A proud Australia pose with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and that brings us to the end of one of the most one-sided Test series ever. There will be lots of analysis from our team in Australia. For the moment, this is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Congratulations to Australia, they have shown how to rebuild a declining side. For India fans, hold on to that nostalgia. That is all there will be, for a while.
Michael Clarke is Man of the Series. Clarke: "It's a pretty good start. Lot of credit to the players and support staff. It has not been easy, it may look like that on the scoreboard with 4-0. The disappointment of last summer, we resolved to make sure it does not recur this summer. We have tried to improve every day we have gone into training. I have been happy the whole summer, I have had a lot of support and needed it. India have a lot of great players, they have copped a bit of slack over the last month. It's an honour to play against them. I have never made so many runs in a series in my career. To score runs against such a good bowling line-up has been good."
MS Dhoni is welcomed with a warm round of applause. Dhoni: "They have played consistent cricket. whenever a partnership was needed, their batsmen stepped up and put par-plus runs on the board. Their bowlers did consistently. they always stepped up. there comes a phase in Australia once you are set it is difficult for bowlers, that is when you have to be consistent with line and length, we were never given boundaries. We will have to wait and watch [if there are changes], our next Test series is only in September, there is plenty of time, we don't want to take decisions quickly, we have the ODI series coming up. It is a completely different side. It is alearning experience for the youngsters. Once you play 100-odd ODIs, it is always good to have that experience when you make your Test debut."
Man of the Match is a grinning Peter Siddle. Siddle: "I was probably unlucky earlier. the bowling unit has done superbly together, I was lucky to get rewards here. The batting has been lovely. We have stuck to having bowling partnerships every Test. My bowling length has improved, there is consistency."
Presentation starts. Mark Taylor introduces Ravi Shastri as great Indian batsman and left-arm spinner.
Australia in a huddle, now they acknowledge the applause from the crowd, Michael Clarke wears an emphatic in-charge look on his face, there have been wobbles, against South Africa and New Zealand, but he is now in complete control of a solid side
Phil: "The aussies have just shown how to re-build! Who would have thought that this was what the Aussies were going to do, given the results against SA and NZ. Hats off to clarke! and I'm afraid if the Indians do not take some very DRASTIC steps, they will be in eternal decline!"
utkarsh: "Its proof again, if Dravid fails in foreign soil India fare badly. If he faces 300 balls, Indian batting finds its joyful electric feet against a jaded attack and old ball, if he faces 175 balls, they manage about 300 and if he goes less than 30 balls, they simply collapse against the shiny cherry and pacers wid tails up. We might know his worth in years to come. Better still, I hope Pujara rises to the challenge."
Dheeraj: "Good things often come to an end. It is particularly sad when it comes in such a devastating way. The depressing part is not the present or the near past, but the future. I have absolutely no hope from the cricket administration in India for creating a stronger first class structure. India had done well, in spite, of this admin. So long and thanks for all the fish."
Mehtab: "Dont understand why Australia is unwilling to host Bangladesh. Bangladesh could have done a lot better in the four tests than India, You cannot do any worse than this."
Jatinder: "Disappointment, anger, hate, frustration, sarcasm, embarrassment, . I wonder what kind of human emotions are remaining.."
HV: "They've gone past the 45 min estimate & gents, that's creating history!!"
SthAussie: "Funny you say that anand! The only reason I didn't go today was paying for travel & me knowing only likely to be at the oval for an hour, do not worth it, if they payed for my bus ticket, would be there!!"
Anand: "To see this kind of batting performance CA must not only give free tickets but also transport charge for crowd to come in."
Stansfield: "See, instant success. Love the Hilf."