Australia beats England in Ashes whitewash

FIRED UP: Mitchell Johnson celebrates.
FIRED UP: Mitchell Johnson celebrates.

Australia has claimed an Ashes whitewash with a comprehensive 281-run win at the SCG on Sunday afternoon.

England's shambolic Test tour is officially over, as it slumped to a new low - out for 166 - in an horrific batting performance which has been repeated over the course of the five-match series.

Ryan Harris starred with the ball taking 5-25 in a dynamic 10 over spell.

Again rookie Ben Stokes provided some fight for the tourists, belting 32 off 16 balls, including punishing Nathan Lyon for 20 runs in an over. But that's where any joy ended for the home side as they failed to reach a total of 200 runs in each innings.

Opener Michael Carberry (43) failed to captalise on another good start and his dismissal, two balls after the tea break to Mitchell Johnson, sparked another collapse.

Carberry, whose bat literally broke in half following a Harris ball, was out at 4-87 before England lost Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow and Scott Borthwick to be 7-95 with Nathan Lyon picking up two scalps.

Stuart Broad made 42 before being bowled by Harris before skipper Michael Clarke nabbed the final catch at slip to complete the series romp.

A day after leaving a ball to be trapped leg before, England captain Alastair Cook matched his first innings score of seven to be caught behind by Brad Haddin with Mitchell Johnson picking up the scalp.

No.3 Ian Bell tried to up the tempo, having been restricted to just two runs from 32 balls in the first innings. While his aggression saw him move to 16 runs quickly, he lasted only 19 balls, falling to Harris with England at 2-37.

The woes for England began on the morning of day three with Chris Rogers and George Bailey making a strong start.

Australia held a 447 run lead after being bowled out for 276.

Australia lost 3-21 after lunch with centurion Chris Rogers, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle falling.

Rogers recorded centuries in back-to-back Tests. The patient left-hander looked at total ease against a battered English attack as he scored his third Test match century to finish with his highest Test score of 119 before spooning a catch back to Scott Borthwick off the leg-spinner's own bowling.

Harris (13 off 10 balls) and Siddle (four) fell chasing quick runs, leaving Nathan Lyon six not out - meaning the Australian No.11 was not dismissed in any of his five innings' this summer.

Borthwick (3-33) took the most wickets, with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes taking two each.

Rogers resumed the third day on 73 partnering George Bailey. The pair started day three well, combining for 109 before Bailey fell, in what is shaping up as the Tasmania's final Test innings.

He was caught out for 46 at deep square leg by Scott Borthwick after pulling a short ball from Broad.

Bailey's position in the Australian team to tour South Africa in February is uncertain after he failed to make any real mark on the series since making his debut in the first Test.

By contrast, Rogers is now a certain starter to take on the world No.1 side as he reached his century from 143 balls.

After failing in the first Test, Rogers scored half centuries in the second and third Tests before hitting 116 in front of his home crowd at the MCG to cement himself at the top of the order.

After Bailey's dismissal, Rogers was joined at the crease by the in-form Brad Haddin who looked to take on the English attack.

Haddin, who passed 3000 Test runs, was bowled by leg-spinner Borthwick, for 28 as he aimed for back to back boundaries.

Johnson's stay was short-lived, making four off three balls before being bowled by Ben Stokes.

Sydney Morning Herald