England crushed by Australia in final Test

England’s miserable Ashes tour ended with one last calamitous batting failure as Australia surged to a 146-run victory in the final Test to claim a 4-0 series win.

Set 271 to win, England reached 68-0 but then lost all 10 wickets for the addition of another 56 runs in Hobart.

Nine wickets fell in the final session of the third day, England collapsing with breathtaking speed and ineptitude, even by their recent standards, as they were bowled out for 124.

Pat Cummins, who lifted the urn in his first series as captain, took three wickets while Scott Boland and Cameron Green also picked up three apiece.

Mark Wood’s superb 6-37 had earlier helped dismiss Australia for 155 in their second innings to give England an outside chance of a remarkable win.

Instead, Australia repeat their margin of victory from four years ago and extend England’s winless run down under to 15 Tests.

Overall, Joe Root’s side have won only one of their past 14 Tests since February of last year.

By the time they return to Australia in 2025 it will be 14 years since their last success in an away Ashes Test.

There were times on another freewheeling day of an entertaining Test that England might have had hope of salvaging a consolation win from their demoralising tour.

A vital decision went against them when Chris Woakes was judged to have marginally over-stepped when he bowled Alex Carey for 19. Had Carey been dismissed then, it would have left Australia 91-7 – but the wicketkeeper went on to make a crucial 49.

However, that moment was rendered irrelevant by the way England spinelessly capitulated, ending the series with another batting collapse that has become a characteristic of their Test cricket.

This tour may well be remembered for the time in which it was played, with the Covid pandemic casting doubt firstly on whether England would take part and then played a role in their disrupted preparation.

 

Chief scores:

Australia 1st innings: 303

England 1st innings: 188

Australia 2nd innings: 155 (Steven Smith 27,Cameron Green 23, Alex Carey 49, Mark Wood 6/51, Stuart Broad 3/51)

England 2nd innings: 124 (Rory Burns 26, Zak Crawley 36, Pat Cummins 3/42, Scott Boland 3/18, Cameron Green 3/21).

BBC

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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