ENGLAND have completed their first Ashes win Down Under in 24 years after taking the last three Australia wickets on the final morning of the fifth Test at the SCG.
With the urn already retained the all-important series victory was virtually certain yesterday but by finishing the job today, after a battling eighth-wicket stand and a delay for rain, Andrew Strauss’ side ensured the 3-1 scoreline they so richly deserved.
The margin in Sydney was an innings and 83 - their third innings success of the tour - statistics that make light of the long barren run in Australia which saw five unsuccesful tours in a row.
The wickets to fall today were Peter Siddle for a brave 43, Ben Hilfenhaus (seven) and Michael Beer, whose dismissal at the hands of Chris Tremlett ushered in the end of a remarkable series for Andrew Strauss’ men.
After England had drawn a blank against Australia’s eighth-wicket pair in the extra half-hour last night, heavy showers this morning delayed them further.
Play got under way on time. But Steve Smith and Siddle soon took their stubborn stand beyond 50, and survived five overs before more rain arrived to frustrate England.