Peter Siddle and Michael Clarke after Australia's win. Pic: Getty Images

Australia have completed a stunning 5-0 Ashes whitewash after blowing away England on day three at the SCG.

Requiring 448 runs to win the fifth Test, or survive about 215 overs on a tough SCG pitch to save it, England lost four wickets inside two overs straight after tea before being dismissed for 166 in under 32 overs.

England's 281-run loss follows similar hammerings in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne.

Ryan Harris was named man of the match for his second innings 5-25, which gave him 22 wickets for the series at 19 apiece.

Mitchell Johnson, who took 3-40 today, was named man of the series after finishing with an incredible 37 wickets at under 14.

Australia's players with the spoils after completing the 5-0 Ashes whitewash. Pic: Getty Images

England's batsmen were under immediate pressure today and skipper Alastair Cook (7), Ian Bell (16) and Kevin Pietersen (6) all fell cheaply as the Aussies chased a three-day win.

Michael Carberry, whose greatest impact on tour has been a YouTube impersonation of Viv Richards that has gone viral on the internet, fought hard to get his team to 3-87 at tea.

But without a run added after the break, Carberry (43) flashed at a Johnson wide ball and again fell after having done the hard work.

Australia's pace attack of Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle. Pic: Getty Images

Then in the same over, Johnson had debutant Gary Ballance (7) plumb in front with one that kept a tad low.

The hapless Johnny Bairstow was then out for a duck to Nathan Lyon and the rampant Aussies were on course for a stunning victory with England 6-91.

Another new boy, Scott Borthwick (4), followed in the same over, caught low down at slip by Michael Clarke to make it 7-95.

Ben Stokes, England's one find of the series, smashed a quickfire 32, including 20 from one Lyon over. But he perished having a dash against Ryan Harris and it was 8-139.

Alastair Cook and his beaten side look on as Autralia receive the winners trophy. Pic: Getty Images

Broad had his own fun against Lyon, but after then hooking Harris for six he was bowled for 42.

Harris then completed the rout and Australia's celebrations began in earnest.

For England, who began in Brisbane on November 21 hoping to win a fourth straight Ashes series, the last six weeks have been an unmitigated disaster.

They have had no answer to the hostility of Johnson's bowling and the counter-thrust of Brad Haddin's batting, while stalwarts Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann both left the tour early.

Johnson nabs Cook. Pic: Getty Images

Cook’s miserable series finished with another failure when he fished at Johnson.

His pair of sevens in the game means that his Ashes series averages now stand at 27, 24, 127, 27 and 24. Australia may have their work cut out in 2015 based on that sequence.

Harris has operated in Johnson’s shadow for much of the series but there was no issue about his value as he forced a gully catch from Bell, then saw short leg George Bailey complete a spectacular capture to get rid of Pietersen for six.

Earlier, Australia again batted themselves into a dominant position in the third innings as opener Chris Rogers produced his third Test century and second of this Ashes series.

George Bailey takes a great overhead catch to remove Kevin Pietersen. Pic: Getty Images

Rogers was finally dismissed for 119 soon after lunch, caught and bowled by Scott Borthwick who then had Harris caught in the deep for his third wicket.

Australia were all out a short time later for 276 when Rankin took his first Test wicket.

No team has chased more than 332 at the SCG and on a pitch playing a few tricks, and a brutal pace attack eager to finish the job they started at the Gabba six weeks ago, England could only dream of avoiding a 5-0 whitewash.

Pic: David Warner catches Ian Bell. Getty Images

While the third century of Rogers’ career came in his 11th Test and meant he had achieved it considerably faster than senior team-mates Clarke (24 Tests) and Shane Watson (46), Bailey has a bleaker future.

Rogers and Bailey shared a century stand as they built the lead towards 400 but Bailey’s bid to be selected for South Africa next month may have foundered when he tugged a pull into the deep to fall for 46.

Haddin continued his remarkable run with a rapid 28 that took his series tally to 493 runs, the most by any Australian wicketkeeper.

Like England's batting this summer, even Michael Carberry's bat folded today. Pic: Getty Images

Debutant Borthwick had been kept out of the attack for most of the morning but bowled Haddin in his first over when he was eventually introduced.

Johnson slammed a four then was bowled by Ben Stokes as Australia sought quick runs late in the session.

Chris Rogers completes his second century in successive games, and third career Test ton. Pic: AAP

Before the start, players from both teams presented former great Glenn McGrath with either a "Baggy Pink" or pink replica England cap, to auction as part of the Pink Test celebrations for the McGrath Foundation, which raises funds to fight breast cancer.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke hands his "Baggy Pink" to Glenn McGrath before play. Pic: Getty Images

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