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Australia v England - 5th Test
Sydney: 2-6 January, 2007

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Shane Warne
Warne shows his appreciation of the SCG crowd's send-off
Shane Warne lavished praise on his Australian team-mates as he ended his Test career with victory in the final match in the 2006-7 Ashes series.

Australia claimed a 5-0 whitewash after winning the Sydney Test by 10 wickets.

Warne said: "To win 5-0 is a fantastic achievement by this group of guys. This team's played some sensational cricket through the whole summer.

"England have played some good cricket at times too, but when the big moments came the Australian team stood up."

Warne hailed team-mate Glenn McGrath, who was also playing his final Test.

McGrath took the key early wicket of Kevin Pietersen as England lost their last five wickets for just 33 runs on Friday.

"It's just a pleasure to play with someone like Glenn McGrath," said Warne. "He's been an unbelievable player."

McGrath said he had never played in a better Australian side.

To win it 5-0 here with my team-mates like that - it cannot get any better

Justin Langer

"The bowling's given them nothing and the batting too - at every stage, the guys have played well," he said.

"I don't think we've ever played as well team-wise as we have in this series."

The third Australia player to retire, opening bat Justin Langer, was at the non-striker's end as Matthew Hayden scored the winning runs at the SCG.

He said: "We've been so determined to win this series and win it well.

"To win it 5-0 here with my team-mates like that - it cannot get any better than that. It's the perfect time to let go of it.

"I've got my team-mates and I'll be with them for a fairly long time tonight, I think.

When we took the last wicket to think that would be the last time we'd be walking off the ground with Glenn and Shane was strange

Australia captain Ricky Ponting

"The baggy green cap means a lot to a lot of people, and to wear it 105 times has been an absolute pleasure and honour."

An emotional Ricky Ponting admitted the retirements of Warne, McGrath and Langer had got to him.

"It wasn't so much about the 5-0, it was more about the occasion with the guys finishing," said the Australia captain.

"I shed a bit of a tear out on the ground and had to stay away from as many photographers and cameramen as I could.

"Even when we took the last wicket, to think that would be the last time we'd be walking off the ground with Glenn and Shane was strange.

"I was actually hoping to get the chance to bat with Justin today and I was a bit filthy with Matty (Hayden) for not getting out."

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