Australia Crush England to Seal 5-0 Ashes SweepIBTimes UK

Australia annihilated the visitors to complete a 5-0 whitewash on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney. England had no answer to the target of 447 set by the hosts as they succumbed for 166 runs in their second innings.

Australia started the day with 140 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets. Chris Rogers and George Bailey gave the English bowlers headache as they kept it tight while adding more runs to their tally.

Rogers completed his second century of the series as his partner departed after smashing a shot towards deep square leg where Scott Brothwick made no mistake in taking the catch.

More wickets followed as Brothwick smashed through Brad Haddin's (28) stumps. Mitchell Johnson (4) followed in a similar manner in the next over from Ben Stokes' delivery with 244 runs on the board. The remaining three wickets followed for just 32 runs as Rogers (119), Ryan Harris (13) and Peter Siddle (4) followed one after the other to the pavilion.

The hosts were all out for 276 and Australia went for the attack straight away with Johnson dismissing Alastair Cook (7) in his first over of England's second innings. Harris tore through the visitors' batting lineup as he sent Ian Bell (16) and Kevin Pietersen (6) packing.

Johnson struck again picking up the wicket of Michael Carberry (43), who edged the ball to Haddin. England had 87 runs on the board and had lost four wickets already. Gary Ballance (7) was caught leg before wicket from the left-handed bowler's delivery. Lyon struck twice in the next over to send Jim Bairstow (0) and Brothwick (4), caught by Bailey and Clarke respectively.

With only 95 runs on the board, the visitors had lost seven wickets. The fall of Stokes' (32) wicket sealed their fate. Only a miracle could have helped England win this match from this position, but Stuart Broad (42) and Boyd Rankin (0) fell to Harris, who took five wickets in the innings.

Harris was declared the Man of the Match while Johnson was declared as the Man of the Series.