Australia's captain Steve Smith holds the Ashes trophy next to team mates after they won the fifth Ashes cricket test match and the series 4-0. REUTERS/David Gray
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Australia romped to an innings and 123-run victory over England after dismissing the tourists for 180 on the final day of the fifth test Monday to complete a 4-0 Ashes triumph that fell short of a whitewash but was little less emphatic.Australia's bowling attack – the potency of which has been one of the main points of difference between the two sides – mopped up the last four batsmen at the cost of just 36 runs after the break at Sydney Cricket Ground.Nathan Lyon (3-54) had taken the only wicket of the opening session as he continued his dominance of Moeen Ali (13), who has fallen seven times in nine innings to the off spinner in the series.Despite Smith's determination to share the credit, he was the inevitable selection as player of the series after scoring 687 runs at an average of 137.4, backing up his status as the world's top batsman.England managed only three centuries to Australia's nine over the series, with Smith alone matching their tally.
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