England captain Joe Root admitted his side have been left with plenty to work on after suffering one final Ashes humiliation at the hands of Australia.

The third day’s play in Hobart began positively for the tourists as paceman Mark Wood finished with Test-best figures of 6-37 and Australia were bowled out for 155 in their second innings.

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey top-scored with 49, with only four other batters reaching double figures.

Veteran Stuart Broad claimed 3-51 in support of Wood, as England (3/1 – to win 2023 World Cup) were set 271 to claim a consolation victory at the end of a dismal series.

And things looked good as openers Rory Burns and Zak Crawley put on a fluent 68 for the first wicket, only for all ten wickets to be lost for the addition of a further 56 runs.

All-rounder Cameron Green sparked the collapse with three wickets, while Scott Boland also claimed three victims, before, fittingly, it was left to Aussie skipper Pat Cummins to wrap up the victory by clean bowling Ollie Robinson.

The loss in Hobart came hot on the heels of a battling draw in Sydney, with the Baggy Greens (4/1 – to win 2023 World Cup) having dominated completely in winning the first three Tests in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

And Root was left with little in the way of a positive feeling after his side subsided for the umpteenth time, with England back in Test action in the West Indies in less than two months’ time.

He told reporters: “It’s been frustrating for us. It’s been a really tough tour. We’ve played good cricket in parts, but not been able to string a (whole) game together.

“It’s obvious – we need to put more runs on the board. Too often we’ve not given our bowlers enough to work with. We’ve been outplayed and credit to Australia, they deserve to win this series.”

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