Australia wins third Test to reclaim the Ashes

IT'S party time for the Aussies in Perth as they wrapped up the third Test to secure an Ashes series win.

The home side bowled England out for 218 on day five to secure victory by an innings and 41 runs.

England has been no match for Steve Smith and Co. who have completely dominated this summer.

The urn is coming back to Australia.

The Aussies bowled England out for 218 on day five in Perth, securing victory by an innings and 41 runs to give the home side an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

The Poms have surrendered cricket's most prestigious trophy, which was won in the 2015 Ashes series in England.

Just as Australia did in 2013-14, it snagged bragging rights with a comprehensive victory at the WACA. Four years ago George Bailey caught Jimmy Anderson at short leg to complete the carnage, and this time the slaughter came to an end when Chris Woakes edged Pat Cummins through to wicketkeeper Pat Cummins.

"The boys have done a terrific job. Really proud of everyone in the dressing room," captain Steve Smith said.

"What an amazing feeling. To win an Ashes series, my first as captain, to be 3-0 up and get the urn back is bloody incredible.

"The way we've gone about this has been spectacular.

"We've worked incredibly hard. Everyone's done a great job for Australia and to get that urn back here in Perth is a dream come true."

Smith revealed his emotions got the better of him as he reflected on the enormity of what he and his teammates had achieved.

"I was crying in the sheds a bit just then," Smith told ABC Grandstand. "It really is what dreams are made, as a captain first time, to be up 3-0 is something special"

England captain Joe Root said the loss was "very difficult to take".

"It's bitterly disappointing. You take a lot of responsibility as captain. Fair play to Australia, they outplayed us in this game and won the key moments," he said.

"I don't think these three games is a fair reflection of how we've played and what we're capable of."


The Poms started the final day hoping for a miracle - and it looked like their prayers may have been answered. Rain had made its way onto the pitch resulting in several wet patches that delayed the start of play.

The ground staff used leaf blowers to try and dry the deck and despite the England camp being angry at the prospect of batting on a strip that was always going to prove hard work, the first ball of the afternoon was finally bowled more than two hours after play was scheduled to begin.

Josh Hazlewood gave the fans reason to get off their chairs with his first ball in the day's second over. His delivery stayed low and skidded into Jonny Bairstow's off stump to make England's mission impossible seem even further away.

The visitors entered the day at 4/132, 127 runs behind Australia, and Bairstow's dismissal started the rot. Nathan Lyon then got Moeen Ali out for the fifth time this summer, trapping him LBW for 11.

Dawid Malan showed plenty of grit in scoring an impressive 54 in difficult conditions but he was unlucky to glove Hazlewood down the leg side, giving Paine an easy catch. The right-arm quick from NSW picked up his fifth scalp of the innings when Craig Overton edged him to Usman Khawaja in the gully before a Pat Cummins short ball proved too tough to handle for Stuart Broad, who was the second Englishman to glove a catch down the leg side.

Cummins smashed Jimmy Anderson in the head first ball, sending him to his haunches. Woakes tried to shield the No. 11 from the strike he couldn't prevent the inevitable, succumbing for 22 as the Aussies launched into wild celebrations.

News Corp Australia

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