Australia regain Ashes

Australia regained the Ashes with an innings and 41 run win in the third Test at the WACA.

Leading by 259 runs on first innings, Australia had England 4/127 at the end of day four.

While there was a lengthy rain delay on day five, Australia only needed 35 more overs to dismiss England for 218 (James Vince 55, Dawid Malan 54). Josh Hazlewood took 5/48, supported by Nathan Lyon (2/42) and Pat Cummins (2/53).

Australia turned the game around on day three. Resuming at 3/203, they lost Shaun Marsh (28) before captain Steve Smith (239) and Mitch Marsh (181, his first Test century) compiled 301 in 80 overs. Forties from Tim Paine (49 not out) and Cummins (41) pushed Australia to 9/662 declared, a lead of 259. James Anderson toiled for 4/116 from 37.3 overs

Learning from their Adelaide blunder, England won the toss and batted first. Struggling at 4/131, Malan (140) and Jonny Bairstow (119) compiled 237. England’s middle-lower order let them down again, losing 6/35 as England fell for 403 (Mitchell Starc 4/91, Hazelwood 3/92, Cummins 2/84).

The fourth Test – at the MCG – begins Boxing Day. England will be desperate to regain pride, while Australia are gunning for a third whitewash since 2006/07.

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