Clarke gets a victorious farewell winning fifth Test
Australia 481 (Smith 143) beat
England 149 & 286 (f/o) (Cook 85) by an innings and 46 runs
Fifth Test, The Oval, day four
Victory for Australia was almost the inevitable as England started the day on 203 for six after 79 overs.
It took Australia all of five overs to prise the nightwatchman out when Peter Siddle (4-35) trapped Mark Wood (6) lbw with a fuller delivery.
Initially turned down, Clarke had to review to get the decision in his team’s favour.
A couple of overs later, Jos Buttler (42), the other overnight batsmen, fell after a gritty 107-ball knock chipping one to Mitchell Starc at mid-off off the bowling of Mitchell Marsh (2-56).
England were 226 for eight after 87 overs. Stuart Broad (11) and Moeen Ali (35) survived nine overs when rain came down to interrupt the game as forecasted.
Early lunch was taken with England on 258 for eight after 96 overs.
Luckily for Australia, after more than two hours of delay, bright sunshine ensured that play resumed again.
Siddle got one to uproot Broad’s off stump with his second ball, in the second over after resumption of play.
A few overs later, it was all over when Siddle had Ali flashing and edging one to wicket-keeper Peter Nevill.
England were all out for 286 runs losing the match on day four by an innings and 46 runs.
England had already won the Ashes but Australia have saved some face by narrowing the gap to 3-2 ensuring Clarke got a victorious farewell along with Chris Rogers, the other Australian batsman to call it a day at the end of the series.
Siddle, brought back for the last Test, ended with a match haul of six wickets, with four in the second innings.
Steven Smith was named the man of the match while Joe Root and Chris Rogers were announced man of the series for England and Australia respectively with Root taking the Compton-Miller medal as the overall player of the series.
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