Australia dominated the home Ashes series of 2017/18, winning the series by a margin of 4-0 against England. Only the Test at Melbourne ended in a draw, with Australia winning all the remaining Tests.
Australia defeated England at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) by an innings and 123 runs. England was also hit by the illness suffered by their captain Joe Root, who was hospitalized due to viral gastroenteritis. It was a total team effort by the Australian bowling department as their bowlers topped the wicket charts - Pat Cummins with 23, Mitchell Starc with 22, and Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon each with 21.
The Marsh brothers also contributed with the bat in this match, scoring a century each and adding 169 runs for the 5th wicket. Shaun Marsh scored 156 and Mitchell Marsh scored 101.
Steve Smith topped the batting charts and was named the Man of the series for his 687 runs in the 5 match series.
Twitter was abuzz as Australia finished the winning formalities as Josh Hazlewood bounced James Anderson out. The cricketing fraternity paid their tributes to the winning Australian team on Twitter.
Here are some of the tweets:
Congratulations to Australia on winning the Ashes back. I genuinely thought @englandcricket had a great chance before the series started but Steve Smith and his men have been a different level!! #Ashes— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) January 8, 2018
Congratulation @stevesmith49 and all the Australian team and support staff. Quality cricket all summer, very dominant!!— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) January 8, 2018
Congratulations to @stevesmith49 & his team on a great Ashes series campaign! Great to see the huge support throughout the series. A satisfying 4 nil victory, now enjoy the success lads! #ashes17 #hydrate #urn— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) January 8, 2018
Quite amazingly, the four bowlers Australia used in the Ashes got a very similar haul. Rare. Shows Smith never had to look too far for a wicket-taker.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 8, 2018