Australia have completed a 4-0 Ashes series win, with Pat Cummins’ express pace easing his side to victory by an innings and 123 runs in the SCG finale.
Man of the match Cummins cleaned up England’s tail clinically after lunch on day five of the fifth Test, finishing with figures of 4-39 in the final innings of the series.
The speedster, playing his first home Test series after almost six years of injury hell, also bagged 4-80 in the first innings to finish as the leading wicket-taker of the lopsided series with 23 scalps.
England finished at 9-180 on Monday, with sick skipper Joe Root unable to return to the crease after retiring hurt a second time.
“To get through the five and end the series here at home, I couldn’t have asked for much more,” Cummins said in the post-match ceremony.
Root, set to resume on 42 in the morning, was hospitalised because of a stomach bug that had left him severely dehydrated with diarrhoea and vomiting.
Root arrived at the ground in a bad way with his hospital wristband still on, but he marched to the middle when Nathan Lyon dismissed Moeen Ali for a record-equalling seventh time this summer.
The captain was unbeaten on 58 at the meal break but slept through the post-lunch session, too exhausted to continue his four-hour innings.
Jimmy Anderson, serving as vice-captain in the absence of suspended star Ben Stokes, spoke instead of Root, post-match.
“We have been outplayed in the key moments of each game,” Anderson said.
“They have a fantastic bowling attack and all their batsmen have come to the party and scored runs when the team needed them.”
Cummins struck twice in his second over after lunch on day five, trapping Jonny Bairstow lbw and bothering Stuart Broad with a bouncer.
The 24-year-old, armed with the second new ball, then removed Mason Crane with another rearing bumper.
The series finished when Anderson was judged caught behind, with the No.11 batsman wanting to refer the on-field verdict but unable to do so because England had no more reviews left.
Australia banked victories in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney. Man of the series Steve Smith led the way by scoring 687 runs at 137.4.
“The cricket that we have played in the last couple of months has been outstanding,” Smith said.
“All the bowlers have taken over 20 wickets – we haven’t relied on one person.
“Batters have stood up and got through difficult periods.
“England have played exceptional cricket; we have just been able to get on top and win those key moments.”