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Ashes whitewash sealed in Sydney

Australia completes a 5-0 destruction of England, fielding an unchanged team throughout the Ashes series.

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Geoffrey Boycott, The Telegraph

The [English] players have been mentally dissected and broken. There was no fight or spirit left in them and they were totally humiliated by an Australian team that is good, but not great. The last whitewash was achieved by a team containing Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist. They had three once-in-a-lifetime players and there was no shame in losing 5-0 to them. But we should be ashamed and embarrassed to lose so abjectly to this lot.

David 'Bumble' Lloyd, The Daily Mail

Total capitulation from England after tea on the last day. They were like a pub team. 

All smiles for Nathan Lyon and Michael Clarke as they celebrate after the win in Sydney.

All smiles for Nathan Lyon and Michael Clarke as they celebrate after the win in Sydney. Photo: Getty Images

Derek Pringle, The Telegraph

In England, the Ashes was a contest between two sides with good bowling attacks and vulnerable batting line-ups. Mitchell Johnson upset that dynamic, turbocharging Australia's attack. His 37 wickets were the seismic force that crushed England's spirit and presented the opportunity, once it was clear that the tourists were shot, of a whitewash ... The [Australian bowling] unit stayed together for all five Tests, a miracle given the scar tissue in Ryan Harris's right knee, and it is hard to think of one that bowled better for so long – or were allowed to bowl better.

Alastair Cook (far left) with a far less jubilant England team.

Alastair Cook (far left) with a far less jubilant England team. Photo: Getty Images

Paul Newman, The Daily Mail

It has simply been the most wretched defence of the urn in history.

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Stephen Brenkley, The Independent

In mid-afternoon on the final day of England's worst Ashes series came the most symbolic moment. Michael Carberry's bat simply snapped in two ... England were utterly broken. For 10 weeks their batsmen had shown no resistance and now their bats had given up the unequal struggle as well. That image will pervade the memory of this whole sorry campaign. Carberry smiled. There was not much else he could do save break down in tears and scream for mercy.

Ian Botham, The Daily Mirror

Watching England throughout this series has been little short of torture. I'm embarrassed about what I've had to comment on ... only a young lad by the name of Ben Stokes has had the balls to take it to the Aussies and fight back. It has been a spineless performance that has left me angry and deflated.

Mike Atherton, The Times

A strategy that was based around a re-enactment of [England's] success here three years ago - attritional batting and bowling being the key - has had no answer to an Australian juggernaut that began rolling towards the back end of the first day in Brisbane and did not stop until it had flattened everything and everyone in its path.

Jonathan Agnew, BBC

You can look at every aspect of this tour - the attitude of the players, the fact England arrived as favourites, the 82-page menu - and it all paints a picture of a team which has become far too insular.

Nasser Hussain, The Daily Mail

The bottom line is that this has been an unmitigated disaster for England and for Alastair Cook ... It's true that there is no other candidate right now to lead England, but that's not a reason for keeping Cook in the job. Instead, he has to get better as a leader and come back stronger. Every challenge he has faced in his international career has made him a stronger person. There's no reason the same thing can't happen now.