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Australia regains the Ashes

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Australia have put the pain of three straight Ashes-series defeats behind them, crushing England by 150 runs in the third Test on Tuesday to regain the urn.

Skipper Michael Clarke’s men needed just 14 days of the five-match series to win back Test cricket’s most famous trophy, which England have held since 2009.

Kiwi-born youngster Ben Stokes led England’s brave resistance with 120 off 195 balls as the second-gamer notched the tourists’ first century of the series.

Australia bowled England out for 353 in their second innings in the post-lunch session on the final day of the third Test at the WACA Ground.

Mitchell Johnson (4-78) and spinner Nathan Lyon (3-70) led the way for the Australian bowlers.

Set 504 to win, England resumed on 5-251 and reached 6-332 at lunch.

Matt Prior (26) added 76 with Stokes.

Prior was out caught behind to a wide ball from Mitchell Johnson.

Stokes top-edged a bouncer from Johnson to the fine-leg boundary to notch his maiden hundred off 159 balls.

Lyon claimed the key wicket of Stokes caught behind in the third over after lunch at 7-336.

The 22-year-old left-hander went for a big sweep shot and departed after hitting 18 fours and one six in more than four hours of batting.

Lyon struck again in his next over when Graeme Swann was caught at bat-pad for four.

Stuart Broad, limping because of a bruised foot sustained while batting against Johnson in the first innings, joined Bresnan.

Bresnan popped a catch to mid off where 36-year-old Chris Rogers held a fabulous diving attempt to his right at 9-349.

Jimmy Anderson, so often Australia’s Ashes tormentor in recent times, was last man out for two.

Australia put themselves in a strong position on Monday as Shane Watson smashed 103 in the home side’s second innings of 6(dec)-369.

Watson is a veteran of Australia’s past three losing Ashes series, along with Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle.

 Winning the Ashes in 14 days

BRISBANE – Match finishes late on day four. Australia wins by 381 runs

(Australia 295 & 7(dec)-401 beat England 136 & 179)

ADELAIDE – Match finishes before lunch on day five. Australia wins by 218 runs

(Australia 9(dec)-570 & 3(dec)-132 beat England 172 & 312)

PERTH – Match finishes at 1.44pm local time on day five. Australia wins by 150 runs

Australia 385 & 6(dec)-369 beat England 251 & 353

 

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