08 January 2018
Australia complete their Ashes triumph at the SCG
Australia have won the Ashes Series finale at the SCG by an innings and 123 runs to secure a 4-0 series result before the tea break on day five.
England captain Joe Root was unable to resume his innings, suffering the effects of severe dehydration. Josh Hazlewood took the final wicket with James Anderson edging behind to Tim Paine for the wicketkeeper's 26th dismissal of the series.
Anderson attempted to review the decision but England were out of reviews, and with the realisation Root was unable to resume his innings the match ended with England on 180.
Pat Cummins was named player of the match for the fifth Test with eight wickets, while Australia captain Steve Smith was awarded the Compton-Miller Medal as player of the series for his 687 runs at 137.40.
A total of 182,349 fans attended the New Year’s Test, including 17,174 on day five as fans made the most of the gold coin entry to support the McGrath Foundation. That is the highest attendance for a five day Ashes Test in the ground's history.
The SCG Trust also donated one dollar for every supporter through the gates to help raise more than $1.3 million for the placement of breast care nurses around Australia.
Members and fans made the most of the Ashes return to the SCG with a number of activities and food and beverage offerings available to patrons.
The summer of cricket continues with the Sydney Sixers-Sydney Thunder derby on Saturday and then a One-Day International between Australia and England on January 21.