Australia blasted by OWN fans for 'classless' trophy presentation following Ashes series win over England

AUSTRALIA cricket team were blasted by their own fans for a "classless" trophy presentation following their 4-0 Ashes win over England.

Joe Root – himself having to get off his hospital bed on the final day – saw his side lose by an innings and 123 runs in Sydney.

The England skipper was fast asleep when the urn was officially handed over to the hosts, but the controversy did not stop there.

Aussie captain Steve Smith was centre stage as his side hoisted the Ashes trophy and replica urn.

But behind them was a giant blue hand with the Australia flag holding up four fingers.

The other side of them stood a huge white hand, covered in the St George's cross, with a clenched fist – signalling the 4-0 victory for the hosts.

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The players themselves appeared not to care less but viewers were left angered by what they saw.

One posted online: "Cricket Australia should be ashamed.

"Using a huge image of a hand covered in the Australian flag with four fingers to indicate the score in the Ashes series is akin to using a hand with only the middle finger on show.

"Makes me embarrassed to be Australian."

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Another wrote: "What the F was that stupid background set up at the presentation ceremony?"

A fellow user posted: "Cricket Australia trying to cover themselves in the players' glory, the same players they were deriding through their union have made yet another huge cock-up."

Another said: "Really? How gross. I'm all for beating England at any known sport, but this is insulting triumphalism."

One wrote: "The only way it could be worse is if it was flipping the bird."

Another posted: "We have a bit more class than that don't we…"

A fellow user said: "I'm not a fan. But that's just me."

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