Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AN Cook
72(153) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
SPD Smith
111(208) 14x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 0 4 0 4 4

Best performances - Bowlers

SCJ Broad
O22.0
M2
R100
W3
Eco4.54
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
PM Siddle
O16.0
M5
R36
W3
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

So before Christmas, the Ashes are done and dusted and now Australia have the chance to push for another whitewash. But Melbourne and Sydney are two grounds where England have traditionally been more comfortable and they will be desperate to respond having been totally outplayed so far. Australia are on a roll and head to Boxing Day in fine fettle with players in form and confidence high. That's when we'll be back, so have a good break and rejoin us for the fourth Test. But from Monty and I, for now, it's goodbye and Merry Christmas!

Here's the Presentation. Man of the Match goes to Steve Smith for that century on day one which set the game up for Australia. He describes the knock as the innings of his life.

Alastair Cook has to begin another post-mortem: "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.

Michael Clarke can't get to the microphone quickly enough:"10 out of 10, it doesn't get much better. Team performance has been exceptional. We went through what England are feeling now in England but we've now got our earned reward. I didn't say too much at lunch. We didn't get much luck in the morning session but we held our chances well after lunch. No doubt Mitch deserves a lot of credit but it's been a team performance over three matches. And there's a lot of people behind the scenes that don't get the credit they deserve so to those people that have stuck by us, thank you."

England have been well off the pace yet again with the bat and that has cost them dearly. They have been chasing matches throughout this series and this was no different. At least Ben Stokes stuck his hand up, showed some bravery and technique and mental fortitude to make a magnificent hundred and the rest of the dressing room surely have to look at Stokes and think, if a bloke playing his second Test can do it, why can't we? The batting failure came off the back off another chance - for the third Test running - with the ball in the first innings. But Australia responded in a manner winning sides managed to do - how many times did England come back from 30 for 3 at home in the last series?

It's pretty much been the same tale as the first two Tests, Australia won the toss and battled hard through a spot of bother to make a solid first innings score. England then failed to stay in the game with another sloppy opening dig with the bat and from there, Australia dominated with big runs second time around and managed to swat off a bit of England resistance. The Australian attack has again been superb, three nagging seamers, complimented by Nathan Lyon whose contribution cannot be underestimated, and, of course, Mitchell Johnson's raw pace that has rattled England to their core.

Australia have completed the turnaround and a 150-run victory has put them 3-0 up and enough to regain the Ashes for the first time since 2006-07. Mitchell Johnson has a tear in his eye as his celebrates, he has been the difference between these sides and the reason why almost the same teams have produced a markedly different result from the last series. "Proper emotion" Ryan Harris has just described as the Australians realise their ambitions in only 14 days of this series.

103.2
W
Johnson to Anderson, OUT, back of a length on the stumps, Anderson square up and pops a chance into the leg side which Bailey dives forward to take and Australia have regained the Ashes. Pace doing for Anderson who got it high on the bat and presented a straightforward catch to Bailey and fittingly it is Mitchell Johnson that has finished it off
103.1
1
Johnson to Broad, 1 run, full on the stump, Broad chips it through square leg

END OF OVER:
103 | 2 Runs | ENG: 352/9

  • SCJ Broad1 (6b)
  • JM Anderson2 (7b)
  • NM Lyon22-5-70-3
  • MG Johnson25-6-77-3
102.6
1
Lyon to Broad, 1 run, back across the off stump, pushes through point and they take the easy single on offer
102.5
1
Lyon to Anderson, 1 run, forward and gets a thick outside edge backward of point for a quick single
102.4
0
Lyon to Anderson, no run, outside off, not a length to cut, Anderson tries anyway and misses, poor stroke
102.3
0
Lyon to Anderson, no run, more air and pushed firmly in the air for a while but well away from cover

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AN Cook
72(153) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
SPD Smith
111(208) 14x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 0 4 0 4 4

Best performances - Bowlers

SCJ Broad
O22.0
M2
R100
W3
Eco4.54
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
PM Siddle
O16.0
M5
R36
W3
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF