Rampant Australia whitewash India
Australia wasted little time in claiming the four wickets they needed to secure a 4-0 series whitewash of India in the final Test at the Adelaide Oval.
The tourists, who resumed on 166 for six in pursuit of a notional target of 500, were dismissed for 201 inside the first hour of play on day five, off-spinner Nathan Lyon claiming the final scalp to finish with 4-63.
That ensured Australia, who had already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with victory in the third Test in Perth, triumphed by 298 runs.
India, formerly the world’s number one team in this form of the game, have now been thumped 4-0 in their last two series on foreign soil, having been convincingly beaten by England last summer.
It took Australia just 14 deliveries to make a breakthrough this morning, nightwatchman Ishant Sharma departing for two when he edged Ryan Harris through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
Wriddhiman Saha, playing in place of suspended captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, followed in similar fashion to Peter Siddle nine deliveries later and, although Zaheer Khan struck three fours, he was then caught at short cover off Ben Hilfenhaus attempting another big swing.
Lyon soon applied the finishing touch by having last man Umesh Yadav caught behind, leaving an improving Australia to celebrate another morale-boosting win.
Home skipper Michael Clarke, man of the series after contributing 626 runs at 125.20, reflected on the contrast in emotions compared to 12 months ago, when his side suffered a 3-1 defeat to England in the Ashes.
"I think it (the Ashes) has played a part," Clarke said. "It certainly has for me personally. I think individual players who were a part of last summer remember it.
"We said and knew we had to do a lot of work to improve our games, both personally and as a team.
"It's obviously a very special feeling to sit here beating India 4-0, knowing that last summer I couldn't buy a run. It's a great feeling.
"I hate to say it but throughout your career you need to go through the tough times individually and as a team to realise how hard Test cricket is and how special it is when you have days like today and a series like this."
Doubts have been raised over the futures of several of India’s established stars, but stand-in captain Virender Sehwag said: "I don't think there is a need for retirement of any player in this team.
"They will take their call when they're needed and when they think their time is up."