Ashes: Australia beat England by innings & 123 runs to seal 4-0 series win

Fifth Ashes Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day five of five)
England 346 (Root 83) & 180 (Root 58 retired ill, Cummins 4-39)
Australia 649-7 dec (Khawaja 171, S Marsh 156, M Marsh 101)
Australia won by an innings and 123 runs; won Ashes 4-0

England's awful Ashes ended with a huge defeat by Australia in the fifth and final Test in Sydney.

The tourists were bowled out for 180, Australia winning by an innings and 123 runs to complete a 4-0 series triumph.

England captain Joe Root spent the morning in hospital with severe dehydration from a bout of gastroenteritis and, although he resumed his innings an hour into the day, could not carry on after lunch and retired on 58.

In his absence, England lost three wickets for 12 runs to Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins, who ended with four in the innings and match figures of 8-119.

James Anderson was the last man out, unhappy to be given caught behind off Josh Hazlewood as the series concluded in the Sydney sunshine.

The Barmy Army defiantly continued to sing and were applauded by the Australia team before they left the field.

Steve Smith's side regained the Ashes by winning the first three Tests - the hosts have won seven of the past eight series down under as well as 15 of their past 20 home Tests against England.

Of the four Test victories England have managed in Australia this century, three came in the series they won in 2010-11.

By the time they return to Australia in 2021, England will have not won a Test here in more than a decade.

They will have the opportunity to regain the Ashes at home in 2019, with their next Test series coming in New Zealand in March, for which the squad is announced on Tuesday.

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