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Australia thrash England in the 5th test to clinch the Ashes 4-0


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Australia has won the 5th and final Test of the Ashes by 146 runs to clinch the series 4-0. It was another England collapse that made it easy for them as the visitors were bundled out for 124 in the 2nd innings. Cummins, Boland and Green were the main instigators of the collapse with three wickets apiece.


Australia too put out a disappointing batting display with the bat as they were all out for just 155 earlier in the day. They started the day at 37/3 with Steve Smith and Scott Boland at the crease.


Mark Wood bowled his heart out as he unleashed short balls at rapid pace to remove Smith, Boland and Travis Head and reduce Austrlia for 63/5. At that stage, England were vying for a Test win as Australia's lead was still 178. But wicketkeeper Alex Carey and Cam Green notched up a vital 50-run partnership for the 6th wicket to take the lead past 200.


The partnership was broken by Broad and soon Wood took out Starc to complete his five-wicket haul. Captain Pat Cummins and Alex Carey had a good partnership of 30 which helped them get past 150. They eventually finished at 155 to give a target of 270 to England.


The England openers started very well in the chase as they raced to 36 in the first 7 overs. While Burns hung on doggedly, Crawley played very positively, prying on anything loose and played some beautiful flick shots off Cummins.


England posted their 1st 50-run opening partnership of the series and also their highest to create hopes of a victory. The Aussies started to become tensed as they took two desperate reviews in vain.


Cam Green came up with the golden arm as he knocked over Rory Burns for 26 to break the partnership just before Tea. He became after Tea and took two more wickets as he dismissed Crawley 36(66) and Malan 10(20) in successive overs.


Green created the opening and the rest of the bowlers were in on the act as well. Starc bounced out Ben Stokes to leave England at 92/4. Cummins and Boland cleaned up the rest of the batters with three wickets apiece as none of the batters applied themselves and none of them looked like they wanted to even be there. England collapsed from 68/0 to 124 all-out which sums up their batting in this series as Asutralia just needed 39 overs to skittle them out.


Brief scores: Australia 303 & 155 (Alex Carey 49; Mark Wood 6-37) beat England 188 & 124 (Zak Crawley 36; Scott Boland 3-18, Pat Cummins 3-42, Cameron Green 3-21) by 146 runs.


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