Ashes 2006-07, 4th Test, Melbourne

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Andrew Symonds

Matthew Hayden gives Andrew Symonds a helping hand as Australia administer an innings defeat on England in Melbourne

England (159 and 161) lost to Australia (419) by an innings and 99 runs.

Australia had already regained the Ashes but, with the memories of 2005 still fresh, they were in no mood to ease up.

Such was their determination to make their revenge as emphatic as possible, the ruthless hosts secured a three-day win in Melbourne.

Hometown hero Shane Warne, beginning his final Test at the MCG with 699 Test wickets, as ever rose to the occasion to pile on the misery for England, taking five wickets to help dismiss the tourists for 159.

In reply, England threatened to make a fight of it as they took to the field, reducing their hosts to 84 for five with captain Andrew Flintoff striking three times.

But Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds ended any possibility of that as they came together to put on a punishing 279 for the sixth wicket, the former pummelling a belligerent 153 while the latter crunched 156.

Trailing by 260 after the first innings, England slipped from 41 without loss to 161 all out, Brett Lee and Stuart Clark sharing seven wickets to wrap up a comprehensive innings-and-99-run triumph.

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