Australia romped to a convincing eight-wicket victory over England in the fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne, taking a 4-0 lead in the series with one match to play.
Chris Rogers was the hero of the day for Australia, scoring 116 to bring up his second Test century and taking the hosts to the brink of victory.
He departed shortly before the finish line, but that merely allowed skipper Michael Clarke to play a brief cameo which saw him pass 8,000 Test runs and guide his team home.
Michael Clarke becomes the sixth Australian to reach 8000 test runs along with Ponting, Border, Steve and Mark Waugh and Hayden #ashes— BBC TMS (@bbctms) December 29, 2013
It was a familiar one-sided end to a Test on this tour, though the method of England's humiliation was different this time around, with the tourists collapsing from a winning position.
Only a day earlier in the match, they led by over 100 runs with all their second-innings wickets in hand—but what followed was grisly for Alastair Cook's side.
Even going into the final day, they had a chance, but the tone was set by two early drops.
Cook was technically guilty of both, although Jonny Bairstow should have dived to go for the first chance, when Stuart Broad drew an edge from Rogers in the fourth over of the day.
An edge for Warner followed soon afterward, this one far more straightforward but shelled by the captain.
Warner departed chasing quick runs, feathering a cut to the wicketkeeper off the bowling of Ben Stokes, but Shane Watson picked up where Warner left off, and Rogers played briskly and brilliantly.
There will be questions asked over Monty Panesar's role, too—in the second innings he was reduced to a bystander for much of the day, only called to bowl by the time part-timer Joe Root was into his second spell of the day.
Panesar picked up the wicket of Rogers late on, but it was scarcely a consolation.
In fact, with Australia closing out the game midway through the afternoon session on Day 4, perhaps the only consolation is that there is just one more Test left to play before their miserable series is over.
|Australia 2nd Innings|
|CJL Rogers||c †Bairstow b Panesar||116||208||155|
|DA Warner||c †Bairstow b Stokes||25||75||47|
|SR Watson||not out||83||157||90|
|MJ Clarke*||not out||6||24||20|
|Total||(2 wickets; 51.5 overs)||231||(4.45 runs per over)|