Ashes: England slump to 5-0 series defeat in Sydney
England collapsed to a 281-run defeat on day three in Sydney to hand Australia a 5-0 Ashes victory.
Last Updated: 05/01/14 10:01am
It was an abject surrender from the tourists, bowled out for 166 in 31.4 overs after being set a target of 448, Michael Carberry's 43 the top score.
Carberry's exit straight after tea was the first of four wickets in 12 balls and the tail then went down swinging.
Ryan Harris applied to finishing touches, taking the last two wickets - Stuart Broad and Boyd Rankin - to finish with 5-25, while his new-ball partner Mitchell Johnson's 3-40 raised his final series tally to 37 wickets.
Chris Rogers completed his second century in successive matches to get Australia up to 276 in their second innings, leaving England half a Test to try to improve by almost 100 runs on their best total in nine attempts on this trip.
Instead, they were blown away in quick time to ensure the long-anticipated whitewash - their second in three tours - became an uncomfortable reality.
England captain Alastair Cook (7) fenced at a rapid short ball from Johnson, and edged behind, before Ian Bell (16) followed a promising start by guiding a cut at Harris straight to gully.
When Kevin Pietersen (6) then fell to a looping catch over the head of short-leg after an inside edge on to his thigh at Harris, a familiar England slide was under way.
Carberry had suggested a modicum of resistance, but fell to the second ball of the evening session, going after a short one from Johnson and edging behind.
Three deliveries later, Gary Ballance (7) was stuck on the back foot to one that kept low to go lbw to Johnson.
Then, as at the very start of England's troubles this winter in the first Test in Brisbane, off-spinner Nathan Lyon (2-70) also had his say with two wickets in an over.
Jonny Bairstow fell for a duck to a sharp catch by George Bailey at short-leg, and Michael Clarke pulled off a very good one too - diving low to his left at slip - to see off Scott Borthwick (4).
Stokes (32) reacted by going on the all-out attack, dominating a stand of 44 for the eighth wicket with Broad, until he was bowled trying to slog Harris.
Broad continued to give Lyon a late bruising until Harris spoiled his fun by bowling him leg-stump for 42, as he aimed another heave, and the seamer completed his five-wicket haul - and the series - when Rankin (0) edged high to Australia captain Clarke at second slip.
Rogers had turned his overnight 73 into 119 at the start of the day before being eighth out, the second of three wickets for leg-spinner Borthwick (3-33) as Australia chased quick runs.
Rogers cut Pietersen's part-time spin away for the 14th of his 15 fours to bring up the landmark from 143 deliveries and extended his fifth-wicket partnership with Bailey to 109 during the first hour of the day as Australia made good progress from a starting position of 140-4.
Bailey's exit for 46, fetching a pull off Broad's bowling to Borthwick in the deep was the first of six wickets to go down for 76 runs either side of lunch.
Haddin (28) was in all-out aggressive mode before dragging a full toss from leg-spinner Borthwick onto his stumps and Johnson (4) was bowled behind his legs by Stokes (2-62), taking the Durham all-rounder's tally to eight wickets in the match.
Borthwick ended Rogers' 169-ball stay with a diving catch in his follow-through off a leading edge and added another wickets later in the same over, Harris (13) slogging to Carberry in the deep one delivery after the same fielder had landed over the rope after hauling in a brilliant diving catch from a similar shot.
Rankin (1-47) made Peter Siddle (4) his maiden Test wicket, caught behind, to end Australia's innings in the fifth over of the afternoon session, which still proved to be ample time to earn themselves an extra two days off.