Australian bowlers destroy England again to win Ashes 4-0 | Cricket News

HOBART: Australia’s fast bowlers ran through the English batting lineup to take a comprehensive 146-point win in the fifth and final Ashes Test in Hobart on Sunday, sealing a one-sided run 4-0.
After a bright opening score of 68 runs chasing 271 for the win, England collapsed again to hand the test to the rampant Australian outfit, losing 10 wickets for 56 runs in 137 balls.

The hosts could have easily won the series 5-0, but with some bad weather and lower-ranking heroism from England’s lower ranks in Sydney, as the outclassed visitors sustained a tense draw.

England again had no answers in Hobart to the pace barrage of Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Scott Boland and Mitchell Starc, who split the wickets among them, taking nine England wickets in the night session.
The tourists had knocked out Australia for 155 in the mid-session, leaving them with an unlikely target of 271 for the win.
Rory Burns and fellow opener Zak Crawley got the tourists off to a smashing start, but in the final over before tea Burns tried to leave a ball from Green, then cut it through, falling for 26 with the score 68.
Dawid Malan, whose wife gave birth to their first child overnight, started off well with some sharp boundaries, but he fell the same way, cutting through to Green for 10 minutes to end a disappointing test.
Green struck again when Crawley passed the ball to wicketkeeper Alex Carey, before Ben Stokes threw his wicket at five when he pulled a Starc short ball to Nathan Lyon with a deep square leg.
England captain Joe Root endured a tough run after some good starts but couldn’t do anything when a Boland delivery barely bounced, shot through and crashed to the bottom of the stump.
All Root could do was stand there and shake his head with a wry smile before trudging away and putting debutant Sam Billings in the fold.
But it wasn’t long before he meekly snapped Boland off halfway, where Cummins took a simple catch.
The wickets kept tumbling after that and no one offered any resistance and it was no surprise when Australia took the win 40 minutes before the stump.
Earlier, England pacemaker Mark Wood took the best career figures of 6-37 in an impressive display of hostile fast bowling to give his side at least some hope of winning their first game of the tour.
Wood’s extra pace has troubled a number of Australian batsmen over the course of the series, and it proved to be a big factor in their second innings.
He had night watchman Boland and first innings maker Travis Head both caught by Billings with just 22 points added to the nighttime score of 37-3.
He then seduced a mistimed hookshot from the dangerous Steve Smith, who slammed it straight at Malan with a deep, fine leg, leaving Australia 63 for six.
Carey, who was the top scorer at 49, and all-rounder Green tried to rebuild the innings, bringing the score to 112 before Stuart Broad was brought back on the attack with immediate effect, catching Green lbw for 23.
Wood then claimed his fifth wicket when Starc was caught short leg by Ollie Pope.
The next ball was more dramatic when a Wood yorker bumped into Cummins’ foot and he got lbw, but on control the ball was missing from the stump.
Carey didn’t last long after lunch, played a hasty shot and advanced to Billings. Four points later, Wood put an end to Australia when he cleared Cummins.


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