It took England all of 12 overs, to grab the last three Australian wickets to take the final Ashes Test, at Sydney, by and innings and 83 runs. The tourists thus won the series 3-1 and had claimed victory Down Under for the first time in 24 years.
On the final day, Steven Smith resumed on 27 and Peter Siddle was by his side with 28 as the score read a dismal 213/7 in 72.4 overs. Their only perceivable objective was to keep going and accumulate as many runs as possible in a bid to erase the deficit which was still looming at 151 runs. In the 7th over, Siddle picked English paceman Tim Bresnan for 6 runs, while in the following over, he hit a four off off-spinner Graeme Swann, through point.
Smith followed suit in the 76th over, smacking Bresnan for another four through the same region. In the next over, Siddle ran a double of Swann to bring up Austarlia's 250. But Siddle soon ran out of steam when he picked out James Anderson on the square leg boundary while going for a slog off Swann. Siddle was on his way for 43 and Australia were 257/8 in 78.4 overs.
9th batsman Ben Hilfenhaus tried to settle in by swatting Christ Tremlett for a four, but was out in the very next over when Anderson had him caught behind for 7. At 267/9, Australia's quick end was inevitable. Tremlett performed the last rites when he bowled last batsman Michael Beer for 2. Australia were all out for 281 in 84.4 overs.