England secured their first win down under in style by claiming the final Ashes Test in Sydney to end 24 years of hurt.
The tourists cruised to victory by an innings and 83 runs, after an impressive day 4 saw them rip through the Australian innings and all but guarantee victory.
Australia began the day an insurmountable 151 runs behind with Smith and Siddle battled hard again for the hosts, taking their stand on to 86.
England hacked away and eventually got the breakthrough when an attempted slog sweep by Siddle off Graeme Swann found James Anderson in the deep.
Siddle’s fast bowling saw him saw score more runs in the series then Phil Hughes, Ricky Ponting and Simon Kiatch, when his 43 came off 65 balls including four boundaries.
In the second over Ben Hilfenhaus followed quickly with the new ball as he edged Anderson behind to Matt Prior, with Smith deservedly reaching his second test-half century of 85 balls after his impressive attempt to keep playing his shots.
But England claimed victory when Michael Beer edged the ball onto his own stumps, leaving Hilfenhaus stranded and Australia all out for 81.
The day belonged to the tourists and with the crowd not surprisingly made up of English supporters with admission being free, producing a fantastic atmosphere within the famous ground.
Andrew Straus joined the illustrious list of English captains to win the Ashes Series at home and away, and he praised the performance of his teammates.
“All credit to the guys, they’ve been outstanding again, the way the bowlers bowled on day one, the batsmen dipped their bread in it again and we got another victory.’
The victory is sweet revenge for Anderson, who was part of the team whitewashed 5-0 by Australia four years ago.
He echoed the delight of English fans when he said, ‘It’s been a great tour for us, an amazing sort of feeling for us retaining the Ashes last week and winning the series this week.’
After closing the gap to two points on second place South Africa in the ICC Test Rankings, English players and supporters alike can soak up the Sydney sunshine and celebrate an emphatic victory.