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Australia vs England, 5th Test, The Ashes 2013-14

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Australia won by 281 runs | Australia Vs England Live Score, 5th Test

What an amazing Ashes series this has been. We've had a great time covering all the 5 games even though we had to come well before sunrise in the winter in India. We were absolutely thrilled to bring you the series. Michael Clarke joins Warwick Amrstrong (1920-21) and Ricky Ponting (2006-07) to become the third captain in Ashes history to complete a 5-0 whitewash. This also helps Australia gain two places to third in the ICC Test rankings while England drop one place to fourth. Hopefully, there are a lot of a riveting games to follow in the cricketing calendar. Cya on another occasion. Until then, on behalf of Srivatsha, Akshay, Deva, Mani, this is Ramki signing off, take care, adios!
Bharath Seervi: This is the 3rd Whitewash in #Ashes.
Greg Baum: One Eng century. One player averaging 30plus. Av runs/wicket sub 22. Five, possibly six sub200 scores. Best Aust team bowling ever.
Harsha Bhogle: in years to come this generation of youngsters will talk about mitchell johnson the way ours did about Jeff thomson
BBC TMS: Mitchell Johnson has the most Test wickets by an Australian in a 5 match #Ashes series in Australia#Ashes
Jason Gillespie: This Australian bowling attack has been utterly ruthless. One of the very best collective performances you will EVER see! #Ashes2013/14
Alternative Cricket: Cook has been listless, reactive, and a non-entity in the field. You wouldn't know who's captain! #Ashes
Matthew Hayden: Ben Stokes is the only POM I would pay money to go watch this summer in #Ashes Really good talent and a nice positive for English Cricket
Geoff Lemon: Haddin passes Gilchrist's record for the most runs - 473 - in a series by a keeper batting outside the top six. #Ashes
Some views from the twitter world: Graeme Fowler: As an England fan I'm upset at this series.As a coach I'm upset at some basic techniques, but desire to deal with adversity most telling.
Ben Stokes: If ever there was a beacon of light in a dark winter for England, it had to be the Durham all-rounder, Ben Stokes. On atesting boucy surface at Perth, the young tyro, summoning vast reserves of courage constructed 120 in the fourth innings at Perth to salvage some pride for the visitors. Nobody expected Stokes to shine but he surmounted all odds to make the only century in this rubber for the forlorn visitors. Many former English cricketers have already earmarked him as the new Freddie Flintoff. He was also the lone saving grace in the three day hammering at Sydney that culminated in the whitewash. He garnered 8 wickets including a 6-fer in the first innings, triggering off an Aussie lower order collapse. The young turk showcased his big hitting prowess in England's second gig with an entertaining 32. During the process, Stokes became the 8th player to take 15 Test wickets in addition to hitting 200+ runs in a debut series.
Brad Haddin: Hardly has the world witnessed a such an impactful performance from a keeper-batsman since the retirement of Adam Gilchrist. Haddin's heroics in this Ashes was such that he usurped his predecessor to tally the most runs ever by an Australian keeper-batsman in this series. Every time Australia found themselves in a world of trouble after a top-order wobble, Brad Haddin was out there to pull off a Houdini-like rescue act, while simultaneously inspiring his partners, to put Australia in firm command. Australia's scores when Haddin came out to face the music are are as follows: 100-5, 294-5, 257-5, 143-5, 331-5, 112-5, 97-5 and 200-5. Haddin's scores in this series, which read 94, 53, 118, 55, 5, 65, 75 and 28 tell us the story. The old warhorse's keeping skills were no less impressive, he was in rich form that he would have even caught an aeroplane. No wonder, he boasted of 50 dismissals with both Ashes combined. In the post match celebrations, Haddin rubbished talks of retirement, saying that he was hungry for more. Watch out South Africa.
This Ashes series cannot be ended without describing the performaces of these three players, especially Haddin and Johnson. We've written a few snippets on them. Mitchell Johnson: Adversity causes some to break down and others to break records. Given the cold shoulder for the Ashes in England in early 2013, Mitch worked rigorously on his fitness and bounced back with a bang, plucking as many as 37 wickets in the return leg of the Ashes, the most by a left-arm bowler in any 5-match series. Steaming in at full tilt, the mustachioed marauder instilled bone-chilling fear into the English batting. Ask Alastair Cook. Ask Kevin Pietersen. Arguably, he tore open the portal to the Lillee- Thomson era, peppering the Poms with a slew of furious bouncers. Among the three lethal 5-fers he claimed, the one that stood out was his 7/40 at Adelaide that saw him sit twice on a hat-trick. Fittingly, he was rewarded with the Man of the series award.
And the Aussie coach expressed his views as well. Darren Lehmann: 'No, the scenes were a bit different (on asked of the reponse to the previous Ashes). The support has been great. Obviously I was talking about old school, good hard Aussie cricket. We thank all the people, support-staff who have turned out. Yeah, I am really pleased at what they have taken on board. Our plans and bowling execution was perfect. It was flawless, barring a couple of hours in Perth. We know we have to improve each and every day. Hopefully, this is the start of good things to come. Play cricket obviously (on enquired about the preparation for South Africa). We have done fantastically for 4 games, we had to get them (bowlers) up for this Test. The key for us is to make everybody fit and go to South Africa. Nathan was good. He has done very well this series. He picked up 5 wickets in Melbourne. It is important to keep improving'.
Lyon: 'It's the first time, lot of emotion. To beat England 5-0 is an unbelievable feeling. 5-0 is fantastic. Definitely, playing five Tests in a row and it's a great feeling. I am over the moon right now. Winning on Jane McGrath day is special'.

Match details

Toss : England won the toss and elected to field

Man of the Series : Mitchell Johnson

Umpires : Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Marais Erasmus (South Africa)

TV umpire : Tony Hill (New Zealand)

Match referee : Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Teams

Australia : Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke(c), Steven Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin(wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.

England : Alastair Cook(c), Michael Carberry, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Jonathan Bairstow(wk), Scott Borthwick, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Boyd Rankin.

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