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Day 5 of 5
Australia won by 298 runs.

Australia vs India

Aussies clinch Indian whitewash

Only an hour needed for Australia to seal whitewash over India

Peter Siddle: Celebrates on the final day

It took less than an hour for Australia to wrap up proceedings on the final day of their fourth Test against India in Adelaide, securing a 298-run win and with it a 4-0 series whitewash.

Heading into Saturday's play, it always looked to be a question of 'when' not 'if' the hosts would seal their fourth comprehensive victory.

The Australians made short work of the dishevelled tourists, knocking them over for 201 inside the first hour of day five, after India had resumed at a forlorn 166-6 overnight, confronted with the almost impossible task of reeling in a world-record 500-run target.

Ryan Harris ensured that early inroads were made when he drew Ishant Sharma (two) into having a dab at a delivery that moved away from him, the edge was found and Brad Haddin did the rest.

Having provided stern resistance in the first innings, Wriddhiman Saha (three) offered little this time around, pushing forward at a fullish ball from Peter Siddle and edging to Haddin.

Flashy

On a pair and having got three first-ballers in the series, Zaheer Khan appeared a walking wicket but he would not go down quietly, letting off a few heaves before he top-edged a pull off Ben Hilfenhaus to David Warner at short cover for 15.

Only four bowlers got a go on the final day and in a turn that has mirrored the series, with all the bowlers chipping in. It was Nathan Lyon who ended the contest when he had Umesh Yadav (one) caught behind.

Off-spinner Lyon ended with 4-63 as he wrapped up proceedings on the stroke of 11.30am to complete a remarkable series for Michael Clarke's resurgent outfit.

India have now toured Australia 10 times and are yet to win a series there, with this campaign arguably the most miserable.

It was Australia's first 4-0 series sweep over India since 1967/68.

Sir Donald Bradman's 1947/48 side won the first-ever rubber between the two teams 4-0, albeit in a five-Test series, likewise Allan Border's 1991/92 outfit, while Steve Waugh's Australians swept to a 3-0 triumph in 1999/2000.

Early wicket

Man of the match and first-innings hero Peter Siddle sent overnight batsman Saha packing to claim a 23rd wicket of what has been a breakout, career-best series.

It was also a fine series for Hilfenhaus, who got rid of Zaheer for his 27th wicket as the Tasmanian completed a wonderful comeback after being dropped after last summer's Ashes series.

It completed a nightmare campaign for India, who arrived in Australia with high hopes of retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy and securing a first series triumph down under against a rebuilding and relatively inexperienced Australian side, without much of its first-choice bowling attack available.

It was India's eighth successive overseas Test defeat, coming on the back of their identical 4-0 series defeat in the English summer of 2011.

The time for regeneration has well and truly arrived for India and may have already started following unconfirmed reports veteran Rahul Dravid is set to announce his retirement from all international cricket.

Player of the series Clarke had a golden series with the bat, amassing 626 runs at 125.20 with a strike rate of 69.86, while Ponting's series reaped 544 runs at 108.80.

Match Details

Date
24th - 28th Jan 2012
Toss
Venue
Adelaide
Umpires
Aleem Dar and H D P K Dharmasena

india BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Gambhir c Haddin b Harris 3
Sehwag c Ponting b Lyon 62
Dravid c Hussey b Harris 25
Tendulkar c Cowan b Lyon 13
Laxman c Marsh b Lyon 35
Kohli run out 22
Sharma c Haddin b Harris 2
Saha c Haddin b Siddle 3
Ashwin not out 15
Khan c Warner b Hilfenhaus 15
Yadav c Haddin b Lyon 1
Extras 2w, 3lb 5
Total Close, 69.4 Overs 201
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Harris 19 5 41 3
Hilfenhaus 11 2 35 1
Siddle 14 5 47 1
Lyon 21.4 4 63 4
Hussey 2 0 3 0
Clarke 2 0 9 0
Full Bowling Card