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by John Pennington Sunday 5 January 2014
Australia 326 & 276 (Rogers 119) beatEngland 155 & 166 (Harris 5-25) by 281 runsFifth Ashes Test, SydneyScorecard | Day One | Day Two
Australia completed a 5-0 Ashes whitewash as they defeated England by 281 runs on day three of the fifth and final Test in Sydney.
Chris Rogers scored a Test-best 119 as Australia were bowled out for 276 to set England 448 to win.
Ryan Harris then took five wickets as England were bowled out for 166 between tea and the scheduled close of play, Australia wrapping up victory with more than two days to spare.
Mitchell Johnson was subsequently named as the man of the series, which was completely dominated by Australia who sealed the third whitewash in Ashes history and their second in six years.
The home side began the day 311 runs ahead - as it turned out, already far enough ahead to win the game - but with so much time remaining, opted to bat on until they were bowled out.
Rogers advanced from his 73 not out to reach his third Test century - all of them have come against England - before eventually falling, caught and bowled by Scott Borthwick for 119 in 169 deliveries.
He was given good support by George Bailey (48) who added 109 with him for the fifth wicket before he pulled Stuart Broad (2-57) to Borthwick at midwicket.
Leg-spinner Borthwick also bowled Brad Haddin (28) and had Harris caught by Michael Carberry for 13 to return the best figures for England of three for 33.
James Anderson had removed David Warner and Shane Watson on day two to finish with two for 46, Ben Stokes bowled Johnson for four to pick up two for 62 and there was a maiden Test wicket for Boyd Rankin when he had Peter Siddle caught behind to end Australia's innings.
Each time England have been set a target in this series, it has been a huge one. Each time, they fell well short, and here was no exception.
They managed to bat for just 31.4 overs - little more than a session's worth of play.
The top scorers as Australia produced another scintillating bowling display were Michael Carberry (43), Stuart Broad (42) and Ben Stokes (32), the latter two deciding to play aggressively rather then set their stall out to defend.
Just two overs had been bowled when Australia struck first, Johnson having Cook caught behind. Ian Bell came in and decided to take on the bowling, hitting a four and a six but it couldn't last, and he went for 16 in 19 balls when he looked to guide Harris to third man but instead guided the ball into the hands of Warner at gully.
No fours or sixes for Kevin Pietersen in his 10-ball six that ended when he played across the line to Harris and was caught at short leg by Bailey.
Carberry faced 63 balls, hit eight fours, and overcame his bat breaking almost completely in half at one point but was the next to depart when he flashed hard at Johnson just after tea and edged to Haddin.
His wicket was the first in a series of four that fell for just eight runs in 10 balls.
Gary Ballance (7) was trapped in front by a Johnson inswinger, Jonathan Bairstow (0) gave another catch to Bailey in close as Nathan Lyon got among the wickets again and he was celebrating soon after when Michael Clarke took a superb catch to remove Borthwick for four.
Stokes and Broad then hit out in one final display of aggressive defiance, the left-handers hitting and clearing the boundary as they crashed 44 runs together in six overs and one ball.
Stokes cracked three fours and two sixes to make 32 in 16 balls and Broad managed three fours and four sixes to hit 42 in 36 balls but both were bowled by Harris as they looked to smash further runs.
The end was coming quickly and perhaps fittingly it was Harris - a man who many doubted had the fitness to play five Tests in a row - completing his five-wicket haul that won Australia the game when two balls after bowling Broad he had Rankin caught by Clarke for a two-ball duck.
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