Result
5th Test, Sydney, Jan 4-8 2018, England tour of Australia and New Zealand
(88.1 ov)
346 & 180
649/7d
Australia won by an innings and 123 runs
Player Of The Match
Australia
0:53
1y
• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Khawaja 171 sets the stage for Australia domination

Usman Khawaja's maiden Ashes ton was backed up by the Marsh brothers - with Shaun going to the close on 98 not out - as Australia built a commanding 133-run lead

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Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: @andymcg_cricket
Scorecard summary
England346(112.3 overs)1st Innings
Joe Root83 (141)
Dawid Malan62 (180)
Pat Cummins4/80(24.3)
Australia649/7d(193 overs)1st Innings
Usman Khawaja171 (381)
Shaun Marsh156 (291)
Moeen Ali2/170(48)
England180(88.1 overs)2nd Innings
Joe Root58 (167)
Pat Cummins4/39(17)
Nathan Lyon3/54(35)

Australia win by an innings and 123 runs and take the Ashes 4-0. Another very impressive performance from them here. They've bowled as a unit, with Cummins and Lyon outstanding, and batted powerfully to put England's 346 into context. Handshakes between teams in the middle, not sure if Root has made it to the middle. Australia have been too good throughout the series, in what has been another one-sided Ashes.

Shravan: "Apparently the Aussies were waiting for Gnasher to come in before finishing it off!" I will stay with you for the post-match

sri: "@Gnasher Is this the Shortest commentary stint (single session) in cricinfo history? Must be equal among the shortest if not the shortest" I'll need to check statsguru!

Time for the presentations, on a rather interesting stage! An Aussie hand holding up four fingers and an England hand holding none. Does that class as banter?

Man of the match is Pat Cummins. "I couldn't have asked for much more. To get through the five, win the series. It's been a lot of fun, we are all really close and have played a lot of cricket together. Nathan as held up an end which means the rest of us can attack."

Joe Root not well enough to come out, so James Anderson steps up. "He's asleep at the minute, it's taken the toll on him, he's trying to recover. We've been outplayed at key moments, congratulations to Steve they've been the better team. They have a fantastic bowling attack and all the batsmen have come to the party. As a bowling group we haven't created pressure enough of the time. We have a lot of support who travel to watch us and we are very grateful to them."

Man of the series and Compton-Miller medalist is Steven Smith. "The cricket we've played has been outstanding. All the bowlers have taken over 20 wickets so we haven't relied on one person. Scoring big runs has been key for us. The batters got through tricky periods. England had their foot in the door in all the Tests but we've been able to win key moments. It's been a really exciting series and have played good cricket. It's been nice to have these Tests without any injuries, a lot of work went into it. Can be tough to take 20 wickets and the guys were outstanding. Can't thank them enough for that, proud of everyone. I just love being in the middle, doing a job for my team. I work very hard, my mind is in as good as space as it's ever been. I'm really proud of being able to lead from the front."

We'll have plenty of the ground over the next few hours but that's that for another Ashes series. Well played, Australia. Led superbly by Steven Smith. England have a lot to ponder in their Test game. They have two matches in New Zealand at the end of March then a home season against Pakistan and India. The squad for New Zealand will be named in two days. Australia's next Test challenge is the mouthwatering prospect of South Africa in their backyard. That should be a ripper. Before all that, though, there is a one-day series which begins on Sunday followed by T20s. We'll be back to bring you all the action from those matches but, for now, from Miller, Gnasher, Alan and everyone else who has been a part of the coverage, it's goodbye and thanks for joining us!

88.1
w
Hazlewood to Anderson, OUT
been given caught behind! Short of a length, angled across, feathered through to Paine. Anderson wants to review, but England have none left. Not sure he actually nicked that. And Joe Root won't come out, so that's the end of the match
JM Anderson c †Paine b Hazlewood 2 (35m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.69

Thanks Alan...for a final time?

end of over 889 runs
ENG: 180/8CRR: 2.04 
Tom Curran23 (40)
James Anderson2 (22)
Nathan Lyon34.5-12-54-3
Josh Hazlewood17-6-36-0

Well, England have somehow made it to drinks. Only another session and a half and they can walk away with a pride-saving draw(!)... Rofl, here's Gnasher to finish things off. Cheerio!

87.6
Lyon to Curran, no run
floated up and blocked getting on to the front foot outside off
87.5
Lyon to Curran, no run
pushed through outside off, beats the bat and nutmegs Paine - and then it hits the helmet, giving England five penalty runs!
87.4
Lyon to Curran, no run
flighted, spinning in, goes back to defend
87.3
4
Lyon to Curran, FOUR runs
oh, hello... dances down and skelps a drive past cover, he's batting nicely again and picks up four
87.2
Lyon to Curran, no run
Curran gets on to the font foot and blocks
87.1
Lyon to Curran, no run
tossed up from over the wicket and defended in front of the stumps

Well, the barrage is over for now, but the threat remains: Nathan Lyon back on. Cummins won't be getting his five-for (yet)

end of over 87Maiden
ENG: 171/8CRR: 1.96 
James Anderson2 (22)
Tom Curran19 (34)
Josh Hazlewood17-6-36-0
Pat Cummins17-4-39-4

"Re: England Player of The Series. No one stands out, but Malan would just pip Anderson for me, as he fought hard and kept England in the series during the first three Tests when it mattered," proclaims Grant Doran. "Root and Cook were AWOL when it still mattered. I think Malan is a future England Captain. I'd have bowled him more at the SCG too."

86.6
Hazlewood to Anderson, no run
finishes with (you've guessed it) a bouncer, seems to come slowly off the pitch and he pats it down in front of the waiting short leg
86.5
Hazlewood to Anderson, no run
over the wicket, short and sliding across as Anderson jumps and prods and misses
86.4
Hazlewood to Anderson, no run
banged in and defended from back in the crease

"Here at the ground listening to the Barmy Army, sounding in very fine voice - raging at the dying of the light?" Probably just pissed, Arch

86.3
Hazlewood to Anderson, no run
back of a length, 87mph outside off, Anderson blocks the ball towards point
86.2
Hazlewood to Anderson, no run
another bumper, this is slightly leg side and he manages to get out of the way
86.1
Hazlewood to Anderson, no run
round the wicket, short of a length and whistling through as Anderson hangs back and is beaten, nods his head in acknowledgement

Josh Hazlewood replaces Starc

end of over 868 runs
ENG: 171/8CRR: 1.98 
Tom Curran19 (34)
James Anderson2 (16)
Pat Cummins17-4-39-4
Mitchell Starc16-4-38-1

Well, Pat Cummins has left his mark on Curran - but the five-for eludes him still

85.6
Cummins to Curran, no run
Cummins tears in, serves up a tempting half-volley tries to knock Curran's head off again, 89mph/144kph and fended just out of the reach of short leg
85.5
Cummins to Curran, no run
oof, he wears this one! Hammered in short, 88mph and smacking into the shoulder as he takes his eye off and ducks. But he's still there
85.4
Cummins to Curran, no run
banged in, pretty much leaving a heat trail as Curran swishes and misses
85.3
Cummins to Curran, no run
another bumper, this one over the stumps and Curran almost has to curl up like a hedgehog to avoid it as the ball stays low
85.2
4
Cummins to Curran, FOUR runs
and he steps away early, ready to swing the arms at the short ball and he flays a pull to the midwicket fence...! Gets some chirp from Cummins, for his trouble

Silly point comes in now

Best performances - batsmen
UT Khawaja
171 runs (381)
18 fours
1 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
flick
29 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
162416154152331
SE Marsh
156 runs (291)
18 fours
0 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
flick
39 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
1210171527201342
Best performances - bowlers
PJ Cummins
O
17
M
4
R
39
W
4
Eco
2.29
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
PJ Cummins
O
24.3
M
5
R
80
W
4
Eco
3.26
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossEngland , elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia and New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Pat Cummins
Player Of The Series
Steven Smith
Series resultAustralia won the 5-match series 4-0
Match numberTest no. 2291
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days4,5,6,7,8 January 2018 (5-day match)
Test debut
Mason Crane
Umpires
Joel Wilson
Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
Gerard Abood
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle