Australian skipper Steve Smith was all smiles after his side completed a dominating 4-0 win over the English side in the Ashes 2017-18. "We've definitely made strides in the right direction", the 35-year-old said after the tourists fell to an innings and 123-runs defeat in the fifth and final test in Sydney.
- England spinner Mason Crane finishes with 1-193 from 48 overs, putting him fifth on the list of the worst figures on Test debut.
'I definitely aim to be part of that and after this Test is over we start building towards that goal, putting in place plans to get the Ashes back.
In 4th January, the fifth Test which was also the first match in the new year and both teams wanted to start the year with victory.
Despite that, England have had their moments on this tour even in the last two Test matches when it could have been easy for them to roll over.
The visitors batted first when the Test began on Thursday and brought up a total of 346 from their first innings, respectable but without any knocks of real effect outside of Joe Root's 83 and Dawid Malan's 62. However, so came to bat for first innings Australia presented huge runs target in front of England and nearly secured the match.
Australia's three big pace guns - Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins - with 21, 22 and 23 wickets for the series, do indeed represent one of Australia's finest attacks of recent times. And while he has been mildly critical of the backroom staff at some stages of this tour his parting words suggested they had been "brilliant", "fantastic and "can't do enough" for the players".
He had scampered every one of his hard-earned 42 runs in near city-record 47 degree heat the previous day, although England were at pains to stress the captain's subsequent viral illness was in no way connected to that doubtless exhausting experience.
Compounding England's woes was a finger injury for skipper Joe Root, his team's last major hope of staving off a 4-0 series rout on Monday's final day of the Test.
The England captain had been unable to continue his innings immediately in the morning session, having arrived at the SCG after being treated for vomiting and diarrhoea.
However, Lyon looms large as the chief destroyer on a tired day five wicket, if last night's barbecuing of Cook and then Dawid Malan was anything to go by. After Cook's outstanding double-century on a controversially lifeless pitch in Melbourne, he admitted he was "embarrassed" with his previous efforts while England lost the Ashes before Christmas, and would have to live with that knowledge for a long time. We've just got to keep getting better and improving as a team.
However, the siblings further silenced the doubters after Shaun and Mitchell made it two tons apiece in the series as Australia reached lunch at 578-5, a lead of 232 runs.
Australia have played an attritional game in this series that has grinded England down to the ground.
The tourists were bowled out for 180, adding just 87 to their Day Four score of 93 for the loss of four wickets.