Anderson: Series closer than 4-0

Anderson: Series closer than 4-0

Seven weeks of intense Ashes battle across Australia ended, as majority have over the last three decades, with the hosts revelling in a comprehensive series triumph after an emphatic victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

He talks to Michael Vaughan with interviews from England Vice captain James Anderson, Australian captain and man of the series Steve Smith along with man of the match Pat Cummins.

England's supporters, and those from Australia too, showed their appreciation for his determination as he took guard one hour late - after reaching an unbeaten 42 in near city-record extreme temperatures of 47 degrees the previous day.

The damage was minimal, with Cook undone on 10 by a handsome delivery from Nathan Lyon that turned sharply and hit the top of off stump.

The Black Caps' 2-0 win over the West Indies in December had kept them ahead of their trans-Tasman neighbours, on 100 ranking points, but now it's Australia in front of them, moving from 97 to 104, with New Zealand remaining in fourth, and England falling behind, from 105 to 99.

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Steve Smith's side regained the Ashes by winning the first three Tests - the hosts have won seven of the past eight series down under as well as 15 of their past 20 home Tests against England.

The Baggy greens were led by master tactician and supreme batsman Steven Smith, who scored a magnificent 687 runs in the series (hundreds at Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne) and the way Smith played he earned the respect of his peers and opponent.

England have now delivered more than 1000 overs this series, while Jimmy Anderson has bowled 223.3 overs in the series. The team had a wonderful bowling attack in Mitchell Starc (22 wickets), Josh Hazlewood (21), Patrick Cummins (23) and Nathan Lyon (21), who all complimented each other and there was no respite for the English batsmen. South Africa (111) 3.

"This team has been magnificent in this series, the cricket we've played has been great so I think the more we play together the more we are going to get better as a group", he said.

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