Australia vs England, fifth Ashes Test day five: Report - hosts wrap up innings victory as Joe Root falls ill

Joe Root's bravery was in vain as England slid to an innings-and-123-run defeat in the final Test to complete their miserable Ashes campaign as 4-0 losers.

Root spent much of the morning in hospital suffering the effects of severe dehydration and was unable to rejoin his team's improbable rearguard at the SCG as they resumed on 93 for four - still 210 runs short of making Australia bat again.

The England captain did continue his innings an hour later, after his replacement Moeen Ali was dismissed, but could not do so again following the lunch break as the tourists subsided in his absence to Pat Cummins (four for 39) and finished 180 all out.

While Root (58 retired ill) remained off the pitch as symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting returned, England predictably could not hold off the inevitable for long, as the mis-match was concluded by mid-afternoon.

The circumstances of their failed last stand were regrettable yet uncomfortably appropriate for a tour beset by an inability to compete with Australia in the middle and any number of unhelpful off-the-pitch distractions over the past two-and-a-half months.

Australia win the fifth Test by an innings and 123 runs to regain the Ashes with a 4-0 thrashing of England  Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Moeen survived for almost an hour in Root's initial absence until he fell - as he has almost without exception throughout the series - to his opposite number Nathan Lyon (three for 54).

This time, the seventh in ninth innings, he pushed forward defensively but missed and was lbw.

Root strode out, or rather in his compromised circumstances shuffled a little, to a standing ovation from supporters of all persuasions as they showed their admiration for the Yorkshireman's tenacity.

Joe Root got off his sickbed to make fifty but fell ill again at lunchtime and had to retire Credit: Jason O'Brien/PA Wire

He had scampered every one of his hard-earned 42 runs in near city-record 47 degree heat the previous day, although England were at pains to stress the captain's subsequent viral illness was in no way connected to that doubtless exhausting experience.

Either way, Root was soon rewarded on his return with his first boundary - a full ball from Mitchell Starc squeezed wide of gully to bring up a 130-ball half-century.

At lunch, with Root and Jonny Bairstow established again together, there was just a sliver of realistic belief that England could perhaps pull off a remarkable stalemate.

Pat Cummins dismisses Jonny Bairstow, England's last realistic hope of saving the game Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The illusion was broken, though, before any Englishman took guard for the second session - because neither of the combatants was Root, so washed out back in the dressing-room that he was barely able to stay awake to watch the final acts out in the middle.

Bairstow had kept out 142 balls for his determined 38 only to be pinnned lbw by Cummins, who then wasted little time bouncing out Stuart Broad and Mason Crane on his way to an eight-wicket match haul on his home ground.

Josh Hazlewood administered what became the final blow of an often hugely one-sided series when James Anderson was caught-behind fencing at a short ball, and Root wisely decided discretion was a better option than any further futile valour. Press Association

 

That's it from the over by over team

On behalf of Alan Tyers, Ben Bloom, Ben Coles, Charlie Morgan, Alistair Tweedale and Ben Curtis I'd like to say thanks for your company. 

 

Take comfort?

 

Steve Smith is player of the series

And takes the Compton-Miller medal. 

Steve Smith wins player of the series and talks to Mark Taylor Credit: BT SPORT

The cricket we’ve played has just been outstanding. All the bowlers have taken over 20 wickets, which is exceptional. England have played some exceptional cricket but we’ve been able to win those key moments and not let them back in the game. It's nice to have been able to have these Test matches without injuries. So much work went in before the series to ensure we had these bowlers on the park. It;s tough in Australia to take 20 wickets so I'm very proud of their effort and the whole group.

I work very hard in the nets, I like to hit a lot of balls. I've been very pleased with my batting and proud of leading from the front. 

Jimmy Anderson deputises for Joe Root

At the ceremony.

'Joe's asleep. It's taken its toll, the gastro bug and the heat didn't help. We've been outplayed at the key moments, we've been in a few games to a certain extent but congratulations to Steve and his side. They’ve got a fantastic bowling attack and all the batsmen have scored runs when the team needed them. We haven’t done that.' 

Man of the match

Is Pat Cummins, the leading wicket-taker of the series who took four wickets in each innings here and is a genuinely wonderful quick and all round top man. 

Look at the state of this

The podium with hand signals Credit: BT SPORT

 

Here's the presentation stage

 

The players exchange handshakes

And there will be a presentation on a podium/dais so preposterous that it has to be seen to be believed. I will try to grab a picture. 

 

England 180 all out

Anderson wanted to review it but Stoneman and Crane have burned them. I don't think he hit it in a million years. 

Australia win by an innings and 123. 

Wicket!

Anderson c Paine b Hazlewood 2

OVER 88: ENG 180/8 (Curran 23* Anderson 2*)

Lyon comes on for Cummins and Curran comes down the pitch and hammers a cover drive for four then Paine is diddled as well as the batsman with one that scoots low and hits the helmet, earning England a rare five. That'll be drinks. England are halfway through the fifth day with two wickets nominally left but just the one really given Root's illness. 

OVER 87: ENG 171/8 (Curran 19* Anderson 2*)

A bowling change - it's Hazlewood's turn to attempt to duff up Jimmy. And he gets one to smoke past Anderson's nose, climbing to sear any nasal hairs on its path into the heart of Paine's gloves. The next one flies over his head but he still gets in line for the third and fourth defending them with an angled raised bat. Hazlewood comes back over the wicket and angles one across at chest height then digs one into his ribs that Anderson moves inside the line to defend and drop it short of bat-pad. 

 

OVER 86: ENG 171/8 (Curran 19* Anderson 2*)

Tremendous from Curran off Cummins, driving him on the up for four through mid-off. The Crane wicket took Cummins ahead of Starc as the leading wicket-taker for the series. Smith and Cummins telegraphed the short ball following the boundary by posting a silly point and he anticipates it, rocking back to pull it hard through midwicket for another four. The next ball is also dug in and Curran ducks it. He's hit on the point of the shoulder by the fifth ball and defends the last uppishly but safely past short leg. 

OVER 85: ENG 163/8 (Curran 11* Anderson 2*)

Curran on his toes plays a clever, bold flick behind square for a single then Anderson twice gets in line to defend his off-stump. Starc sees the bullseye on Anderson's Adam's Apple but Jimmy sways out of the way and feels the backdraft on his shoulder. He digs out the attempted yorker through midwicket for two. 

OVER 84: ENG 160/8 (Curran 10* Anderson 0*)

Anderson defends one after almost being struck on the elbow. Steve Smith gives him some advice with something approaching a sneer. Anderson gutses it out. 

Cummins' length to England's tail on tour Credit: BT SPORT

 

OVER 83: ENG 160/8 (Curran 10* Anderson 0*)

Curran drills another square drive for four off Starc, good shot. Then shapes for a pull, misreads the length understandably as it kept low and is hit on the pad. But it pitched outside leg so he's safe ... for now. He ducks the last.  Here's my colleague Tim Wigmore with a rueful reflection:

OVER 82: ENG 156/8 (Curran 6* Anderson 0*)

Anderson fences at two short of a length balls outside off-stump but misses them then gets on top of one that arrows towards his navel from round the wicket. Cummins fizzes one over his right earhole but Anderson survives the over. 

 

Wicket!

Crane c Paine b Cummins 2Horrible, spitting lifter climbs towards the No10's throat and he gets his hands up as high as he can to defend it instead of ducking. It takes the end of his right thumb on its way through to the keeper who took it at head height. FOW 156/8

England review

Crane c Paine b CumminsHit the end of his thumb. That's out. Spurious review. 

OVER 81: ENG 156/7 (Curran 6* Crane 2*)

Australia take the new ball and give it to Mitchell Starc who will attack England's No9 and No10. Crane chisels a single off an intended yorker with a quick jab down and Curran tucks into a cover drive after blocking a short one and pings it for four. Two more come off a pull that comes off the edge square of fine leg and then digs out a wickedly fast yorker, killing it stone dead. 

OVER 80: ENG 149/7 (Curran 0* Crane 1*)

Crane gets into line - no backward step for him - and defends the first then flaps the next, a lifter, behind square for a single. Curran gets his bat in front of his face to pop the ball up on the off-side, short of point. The Australians are not just in for the kill, they've shivved the bull and now they're cutting off its testicles to wear as earrings. 

OVER 79: ENG 148/7 (Curran 0* Crane 0*)

Maiden for Lyon to Curran who plays it with some skill and application. 

 

OVER 78: ENG 148/7 (Curran 0* Crane 0*)

Broad hits the first ball he faces for four, squirting a drive behind point but pays for it next up when targeted by a vicious bouncer. Root was ill again at lunchtime, exhausted and showing the same symptoms that had him hospitalised at the start of the day. 

Wicket!

Broad c Paine b Cummins 4Takes his eye off a bouncer from round the wicket and gloves it over his head to the keeper. It was arrowing towards his shoulder and Broad understandably flapped at it. FOW 148/7

OVER 77.4: ENG 144/6 (Curran 0* Broad 0*)

Just what you need from Cummins - reverse swing and uneven bounce does for Bairstow.

Credit: BT SPORT

 

Wicket!

Bairstow lbw b Cummins 38Kept low after tailing in and hitting him halfway up the shin. FOW 144/6

OVER 77: ENG 144/5 (Curran 0* Bairstow 38*)

Lyon resumes but from the other end. He has a ring of close catchers around the new batsman who is, at least, a right-hander. He starts with a tight over but Curran defends it well, transferring his weight adeptly. Maiden. 

OVER 76: ENG 144/5 (Curran 0* Bairstow 38*)

Here we go again, Tom Curran has come in for Joe Root who is too ill to continue. Pat Cummins to Bairstow who uses his crease to defend the first three then is struck on the left buttock as he shoulders arms and tries but fails to sway inside the line. Two solid shots, a flick and a drive, both for no runs, end the over. 

 

Scyld's snap verdict

 

LUNCH: ENG 144/5 Trail by 159

Jonny Bairstow has been terrific this morning and Joe Root has dug in for an hour with great fortitude and application after spending time in hospital this morning laid low with viral gastroenteritis. Moeen, so out of nick he looks as if his bootlaces are tied together and he's batting with a bat with a hole in the middle, toughed it out diligently for an hour with two alarms, the second of which did for him along with Nathan Lyon. There's a long way to go for England but they've made a brave, conscientious start.  The new ball is due, though. The next 20 overs will be compelling and key. 

This nice:

 

OVER 75: ENG 144/5 (Root 58* Bairstow 38*)

The sun has come out for the last over before lunch which will be bowled by Hazlewood. Root defends a couple and whips one to midwicket who cuts off the run. He gets going with a crisp pull in front of square for two, hurriedly defends the fifth ball that swerves in and jabs it into his pad and ends the session with a check-drive that mid on stops. 

OVER 74: ENG 142/5 (Root 56* Bairstow 38*)

Mitchell Marsh is going to have a bowl. Bairstow leaves then defends then check drives to mid-off. He has a ring field set around the square and the keeper is standing up. Paine makes a superb take when Bairstow leaves one that spits through at nipple height. The next stays low and scuttles through at mid-shin height. Bairstow jabs his bat down with some haste to save himself. 

 

OVER 73: ENG 142/5 (Root 56* Bairstow 38*)

Root pulls out of the hook when Hazlewood bangs one in. No point risking it after all the sacrifice. The bowler follows it with a yorker that Root digs out with a speed that overrides his weariness. Another maiden but in a fourth innings rescue effort it doesn't matter one jot. The one time that bowling dry shouldn't fry batsmen's minds. The prospect of some rain this afternoon is so tantalising I bet it won't come. How Root could do with some mercy.  

OVER 72: ENG 142/5 (Root 56* Bairstow 38*)

Three for the ailing Root, swishing a drive through cover and the greasy outfield making him stretch his legs. He takes a long blow on his haunches afterwards. 

England's Joe Root, center, has a drink along with England's Jonny Bairstow Credit: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

 

OVER 71: ENG 139/5 (Root 53* Bairstow 38*)

Root whisks a single off his pads to fine leg. He looks utterly Tom and Dick. Wan, pale, perhaps worried about the Vesuvius in his stomach and how his white clobber would not mask any embarrassments. Bairstow also flicks Hazlewood for two that Root walks. He's leaning on his bat for support like Chaplin and his cane at the non-striker's. Is it worth it? I'd say not. 

 

OVER 70: ENG 136/5 (Root 52* Bairstow 36*)

Lyon perseveres over the wicket to Bairstow and traps him on the pads but because of his new guard he's well outside the line. He also whacks a flick into Bancroft whose body denies him four at the cost of another haemetoma.  

 

OVER 69: ENG 136/5 (Root 52* Bairstow 36*)

Root has a flappy pull at a very wide one on his hip and misses it. Shades of the shot that Gower deployed that irked Gooch so much it effectively sawed off his career. Root crashes a better pull into Bancroft at short leg, hitting him on the grille. The ball deflects on to his shoulder and balloons back up the pitch. The ghost of Brian Close shouts 'Catch it!' but Starc can't get there in his followthrough and Root is immediately at Bancroft's side to see if he's OK. After a check from the physio and a new lid he is passed fit to continue. Root looks as pale and grisly as Rodney Trotter nursing a colossal hangover but is battling hard. 

OVER 68: ENG 136/5 (Root 52* Bairstow 36*)

Bairstow batting outside off-stump, Vaughan says, is something Hashim Amla employs and Swann says it was common when he was nobbut a lad in first-class cricket in 1997 but subsequently disappeared. He uses the angle it creates to rock back in his crease and whip it through midwicket for two. 

OVER 67: ENG 134/5 (Root 52* Bairstow 34*)

Solely a single for Bairstow off Starc, a flick off the pads that goes down to fine leg. He uses Starc's angle, left-arm over round the wicket, to leave anything that is arrowed across him. 

Joe Root reaches fifty Credit: Jason O'Brien/PA Wire

 

OVER 66: ENG 133/5 (Root 52* Bairstow 33*)

Jonny Bairstow takes a guard outside off-stump when Lyon comes over the wicket. His left big tow is on off-stump and so far it is effective. He pushes a drive through cover for a single that would have been two but for Root's illness. It has been confirmed by the ECB that Root's dehydration was caused by viral gastroenteritis, not heat exhaustion. 

OVER 65: ENG 132/5 (Root 52* Bairstow 32*)

Starc round the wicket to Root who drives him down the ground but can't benefit because of an excellent stop from Warner. He drops his hands beneath a bouncer that gets up to chest level outside off-stump. The infernal bantering trumpeter plays the theme to Last of the Summer Wine for Bairstow and Root. How about a better Tyke anthem. Spirit by the Bridewell Taxis for instance. Maiden for Starc. At least we can't carp about Root's conversion rate if he falls short of three figures today. 

OVER 64: ENG 132/5 (Root 52* Bairstow 32*)

Here's Lyon to Moeen this series:

Credit: BT SPORT

Root has a short leg, leg slip, leg gully and slip in. Root smears the first through cover for four with a glorious drive then sweeps hard into Bancroft's shins. The next keeps low and fizzes past his edge but he then brings up his fifty with a fancy footwork flick from off and middle to fine leg for three. Bairstow, as fit as fifty fiddles, pushes for the third and Root makes it, though it might not be the wisest course of action to bleep test the stricken skipper. 

OVER 63: ENG 127/5 (Root 47* Bairstow 32*)

Mitchell Starc replaces Cummins. Bairstow gets up on his toes to tuck one into the legside. Root gets his score going with a boundary, driving a floaty wide one through point for four then whips one off middle for a single to midwicket. Tony Greig at Eden Gardens in 1976-77 played one of the great Test innings when dehydrated, dizzy and grotesquely ill. 

OVER 62: ENG 121/5 (Root 42* Bairstow 31*)

Here comes the captain. Root jogs on, skipping left and right to a standing ovation. Shades of Oswaldtwistle's Eddie Paynter - not the skipping. The players take drinks after the wicket. An opening hour of persuasive tenacity from England ends in an old familiar fashion. Root blocks out the over. 

Credit: BT SPORT

 

Wicket!

Moeen lbw b Lyon 13The quick dart from wide of the crease catches him plumb on the stroke of the first hour. FOW 121/5

OVER 61: ENG 120/4 (Moeen 13* Bairstow 30*)

Cummins bounces Moeen from round the wicket who sways out of the way of the first then is hit on the tuchas ducking when the next doesn't rear up and earns a leg bye off his backside. Bairstow is given one to duck, a single then Moeen edges with soft hands, squirting the ball short of second slip and off his shin for four. 

Mitchell Marsh almost catches Moeen Ali on the fifth morning Credit: Mark Metcalfe - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images

 

OVER 60: ENG 114/4 (Moeen 9* Bairstow 29*)

Moeen waits and waits with discretion for the opportunity on his pads and whisks a single through square leg. Bairstow comes down the dancefloor but blocks when the drift and dip persuade him not to drive.  

OVER 59: ENG 113/4 (Moeen 8* Bairstow 29*)

Bairstow has a few serpents to deal with that spit up at him from Cummins but smothers them confidently, allows anything in the corridor to whistle past with restraint then digs out a drive through cover for two. 

OVER 58: ENG 111/4 (Moeen 8* Bairstow 27*)

England stick on Nelson with a Lyon maiden to Moeen. One trampolines on to his splice but he plays it well with soft hands but is beaten all ends up by another that fizzes past the bat as he tried to cushion it with an angled bat.  

OVER 57: ENG 111/4 (Moeen 8* Bairstow 27*)

My colleague Michael Vaughan says he's astonished that England now say they will start planning for the next away Ashes now because it implies a laxness that they didn't do it after the 2013-14 whitewash. But they replaced the management team, exiled Pietersen and brought in Peter Moores and Paul Downton. After a year and a dreadful World Cup they sacked them and brought in Trevor Bayliss and Andrew Strauss with the specific remit of improving their white ball fortunes. And, while winning an Ashes series at home, England have utterly transformed their one-day side and mentality. How many things can you prioritise? Strewth. Give him his due. Bairstow gorges on the one Cummins angles into his pads and whips it for two. 

OVER 56: ENG 108/4 (Moeen 8* Bairstow 25*)

Joe Root now has his whites on and, I think, his pads. Bairstow comes down the pitch to Lyon and plays with the turn through midwicket for a single.  Moeen defends three and judiciously leaves two. 

Credit: BT SPORT

 

OVER 55: ENG 108/4 (Moeen 8* Bairstow 24*)

Cummins replaces Hazlewood and Moeen plays a horror shot but gets away with it. Wide-eyed at some width, he throws his bat into a square drive with no footwork and slices it over point. Marsh Minor took off like Jonty Rhodes but the ball was yay far from his grasp. Moeen runs three and Bairstow needs to have a word. 

OVER 54: ENG 103/4 (Moeen 5* Bairstow 22*)

Five dot balls from Lyon to Moeen. Some turn but so far he's reining himself in., waiting for the one on his pads - which he flicks round the corner for a well-run two. 

OVER 53: ENG 101/4 (Moeen 3* Bairstow 22*)

Bumper into Moeen's ribs that he gets on top of and rides round the corner for a single. Ah, that's lovely from Bairstow when Hazlewood pushes one outside off and allows him to lean into a classical cover drive that he rifles to the boundary for four. 

OVER 52: ENG 96/4 (Moeen 2* Bairstow 18*)

Lyon round the wicket to Bairstow has a slip, silly point, leg slip and short leg. Bairstow plays with the turn into the legside but can't penetrate the one-day field on the square for five balls so Lyon comes over the wicket for the last and almost winkles him out with one that keeps devilishly low. Down comes Bairstow's bat in the nick of time to jemmy it out before it crashed into his front pad. 

OVER 51: ENG 96/4 (Moeen 2* Bairstow 18*)

Hazlewood round the wicket to Moeen - he ducks two, sways inside the line of two more and plays two crisp defensives. Would have thought Cummins and Starc would spook him more with the short stuff. 

Joe Root arrives at the ground still with his hospital id wrist tags on after being put on a drip for dehydration Credit:  REUTERS/David Gray

 

OVER 50: ENG 96/4 (Moeen 2* Bairstow 18*)

The 'new' ball does the trick for Lyon, pitching and ragging past Moeen's edge. It turned too far. Because he has no arm ball save for the dart, when Lyon arrows one on to Moeen's pads, he flicks it through square for a single to get the morning scoreboard moving. The previous ball jammed between bat and pad by Moeen but the next allowed him to play across the line. Bairstow flick one behind square too and Moeen farms the strike with another nudge off his pads. 

OVER 49: ENG 93/4 (Moeen 0* Bairstow 17*)

A stricken leader does concentrate the mind and England's desire not to be seen to be playing frivolous shots should benefit them in the short run. Bairstow is leaving everything he can from Hazlewood who is climbing towards the mid 80mphs. Smith has him encircled with a square leg, short midwicket, mid on, shortish midoff, short cover, gully and a slip. He blocks the last two in unfamiliar Brigadier Bairstow fashion. Australia's complaints about the misshapen ball bear fruit and the umpires authorise a change. 

A masochist yesterday Credit: AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST 

 

OVER 48: ENG 93/4 (Moeen 0* Bairstow 17*)

Moeen defends the first six, no footwork required but gets his bat down smartly as the ball dips six inches before the blockhole. Two slips in and Lyon starts a little too straight.  The last ball is chiselled on to his pad but the fielder's cries are more 'wolf!' than justified. 

 

OVER 47: ENG 93/4 (Moeen 0* Bairstow 17*)

The England supporters bellow out Jerusalem. Moeen is at the non-striker's because of Joe Root's sickness and Josh Hazlewood pounds in to Bairstow who defends the first stoutly and leaves the next couple with a Smithesque flourish. A 'positive leave'. Bairstow gets in line to defend the last two with a full face. Moeen's left-handedness will give the Goat the horn. And it will be Lyon straightaway at the mollydooker. 

Out come Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow

Root has retired hurt overnight and may resume at some point, presumably if required to make a contribution that could affect the seemingly inevitable defeat. 

Moeen has previous at batting all day

And only failed to save a Test at the death ... They began that day at 57 for five ...

 

Joe Root is on his way to the ground

We don't think he'll resume his innings straightaway at 11.30pm GMT but he is likely to bat. 

Good morning

Welcome to Hades. At least parole is imminent. I was going to begin with some general reflections on Auckland 2013 when England resumed day five on 90 for four and managed, through the skill and mettle of Ian Bell and Matt Prior, to hang on for the most thrilling draw - the equal of Cardiff and Johannesburg and far more relevant to this morning's predicament given that both Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow played and played their part.

But after this morning's news that England have sent the captain to hospital after he woke this morning complaining of sickness and diarrhoea, it seems pointless clinging on to any historical precedents to give us any hope. Some would be forgiven for thinking let's just get this over with without any more suffering or damage.

We should, though, not overlook the point that yesterday's temperatures and the lack of an official protocol bar drinks every 40 minutes rather than every hour seriously endangered the players' wellbeing. If they can't play in rain or bad light for fear of injury, the same is true of 50C plus heat. If the forecast five days out is for such brutal weather could they not switch to a day-nighter? 

Any road - join us for the series wrap. Can England dig in and survive a session? Two? Three? I suspect that a couple of morale boosting innings from Messrs Bairstow and Moeen would be the best we can hope for but we will cling to Bell and Collingwood at Cape Town 2010, Bell and Prior at Auckland, Bell and Pietersen at the Oval in 2007. Hang on! Where the hell is Ian Bell when you need him?