Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers signed off their respective careers on a glorious note as the Australians simply crushed England in the 5th Ashes test. The day began with Australia already on the verge of a famous win at the KIA Oval. With England already facing a huge deficit after being asked to follow on, there was never a question regarding a miraculous comeback for England.

Once Alastair Cook was dismissed late on the third evening, it was just mere formality before Australia could save some grace in an otherwise somber series for the Kangaroos.

Jos Buttler and night watchman Mark Wood resumed England’s efforts on the fourth morning but Wood soon made his way back to the pavilion as he was plumb LBW on the bowling of Peter Siddle. Buttler followed Wood back to the dressing room as England’s glovesman missed a golden opportunity to register a big score.

A brief spell of shower halted Australia’s charge as rain frustrated the Kangaroos. A positive stand between Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali emerged before Broad was cleaned up by Peter Siddle, a man on a comeback.  23 runs later, it was the comeback man once again who accomplished the 2015 edition of the Ashes as Moeen Ali was caught behind.

Steve Smith was named the Man of the Match for his ton in the first innings. Australia’s Man of the Series candidate was Chris Rogers, for his exploits with the bat. From England, it was young protégé Joe Root, who was the Man of the series, as nominated by the Australian coach.

Even though Australia comfortably won the fifth test at the KIA Oval, their worries are far from over. With Michael Clarke calling it a day, Steve Smith has to shoulder a massive responsibility of handling an Australian side under transition.

Below, are some of the stats from the fifth Ashes test between England and Australia –

1. Since the 2005 edition, 7 Ashes series’ have been played. England lead by 5-2.

2. The 2015 edition was the first ever Ashes edition in which none of the tests entered the fifth day. 

3. Alastair Cook averages 126.3 while following on.

4. Adam Lyth had a horrible tour personally as he averaged just 12.77

5. This was Australia’s first win under Michael Clarke’s captaincy when they asked the opposition to follow on. Ironically it was in his last test! 

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