England's James Anderson, left, and England's Tom Curran walk off as Australian players celebrate behind them at the end the last day of their Ashes cricket test match against in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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Seven weeks of intense Ashes battle across Australia ended, as most of them have over the last three decades, with the hosts revelling in a comprehensive series triumph after an emphatic victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.There were the breathless stories in the Australian media, the most damaging breaking during the opening match of the series about how wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow had greeted Australia's Cameron Bancroft with a "friendly" head-butt a month previously.Not giving up, while admirable, is not going to win a test series, however, and England have now gone 10 matches and seven years since winning a test in Australia, and 11 matches since an away win anywhere.The bowling attack for the large part was not good enough to limit the scoring of the Australian batsmen, let alone take 20 wickets a match, and Moeen Ali enjoyed the dismal fate of most visiting frontline spinners in Australia.Ranged against that was consistent brilliance of Australia skipper Steve Smith, who matched England's series tally of three centuries on his own – two of them unbeaten and the third a double.
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