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Summary

  1. England suffer 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia
  2. Vote: Who has been England's best player?
  3. Get Involved: #bbccricket or text 81111

Live Reporting

By Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

Until next time...

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And with that, it's time to wrap this up.

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this Ashes series across BBC Sport, even if you didn't so much enjoy the result. But there's plenty more analysis to still get your teeth stuck into, so check out the below:

Thanks for following, until next time...

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'England play incredibly well at home'

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A little more from Steve Smith, on whether Australia are now favourites to win in 2019:"I have no idea. It’s a tough tour and a great place to play – difficult, for any team travelling. England play incredibly well at home.

"I don’t know who would be favourites, you guys can decide that. But I now do look forward to going over there in 2019 and playing in another Ashes series. It’ll be an exciting series, no doubt."

Winning in England on Smith's 'bucket list'

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A slither of hope for England? Australia captain Steve Smith reckons his side will face a "real challenge" next year...

"A lot can change between now and the next Ashes in England in 2019. That’s still a long time away," said Smith.

"This team has been magnificent this series, the cricket we’ve played has been great. I think the more we play together, the more we’re going to get better as a group. We’ve just got to keep getting better and keep improving.

"The next Ashes in England is a long way away but it’s a real challenge for us and a bucket list of mine to win an Ashes series in England."

Fingers to the sky

The hosts weren't shy of rubbing their 4-0 win in once it was sealed earlier today...

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Ain't no party like an Ashes-winning party

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Find it slightly reassuring that Australia's changing room at the SCG looks like my old school gaff...

Not another Marsh...

England cricketers of the future beware, there's another Marsh with his eyes on the urn...

Shaun Marsh's 18-month-old son Austin takes a closer look. He'll no doubt be hearing a few stories from his Ashes-winning dad and Uncle Mitch around the Marsh dinner table.

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Congratulations, Australia

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Now then, begrudgingly if you're an England fan, we should really give a nod to that Ashes-winning Australia side..

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail...

Some sobering post-Ashes analysis from BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

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'Test cricket is like chess'

Boycott compared Test cricket to chess and believes England, and in particular the batsmen, were at times guilty of possessing a T20 mindset.

He added: "I think a lot of people over the last 10 years, since the IPL (started) in India, are saturated and have got it in their head about scoring rates. Test cricket is not that, it's like 11 people in whites playing chess.

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"You're moving the pieces and trying to get in a position...for checkmate. But it doesn't happen quickly in chess.

"We start equal, we move around in the first day, we don't know who's winning, the second day, we're not sure, and by the third day we've got a pretty good idea of who's on top.

"Then slowly and surely the Australians squeeze us and we lose easily. That's what it's been like."

'Australia were far better than us'

Geoffrey Boycott has told BBC Radio 5 live that England were "false" for attempting to play down the gulf in class between the teams during the series.

"[The series result] is a fair reflection of the distance between the two teams.

"I think it's a little false by a number of the England players to say at times they were quite close and that there were moments here and there. Quite honestly they were far better than us in nearly every department."

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So how do you sum up that Ashes series? Let's let Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott do that for you...

Moment of the series

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It may be that this series is more remembered for the moment of trouble involving Ben Stokes outside a Bristol nightclub than anything that happened on the pitch.

Of the action, substitute Peter Handscomb's wonderful diving catch to remove Dawid Malan in Perth, prompting a collapse of six wickets for 35 runs, can be pinpointed with hindsight as when England's hope of retaining the Ashes drained away.

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But the most exhilarating, must-watch, hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck period of play came on the third evening of the third Test in Brisbane, when Australia's fast bowlers showed their teeth for the first time.

Mark Stoneman and Joe Root were given a torrid time, with Root taking a horrific blow to the grille from Mitchell Starc. The sight of Australian pacemen tearing in in front of a baying, raucous and partisan Gabba ground evoked memories of the Mitchell Johnson-inspired carnage of four years ago.

The drama never quite reached those heights again but, for an hour or so, it was what Ashes cricket in Australia is supposed to be.

How they stacked up: The batsmen

Talking of the England captain, it seems like a fitting time to see how the batsmen stacked up this series...

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Root's return can't stop England loss

If you couldn't bring yourself to watch that final day, then here's a pint-sized recap...

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Pint-sized Ashes: Ill Joe Root returns but can't stop England losing

Best quote of the Ashes series

Ashes: Jonny Bairstow and Cameron Bancroft describe the 'headbutt' in their own words

And so, our Ashes recap reaches the series' greatest quotes..

Can anything top Jonny Bairstow and Cameron Bancroft trying to explain the infamous "headbutt" in their own words?

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CDNesbitt: James Anderson has, yet again, been our best player in an away series by some distance. I shudder to think how poor England will be away from home once he retires.

Mike Forsythe: Just to make things worse, it started to absolutely chuck it down with rain here in Sydney at about 4pm today.

Feel for you, Mike. It's a scorching hot six degrees in Salford this morning...

Moment of madness

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh also said that he would have opted for a nightwatchman had he been in Bairstow's position.

"I was very surprised," he said. "I've played three games this series and had Nathan Lyon padded up as nightwatchman about six times.

"We usually use one in the last 20 minutes. With a new ball, there's probably even more reason to send one out. I would have had the nightwatchman."

'I'll have a nightwatchman every time'

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What happened?

Jonny Bairstow lasted just seven balls as Australia followed up their dismissal of Joe Root (83) with the new ball to leave England 233-5 at the close.

And Dawid Malan, at the other end, said he was surprised his team-mate did not opt for the nightwatchman.

"It takes a lot of guts to go against what people normally do," said Malan. "Perhaps he felt he was better suited to face the new ball.

"Some people like it and some people don't. I'll have a nightwatchman every time if there is an opportunity given to me.

"I was surprised. Each to their own. You can't look back. He didn't take one, he backed himself and he got out."

Moment of madness

Up next on our Ashes recap, the moment of madness...

We're plumping for Jonny Bairstow's decision not to employ a nightwatchman on day one of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney...

But what do you reckon?

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How's stat?

Australia have now won seven of the past eight series down under, while victory in Sydney means they have claimed 15 of their past 20 home Tests against England.

Get Involved - your England player of the Ashes

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Nick: Jimmy Anderson has been England's best player of the series. On mainly docile pitches, he's bowled with great control. 17 wickets at 27 is a fine effort. Sadly, he's had very little support.

Alex Foster: Just shows the high standards demanded from @root66, no one is talking about how well he has done. Scored only 5 fewer runs than Malan over the series (383 vs 378) + averages over 47 for the series. Not to mention his gutsy (sorry) 50 in the 2nd innings in Sydney

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Or let the Test Match Special team do it for you...

At work? On the train? Stick your headphones and listen to Michael Vaughan dissect the series with Simon Mann.

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'4-0 is a pretty fair reflection'

How does it feel to captain an Ashes-winning side? Best ask Steve Smith...

"It's incredibly satisfying," he told ABC. "It's been a great couple of months.

"So much work goes in behind the scenes to ensure we've got the right side and we're doing everything we can to win games of cricket.

"I think 4-0 is a pretty fair reflection of how the games have gone."

"So this is what it was all about?"

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"Sweep it under the carpet and move on," said James Vince following his dismissal, but it was the Aussies who took control and really swept England away in the series.

'It would get me out 20 or 30 times'

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"It's still frustrating to get out, but it's easier to take than the ones you feel like you're at fault yourself," said James Vince about Mitchell Starc's mammoth delivery.

"If I faced that another 20 or 30 times I think it would get me out every time. Give him credit there, sweep it under the carpet and move on."

And Pakistan great Wasim Akram certainly enjoyed it...

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'Ball of the 21st century'

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"James Vince played beautifully," said former England captain Michael Vaughan after the Hampshire batsman's fine 59 was ended by Mitchell Starc's superb delivery. "He plays pure cricket strokes. He's a lovely player to watch.

"You felt it was going to be his day. Then, all of a sudden, he got what we are probably going to describe as the ball of the 21st century. There was nothing you could do about that."

How they stacked up: The bowlers

Talking of deliveries...

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'Splattered the stumps'

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

That absolutely splattered the stumps.

It was like a 90mph bit of left-arm spin.

I think we can give Vince licence there. How do you play that? It was an absolute cracker.

Delivery of the Ashes?

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Not just the ball of the Ashes, but the ball of the century?

Mitchell Starc's delivery to remove James Vince on day four of the third Ashes Test was something special.

The left-armer went round the wicket, delivered a 90mph ball on a good length and watched it rip out Vince's off stump.

Replays showed the ball, which hit a crack, would have gone down the leg side had it carried on its natural path. Instead, it left Vince's off stick uprooted.

Now then, as we're working our way through a list of Ashes moments, how about we start getting your thoughts on the best delivery of the series?

Can anything top that Mitchell Starc scorcher to skittle James Vince in the third Test?

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One-trick ponies?

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Plenty of people have been having their say on England's Ashes failure, including former Somerset wicketkeeper Neil Burns.

Writing on Facebook in great detail, he said: "When heavy defeats on Ashes tours become acceptable (and avoiding a whitewash is deemed a relative success) then our game is in real trouble.

"And, just because 'the lads stuck at it, and team spirit remains good', it should not mask the need for a forensic examination of all things English cricket. Realistically, this should be happening all the time, not just after horrendous results on Ashes tours.

"And, when you factor in that England's overseas tours to the sub-continent continue to be a disaster - consistently being outplayed against spin, then we are 'one-trick ponies' in home conditions.

"And, that trick may disappear with the eventual retirement of James Anderson."

'4-0 flatters England'

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Now, I'm a little worried that when I start drip-feeding some Ashes stats into this live all you England fans will start turning off in disgust. So I'll let cricket stats man Peter Miller do the first ones for me instead...

What you missed on the final day

If you didn't manage to last the night, here's what happened on the final day in Sydney...

Australia bowled out the tourists for 180 mid-way through the second session on day five to wrap up victory by an innings and 123 runs, sealing the Ashes 4-0.

England captain Joe Root spent the morning in hospital with gastroenteritis and was unable to resume his innings at the start of play.

Moeen Ali went out with Jonny Bairstow instead, only to finish his nightmare tour in sadly fitting style - out lbw to nemesis Nathan Lyon for just 13.

Root then did totter out and bravely turned his 42 not out into another half-century - he and Bairstow giving England a flicker of a whisper of a chance at lunch.

But Root fell ill again and did not return. Pat Cummins produced a majestic spell to remove Bairstow and bounce out Stuart Broad and Mason Crane in Root's absence.

Tom Curran batted admirably, as did James Anderson, until he fell, given out caught behind off Josh Hazlewood, even though replays showed he didn't hit it.

But England had no reviews left and Root could not come back out - a dismal end to a chastening tour.