Root spurned a glorious chance near the end of day one in Sydney, after doing all of the hard work for most of the day and with England in control at 3/228.
It's true the Kooka is less responsive than England's Dukes balls and the tourists were simply at their wits end trying to make it swing or seam, taking just 57 of a potential 100 Australian wickets, a awful return.
"I think emotions sort of got the better of me and I just wanted to give him a hug", he said.
"As a squad, I think we've got all the bases covered well and truly".
After declaring their first innings at 649/7, Steven Smith-led Australia took a 303-run first-innings lead at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
"I pretty much went for the high five and Shaun went for the hug", said Mitchell.
But Cook's reprieve did not last long and he was bowled for 10 when a sharp Lyon turner hit the top of off-stump in the off-spinner's first over. Cummins led the series with 23 wickets, Starc finished with 22 from four tests, while Hazlewood and Lyon each took 21.
The Marshes had nearly stranded themselves with a mid-pitch embrace before each hastily making their ground for the two runs which took Mitch to his century; then one ball later, he lost his off stump to one that nipped back.
England assistant coach Paul Farbrace admitted his side has struggled to escape Lyon's "strangehold" throughout the series.
SHAUN Marsh will have two roasted arms to show for Sunday's dream century after he batted through the hottest conditions for Ashes Test cricket in Australia on record.
"We have just been able to get on top and win those key moments and not let them back in the game which is crucial".
There was another embrace for the centurions after an embarrassing dismissal was avoided before Mitchell Marsh was bowled from the next delivery. It should be good enough to ensure his selection for the forthcoming New Zealand tour, but Stoneman needs a century on his Test CV very soon.
He was the third centurion of the massive Australian first innings total, following Usman Khawaja's 171 on Saturday.
Another special moment for Shaun and Mitch Marsh as they become the latest additions to the @scg honour board!
In the bowling attack, James Anderson was the only consistent bowler as he came away with 17 wickets, 6 more than Stuart Broad and the only England bowler who's figures compete with the Australians.
"You can't really win an Ashes series when that's the case (no one stepping up) so it's been good that so many different people have stepped up at different times to help us win the series", said Smith.
England paceman James Anderson (1-56) toiled tirelessly and without luck after two decent lbw shouts were turned down by the umpire.
England's resistance lasted little more than a session, as Australia came flying out of the gates after the lunch break to take the remaining wickets and kick off the celebrations.
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