Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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

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

England's hard Ashes campaign ended with an innings defeat at the SCG, a 4-0 series loss and their captain, Joe Root, battling gastroenteritis. Scoring big runs in the first innings has been the key for us. The visiting skipper had a awful final day of the Test series as his side succumbed to a 4-0 drubbing.

England were beaten at Brisbane, as most touring teams are, and put up a strong showing without being able to drive home their advantage with the pink ball in Adelaide before meekly relinquishing the urn with an innings defeat in Perth.

Smith outgunned opposite number Joe Root, who was hospitalised because of a gastro bug but batted briefly during Monday's morning session. The fourth test in Melbourne was drawn.

However, an exhausted Root didn't emerge from the dressing rooms after lunch, retiring ill at 58 runs. "He is asleep in the dressing-room trying to recover", said vice-captain Jimmy Anderson, deputising for Root at the post- match presentations.

He said: "I think, to be honest, we've been outplayed in the key moments of each game".

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Root went to hospital overnight with England Cricket initially saying he had "severe dehydration" after fielding and batting in intense heat on Sunday.

"The games may not have not gone well but there has been no infighting within the squad", said Bairstow, who was on both tours, as the fifth test took a negative turn.

For the first instalment, from 2019-2021, it will feature the current top nine sides playing series against six other teams, with the top two to then meet in the final at Lord's in London.

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.

"It's been closer than 4-0".

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