AUSTRALIA ROUT ENG­LAND

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SYD­NEY: Australia ruth­lessly ex­tin­guished Eng­land’s re­sis­tance to claim an in­nings vic­tory in the fifth Ashes Test and com­plete a 4-0 se­ries rout on the fi­nal day in Syd­ney on Mon­day.

The be­lea­guered tourists, with skip­per Joe Root weak­ened by a stom­ach bug and un­able to con­tinue bat­ting, dis­solved af­ter lunch, los­ing their last four wick­ets for their fourth com­pre­hen­sive de­feat of the se­ries.

“It has been a great cou­ple of months. The cricket that we have played in the last cou­ple of months has been out­stand­ing,” Australia skip­per Steve Smith said.

“We have just been able to get on top and win those key mo­ments and not let them back in the game which is cru­cial.”

Pat Cum­mins led the Aus­tralian of­fen­sive in Syd­ney with four wick­ets for 39 to fin­ish man-of-the-match and the lead­ing wicket taker in the se­ries with 23.

“To get through the five Tests and end the se­ries here at home. I couldn’t asked for much more,” said an ec­static Cum­mins.

Eng­land fin­ished at 180 for nine off 88.1 overs as Australia won by an in­nings and 123 runs.

It fol­lowed com­pre­hen­sive losses on the trou­bled five- Test tour in Bris­bane, Ade­laide and Perth. The fourth Test was drawn in Mel­bourne.

Stricken Root did not come out to bat af­ter lunch as he con­tin­ued to ex­pe­ri­ence dis­com­fort af­ter his overnight stom­ach bug.

“He is asleep. He has a gas­tro bug and he has not been too well through the night and the heat yes­ter­day didn’t help.

He is asleep in the dress­in­groom try­ing to re­cover,” said vice-cap­tain Jimmy An­der­son, deputis­ing for Root at the post­match pre­sen­ta­tions.

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