Joe Root's absence hastens England's demise as Australia take Ashes 2017-18 series 4-0

It was all over by 2.15pm – though not quite in the manner anticipated – and the margin of victory reflected Australia’s dominance in the series. Steve Smith’s side won by a monumental innings and 123 runs.

To the disappointment of just about everyone at the SCG, Joe Root was unable to resume his innings at the start of play, which greatly reduced the possibility of a compelling rearguard action. Root had played superbly on Sunday evening and was unbeaten on 42.

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