Ashes 2006-07, 5th Test, Sydney

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Justin Langer, Glenn McGrath & Shane Warne

Australia's retiring trio pose with their children and the Ashes trophy at the SCG

England (291 and 147) lost to Australia (393 and 46 without loss) by 10 wickets.

Australia wrapped up the series with a 5-0 whitewash in a manner entirely in keeping with their performances throughout the rest of the series.

England again started well but had been outplayed by the end of what turned out to be a four-day contest.

It was an emotional occasion with two of Australia's all-time greats - Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath - playing their final Tests and another fine player of the modern era, Justin Langer, also bowing out.

England had at least hoped to end a disappointing series positively and their performance on a rain-disrupted day one suggested they could grind out a consolation win.

Ian Bell hit a well-constructed 71 and captain Andrew Flintoff was unbeaten on 42 as they reached 234 for four at stumps. McGrath was the pick of the home attack, having claimed two wickets.

Flintoff went on to make his highest score of the series, 89, but England lost their way as Australia took a firm grip. Flintoff eventually ran out of support and England were bowled out for 291.

Warne (71) and Adam Gilchrist (62) top-scored for Australia but there were solid contributions throughout the order as they opened up a first-innings lead of 102.

Warne had at one stage looked set for a fairytale maiden Test century but it was not to be as he became one of Chris Read's six dismissals, stumped off Monty Panesar.

England closed the third day staring down the barrel on 114 for five, Andrew Strauss having been sent to hospital for a check-up after being felled by a Brett Lee bouncer.

However, McGrath was the star, finishing with 3-38 after removing Kevin Pietersen, England's last hope, with his third ball. His final victim was the last wicket to fall, Sajid Mahmood.

It took just 10.5 overs and 44 minutes for Australia to coast to victory as Langer finished unbeaten on 20.

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