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Summary

  1. Australia win series 4-0
  2. Australia seal victory on final day
  3. Cummins 4-39, Lyon 3-54
  4. Root 58* - did not bat after lunch
  5. Captain has "viral gastroenteritis bug"
  6. Treated in hospital before final day

Live Reporting

By Amy Lofthouse and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Our man in Australia Stephan Shemilt has filed his final report, which you can read here.

    There are Test Match Special highlights of day five at Sydney now playing on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, while you can download the TMS podcast here.

    If you can bring yourself to look - here's the scorecard.

    And keep an eye out for Pint-sized Ashes together with plenty more reaction pieces and features on the BBC Sport website and app.

  2. Thanks

    A special recap live text will be getting under way at 07:00 GMT, filled with plenty more reaction and analysis.

    It's almost time to close this main one though - shout out to anyone and everyone who stayed with us throughout these long nights during the series.

    Thanks for reading all the many thousands of words that myself and my nocturnal colleagues have typed and cheers for all the messages that kept us going.

    There is of course plenty more on the Ashes across BBC Sport for your reading, watching and listening pleasure...

  3. 'It's been closer than 4-0'

    England stand-in captain James Anderson: "I do think it’s been closer than 4-0. We’ve been on top in some games if not all the games at some stage.

    "We’ve just not capitalised in the key moments where, if we kick on with the bat and get a big score in the first innings then we put them under more pressure. Similarly, if we get them a couple of wickets down early it would get us in the game and get us on top.

    "We’ve just not managed to do it in those key moments and they’ve handled those pressurised moment and situations better than us and eventually when they’ve done that and put pressure back on us we’ve not coped with it well and that’s why they’ve won."

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    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."

  5. 'I want to win the Ashes in England'

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

    "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."

  6. Post update

    It many ways it really was Steve Smith's Ashes.

    Here's a word of warning for England fans from the winning captain...

  7. Smith named man of the series

    Steve Smith was duly named man of the series, winning the Compton-Miller medal for his incredible 687 runs at an average of 137.40.

    The Aussie skipper hit three centuries, two fifties and made a high score of 239.

    Steve Smith graphic
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  9. Post update

    And just to add another slightly farcical note to England's tour - the weather might have even saved them in Sydney...

  10. Post update

    It was a brave effort by Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow before lunch, but - as so often has happened in the series - Australia's three impressive quicks, ably supported by Nathan Lyon had too much for England's batsmen.

    The pitch was also providing turn and variable bounce, with Australia's bowling quarter much more adept at extracting both than England.

    A second innings victory for Australia underlining the real gulf between the sides in these conditions.

  11. If you're just joining us...

    Yeah. It's over. Australia bowled out England for 180 mid-way through the second session, sealing a 4-0 Ashes victory - thrashing the tourists by an innings and 123 runs.

    England captain Joe Root spent the morning in hospital with gastroenteritis and was unable to resume his innings when play started. Moeen Ali went in instead but was yet again dismissed cheaply by Nathan Lyon.

    At that point a visibly poorly Root did totter out and bravely reached 58 not out at lunch, ably supported by Jonny Bairstow.

    But Root's condition worsened and he did not return. Pat Cummins then produced a majestic spell, snaring Bairstow lbw before bouncing out Stuart Broad and Mason Crane.

    Tom Curran batted admirably and James Anderson offered plucky resistance, before the latter was given out caught behind off Josh Hazlewood.

    Anderson didn't even hit it - but when he tried to review, he discovered England had no referrals left as Australia rejoiced in the Sydney sunshine.

    Australia
  12. Leading wicket-takers

    Pat Cummins (Australia) - 23

    Mitchell Starc (Australia) - 22

    Josh Hazlewood (Australia) - 21

    Nathan Lyon (Australia) - 21

    James Anderson (England) - 17

  13. 'Nice to have options'

    Winning captain Steve Smith on Australia's three fast bowlers: "So much went in to ensure those guys were right for this series. A lot of credit has to be given to the support and medical staff forgetting it all right and it coming together the way it did.

    "It’s nice to have those options available. All those guys bowl a little bit different to each other but they all bowl with pace. It’s been great."

  14. Post update

    Why is James Anderson down as "stand-in captain", you ask?

    Well poor Joe Root is currently laid low with a bout of gastroenteritis.

    He was in hospital before the start of play and wasn't able to resume his innings at first. He did come on after the first wicket fell and bravely reached 58 not out at lunch.

    But his condition worsened and he England skipper never retook the field, his side falling to a comprehensive defeat while he lay in the dressing room.

    Joe Root
  15. 'Tough to watch'

    England stand-in captain James Anderson: "It’s tough. We’ve known for a few weeks they’re going to lift the urn, but I guess seeing them do it in person is tough to watch.

    "There’s not a lot we can do about it. We’ve not played well enough and they deserve to win it. Give them credit, they’re well within their rights to be over the moon with that win."

  16. Post update

    Even the weather was against the tourists.

    If only England could have hung on for a couple more hours...

    ...they would still have lost the Ashes 3-0.

  17. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Sydney

    Absolutely hammering down at the SCG.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    The England side four years ago, you felt as though the white towel came out very early on the tour. You didn't feel that this time around. I've never felt that England have given up. They've just not been good enough.

  19. Cummins named man of the match

    Elsewhere, Pat Cummins was named man of the match after he finished with figures of 8-119 across the two innings.

    His spell on day five was majestic. He got the key wicket of Jonny Bairstow by squaring the keeper up with one that seamed one way, before trapping him lbw next ball with a delivery that angled in the opposite direction.

    After that, he bounced out Stuart Broad and Mason Crane with two vicious short balls and England's resistance was over.

    That late burst meant Cummins also overtook Mitchell Starc to finish as the series' leading wicket-taker, with 23 scalps.

    Pat Cummins