Australia rake in the plaudits after sealing the Ashes

Nathan Lyon has taken two wickets and could be set for more on Day 5 of the final Test at Sydney. David Gray  Reuters

Nathan Lyon has taken two wickets and could be set for more on Day 5 of the final Test at Sydney. David Gray Reuters

Nathan Lyon was hailed as Australia's key bowler as the team closes in on an emphatic victory in the final Ashes Test after beleaguered England unravelled on a torrid day in Sydney today.

Australia have shown great patience with bat and ball in a 4-0 Ashes series win, and Steve Smith wants selectors to do the same as he aims to kickstart a golden era with a new-look XI. "The cricket we've played has been outstanding", Australia captain Steve Smith said.

Root was too sick to attend the post-match presentation so Jimmy Anderson deputized for him, telling the crowd his team had been thoroughly beaten over the series. "We have just been able to get on top and win those key moments and not let them back in the game which is crucial".

A fan asked on Twitter asking if organisers had made a version of the Australian hand with three fingers in the event the SCG Test was drawn.

England conceded defeat at 9-180 on Monday, with Root unable to return to the crease after retiring hurt a second time. "We've been in the games to an extent but we've just not been able to capitalise on any opportunities we got". "Australia have played great in this series".

Root went to hospital overnight with England Cricket initially saying he had "severe dehydration" after fielding and batting in intense heat on Sunday.

However, the ensuing four-Test series against South Africa and next year's Ashes in England are also firmly on his mind.

England can hope to restore some pride and bring joy to their loyal Barmy Army, when they take on Australia in the One Day Series beginning on 14 January.

For the first instalment, from 2019-2021, it will feature the current top nine sides playing series against six other teams, with the top two to then meet in the final at Lord's in London.

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