7 Jan 2011

England celebrate Ashes series win

3:44 pm on 7 January 2011

Australian cricket's day of infamy arrived early on the final day of the fifth Ashes Test after England completed victory by an innings and 83 runs to conclude a 3-1 series win.

Rain interruptions frustrated England, but only briefly, as the Australians resumed on 213 for seven and lost their last three wickets well before lunch at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Steve Smith (54) and Peter Siddle (43) made a brief fight of it, but could not stop their side from being dismissed for 281 to lose by an innings for an unprecedented third time in the series.

Pace bowlers Jimmy Anderson and Chris Tremlett were the most successful of England's bowlers taking three wickets each.

Anderson is being rested for the Twenty20 series.