Ashes - Australia down England in Perth to regain the Ashes

Day five, third Ashes Test, WACA Ground, Perth - Australia 385 (Smith 111, Warner 60, Haddin 55; Broad 3-100) and 369-6 dec (Warner 112, Watson 103, Rogers 54) beat England 251 (Cook 72; Harris 3-48, Siddle 3-36) and 353 (Stokes 120, Bell 60; Johnson 4-78, Lyon 3-70) by 150 runs. Australia lead the series 3-0.

Australia reclaimed the Ashes by dismissing England's last five batsmen after lunch on Tuesday for a 150-run victory in the third Test to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Just three months after England wrapped up a third successive Ashes series triumph by a similarly dominant 3-0 margin back home, Australia wrested back the tiny urn they last held in August 2009.

Ben Stokes (120) made the Australians sweat through the first session with his maiden Test hundred - England's first of the series - as the tourists chased their improbable victory target of 504 before Australia quickly ran through the England tail.

Australia won the first Test in Brisbane by 381 runs and the second in Adelaide by 218 runs and will now be targeting a 5-0 sweep in the final two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

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England 251-5 - Play resumes with Australia needing five wickets for victory. England, with Stokes and Prior at the crease, needing 252 runs on a strip that has badly cracked up.

England 296-6 - Johnson draws Prior into an attempted drive and English resistance is finally broken this morning. Haddin gleefully takes the catch behind the stumps as Johnson sends Prior back to the pavilion for 26.

England 305-6 - 100 to Stokes! The 22-year-old is not to be denied his century as he hits a full delivery from Johnson for four to reach three figures in just his second Test.

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England 336-7 - Stokes finally departs for a magnificent 120 as he gets a bottom edge on an attempted slog sweep and is caught behind by Haddin off the bowling of Lyon.

England 347-8 - Swann (4) gets a big inside edge and the ball loops up off his pads to Smith for a simple catch at short leg off the bowling of Lyon.

England 349-9 - A brilliant catch from Rogers sends Bresnan packing for 12 and rewards Johnson with another wicket.

England 353 all out - Australia complete a 3-0 series victory to reclaim the Ashes as Johnson picks up the wicket of Anderson (2), who holes out to Bailey.

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Johnson (135) now needs two wickets to pass Stuart MacGill (135) as the sixth highest Test wicket-taker in Australia.

Johnson now has 40 wickets at the WACA equal second highest with Brett Lee. Glenn McGrath has the most.

Australia have hit six more tons than England in this Ashes. The biggest difference in a series is nine.

England held the Ashes for 1577 days. 23rd August 2009 - 17th December 2013.


Where do England go from here? There have been so many things wrong with how they have played this series, something clearly needs to be done. Is it time for a shake-up? At least Ben Stokes showed there is some new blood coming through. Should England make wholesale changes for the fourth and fifth Tests with the Ashes already lost?


Cook: "It was a fantastic innings full of character from Ben Stokes. With those cracks there it's daunting but he played so well. You never know in sport but just as we got a partnership going we lost it, not for the first time in this series. It's not for lack of effort but we've been out-skilled in all departments, that's the honest truth. Everyone's hurting now but all we can do is work as hard as we can and turn it around on Boxing Day."