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Cricket: Australian media hail 'Unchangeables'

Published on Jan 6, 2014 6:25 AM
 
Australia's captain Michael Clarke (4th L) and Peter Siddle (3rd L) kiss the"Replica Ashes Urn" as they celebrate with their teammates after winning the fifth Ashes cricket test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Jan 5, 2014. Australia's media on Monday, Jan 6, 2014, hailed their cobbled together bunch of rejects and recycled players for their decimation of England in a crushing Ashes series whitewash. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's media on Monday, Jan 6, 2014, hailed their cobbled together bunch of rejects and recycled players for their decimation of England in a crushing Ashes series whitewash.

Michael Clarke's Australians inflicted a comprehensive 281-run victory in just three days in the final Sydney Test on Sunday to become only the third Australian side to thrash England 5-0 in a series.

"Never before in 137 years of Test cricket has Australia decimated England so completely, winning the fifth Test inside three days to finish with all 100 English wickets in a series for the first time," The Sydney Daily Telegraph's Malcolm Conn said.

"And they did it as the Unchangeables, taking the same XI players through all five Tests after the selectors recalled man of the series Mitchell Johnson, 32, and his closest rival for the award, Brad Haddin."

 
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