result
4th Test, Melbourne, Dec 26 - 29 2013, England tour of Australia
255 & 179
(51.5 ov, target 231)204 & 231/2
Australia won by 8 wickets
Player Of The Match
5/63 & 3/25
mitchell-johnson
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• The Report by Daniel Brettig at the MCG

Rogers and Watson bury hapless England

This time last year, the thought of Australia's cricketers reaching Sydney with a 4-0 Ashes margin in their pockets seemed about as likely as that of the long discarded Chris Rogers making a century in the Boxing Day Test

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Scores: Gopi Rangarajan
Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England255/10(100 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia204/10(82.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Brad Haddin65 (68)
Chris Rogers61 (171)
James Anderson4/67(20.2)
Stuart Broad3/45(20)
England179/10(61 overs)2nd INNINGS
Australia231/2(51.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
Chris Rogers116 (155)
Ben Stokes1/50(12)
Monty Panesar1/41(7.5)

3pm: In England, it's 4am and all's not well. There will be much to discuss after this latest horror show, calls for changes at the SCG as the #pomnishambles moves to its final stop on the tour. For now, I give you Dan Brettig's report, which includes the word "hapless" in the headline, and a link to the Ashes banter zone, which should be red hot right now, such has been England's prodigious comedy output. Gnasher and I are done for this Test - in fact, my series is over, the young blood of Alex Winter coming in for Sydney - so we bid you adieu. Thanks for the comments, as ever, they give us a second wind in the field. This has been (and still will be for 10 days) Ashes2Ashes and you've been wonderful. Ta ra

2.45pm: Right, time for the presentations... First up, England captain, Alastair Cook: "It's difficult to take, we got ourselves in the position to win it, probably shows the state of the side, when you're winning games you know how to close it out, when you're losing you don't. In the first half hour [this morning] we created three chances but we didn't take them and when you don't, in a small chase, it runs away from you. We're working as hard as we normally do. When you're a winning side and a settled side it's easy but we can't use that as an excuse. [Panesar?] We wanted to get the ball to reverse, so we bowled with the seamers, trying to rough up the ball. If it comes off it comes off, other people might have done it differently. We got ourselves in a position to win this game so we've got to dust ourselves off for Sydney. We thank our supporters, it's a privilege to wear this shirt, but we're not quite doing it justice at the minute."

It's a toss up between Rogers and Mitchell Johnson for Man of the Match but Mitch wins it for blowing England's tail away with five wickets in the first innings, not to mention a run-out and three wickets in the second: "I thought Chris did really well, so maybe he should be man of the match. Yeah, we got the ball to shape, there was reverse as well out there, so it was really enjoyable. The run-out just bounced nicely and I managed to hit. There's a lot of people who've helped me, my team-mates have been behind me, so thanks to them. I think that's the first time I've bowled on Boxing Day, in front of 91,000, so quite an experience."

Finally, victorious Australia captain, Michael Clarke, who is asked by Mark Nicholas if he envisioned this before the series: "Probably not, I certainly had faith in the guys to win the series but to be 4-0 up, it's amazing. I think it shows the confidence of the guys, to have the freedom to come out and play as we have, we weren't taking as many runs or wickets as we wanted but guys have turned it around. I think the risk of bowling first is always the same, if you win you get away with it, if you lose you cop a lot of criticism. I think if there's anything in the wicket for our bowlers I was confident that could do the job and they did. We always try to work out how we can improve session to session. [Haddin?] The old boy is doing it every single time he goes out to bat and with the gloves. He's been great for NSW and when he was out of the side, all he wanted was to get back in the Australian team. We're going to try, our goal is to win 5-0, if the crowd come and support us as they have, it gives us a second wind in the field, so there's no reason why not."

2.35pm: Shane Watson and Ryan Harris have also been collared by members of the Channel Nine team. I'm assuming the official presentations will be made soon... Now Brad Haddin is having a chat to Ian Healy, as Melburnians loll in the sunshine behind him.

Anyway, this has been a real sucker punch for England to deal with, their fans in particular after the (premature) euphoria of day two. Michael Clarke took a gamble by inserting England and then his team dragged the match around, with England 0-65 in their second innings, 116 ahead with all ten wickets standing. There was a flavour of Adelaide 2006 about the way they froze, seemingly unable to compute being in a dominant position; from the moment they lost 5 for 6 at the end of the innings yesterday evening, this result seemed likely. Two missed chances in the first six overs this morning then sealed the deal.

2.30pm: Australia are romping towards 5-0, a scoreline that some were predicting in reverse a few months ago... Oh, look Chris Rogers is being interviewed on the MCG outfield already: "Yeah, doesn't get better than this, to win a Boxing Day Test and get a hundred on the last day, stuff dreams are made of. We were behind the game, quite worried. We knew if we hung in there, knocked the tail over, we could come out and then the batsman did fantastically. The bowlers have been great all series, so all credit to them. It's amazing, to get a hundred at the MCG, it's my home now, the crowd were amazing, so I thank them very much. It doesn't get any better. We're hoping we can do it [the whitewash], we're playing so well, the goal is to create history."

51.5
2
Panesar to Watson, 2 runs

on the stumps, whipped in front of square leg and that will scuttle away, Watson runs with his bat raised in the air, a big grin on his face. Australia have won by eight wickets, they lead 4-0 in the series and England have practically dipped a brush into the whitewash and started on themselves

51.4
Panesar to Watson, no run

flatter and quicker as Watson skips forwards, defends back to the bowler

Cook brings the field up, it'll only take one well-placed blow

51.3
1
Panesar to Clarke, 1 run

tossed up and flicked through midwicket for one more

51.2
1
Panesar to Watson, 1 run

works a length ball back towards Panesar, who misfields to mid-on and gives them a single

51.1
Panesar to Watson, no run

bit of extra bounce, Watson cuts hard and misses, I think... but Bairstow dropped it anyway

end of over 517 runs
AUS: 227/2CRR: 4.45 
Michael Clarke5 (19)
Shane Watson80 (86)
Tim Bresnan 7-1-48-0
Monty Panesar 7-0-37-1
50.6
Bresnan to Clarke, no run

back of a length over the top of middle and off, Clarke drops back and defends. He can wait a couple of balls longer

50.5
1
Bresnan to Watson, 1 run

short and at the batsman, pulled flat through midwicket to the fielder in the deep for one

50.4
Bresnan to Watson, no run

backs away to give himself room, Bresnan spots it and rolls his fingers over the ball, slower delivery and Watson misses with an almighty heave

50.3
4
Bresnan to Watson, FOUR runs

on the stumps, Watson belabours a cross-batted shot down the ground for four... It's coming, folks

50.2
Bresnan to Watson, no run

bit of width, rocks back and chops to backward point

50.1
2
Bresnan to Watson, 2 runs

length ball, Watson launches himself at it, a top edge spoons high over cover, where Anderson running back can't lay a hand on it. Would have been a super catch if he'd got there

Tim Bresnan replaces Stokes. Could finish this over...

end of over 501 run
AUS: 220/2CRR: 4.40 
Michael Clarke5 (18)
Shane Watson73 (81)
Monty Panesar 7-0-37-1
Ben Stokes 12-0-50-1

"The 'positives' for Cook in the match would be that Clarke couldn't declare in either innings," notes Reagan, trying not to smirk. "That's some progress over the last three matches."

49.6
Panesar to Clarke, no run

flat and pushed through on the stumps, deflected short on the leg side

49.5
Panesar to Clarke, no run

floated up on middle and off, Clarke defends playing round his front pad

49.4
Panesar to Clarke, no run

length ball wide of the stumps, drops back to cut energetically straight to backward point

49.3
Panesar to Clarke, no run

leans forward to defend

49.2
Panesar to Clarke, no run

angled in with the arm, Clarke turns forcefully to midwicket but can't get it through

49.1
1
Panesar to Watson, 1 run

tossed up on middle and off, punched wristily down the ground for a single

end of over 494 runs
AUS: 219/2CRR: 4.46 
Michael Clarke5 (13)
Shane Watson72 (80)
Ben Stokes 12-0-50-1
Monty Panesar 6-0-36-1
48.6
Stokes to Clarke, no run

good length shows it a straight bat on off stump

48.5
Stokes to Clarke, no run

very full and straight, Clarke is equal to keeping it out

48.4
4
Stokes to Clarke, FOUR runs

little bit of width and Clarke slashes a cut behind square, that will race away - 8000 Test runs up for Clarke, just to make his day taste even sweeter

Best performances - batters
Chris Rogers player pic
CJL Rogers AUS
116 runs (155)
13 fours
0 six
Control91%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
35 runs
3 fours
0 six
793616123132
Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson AUS
83 runs (90)
11 fours
0 six
Control84%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
2 fours
0 six
4461313101518
Best performances - bowlers
Mitchell Johnson player pic
MG Johnson AUS
O
24
M
4
R
63
W
5
ECO
2.62
Player portrait, Nathan Lyon
NM Lyon AUS
O
17
M
3
R
50
W
5
ECO
2.94
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia
Season2013/14
Player Of The Match
Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 4-0
Match numberTest no. 2110
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2013 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
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Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
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Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
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John Ward
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle