy Bails, with a 50, nearly a 2nd, and some terrific catches. The saffas will be harder, no doubt, but this team has self belief and will fight to the death. Add Hughes, Faulkner, Patto, Bird and Maxwell to the squad and Oz is really up for it. And by the way, Srini_Chennai, if you care to check, Oz's record in SA is really not too bad. It will be an enthralling series.

  • PACERONE on January 5, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    England winning 3-0 at home was not as convincing as portrayed .Australia made lots of mistakes and England without doubt got all the good brakes.Australia was in good positions to win and failed.This time Australia did their homework and played fairly sound cricket.Observe the way they set field for Pietersen and the way they bowled to Bell.Before the series started the match up of players was favoured by England.Best Fast bowling best spinners,best wicket-keeper,best batting line up and best coaching/managerial staff.All the best to England in the future..like maybe 10 years down the road.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    - Nick Compton must be brought back as England opener -

    Joe Root played 10 innings as an opener. He scored a total of 339 runs as an opener, out of which 53% of the runs came from his ONE innings of 180 at Lords!

    Michael Carberry has played 10 innings as an opener. He scored 281 runs at an average of 28.10 with ONE half century and ZERO centuries.

    Nick Compton played 8 innings in India and averaged 34.66 with ONE fifty. He played 5 innings in New Zealand and averaged 46.40 with TWO back-to-back hundreds.

    One bad series against NZ in the UK and he was discarded.

    The stats don't lie. Nick Compton fared much better as an opener when compared to Root and Carberry.

    He scored more hundreds than either of them and put up more century partnerships with Cook than either of them.

    Andy Flower should beg for his job for dropping Compton. He was swayed by Michael Vaughan's shameless endorsement of Joe Root as an 'aggressive opener.'

    Swallow your pride Flower, and bring Compton back!

  • Dangertroy on January 5, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Well done Australia. I like many doubted Johnson and Haddin and they've both played the consummate series. Harris has been incredible in both series 46 wickets I think between them, in 9 test. He's played 9 in a row now which is incredible. Incredible. Siddle solid support as always and Nathan Lyon, take a bow, I hope this sews up your spot in the team for a good long while, even though it still won't shut up the pom supporters, despite your 19 wickets this series. No century from Cook in 10 tests. 1 English century this series, ones batsman averaging over 30, only 2 bowlers under 30 if you include borthwick. 5 Aussie batsman averaging over 40, all frontline bowlers under 30, with two under 20. Ben stokes is a good find though, he will be a real handful if the rest of the team is functioning. Broad also can hold his head up, which says something about the cricket England played when broad is a stand out performer... I fully expect England to bounce back and be a handful in 2015.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Cricket...especially Test cricket have become a 'Home' game....team win at home conditions..and lose badly at away conditions....

  • goodhoot on January 5, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Australia gotta say thanks to Brad Haddin and Steve Smith,ballsy effort by those two.In Perth at 5/143 it could've gone bad ie out for 200,but Smith's 100 was a bloody good innings.Again in Sydney 5/97 coulda been out for 150,but Haddin & Smith to the rescue.2nd innings fine but the first innings counts most to set the game up.The bowlers were superb despite Harris & Johnno's ages,shows matures are still the goods while Patto,Cummins and Starc can watch and learn and get as strong as those bowlers.Siddle & Lyon also superb and did their jobs perfectly.Now on to South Africa,another big challenge,but the top order must contribute

  • Chris_P on January 5, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    @Srini_Chennai , Seeing as you are into figures, India have never won a series in both South Africa & Australia, haven't beaten Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka since 1995 & are currently 0-9 in their last 10 away tests. Not real chest beating performances I would suggest. Oh, didn't they lose at home to England less than a year ago? Only your next match counts, sunshine.

  • mzm149 on January 5, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    I don't get it why are Indian fans over the moon at England's defeat/ Australia's win. They either still feel the pain which England team inflicted on them in both home and away test encounters or they know they won't have much to celebrate this year because most of their games are away instead of on doctored home pitches.

  • latecut_04 on January 5, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Is this the biggest victory for Aus in this series.Eng have been buried in 3 days!!Surely they could have taken the match to 4th day(forget 5th).I really hoped Cook would score a daddy ton to at least lessen the critics' rants;but the batting line up just rolled over.I am from India and a huge fan of Cook.hes in the Dravid mold minus his technical prowess.Works hard,always a team man,destined for greatness and accepts responsibilities and of course is a decent,likeable bloke.He was never arrogant like FFL. (i think even Aussie fans will agree with me here).Aus victory was certain once the target was set but the reasons for this display from England go much beyond cricket...Cgats Aus and of course Mitchell.there was an article in cricinfo before Ashes about Mitch and the gamble Aus were taking by playing him(assuming he would play!!)and boy how the gamble has paid off!!!Let test cricket flourish and prosper..!!!happy 2014 to all..!

  • Noughtt40 on January 5, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    @ Srini_Chennai and the rest of The Team India fans, same applies to All the subcontinent teams barring Bangladesh. India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka don't fare any better on Australian or SA tracks. Sub continent teams, only knows how to bully sides at home. Oh I forgot was it not this same English side that beat India in India. Let's give credit where credit is due England came with their noses in the air hoping to steam roll this Aussie side but things backfired pretty damn quickly.

  • bobbo2 on January 5, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    What happened to England? Losing Trott who has been amazing for a few years was a big loss but where was the fight from Cook, KP, Bell, Prior? And maybe they regret leaving Compton and a Onions at home. Only positive on tour was Stokes and Broad. I've never seen such a quality side play so consistently poorly with little evidence of fight.

  • geoffw on January 5, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    At the ground for two of the three days (incl d3) - I have to say:- Poms have lost their way, lacking intensity, always looking to slow the game down (why ?) Look at the strike rate in the 1st dig. Go figure. Pommie top 6 has been intimidated by the aussie quicks. I don't get that. Why ? Poms just look stale and out of sorts. How can that be on an Ashes tour ? Broad and Stokes - hold your head up - well played Aussies - oh yes. Aussie top 6 - get ready for Steyn and Philander - you will be found out further - if that is possible.

  • DylanBrah on January 5, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Well I think I've heard all the excuses in the world by England fans this series... but you can never be sure... They come up with some crackers. These comments should be a great read...

  • kepler22b on January 5, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    England did improve. It was the only test where they bowled the aussies out twice.

  • OSGRavi on January 5, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now - "Gotta love all the Indian fans commenting on a series that has nothing to do with them. Makes them sound attention starved and desperate. " We love cricket that is why. Don't see you guys doing that anyway.

  • cjk1984 on January 5, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Terrific performance by the Aussies.. Being an Indian supporter really wanted Aussies to Win this 5-0 after the last Ashes when Poms pissed in the pitch which is a disgrace to the entire game of "CRICKET" and now a fitting reply which the game of cricket has given itself to its founder nevertheless........ Andy u are now a No-mandy.... Enjoy Aussies....

  • dunger.bob on January 5, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    @pommy80: Wrist spinners usually do turn the ball more than finger spinners. I agree that Borthwick does look a prospect if he could just get them to land on the pitch a bit more often. Not having a crack, I'm serious about it. If he can control his length a bit better I think there's something there. .. Ps, again, no cheap shot, but Lyon will end up with 100-150 more wickets than Swann did.

  • mixters on January 5, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Botham's silly comment of 5/0 is a reaction to Glenn Mcgrath making the same prediction before. I remember an interview with Sir Ian in which he said it would not be the ashes without a "stupid prediction from Glenn McGrath like 5/0".My guess is Sir Ian is the authority on stupid predictions as the Aussies have done this 5/0 thing three times now. If he keeps saying it maybe the Poms will win more than 3 tests in a series and make him right one day. And don't we all miss Front-Foot-Lunge his oft times, well inaccurate, miss quoted, silly, spiteful and just plain childish comments. His small stint as Neil99 was just as bad but his worst nightmare has come true NORMAL ASHES SERVICE has resumed. See you again when next England have a winning team.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    SA beware.You chose the scare.Austrailia is coming in your den.Pride at stake for your team.But I expect Aussies to be thrashed in SA.Well done Austrailia.You deserved this feat.England ,all u can do is just shake hands with Aussies.

  • Vishnu27 on January 5, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Very "average" comment from pommy80! Such grace & humility in the face of another comprehensive annihilation. Clearly this is the new guise of FFL.

    Well done Australia! So, so good! Completely out thought & outplayed England. How foolish that dietary requirement dossier looks now. As Jonathon Agnew alluded to with Alistair Cook: far too much arrogance from the England set-up on this tour. "Skull"/KOK you will be so sorely missed: loved your impassioned "stand up if you're 5-nil up" victory song. One Aussie legend to a group of Aussie legends. Enjoy the celebrations, Australia!!

  • aussie1993 on January 5, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    @srni chennai first sa have nvr won series against australia in sa from 1993 in tests so keep ur 3-0 predictions in ur pocket becoz botham also predicted 5-0 but got a wrong team

  • OSGRavi on January 5, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    England was a demoralized team & the Aussies just took advantage of it. I do not believe that this Aussie team is good enough. Their top order has failed repeatedly and only some rear guard action by late middle order batsmen has saved them. England just failed to capitalize on their chances. In every match they was a time or session when England had the upper hand. It is possible that the players are just playing too much. Aussies should not think that they achieved something great here. Like every other team in this world, they have just won at home. No big deal!!

  • Attacking on January 5, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    As bad as England were, they showed more fight than India did in Australia.

  • Biggus on January 5, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    @pommy80:- Bit hard to tell how much Borthwick turns it since they're all full tosses, and as for Lyon not turning it, well I guess all those English lefties who couldn't lay a bat on him just can't play 80-90 kmh straight stuff. How bad are they then?

  • Eight8 on January 5, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    I think momentum is massive in elite level sport. Australia got on a roll early in the series and England just couldn't seem to halt it. In fact, some pretty class players in Cook, Bell, KP and free flowing ones generally like Carberry and Root just seem to get more muddled in their thinking and less assertive with their footwork and a confident Australia just bossed them and they couldn't seem to stop the rot or turn the series momentum around.

    Hats off to Australia for managing to do that after going 2-0 in England and arguably being the best team over the final 32 matches. Obviously that shift in momentum carried through to the Aussie home series.

    Cook will bounce back as he is class, and some of the younger players will be better for the experience. England need to take it on the chin, and similar to the Aussies who watched England celebrate the last series win, use it as motivation to come back harder than effort.

    Great effort Aussies though on an emphatic victory!

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on January 5, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    @Edward Spacer Aus beat an Indian side which was full of old, retiring players past their prime, while still utilizing the services of Ponting and Hussey. The same old team lost to Eng both times. Aus folded in India to a squad of youngsters. And while India did lose to SA, it was a close series, the first one abroad for over half the squad and they held the upper hand for most of the first match. I'm not saying that Aus won't give SA better competition come Feb, they probably will with their superior bowling attack, but aws it currently stands, Aus are No. 3 as they have yet to prove their "new" squad outside Aus. India hasn't donw much to do it, but they have shown considerable promise.

  • siddhartha87 on January 5, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Englsih players before this twin ashes-

    1.Cook- as solid as Bradman.Averages 25

    2.Trott-English Kallis.Now disappeared

    3.Swann-Greatest spinner of modern era.Now retired.

    4.Anderson- Greatest swing bowler.Destroyed.Has the record of giving away most runs in an over now

    5.Prior-Greatest wicket keeper batsman sincs Gillchrist.Now dropped

    6.Root-Next big thing in English cricket.Complete failure.

  • postandrail on January 5, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    So on arriving home I suppose Stokes and Broad will be made Dukes, Cook an Earl and the rest will just be knighted. There has to be some fitting reward for merely being an England player and as England hands them out so cheaply why not?

  • Assertive-Indian on January 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    I think England should quickly invite Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka for a home series, and hand them nice drubbings. I am sure players will get their confidence back in no time. I am not so sure about Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, but SL will surely oblige England in England.

  • aussie1993 on January 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    australia win% in tests:45% england:35% nd medicore india:25%

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    This is what comes of pissing on the pitch after you win

  • AB34 on January 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @ tanvir0452, England didn't win/retain the ashes this time.....?

  • pulkit10 on January 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Australia put in a commendable display and comprehensively outplayed England and truly deserving of the 5-0 they earned. - Batting was decent. Lots of work needs to be done in the 1st innings though, Warner, Watson and a decent #6 need to apply themselves a little more to push and score more the 1st time around. A bit of patience upfront will do this batting order wonders against Steyn and co (as demonstrated by India). - Fielding has been nothing short of exceptional. Barring a couple, they've held just about every catch and converted those half-chances into full ones and that's been the biggest difference b/w the two. - The bowling has been exceptional - not one time did they bowl poorly. Lengths and lines were impeccable and the variety and quality of the attack blew England away. Might just be the best attack currently because of the presence of Lyon - SA being slightly edged out due to a lack of a decent spinner like him. Not taking anything from Johnson, Harris or Siddle though.

  • Chris_P on January 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @Hammond!! Come out come out wherever you are! I think I know your new name, still chewing on those sour grapes & humble pie?. I got to say, poor form not sticking to your name & facing up. Not too shabby of a performance from a "bog average" side I would suggest? Poor form indeed.

  • Eight8 on January 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Well, certainly and enjoyable summer as an Aus supporter. Will enjoy it as the good times can be fleeting and we have a tough series coming up and some issues still to solve with the side. By for now, super job boys with important contributions by all 11. 5-0 a rare moment of history.

    Certainly disappointing for the Eng fans with their effort after turning up as favourites and what looked a settled side. But key players didn't produce: Trott (the backbone of their top 6) gone after 1 match, Swann barely a factor, Bell couldn't reproduce his northern summer, Prior dropped after 3 matches, Anderson a spectre of his best, and Cook and KP only showing glimpses. All super players and a big part of their golden era but all underperforming at the same time meant they were totally dominated from a series perspective. Broad was certainly pretty good with the ball and Stokes showed fight and heart.

    I think Eng will bounce back, but for now I'm happy for the Aus players to enjoy their moment.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    England were a shambles. Australia bowled very well and always had one or two batters to get them out of trouble; similar to England in recent years. Time to start again for England. Trott and Swann gone and surely will be followed by Bairstow, Rankin (why was he there), Bresnan and probably Prior and Pieterson. Cook probably has 2 tests next summer to show he can be an effective captain. Stokes seems to have the aptitude to develop into a decent all-rounder, so we need to find a keeper, a spinner and a couple of class batters. It might be a while before England challenge for no. 1 again.

  • alisaqib610 on January 5, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Wow! A complete and utter demolition of England by Australia. This was one of the most one sided series I have ever seen and England never had a chance. I am sure the England team is more capable than this but this time it was clearly not the case. However, congratulations to the Australian team for this whitewash and wish them the best for the coming matches.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    this time around have to go for foreign tour lets c how they will perform. their first trip was amazing they performed brilliantly in odis and tests in S.A. even though they lost the matches but as a mediocre team it was an achievement... :D :D :D and btw well done Australia... :)

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Wow what a performance by Australian beating a very well balance team like England by 5-0 is big achievement...especially after been beaten 3-0 just few months back.Thoroughly a very well deserving win for Aussies .... Congratulation

  • Ragav999 on January 5, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    @VivGilchrist: Very nice question, probably a sign of Clarke influenced by Warne?? Australia should have easily set a target of more than 500 with so much time remaining. Anyway, they won it easily in the end, so congratulations to them.

  • pulkit10 on January 5, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Utter dominance by Australia. Many problems for England: - Awful with the bat. They only had one performance of note with the bat and that was with Stokes at WACA. Apart from that, they showed no fight or resilience and simply dug themselves a hole everytime they came out to bat. The order, for much of the innings, was wrong - Root should have never been at 3, Ballance should have been tried earlier and the batting unit needs to find a balance between aggression and resistance. Too often, they switched directly from scratchy to reckless and neither, I'm afraid, is a good stance. - The fielding and keeping was godawful. Bairstow is just as awful as Prior with the bat and even worse with the gloves; what were they thinking? The number of sitters they've dropped is abysmal too. - Bowling has been decent in shades but was let down with the spearheads (Jimmy and Swann) and the poor field placements by Cook. Cook needs to learn how to support his attack better.

  • GrindAR on January 5, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    In two words.... " Job Weldone " Aussies. Action spoke authoritative than words few months ago.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    After their 3/0 win in England last year the English side desecrated the pitch by urinating on it. As a follower of Hindu philosophy, I am not surprised that they have had their team whitewashed in Australia. I hope they and every player will learn to respect the game no matter what! At his retirement the first thing Sachin did was to pay his respects to the pitch. A lesson for all!

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Well played Australia! This has been the most crushing victory in the entire history of the Ashes. But where is Front-Foot-Lunge? We've seen less and less of him over the series, and now he's completely disappeared! :D

  • Lermy on January 5, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Gruesomely fascinating. You have to take a sordid pleasure in watching an England side talk themselves up as the greatest, and then succumb with such total lack of conviction and fight. Train smash in slow motion, the outcome seemingly never in doubt.

  • MaruthuDelft on January 5, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Yes England is one of the most civilised; you think it is Pakistan????

  • Srini_Indian on January 5, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @BradmanBestEver: 2nd best team? LOL! Gimme a break! Before this series, australia hasn't won a match for 10 months. You haven't won a test in India for 10 years, no series win in England for 10 years. australia is riding an impressive streak away 0-7. Brace yourself for 0-10 before talking of world's 2nd best side and what not!

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    What happened to England, they were the world beaters right? Captaincy has completely spoiled Cook's batting. Time to say Goodbye to KP.

  • MaruthuDelft on January 5, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Johnson may be the MOM but Harris is the best. Harris's 135 kmph arrives quicker than Johnson's 150 kmph because its path is more of an arc than Johnsons linear ones hence batsmen have less time to judge. Harris may be even better than Steyn.

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on January 5, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    @ aussie1993 - Here another poor SL fan claiming to be an Aussie supporter doing his usual Ind bashing - cos Poor SL team cannot put up a fight against Ind anywhere on the planet --- nothing new there unfortunately.....Ind fans - Please ignore his ignorant comments.. BTW - Well done Oz.. Been rooting for you all summer(back in Eng as well - even though you lost) .. England oh England - How the "GIANTS" (Re: Botham) have fallen...

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Congratulations Australia!!!

    Amazing performance!!! An incredible turn-around!!!

  • humdrum on January 5, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    The ICC needs to pull up its socks and prevent the fraud being perpetrated in the name of test cricket.Eng should henceforth beat Bangladesh and Zimbabwe,both home and away before they earn the right to play the major test playing nations.

  • Srini_Indian on January 5, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Good achievement by australia beating the lackluster England 5-0. However, I expect them to be thrashed in SA. 3-0 for SA all the way. Now that would put australia's away record to 0-10 after thrashed 4-0 in India and 3-0 in England.

  • armoon on January 5, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Michael Clarke lead his team well, followed by brilliant bowling performance. Coming back strongly after loosing Ashes to England shows lots of guts. for me Australian's are on top of their game without the great players like Shane W. and Glean M. England need to regroup and come back stronger, they had their moments in previous Ashes series where they could have take it by 4/0 margin but the played it safe, which showed their lac of hunger for the winning and dominating the opposing team.

  • Newlandsfaithful on January 5, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    England are a sorry sight. Without a firing resolute Trott in the batting line up they seem all too ready to crumble. New guard not up to scratch and the mental strength is non existent. Bad omen for England's fortunes for the next few years.

  • humdrum on January 5, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Iron bottom just came second to the great Nostradamus in his predictions.Keep at it mate,you have a great career ahead of you.At least spare us poor blokes the waffling on the telly.

  • AB34 on January 5, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @pommy80, guess you didn't see the huge turn Lyon got against the left handers beating them countless times.......

  • on January 5, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    its funny, before the series when Johnson was included in the squad, ENG supporters were dancing at his inclusion claiming eng would belt him all around the park, clarke came out and said that johnson would be man of the series, once again the poms laughed at him for this, guess who's laughing now ???? LOL

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on January 5, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Never expected a whitewash, thought it might come down to the last test to be honest. Amazing performance considering the last Ashes whitewash was filled with Australian players who were legends. I feel abit for English supporters but all that gloating especially from people like FFL make this win more satisfying. We were told Warner wasn't a test player, Smith had no technique, Clarke hides down the order, Rogers and Haddin were too old, Johnson sprays the ball, Lyon is not as good as Swann... yet they all came through. We were also told that Cook would bury us like he did last time down under, Bell/Trott/Pieterson would be too strong, Prior was the best keeper/batsman in the world, Anderson was better than Steyn, Swann and Monty were the best spinners in the world and yet all of these players bombed. Alot of humble pie served out during this series!

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 5, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Well in the 2nd ashes of the year you gotta say the best team got beat 5-0... Just kiddin aussies, fair play to you. No DRS or silicone tape excuses from me in defeat.

  • NAYANADINI on January 5, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    One word can describe england's ashes campaign. Pathetic. Are the aussies again turning to be unbeatable at home? I don remember any team other than sa and may be nz performing even decently there in the recent years. Remember few teams getting whitewashed. The australian team is not formidable and unbeatable. But nice to see them play so well at home. Its becoming a trend that almost every country is becoming v difficult to beat at home(my sl team is an exception though). The only team in the world which has managed to play well throughout the globe is sa.

  • tanvir0452 on January 5, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    now, go and celebrate again with urinating on the pitch as you think you are the most civilized nation of the world....

  • on January 5, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Job done Australia. Enjoy the party pies

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 5, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Botthoms prediction was spot on. Well done! 5-0 w/wash . Except it was in reverse !!-:)

  • AB34 on January 5, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    "Having been comprehensively beaten in England just four months ago they have became just the third side in the 140-year history of the game to complete an Ashes whitewash".

    That says it all doesn't it and was their main problem, looks like the England players thought it will be an easy series victory and no thanks to the media. Only the some commentators in the know knew it was a very close series but hey ho, 5-0 white wash for the second time in less than 10 years, since the first one in 100+ ashes series, all done by Australia.

  • aussie1993 on January 5, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    australia are now 3rd in icc test rankings nd 2nd in odi rankings

  • MaruthuDelft on January 5, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @Assertive-Indian, India have not been able to send to field a proper cricket team 80 years or more. How can you advice England? You better look to find a decent fast bowler first. England is 100 times better than India. SA and Aus 1000 times better than India. Even Pak is better than India.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 5, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Utter and complete annihilation this by Australia. I always thought England is an average team/mid-table dwellers. They just got lucky for a couple of months to become no.1. Now they are quickly marching back to their rightful place - mid-table dwellers. Congratulations to Australia on annihilating England into oblivion. Cheers!!

  • Assertive-Indian on January 5, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    I think Australia should move on and concentrate on next month's tour of South Africa. This series was so one-sided for Aus that many of the weaknesses of their team have been hidden by the woeful performance of England. And about England, the less said the better. I think as a team they have been set back by at least five years. If English fans now begin to follow football or rugby, they are likely to get more joy.

  • pommy80 on January 5, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Only two players turned up for England. Broad & Stokes. The rest can go home with the heads between the legs. No fight, no passion = 5-0 loss to an average Australian team. Disgrace. At least Borthwick showed a bit of class at an young age, even turned the ball more than Lyon has in his career!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 5, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Well done! Revenge accomplished !!

  • quogequox on January 5, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Congratulations to the Aussies, they played much better than England. But, and I don't want to take anything away from the winners but I can't recall a team playing with the lethargy, if not apathy, that England have brought to the series.

  • on January 5, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    @ kholi if you remeber AUS smashed india 4-0 at home (in fact by larger margins than their loss in india) and the last time we went to SA we didnt lose where as india did, so how you can say india is better than AUS, and to top it off india lost to ENG at home and AUS has smashed ENG 5-0 at home the ranking should go SA then AUS then maybe PAK or possibly india, then ENG/NZ then WI/SL

  • TheBigBoodha on January 5, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Johnson was clearly the man of the series. Haddin was sensational, but it was Johnson who set the tone from the first game, and was the clear difference between the teams.

  • Assertive-Indian on January 5, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Sad story of England. They must ask themselves the question: If we can't bat, we can't bowl, and we can't field, then why must we play cricket? Captain Cook has the dubious distinction of being involved in two 5-0 Ashes whitewashes: in 2006-07 and this one. Of course last time around he wasn't the captain, but he had become McGrath's bunny. This time around, he looked even more woeful...

  • BradmanBestEver on January 5, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    A total obliteration of the English. An utter and complete annihilation. A flogging of biblical proportions. A tremendous pasting. A whipping. Vis-a-vis the cricketing processes the English have had their lot. A severe belting. A caning.

  • AlSmug on January 5, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Congrats to Australia they were just way to good for this lack luster England side, England players need to question themselves do they want to play test cricket, they need to tighten their fragile minds

  • Johnny_129 on January 5, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    England Oh England!!! Losing a series is one thing but going in as favourites and getting clean swept (5-0) is something else. Hope this is going to be a good lesson to England. Please do not crow again in the future and you don't even have anything to whinge about either - thrashed, hands down...absolutely no excuses!!!

  • on January 5, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    @viratkohlithegreat whats this ? its aus vs eng and Aus has excelled...great job aussies....I can see the glimpses of the old Aussie team of steven waugh...good job done

  • on January 5, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    kangaroos clearly washed out the complete English attAk

  • aussie1993 on January 5, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    australia completed test in 2 nd a half days nd indian fans will say what australia is doing nothing wait india we will win odi series 5-0 against england this month nd tharsh u from no 1 odi ranking india:119 aus:114 after 5-0 aus:120 ind:114 becoz new zealand will beat u 3-2 in odi series becoz ur a medicore team

  • IAS2009 on January 5, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    It is so poor from England in every Test match every inning, First mistake is every one batting has a negative mind set when batting. they are getting out on poor deliveries on some very ordinary bowling, no doubt they got some good balls but most of times, like after tea only Borthwick good a goo done but other three wickets were pretty ordinary balls, Aussies always counter attacked from a hopeless situation both at MCG and in Sydney, from 95 for 5 they end up with 300+ score. The players are good but they have a brain freeze in this series, Cook is completely out of sorts, he needs break. the fight from the english team is not there. i could not believe what I am watching.

  • MaruthuDelft on January 5, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    @GRVJPR, Everyone knows who the real 'thamasha' are. India Cricket Team.

  • marteen on January 5, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    I think England should tour Bangladesh to gain some confidence and respect. Though Bangladesh has also played some good cricket in the last few months but matches between these two teams will be interesting. Difference in the ranking is not a big deal here. Even they may lose to bangladesh (according to their current form). But ECB may think about it. Any tour other than bangladesh or WI or NZ might be little humiliating for english cricket now.

  • Shaggy076 on January 5, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Kholithegreat; The aussies recently went to South Africa and drew the series. But please keep these India are great comments coming through I think it makes you feel better and the rest of us get a laugh. A win win allround.South Africa are clearly 1, but the next three depends on the surface they play on.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 5, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Aussies are the clear 2nd best test team in the world now after SA. Bring on the next series!

  • whofriggincares on January 5, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Just watching the England tail disintegrate and thinking to myself just how huge this series win has been. I mean lets face it England is/was a quality cricket side and our boys have made them look like they would struggle against Zimbabwe!. I guess this is the price they have to pay for winning 3 ashes in a row. The damage from this tour will be felt for a long long time, 3 forced retirements (Trott remains to be seen , Swan gone and FFL reincarnated as neill99) and so many mental scars on the future players will take genius coaching to overcome. And the only comments we get from the diehard English fans are things like : oh well you have decimated us and made us look like we were in the 90's but at least the saffers will beat you. I reckon G Smith and his lads will be looking on with interest and hoping they are heading into some form or they just might get their pants pulled down as well. Last comment , Bairstow is embarrassing get Prior back in the side ASAP.

  • on January 5, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    even non-test playing nations would b putting up more fight than this. Even in aus lowest lows it wasn't this bad No character at all And I love it :)!!!!!!!

  • BradmanBestEver on January 5, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    England have batted poorly because Australia have put good pressure on them in the field through bowling well, fielding well, good captaincy.

    Let us have credit where credit is due - Australia have outplayed England throughout the series and that is why we have the situation where we are in today.

    Why did Australia outplay England? The primary reason is a strong team spirit with the Aussies. England on the other hand are a loose collection of individuals playing for themselves. It will take quite some time for England to become competitive again.

  • humdrum on January 5, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    The more comfortable way would be to surrender in the remaining two sessions(no big deal considering the collapses in the series so far) and heave a sigh of relief--its finally over,now can we take the early flight home,we are so homesick.And expand the list of the backroom boys to teach the team the art of batting,bowling,and of course,fielding.The current lot don't quite seem to be up to the onerous task.

  • Lion83 on January 5, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    This Australian side is a very average team that cannot compared with the Australian team 10 years ago. It was the England's poor performance that leading to a 5-0 result. True tests will arrive in the new year 2014 then we can see the real abilities.

  • Bonehead_maz on January 5, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    I wish someone thought to involve the Southern Stars in some capacity on Jane Mcgrath day. Surely it's an appropriate mix ?

  • on January 5, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    england have 2 poaitivea to takr back hom 1. ben stokes 2. some everlasting kangaroos in their pouches

  • GRVJPR on January 5, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Two mediocre teams beating each other and declaring themselves world champions. Ashes is nothing, but a JOKE!

  • Mitty2 on January 5, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Lololol. Cook. 27-24-127-27-24. Those are his series Ashes averages. Respectively. 2006/7 - averaged 27. Now - averaged 24. Not gonna lie Front-Foot-Lunge, for the courageous Cook who doesn't hide down the order and is the greatest opener of all time who has just continually made Aus fans suffer, he's probably going to need to start hiding down the order.

  • on January 5, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    The difference between the two sides is now absolutely massive. Cook failed twice and his eyes have gone and he looks totally shot. Leaving straight balls and fencing at wide balls and yet he stumbles on regardless. England will be lucky to reach three figures in this second innings.

  • Mitty2 on January 5, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    This is from Andy Zaltzman, lol: "Hundreds tally: Aus 10 Eng 1. Previous largest disparity in 100s in an Ashes: 7 (Eng 2 Aus 9 in 2001; Eng 3 Aus 10 in 1993). It's actually an increasingly popular truth: no cricketing team could possibly play worse than England have.

    Rogers scores Aus' 6th 2nd-inns 100 of this Ashes. Equals the record most 2nd-inns tons in a Test series (E v SA in 1929; Aus in SL 2003-4)."

    When Haddin has been batting 46% of our runs for this series has been scored. There best choice would be a joint decision - MoM for Haddin and MJ. If only it were possible.

    Here's another favourite (being tallying them from the start): Ducks

    5 - Australia 14 - England

  • Dark.Matter on January 5, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    It should be remembered as one of the greatest thrashing of all times.....hail aussie.......aussie aussie aussie.....oy oy oy

  • Mitty2 on January 5, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    Oh and one of my favourite stats of all the lovely stats so far: Rogers has 3 tons in 11 Tests. Took Watto 45! No but Twatto is more talented, right?

  • Mitty2 on January 5, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Australia the 4th team ever for whom four players have scored 2 centuries in a series (Ind v SL 2009-10; Pak v Ind 2005-6; Eng v WI 1957). I thought we were the worst batting line up of all time to win 5-0? Kimber?

    Record catches in ENG Ashes & record runs with the bat now. Don't think a wicketkeeper batsman has anything more to prove more than this. HeroHaddin. It's not just keepers, Haddin's 493 is the most runs in a series by anyone outside the top six. Ever. Gilchrist what?

    Borthwick has got to be the best specialist full toss bowler of all time. I've certainly never seen a bowler bowl as good as a full toss as he can. Literally more than 50% of his deliveries full tosses. Lol. oh and with Cook's captaincy, England can never expect to have a full time spinner ever again. Kerrigan, Panesar and now Borthwicket - no faith.

    Cook has been listless, reactive, and a non-entity in the field. You wouldn't know who's captain! This on top of being a liability in the slips.

  • VivGilchrist on January 5, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    I know Australia is miles ahead, but I still don't understand the suicidal batting tactics as the game hasn't even passed the halfway mark. Why even give them a sniff? What's the hurry anyway?

  • jmcilhinney on January 5, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Australia's lead will be considerably more than the highest successful run chase in Sydney but, considering that England will almost certainly begin the fourth innings with more than half the game still remaining, it will be a very gettable target. That is gettable for a side batting decently but, unfortunately, decent is not a word that could be applied to the England batting this series. In fact, they could combine three of their innings from this series and still not make enough runs to win this game. Not a happy time to be an England supporter, or England batsman for that matter.

  • ygkd on January 5, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    There are only two batsmen in the fifth Test who have played at least ten Tests and have scored a hundred every four Tests (exactly) or less. One is Clarke. The other is Rogers. At lunch, Rogers also has the second highest batting average in the Australian line-up. Fair to say then that specialist openers are still worth their weight in gold, even if they are the wrong side of 35 years of age.

  • bobrandle22 on January 5, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Dream, Sth. Africa scored over 400, England have one last chance.try and enjoy batting.. cheers

  • bobrandle22 on January 5, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Dream, Sth. Africa scored over 400, England have one last chance.try and enjoy batting.. cheers

  • ygkd on January 5, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    There are only two batsmen in the fifth Test who have played at least ten Tests and have scored a hundred every four Tests (exactly) or less. One is Clarke. The other is Rogers. At lunch, Rogers also has the second highest batting average in the Australian line-up. Fair to say then that specialist openers are still worth their weight in gold, even if they are the wrong side of 35 years of age.

  • jmcilhinney on January 5, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Australia's lead will be considerably more than the highest successful run chase in Sydney but, considering that England will almost certainly begin the fourth innings with more than half the game still remaining, it will be a very gettable target. That is gettable for a side batting decently but, unfortunately, decent is not a word that could be applied to the England batting this series. In fact, they could combine three of their innings from this series and still not make enough runs to win this game. Not a happy time to be an England supporter, or England batsman for that matter.

  • VivGilchrist on January 5, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    I know Australia is miles ahead, but I still don't understand the suicidal batting tactics as the game hasn't even passed the halfway mark. Why even give them a sniff? What's the hurry anyway?

  • Mitty2 on January 5, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Australia the 4th team ever for whom four players have scored 2 centuries in a series (Ind v SL 2009-10; Pak v Ind 2005-6; Eng v WI 1957). I thought we were the worst batting line up of all time to win 5-0? Kimber?

    Record catches in ENG Ashes & record runs with the bat now. Don't think a wicketkeeper batsman has anything more to prove more than this. HeroHaddin. It's not just keepers, Haddin's 493 is the most runs in a series by anyone outside the top six. Ever. Gilchrist what?

    Borthwick has got to be the best specialist full toss bowler of all time. I've certainly never seen a bowler bowl as good as a full toss as he can. Literally more than 50% of his deliveries full tosses. Lol. oh and with Cook's captaincy, England can never expect to have a full time spinner ever again. Kerrigan, Panesar and now Borthwicket - no faith.

    Cook has been listless, reactive, and a non-entity in the field. You wouldn't know who's captain! This on top of being a liability in the slips.

  • Mitty2 on January 5, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    Oh and one of my favourite stats of all the lovely stats so far: Rogers has 3 tons in 11 Tests. Took Watto 45! No but Twatto is more talented, right?

  • Dark.Matter on January 5, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    It should be remembered as one of the greatest thrashing of all times.....hail aussie.......aussie aussie aussie.....oy oy oy

  • Mitty2 on January 5, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    This is from Andy Zaltzman, lol: "Hundreds tally: Aus 10 Eng 1. Previous largest disparity in 100s in an Ashes: 7 (Eng 2 Aus 9 in 2001; Eng 3 Aus 10 in 1993). It's actually an increasingly popular truth: no cricketing team could possibly play worse than England have.

    Rogers scores Aus' 6th 2nd-inns 100 of this Ashes. Equals the record most 2nd-inns tons in a Test series (E v SA in 1929; Aus in SL 2003-4)."

    When Haddin has been batting 46% of our runs for this series has been scored. There best choice would be a joint decision - MoM for Haddin and MJ. If only it were possible.

    Here's another favourite (being tallying them from the start): Ducks

    5 - Australia 14 - England

  • on January 5, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    The difference between the two sides is now absolutely massive. Cook failed twice and his eyes have gone and he looks totally shot. Leaving straight balls and fencing at wide balls and yet he stumbles on regardless. England will be lucky to reach three figures in this second innings.

  • Mitty2 on January 5, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Lololol. Cook. 27-24-127-27-24. Those are his series Ashes averages. Respectively. 2006/7 - averaged 27. Now - averaged 24. Not gonna lie Front-Foot-Lunge, for the courageous Cook who doesn't hide down the order and is the greatest opener of all time who has just continually made Aus fans suffer, he's probably going to need to start hiding down the order.