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MADRID---Gareth Bale has
recovered from a left leg knock
and is in Real Madrid's squad
for Monday's Spanish league
home match against Celta Vigo.
Bale missed Madrid's last
league match at Valencia before
the two-week winter break.
He also was left off its squad
for a friendly earlier this week
against Paris Saint-Germain.
Madrid manager Carlo
Ancelotti says Bale is fit but
that he "has to decide if (Bale)
will play" or rest until the Wales
winger is in "optimum
Madrid is in third place in the
league behind Atletico Madrid
ed a rare 5-0 Ashes series
whitewash with a 281-run vic-
tory inside three days of the
fifth test yesterday as England s
batting lineup once again capit-
ulated to pace pair Mitchell
Johnson and Ryan Harris.
Chasing a record 448 for vic-
tory at the Sydney Cricket
Ground, England quickly sur-
rendered and was all out for just
166, with Harris taking five
wickets to earn man-of-the-
match honours and Johnson tak-
ing his five-Test tally to 37 and
being named player of the series.
The ferocious spell of fast
bowling ended England s second
innings inside two-and-a-half
hours, providing an apt end to
a humiliating series for the
"We wanted to make sure the
pressure we built in Brisbane
and Adelaide, that we kept it up
all series," said Harris after
claiming 5-25 in England s sec-
It was the sixth time in ten
innings this series that England
had failed to make 200, with
yesterday s performance perhaps
the meekest of all. Opener
Michael Carberry made 43 and
there was some lusty late hitting
from Ben Stokes and Stuart
Broad but otherwise no real
"Today was a culmination of
being under the kosh for four
and a half games," Cook said of
yesterday s rapid collapse.
"Credit to Australia, I can t even
count how many sessions we
won in the series."
"That s a pretty daunting stat
to take but a very realistic sta-
Australia, captained by
Michael Clarke, secured its third
Ashes 5-0 series whitewash,
joining Warwick Armstrong s
1920-21 team and that of Ricky
Ponting in 2006-07. It was also
the biggest Ashes series turn-
around, with Clarke s team hav-
ing lost the previous series 3-0
in England only six months ago.
Australia used the same eleven
in all five tests.
"It s very special, the roller-
coaster ride, the ups and downs
of 2013, it s been a lot of work
to get us where we are today,"
"Extremely special for a num-
ber of reasons, I guess the same
11 is certainly a fantastic achieve-
ment and a lot of credit has to
go to the support staff, the med-
ical staff," said the captain.
The rot started early in Eng-
land s second innings, with cap-
tain Alastair Cook caught behind
from a loose stroke for seven in
Johnson s (3-40) first over.
Harris then dismissed Ian Bell
for 16, caught by David Warner
at gully and had Kevin Pietersen
(6) spectacularly caught by ay
bat pad to have England teeter-
ing at 87-3 at tea.
Things only got worse for
England after the interval los-
ing the final seven wickets in
just 52 minutes.
Carberry swiped at a Johnson
bouncer and feathered an edge
through to Brad Haddin. Eng-
land lost a further three wickets
for eight runs, with Gary Bal-
lance (7) trapped lbw by Johnson
and then Lyon dismissing
Bairstow for a duck, caught at
bat pad by Bailey.
Two balls later, Lyon had
Borthwick caught by a diving
Michael Clarke at second slip
for four. The captain somehow
getting his hand to the ball just
above the SCG turf.
Harris returned to end Ben
Stokes cameo of 32 off 16 balls,
including two sixes off one Lyon
over, and cleaned up the tail as
Broad played on to his own
stumps and Clarke grasped
another good catch at slip to
complete the rout and the series
Earlier, Chris Rogers reached
his third test century and shared
a 109-run partnership with Bai-
ley (46) to help Australia reached
276 in its second innings and
set England a nearly-impossible
target of 448 runs to avoid a
series clean sweep.
Rogers, who had an uncon-
vincing start to the series, has
found his best form and on Sun-
day he frequently punctured the
England field with fluent cover
drivers, until he spooned a catch
back to debutant spinner Scott
Borthwick when on 119 off 169
balls, with 15 boundaries.
The 36-year-old Rogers, who
scored a match winning 116 in
Melbourne last week, is Aus-
tralia s leading run scorer across
the 10 Ashes Tests staged since
mid-2013, with 844 runs and
"I don t think life gets any
better than this," said Rogers.
"It s been an unbelievable
month. To finish like this ..."
"I found a bit of form in these
last few games and thankfully
have been able to cash in."
SYDNEY---Australia s vice-captain Brad
Haddin has credited coach Darren Lehmann
with eliminating anxiety from the change room
and allowing captain Michael Clarke to focus
his attention on the on-field battle that led to
Australia s Ashes clean sweep.
Haddin, who also quashed retirement
rumours, said all the "nervous energy" had dis-
appeared from within the squad in the lead-
up to this series, and this was a key factor in
Prior to the first Test at the Gabba, Haddin
said the previous coach Mickey Arthur had been
"very, very insecure" in the role, which he
believed had contributed to a poor atmosphere
in the camp. After the 5-0 success was secured
in Sydney, Haddin said the turnaround from
the 3-0 defeat in England, when Lehmann had
only just taken over on the eve of the series,
had been in part down to the difference in
feeling in the change rooms.
"I think Michael s always been an outstanding
tactician," Haddin said. "He reads the game as
well as anyone you can play with. I think what
Darren and his staff have done is take the anxiety
out of the change room. And all the nervous
energy. We can just get on and do our job and
Michael can do his without having to worry
about anything else.
"I think our preparation was spot on. There
was no anxiety leading in to the first Test. Every-
one was relaxed and knew exactly where they
stood. We knew what our team was a long way
out, going in to this campaign, so we could pre-
pare to play Test cricket, not look over our
shoulders and worry about what was going on.
We could prepare for this series and give it the
respect it deserved. It was a massive test for
us, that first Test match."
Haddin has epitomised the aggressive style
of play the Australians have favoured in this
series, his counterattacking with the bat rescuing
the team from trouble in all five first innings.
Attack has also been the key for the bowlers,
with Mitchell Johnson s pace and accuracy mak-
ing life uncomfortable for England s batsmen,
while Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle never gave
"We ve played the brand of cricket that Aus-
tralians expect and that we expect as a group,"
Haddin said. "I think that s been pretty evident
watching from the sideline. I ve been ultra
impressed with the way our fast bowlers have
gone about it. There have been no places to
hide. Once they ve been five down it s been
"And at times [it would have been] outright
scary, trying to stand in front of these guys
takes a lot of courage. From that point of view
I m happy with where it s all at. We re playing
the Australian brand of cricket now. Darren and
all his staff can take a lot of credit for that.
We re getting back to enjoying our cricket and
enjoying being Australians and playing our way."
....Australia cleans up pathetic England
anxiety says Haddin
Australia's Ryan Harris jumps up high after Australia won their
Ashes cricket Test match against England in Sydney, Australia,
yesterday. Harris won man of the match. AP PHOTO
Bale returns for Madrid's match against Celta
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