CANBERRA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has congratulated the Australian cricket team and skipper Michael Clarke on their 5-0 victory in the Ashes Cup series over England.
"Winning the Ashes five-nil is a historic triumph," he said on Sunday afternoon.
"Each of our players had the hopes of the nation on their shoulders and they performed with distinction to achieve this extraordinary victory. Australians are incredibly proud of them."
The PM said the "stunning victory" was a commendable comeback.
"To win so comprehensively after disappointment earlier last year shows tremendous character," Abbott said.
After England won 3-0 to secure the urn for a third consecutive series in Britain last year, Australia has answered four months later with the most emphatic turnaround imaginable under the leadership of Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann.
Australia's blazing Ashes whitewash is complete, after Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson finished England off inside three days of the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
England collapsed in humiliating circumstances to hand Australia a comprehensive 281-run victory and the third 5-0 clean- sweep in Ashes history.
Johnson was named man-of-the-series ahead of keeper Brad Haddin after taking 37 wickets at 13.9, while Harris was named man-of-the- match for his eight wickets across two innings.