Australia captain Michael Clarke addressed the media in a press conference for the last time after bowing out a winner of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. He claimed pitches prepared specifically to help England‘s bowlers were to blame for his side’s failure to retain the Ashes. Despite marking his last match before international retirement by leading Australia to victory by an innings and 46 runs in the fifth Test at The Oval, Clarke was frustrated that a succession of bowler-friendly pitches had played a decisive role as England won the series 3-2. While Australia won on the two flattest pitches of the series at Lord’s and The Oval, they were ruthlessly exposed by England’s pace bowlers on lively tracks at Cardiff, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, reports AFP. VIDEO: James Anderson, Mark Wood relish Ashes 2015 victory

He said his time was up after his last match in international cricket ended with an innings and 46-run win in the fifth and final Ashes 2015 Test at The Oval on Sunday. Unfortunately for Clarke and Australia opener Chris Rogers, also retiring from international cricket, the convincing win came too late to sway the destiny of the Ashes, with England taking the five-match series 3-2, reported AFP. VIDEO: Alastair Cook ecstatic after England’s 3-2 Ashes 2015 triumph

Australia wrapped up the final Test at The Oval with a dominating, all-round effort to exit the Ashes this season with the score-line bridged to 3-2. England resisted longer than they did in the first innings, but a persistent Australian attack, embodied by the sharpness of comeback fast bowler Peter Siddle, got them all out on the afternoon of the fourth day before they could make Australia bat again. VIDEO: 2013 Ashes series highlights