Aus­tralia wins Test and re­claims Ashes

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Perth, Aus­tralia

Aus­tralia beat Eng­land by 150 runs on Tues­day to win the third Test in Perth and re­claim the Ashes from its bit­ter ri­val, with skip­per Michael Clarke hail­ing an “out­stand­ing” ef­fort.

Eng­land was 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, which went into the se­ries just months af­ter a 3-0 Ashes loss in Eng­land.

“I don’t re­ally know what to say. We have got them back, I couldn’t be hap­pier,” Clarke said of the Ashes, which Eng­land had held for the past three se­ries.

“Credit to the team for how they played: they were out­stand­ing.”

De­spite 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 vic­tory.

The 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 sec­ond in­nings.

Al­though the Ashes have been re­gained, Clarke said Aus­tralia was tar­get­ing a 5-0 win in the se­ries as it seeks to climb from fifth in the world Test rank­ings.

“We want to get back that No 1 rank­ing,” he said.

Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook praised the char­ac­ter of Stokes and ad­mit­ted the English were start­ing to dream of the im­pos­si­ble, but added 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.”

Set 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 crease.

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.

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