TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: England have now lost 13 of their last 15 Ashes Tests in Australia, while Scott Boland continues to make bowling history
England saved their worst for last as they signed off a calamitous Ashes series with their most shambolic collapse of a tour littered with contenders, slumping to a 146-run defeat and a 4-0 scoreline.
Asked to chase down 271 in the day/night clash in Hobart they produced a horror show on the third evening, careering off the rails from 68 without loss to 124 all out.
Sportsmail’s LAWRENCE BOOTH was in Hobart to witness the Ashes finale.
England have now lost 13 of their 15 Tests in Australia since Andrew Strauss’ team won 4-0 in 2010-11.
Only once before, in 1958-59, have England gone through a five-match Ashes series – home or away – without making 300. They lost 4-0 on that occasion, too.
England have lost 13 of their last 15 Ashes Test as their toil Down Under continued this series
England’s runs per wicket average of 20.21 is their lowest in an Ashes series since 1890, when the figure was 16.29 – but that was in only two Tests, and England won 2-0.
No bowler in Test history has more wickets at a lower average than Scott Boland’s 18 at 9.55.
No bowler in Test history has more wickets at a lower average than Scott Boland’s 18 at 9.55
For the first time in 10 Tests in Australia, England did take all 20 wickets. The last time they managed the feat was at Sydney in 2013-14, when they dismissed the Australians for 326 and 276, but still lost by 281 runs.
Steve Smith’s dismissal for 27, caught at fine leg off Mark Wood, meant his Test average dropped below 60 for the first time since September 2017.
Joe Root became the seventh player to tick off 5,000 Test runs as captain, after Clive Lloyd, Allan Border, Stephen Fleming, Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli.