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Bowled Over – Australia Complete Ashes Whitewash – By Luqman Liaqat

Australia eased to a 281-run victory inside three day at Sydney to complete a 5-0 Ashes whitewash against England.

The third day was a subject of surrender from the tourists, as they were bowled out for 166 in 31.4 overs after being set a target of 448 with Michael Carberry’s top score of 43.

Ryan Harris (5-25) applied the polishing touches, taking the final two wickets of Stuart Broad and Boyd Rankin while Mitchell Johnson claimed three victims to finish with a total of 37 wickets for the series.

The opening day of the fifth and final test begun with a different look for England as Alaistair Cook won the toss for the first time in the series and put the hosts into bat first.

David Warner fell early for 16 when he was bowled by a Broad inswinger and then Ben Stokes saw Chris Rodgers play onto his own stumps when attempting a pull on 11.

Stokes was the beneficiary for the Australian skipper Michael Clarke’s downfall when he edged straight to Ian Bell at second slip. The fourth wicket of Shane Watson was England’s first lbw of the series as the hosts were left teetering on 94-4 at lunch.

After the break, George Bailey became the fifth Aussie batsman to fall cheaply, however as in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne that was a green light for another fightback from Brad Haddin.

Rankin went off with an injury and debutant Scott Borthwick was under an assault having his first three overs go for 21. Haddin raced to his fourth half-century of the Ashes series off 70 balls, with strong support from Steve Smith.

Seeing the end of Haddin’s innings was a huge surprise when he edged to Cook for 75 and the partnership with Smith was worth 128 moving the score onto 225-6.

Smith profited from England’s many short balls and full tosses, the Australian right hander crashed a six and four from consecutive balls to move to his third test ton.

After Johnson’s dismissal, Harris smashed James Anderson for two boundaries before driving Stokes to short extra-cover for 22. Stokes then had Peter Siddle and Smith (115) in next three balls for admirable figures of 6-99 as the Austrian innings closed on 326.

Before the close, more misery was to hit England, this time with the bat as Carberry fended Johnson to a diving Nathan Lyon before Cook and night watchman Anderson survived at stumps on 8-1.

The horror show began from the off on day two for England as soon as the skipper himself left an inswinger from Harris for a plumb leg before. After Bell was dropped by Watson, nightwatchman Anderson followed shortly edging Johnson to a diving Clarke at second slip.

From 14-3 it became 17-4 when Kevin Pietersen pushed Harris (3-36) with hard hands leaving Watson with a simple catch. Bell was still struggling and only got off the mark after 40 minutes at the crease before Siddle produced a beautiful delivery to take his outside edge.

With a target of 127 to avoid the follow-on, there was a chance for the match being finished in two days. After debutant batsman Gary Ballance fell, Stokes provided a dogged effort to add 49 on the eighth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (18).

Stokes was out for 47 when he shouldered arms to have his off stumps hammered back by Siddle (3-23). Borthwick edged to third slip as England collapsed to an abysmal 155-all out.

The hosts started their second innings with a lead of 171, Anderson struck straight away for a leg before of Warner and had Watson caught behind for nine as the English seamers toiled in the warm evening.

Broad had Clarke for six and Stokes saw Smith edge to Cook at slip but Rodgers scored another careful fifty with Bailey who was on a handy 20 not out as Australia were on 140-4 at stumps (311 runs ahead).

Rodgers transformed his overnight 73 into another ton as he cut Pietersen away for his 14th boundary from 143 deliveries and extended the stand with Bailey to 109.

Bailey scored 46, before pulling Broad into Borthwick’s palms in the deep and it was the first of six wickets going down at either side of lunch. Haddin (28) was aggressive before dragging Borthwick onto his stumps and Johnson was bowled by Stokes (2-62), giving him eight victims for the match.

Rodgers 119 run stay at the crease came to an end when Borthwick claimed a diving catch from his own bowling and then had Harris caught in the deep for 13.

Rankin picked the final wicket of Siddle for his maiden test scalp, caught behind, as the hosts second innings closed on 276 and set the tourists a target of 448.

Cook (7) fenced a short ball from Johnson and then edged behind before Bell after a making a promising start guided a cut off Harris straight to gully.

When Pietersen was on his way for six to Harris, a familiar England batting disarray was under way.

Carberry showed some resistance, but was sent packing to the second ball of the evening session by Johnson. Three deliveries later, Balance (7) was hit on the pads from one that kept low from the tourists’ nemesis Johnson.

Lyon then had his say taking two wickets in an over, Bairstow fell for duck to an excellent catch by Bailey at short-leg and Clarke pulled off an absolutely magnificent low catch to see off Borthwick.

Stokes (32) reacted by going on an all-out attack, dominating a stand of 44 with Broad before being bowled out when attempting a slog of Harris.

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