Australia reclaim Ashes
Mitchell Johnson (AP Photo)
Perth - Australia beat England by 150 runs on Tuesday to win the third Test
in Perth and reclaim the Ashes from their bitter rivals, with skipper
Michael Clarke hailing an "outstanding" effort.
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England were all
out for 353 on the final day at the WACA Ground to hand the home side an
unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
It capped a remarkable turnaround for Australia, who went into the series just months after a 3-0 Ashes loss in England.
don't really know what to say. We've got them back, I couldn't be
happier," Clarke said of the Ashes, which England had held for the past
"Credit to the team for how they played: they were outstanding."
a determined rearguard action -- led by rookie English batsman Ben
Stokes, whose maiden Test century frayed Australian nerves -- the home
team ran through the English tail after lunch to claim a famous victory.
Australians had won the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide and
secured the urn when rejuvenated paceman Mitchell Johnson claimed his
23rd wicket of the series to remove Jimmy Anderson and end the England
Although the Ashes have been regained, Clarke said
Australia were targeting a 5-0 win in the series as they seek to climb
from fifth in the world Test cricket rankings.
"We want to get back that number one ranking," he said.
captain Alastair Cook praised the character of Stokes and admitted the
English were starting to dream of the impossible, but added that the
result reflected the series.
"Just when we got a partnership going, we haven't managed to turn it into big one," he said.
"We have been outskilled in all aspects, and it is hard to say that. They have been ruthless. It hurts."
a record 504 to win, England went to lunch on the final day at 332-6,
needing 172 more runs with four wickets in hand and Stokes still at the
However, Australia turned the screws when spinner Nathan
Lyon (3-70) picked up the wicket of Stokes for 120 in the third over
after the break.
Stokes, who scored the first English century of
the series in just his second Test, attempted to sweep a ball outside
off stump and got a thin bottom edge, with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin
continuing his outstanding series by hanging on to a diving catch.
was the end of a superb knock by Stokes, who showed up his more senior
teammates by staying at the crease for 257 minutes and facing 195 balls,
hitting 18 fours and one six.
His departure also ended a 40-run partnership with Tim Bresnan.
Lyon then picked up Graeme Swann for four, caught at short leg, as Australia closed in on victory.
(12) was the next to go, brilliantly caught by a diving Chris Rogers at
mid-off from the bowling of England's chief nemesis Johnson as
celebrations by local fans went into full swing.
The match was
over when Johnson (4-78) claimed his final scalp of the innings, with
Anderson caught at short leg by George Bailey.
England had resumed
on 251-5, but Stokes defied the Australian attack for the entire
morning session, losing only Matt Prior (26) along the way.
22, was temporarily denied a century when he drove Johnson straight and
the ball deflected off the bowler's hand into umpire Marais Erasmus,
costing him the two runs he needed to reach the milestone.
But he got a top edge to fine leg for a boundary from the next ball to notch his first Test century.
for the first time in the series, it was Johnson who delivered a dagger
to English hearts by removing Prior in his third over with the second
new ball, ending a 76-run partnership with Stokes.