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Oz rout England to set up crack at 5-0 sweep

The Australians whip the tourists for 161 in their second innings off 65.5 overs to win the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series inside three days.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 14:29 IST

Australia will go to Sydney aiming for the first 5-0 Ashes series clean sweep in 85 years after crushing England by an innings and 99 runs in the fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

The Australians, hellbent on exacting full revenge for losing the Ashes in England last year, routed the tourists for 161 in their second innings off 65.5 overs to win the Boxing Day Test inside three days.

Led by pacemen Brett Lee and Stuart Clark, Australia wrapped up the comprehensive victory at 5:44 p.M. And will be out to emulate Warwick Armstrong's 1921 team when they shoot for a series clean sweep in the fifth Test, starting on Tuesday.

It was Australia's 15th win (one drawn) in their last 16 Tests since losing the Ashes in September 2005.

Lee captured 4-47 off 18.5 overs and Clark claimed 3-30 from 16 overs, including the pyschological wickets of Kevin Pietersen (1) and skipper Andrew Flintoff (25).

It was another sorry England batting performance following their abject first innings of 159 off 74.2 overs after winning the toss and trailed by 260 runs on the first innings.

Clark triggered England's demise when he bowled Alastair Cook and Pietersen in the hour after lunch when England slumped to 49 for three.