The plaudits continue to come Australia's way after their 5-0 whitewash with comparisons with the greatest teams of all time. The debate will never be settled as to which era - Australia of '48, West Indies of the '80s and a few others - was the best ever, but this Australian team is making a strong claim. Matthew Engel, editor of Wisden spoke to the Courier Mail and says they are a match for the great West Indian era.

"They are the two dynasties – there is no one else in history who has lasted as long as they have and beaten everybody they have been matched against," said Engel after witnessing Australia's 5-0 triumph yesterday.

In The Age Peter Roebuck gives his assessment of Australia's performance.

Ponting devoted himself to the task. His first step was to admit that England had deserved to win and that his side had been off its game. Australia worked hard in preparation. Ponting took his side to a boot camp, urged senior men to keep playing, developed plans with John Buchanan, his underestimated coach. No stone was left unturned.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo