Australia win final Test, taking out the Ashes 4-0

England coach Paul Farbrace wants England to prepare for the next Ashes down under now

England coach Paul Farbrace wants England to prepare for the next Ashes down under now

The hosts, who made 649 declared in their reply to England's first innings 346, dismissed the tourists for 180 at the Sydney Cricket Ground to seal a comprehensive victory.

Australia captain Steve Smith said "belief", each player knowing their roles and a home crowd were behind their success. "We have been in the games to an extent but just not been able to capitalise on any opportunities".

Anderson said: "He's not been too well throughout the night and it's taken its toll on him, I think the heat yesterday didn't help".

Root was unbeaten on 42 at the close with Jonny Bairstow not out 17.

Mason Crane got another Cummins bouncer which he gloved to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for two and Anderson was caught behind off Josh Hazlewood for two to end the innings. It continued Lyon's remarkable hold over Moeen this series - seven of Moeen's nine dismissals this campaign had come against Lyon.

Farbrace has been impressed with the performances of Dawid Malan and how he has coped
Farbrace has been impressed with the performances of Dawid Malan and how he has coped

Root was on 58 and Bairstow had 38, and the only wicket to fall during the session was that of Moeen Ali, who was lbw for 13 to a delivery that slid on from Nathan Lyon. The England skipper suffered from dehydration and was kept in care overnight.

Australia had already regained the Ashes by winning the first three tests and only missed out on a 5-0 series sweep when last week's fourth match in Melbourne ended in a draw. All five Tests went into the fifth day.

Smith is hoping not and thinks the existing team might just be able to take Australia back to the top of the test rankings, and more importantly perform the tricky task of retaining the Ashes on English soil in 2019.

Australia will now travel to South Africa where they play a four-Test series from March 1 to April 3, while England's next series is against New Zealand from March 22 to April 3 when they will play a two-Test series.

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