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Australia regain Ashes with crushing victory over England in Perth Test

Australia have regained the Ashes after a thumping win over England in the Perth Test as the visitors crumbled under the pressure on a tricky fifth day wicket

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2017 14:07 IST
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Josh Hazlewood picked five wickets for Australia in England’s second innings to hand the hosts a win by innings and 41 runs and an unassailable 3-0 series lead in the Ashes.(REUTERS)

Australia have reclaimed the Ashes and remain on course for a 5-0 whitewash of England, after completing an innings-and-41-run win on the final day of the third Test in Perth. (Ashes 3rd Test SCORECARD)

Rain initially threatened to deny Steve Smith’s men on Monday, with a combination of showers and wet patches on the pitch delaying the start of play at the WACA and shaving 20 overs from the final day.

However, the hosts still wrapped up victory with plenty of time to spare, Josh Hazlewood taking 5-48 - his sixth five-wicket haul in Tests - as England were dismissed for 218 in their second innings.

Having now been beaten in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to relinquish the urn, England are in danger of losing 5-0 for the third time in four tours of Australia.

The tourists were 368-4 early on day two of this match, but collapsed alarmingly to 403 all out before Australia powered to 662-9 declared on the back of 239 from Smith and Mitchell Marsh’s 181.

Dawid Malan, who made a maiden Test hundred in England’s first innings, impressed again on Monday by reaching 54 after his side had resumed on 132-4, but there was little else in the way of resistance as Australia claimed the six wickets they required.

Pat Cummins claimed the series-clinching scalp after tea had been pushed back with England nine down, the seamer having Chris Woakes caught behind for 22.

Australia skipper Steve Smith couldn’t hide his delight following the win. “Captaining an Ashes winning side is an amazing feeling. It’s a moment we’ve been looking forward to. So much has gone into the preparation; the way we’ve gone about it was spectacular,” he said after the victory.

His England counterpart Joe Root conceded that the hosts were the far better side in the three Tests so far. “Very difficult to take but fair play to Australia, they’ve outplayed us in all three game and we’ve got to be better.”

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 13:32 IST