Australia seal 4-0 Ashes series win

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England's disappointing Ashes test series with Australia has come to an end, as Australia won the fifth and final test to take the series 4-0.

Sick and exhausted young skipper Joe Root was asleep in the dressing rooms after an innings and 123-run defeat in the fifth test, leaving England vice-captain Jimmy Anderson to attend a post-series presentation on a platform shadowed by two big hands that signaled the series outcome: 4 fingers raised on one hand, fist clenched on the other.

The series finished when Anderson was judged caught behind, with the No.11 batsman wanting to refer the on-field verdict but unable to do so because England had no more reviews left.

Jimmy Anderson, serving as vice-captain in the absence of suspended star Ben Stokes, spoke instead of Root, post-match. It's tough - we've known for a few weeks that they're going to lift the urn, but seeing them do it was tough.

Australia haven't batted for so long in a Test dig since 1997, when Steve Waugh and Greg Blewett helped the tourists frustrate South Africa for 193.4 overs in Johannesburg.

By each passing an Ashes century in the same innings, the two sons of former Test opener Geoff were emulating deeds of two previous sets of Australian brothers - the Chappells in 1972 and the Waughs in 2001, both at The Oval.

I am aware that some people do not consider cricket to be a worthwhile pursuit, just as some people think that stand-up paddleboarding is a worthwhile pursuit, or that thunk is the past participle of think. Steve Smith said the series-changing moment for him was Nathan Lyon's brilliant direct-hit run out of James Vince on 83 in the first Gabba Test.

"We've just not capitalised on the key moments where if we kick on with the bat and get a big score in the first innings then we've put them under more pressure".

Moeen Ali took two wickets - the only English bowler with more than one for the innings - but gave up 170 runs in doing so, while many Aussie fans found reason to slap their knees as English debutant Mason Crane recorded 1/193.

"A series like this does expose issues in your team and we have a choice", said Farbrace.

Root's nightmare maiden Ashes tour as captain ended in bouts of dehydration, diarrhoea and vomiting in the SCG dressing rooms. "Joe is a young captain and I would expect in four years when he comes back, with another four years' experience and an away Ashes under his belt, he'll feel a lot more comfortable".

The series included several singular elements, including a farewell to Perth's perpetually sunbaked WACA ground and the introduction of day-night cricket under lights at the Adelaide Oval.

"That's not how I'd want my players to go about things", Root said at the time. I can't say I'm definitely going to be there.

For England, it was another disappointing tour Down Under and Joe Root's men must go back to the drawing board ahead of the trip to New Zealand in February. "I'd never really liked looking too far ahead, but I'd still like to be around in 2019".

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