The Ashes: Australia vs England, 5th Test, Day 3 - As it happened...
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Michael Clarke, Australia captain: It's an extremely special occasion.
Alastair Cook, England captain: Sorry to all the fans. We have let you down.
Man of the series: Mitchell Johnson: I am going to cherish this series for the rest of my life.
Man of the match: Ryan Harris
England, 2nd innings
Over 31.4 || Score 166
Australia win the Ashes series 5-0.
This Clarke-led Australian team have become just the third side in the 140-year history of the game to complete an Ashes whitewash.
The last two wickets were claimed in Harris' over. England have been whitewashed. What a series it has been for Australia! And what a shameful defeat for England.
Broad b Harris 42 (36b 3x4 4x6)
Rankin c Clarke b Harris 0 (2b)
Over 30 || Score 145/8
It is going to happen today itself! A whitewash. James Anderson and Stuart Broad are at the crease after Ben Stokes' departure. Harris claimed this wicket in the 30th over. Australia need two wickets to win!
Stokes b Harris 32 (16b, 3x4, 2x6)
Over 23 || Score 95/7
Four wickets in 11 minutes!
England is seven wickets down! This is unbelievable! The England top order has collapsed like a pack of cards. Right after Johnson's over, it was time for Nathan Lyon to send two more English batsmen back to the pavilion. First it was Jonny Bairstow and then it was Borthwick who got out. Clarke took an excellent catch at the first slip to dismiss Borthwick.
Bairstow c Bailey b Lyon 0 (3b)
Borthwick c Clarke b Lyon 4 (2b, 1x4)
Over 22 || Score 90/5
Probably this is Mitchell Johnson's best summer of his career! First over after tea-session and two wickets to his credit. First it was Carberry who nicked off Mitchell's delivery to Haddin. Next, Ballance was trapped in the front by Mitchell. Australia need 5 wickets to win the match, and the series by 5-0! And this man has played a pivotal role. Three runs and two wickets in his over.
Carberry c Haddin b Johnson 43 (63b, 8x4)
Ballance lbw b Johnson 7 (27b, 1x4)
Over 21 || Score 87/3
England require another 361 runs to win. With the fall of three quick wickets, a whitewash for England is inevitable. What remains to be seen is whether it takes three days or more for Clarke and team to join history. Meanwhile, Carberry looks steady but till when that's a question. Ballance has just joined him.
Over 16 || Score 59/3
What a disastrous beginning for England! Michael Clarke and team are heading towards a three-day finish. The 14th over by Harris saw the third English casualty. Pietersen is out. The ball bounced off his pad and Bailey took a lovely catch to dismiss him. KP goes at 6 runs!
Pietersen c Bailey b Harris 6 (10b)
Over 13 || Score 57/2
The first member of the England's stumbling top order to get dismissed right in the second over was captain Alastair Cook who in the whole series has been unable to lead from the front. It was Mitchell Johnson who claimed this wicket. The ball was nicked straight to the keeper by Cook. Ian Bell who joined Michael Carberry was the next wicket to fall. Ryan Harris got this wicket. Bell shot the ball towards gully where David Warner took a brilliant catch to send the second English batsman back to the pavilion. Three days series, it is going to be, it seems! Kevin Pietersen joins Carberry.
Cook c Haddin b Johnson 7 (12b)
Bell c Warner b Harris 16 (19b, 1x4, 1x6)
Australia, 2nd innings:
Over 61 || Score 276
Australia were all out at 276 runs and England need 448 runs to win! It now remains to be seen how long the English batting order lasts. The post lunch session saw fall of two quick wickets in Borthwick's 59th over, and the last wicket in the 62nd over. Borthwick first dismissed centurion Chris Rogers who got out after playing a wonderful knock of 119 runs. His next victim was Ryan Harris, who was in mood for big shots hitting a four and six in the same over before getting out. This over got 11 runs for Australia and 2 wickets for England. Ranking in the 62nd over got his first Test wicket in form of Peter Siddle.
Rogers c & b Borthwick 119 (169b, 15x4)
Harris c Carberry b Borthwick 13 (10b, 1x4, 1x6)
Siddle c Bairstow b Rankin 4 (6b)
Over 57 || Score 248/7
Lunch: Australia lost another wicket of Mitchell Johnson who was bowled after scoring a boundary off Stokes through covers. Rogers is unbeaten on 114 and Ryan Harris is the new man in. Australia are in total command of the game with a massive lead of 419 runs with three wickets in hand. While the Australian tail-enders can bat, Rogers would want to do most of the scoring once play resumes. Meanwhile, Alastair Cook and Andy Flower would be discussing strategies that could help them bowl out the hosts as soon as possible.
Chris Rogers 114* (163b) Ryan Harris 1* (5b)
MG Johnson b Stokes 4 (3b)
Over 55 || Score 239/6
Haddin had to pay for playing a shot too many as he got a bottom edge off Borthwick's third over that crashed on to the stumps. Haddin tried his best to disturb the rhythm of the English bowlers but on this occasion, he couldn't do much with the bat. 22 runs have been scored in the last five overs and Australia now lead by 110 runs with four wickets in hand. Rogers is still unbeaten at 111.
BJ Haddin b Borthwick 28 (40b)
Over 50 || Score 217/5
Broad got England their first breakthrough of the day when Bailey pulled a short ball from outside the off-stump to Borthwick at square leg. It was the end of a 109-run stand for the sixth wicket. Bailey has failed to prove his mettle in Tests, and he wasted another opportunity after getting a start to hit a big one. Brad Haddin is the new man in, and he might have not scored hundreds after hundreds, but he is for sure Australia's most consistent player with the bat in the last one year. And at the moment, Haddin is looking in an ODI mood as he is willing to go after each and every delivery. Australia now lead by 388 runs with five wickets in hand.
GJ Bailey c Borthwick b Broad 46 (74b)
Over 45 || Score 196/4
Chris Rogers slapped a short ball from Kevin Pietersen past the fielder at point to reach his third Test hundred! It has been another pivotal knock from the 36-year-old who has stood for the team under precarious circumstances in the last one year. Even in his nineties, Rogers wasn't hesitating while playing his shots and he has come out as an excellent opener for the Aussies. The partnership is now worth 105 runs and Australia lead by 367 runs, with six wickets remaining.
Chris Rogers 103* (b) George Bailey 42* (70b)
Over 40 || Score 171/4
Cook is trying all the available options to break this partnership. Kevin Pietersen – who didn't bowl a single ball in Tests in 2013 too bowled a over, which showed Cook is keen to know whether there is any assistance for the spinners at the moment. This partnership is now worth 80 runs and Australia lead by 342 runs with six wickets in hand. These two batsmen are taking all the chances to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Chris Rogers 87* (125b) George Bailey 34* (58b)
Over 34 || Score 151/4
Both Rogers and Bailey made a watchful start to the innings after which Bailey dispatched Broad for two boundaries in an over. These two will have to score runs briskly as Australia now lead by 322 runs and they would want to give their bowlers enough time to pick ten wickets and seal the series 5-0. This partnership is now worth 60 runs.
Considering on what happened on day 2 of the fifth and the final Ashes Test, Australia are on their way to winning the series 5-0, unless and until the English batsmen come up with a miraculous batting performance.
Australia began the proceedings on day two in style as Ryan Harris once again scalped the key wicket of Alastair Cook who looked to leave a delivery that was pitched on line and was trapped. Mitchell Johnson then bowled a fearsome spell and was well supported by Peter Siddle. The Australian pacers picked three wickets each and ripped through the England batting line-up.
England were in dire straits on day two when their scoreboard read 5 for 23 and it was a battling 39-run stand between Stokes (47) and debutante Gary Ballance (18) which frustrated the Australian pacers for a while. Stokes followed it with another crucial 49-run stand with wicketkeeper batsman Bairstow (18), before the latter edged one to Haddin. Lower down the order, Stuart Broad tried his best to keep the runs flowing and remained unbeaten on 30 off 22 balls.
In their second innings, Australia lost their four batsmen with 91 runs on the board, post which Chris Rogers and George Bailey rebuilded the innings with an unbeaten 49-run stand for the sixth-wicket partnership. The 36-year-old Rogers has played some magnificent innings for Australia in the last one year, and while he would be seeking his second ton of the series, Bailey too would want to show that his incredible run against India in the ODI series wasn`t a fluke.