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PERTH---In a fitting finish to Australia
regaining the Ashes, it was Mitchell Johnson
steaming in with the wind at his back who
took the wicket which ended England s three-
series hold on the urn.
Johnson wasn t considered to be in good
enough form for the last Ashes tour, when
England completed a 3-0 win at home in
Back on Australian soil, he terrorised the
England batsmen, taking 23 wickets to help
Australia secure its most coveted prize with
two matches to spare. After a barren stretch
of nine Tests without a win, including seven
defeats in India and England, Michael Clarke s
Australians have now won three back-to-back
and are starting to talk about a 5-0 sweep.
"We got em back, so it s a fantastic feeling,"
Clarke said of the Ashes after his side com-
pleted a 150-run win in Perth yesterday. That
was the smallest winning margin in three
"For the guys in the dressing room to feel
this, I don t think you ll find one bloke who
won t say that this is the pinnacle.
"Playing Test cricket against England and
winning the Ashes. That s always been the
pinnacle for Australian cricketers."
Australia came to the WACA ground needing
just one win from the last three Tests to secure
the Ashes for the first time since their 5-0
series sweep in 2006-07. Johnson, with some
fiery spells, was man-of-the-match in the
381-run win in Brisbane and the 218-run vic-
tory in Adelaide.
The batsmen came to the fore in Perth,
where Steve Smith s 111 and Brad Haddin s
fourth consecutive half century revived Aus-
tralia s first innings, and where David Warner
(112) and Shane Watson (103) added hundreds
in the second.
Australia had seven centuries in the series
before England posted one---from two-test
allrounder Ben Stokes when the game was
already slipping away.
Stokes resumed yesterday on 72, with Eng-
land at 251-5, and scored a defiant 120 before
getting an under-edge to an attempted sweep
off Nathan Lyon and was well caught behind
by Haddin. His dismissal just after lunch trig-
gered the tailend collapse and England was
all out for 353 chasing an improbable 504 for
Johnson took the last wicket, No 11 Jimmy
Anderson, to finish with 4-78 for the innings.
Lyon returned 3-70, the pair wrapping up the
five wickets Australia needed on the last day.
"We went through what England s going
through now not long ago in the UK," Clarke
said. "We had a tough time of it in the UK
and copped a lot of criticism, but we also had
a lot of support. For those people who have
stuck by us, thank you!"
England captain Alastair Cook, who like
Clarke was playing his 100th Test, said his
team was outplayed.
"We knew how tough it is coming to Aus-
tralia to play. You ve got to be at the top of
your game and we haven t been there," Cook
said. "And they ve been very ruthless and
never let us back into any game when they
got ahead of us."
Stokes went in with England reeling at 121-
4 on day four and shared partnerships of 99
with Ian Bell (60), 76 with Matt Prior (26)
and 40 with Tim Bresnan to delay the
He batted for almost 4 1/2 hours, facing
195 balls and hitting a six and 18 fours in his
first Test century, frustrating Australia s bowlers
in the opening session.
The ball was hitting the cracks in the pitch
and deviating at angles but Australia s bowlers
could not produce the cluster of wickets they
were expecting, taking only the wicket of Prior,
who was caught behind off Johnson.
The first-session defiance raised England s
hopes of hanging on for a draw to keep the
Ashes alive, but England s tailend batsmen---
including a hobbled Stuart Broad, who was
unbeaten on 2---provided little resistance.
The remaining two tests are in Melbourne
starting December 26 and then Sydney.
"I know everyone s hurting now. It s an
incredibly tough place to be," Cook said, pre-
dicting there d be "inquests" after such a lop-
"Every time we got a partnership going or
a few wickets with the ball, Australia always
responded better than what we could deal
with," he said. "You have to give a lot of credit
to how Australia played in those circumstances
and throughout the three games. They ve been
very ruthless with us. When they had a sniff,
they d taken their chances. And when they
had us down, they kept us down." (AP)
SYDNEY---Prime Minister Tony Ab-
bott has encapsulated the jubilant
mood Down Under in saying Christ-
mas has come early for Australian
sports fans after Australia s emphatic
Michael Clarke s team regained the
Ashes just four months after the last
series defeat in England by complet-
ing a third comprehensive Test victory
on home soil yesterday.
As the team shed tears of joy and
loudly celebrated the win, Australian
sportsmen and commentators were
quick to offer their congratulations on
"How good is this!!!" tweeted for-
mer paceman Glen McGrath.
With two matches remaining in the
series, McGrath s breast cancer char-
ity the McGrath Foundation omi-
nously tweeted "We re dreaming of a
whitewash Christmas, just like the
ones we used to know!" (AP)
Aussie PM says third Test win equals early Christmas
Australia regains the Ashes
Australia's Michael Clarke, centre, and his teammates celebrate after winning their Ashes
cricket Test match over England, yesterday in Perth. Australia won the match by 150 runs and
take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five match series. AP PHOTO
Australia 1st Inns: 385
England 1st Inns: 251
Australia 2nd Inns: 369
England 2nd inns
MCarberrylbwbWatson . . . . . . . . . .31
JRootcHaddinbJohnson . . . . . . . . . .19
KPietersencHarrisbLyon . . . . . . . . .45
BStokescHaddinbLyon . . . . . . . . .120
MPriorc†HaddinbJohnson . . . . . . . .26
TBresnancRogersbJohnson . . . . . .12
JAndersoncBaileybJohnson . . . . . . .2
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-62, 3-76, 4-121, 5-
220, 6-296, 7-336, 8-347, 9-349
Bowling: R Harris 19-2-73-1, M Johnson
25.2-6-78-4 (1w), N Lyon 22-5-70-3 (1w),
P Siddle 26-11-67-1, S Watson 11-1-39-1.
To ss : won by Australia.
Series: Australia leads 5-Test series 3-
Player of the match: Steve Smith
Umpires: Marais Erasmus, South Africa,
and Billy Bowden, New Zealand.
TV umpire: Tony Hill, New Zealand.
Match referee: Jeff Crowe, New Zealand.
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