Skip to main content

Australia completes Ashes rout of England

updated 1:20 PM EST, Sun January 5, 2014
Australia did a lot of celebrating during the Ashes cricket series, beating England 5-0.
Australia did a lot of celebrating during the Ashes cricket series, beating England 5-0.
  • Australia finishes off England in the Ashes, clinching the fifth Test on the third day
  • The host wins by a whopping 281 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground
  • It was the third time Australia beat England 5-0 after victories in 1921 and 2007
  • Pace bowler Mitchell Johnson was named man of the series, taking 37 wickets

(CNN) -- Australia reclaimed the Ashes cricket series in the middle of December but was then seeking to pull off a 5-0 rout.

It did just that Sunday in Sydney with another lopsided victory.

The Aussies, humbled by England in the most recent European summer and battered in India months earlier, prevailed by 281 runs with greater than two days to spare.

It was only the third time since the late 1800s Australia triumphed 5-0.

"It's an extremely special occasion," Australian captain Michael Clarke, on the team that thumped England by the same margin in 2006-2007, told reporters. "We couldn't foresee 5-0 after the England series, but I said then the work we were putting in behind the scenes, we were going to get the rewards."

Ouch! Piers Morgan hit by cricket ball
Compton on the Ashes
Tendulkar on career, family and future

"The bowlers have done a fantastic job. I told them before the Test that they were the best attack in the world, and I think they've earned that mantle."

Indeed a pace bowler, Mitchell Johnson, was named man of the series after claiming 37 wickets and Ryan Harris, his fellow fast bowler, took man-of-the-match honors by taking eight wickets.

Australia won the first Test by 381 runs, second Test by 218 runs, third Test by 150 runs and fourth Test by eight wickets.

"The start of 2013 didn't go anywhere near as well as we'd have liked," said Clarke. "I think that's what feels so satisfying at the moment, that we've been able to turn things around."

England wasn't feeling as good and captain Alastair Cook -- who prior to the series seemingly could do little wrong -- is now facing heavy criticism.

"Australia's bowling has been outstanding," England coach Andy Flower told Sky Sports. "Johnson's pace has been a huge difference between the two sides.

"To be frank, the pace rocked the batting order in the first Test and we never quite recovered. I, as leader along with Alastair, we have to analyze the decisions we have made.

"We haven't scored heavy runs -- anything above 400 -- for a very long time."

Read: World record crowd at MCG

Part of complete coverage on
updated 12:37 PM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Photography can really pack a punch. Catch up with all the best shots from around the world with our weekly sports gallery.
updated 8:00 AM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Of course not. But former Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed seems to think the removal of Michael Jackson's statue was a very "bad" idea.
updated 12:36 PM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Second-tier French side Clermont Foot appoint Helena Costa -- the country's first ever professional female coach of a male team.
updated 11:13 AM EDT, Mon April 28, 2014
San Francisco 49ers owner and co-chairman John York speaks to CNN about Michael Sam and the upcoming NFL Draft.
updated 1:33 PM EDT, Fri April 25, 2014
The All Blacks and their fans are focused on one thing, says Dan Carter: becoming the first rugby nation to win back-to-back World Cups.
updated 9:08 AM EDT, Fri April 4, 2014
The 2002 bomb attacks in Bali had many victims -- including a touring rugby team from Hong Kong.
Photographer Danny Lyon spent three days with Muhammad Ali in 1972 and shares his best photos and memories of the champ.
updated 7:54 AM EST, Tue February 25, 2014
With a growing audience boosted by the drama of ice hockey on show in Sochi at the Winter Olympics, can the sport capitalize on its popularity?
updated 6:25 AM EST, Mon January 20, 2014
Her paintings may sell for thousands of dollars, but she is best known for a modeling shot 50 years ago that helped launch a business empire.
updated 12:01 PM EST, Thu January 9, 2014
When the eye of the storm closes in most people head home -- but for these surfers it's a different story.
updated 9:45 AM EST, Mon January 6, 2014
Gareth Evans is a school teacher in South Africa. In 1983, he attended a "rebel tour" cricket match against the West Indies.
updated 10:07 AM EST, Tue December 17, 2013
In the wake of protests in his native Ukraine, heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has turned his back on boxing to focus on his political ambitions.
updated 5:20 AM EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
Former pole vaulter Sergei Bubka is running to be president of the International Olympic Committee.
The Olympics must use its global reach and immense popularity to help save a generation, says sporting icon Sergei Bubka.
updated 12:32 PM EDT, Wed August 7, 2013
CNN's Fred Pleitgen exposes a history of German government-funded doping throughout the Cold War.
updated 12:28 PM EDT, Tue April 9, 2013
A competitor crosses the erg Znaigui during the second stage of the 26rd edition of the 'Marathon des Sables', on April 4, 2011, some 300 Kilometers, South of Ouarzazate in Morocco. The marathon is considered one of the hardest in the world, with 900 participants having to walk 250 kms (150 miles) for seven days in the Moroccan Sahara.
A six-day run that covers more than 220 km through the scorching heat of the Sahara desert has been billed as the "World's toughest race."
updated 7:49 AM EDT, Wed April 10, 2013
He plays the only sport approved by the Taliban, a game he learned as a war refugee in Pakistan.