Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 5th day December 17, 2013

Australia seal emotional victory to regain Urn

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Australia 385 (Smith 111, Warner 60, Haddin 55) and 6 for 369 dec (Warner 112, Watson, Rogers 54) beat England 251 (Cook 72) and 353 (Stokes 120, Bell 60, Johnson 4-78) by 150 runs
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As the Barmy Army sang mournfully of their desire to take the Urn home, Australia completed a pounding of England in Perth to regain the Ashes lost in 2009. Mitchell Johnson was a fitting taker of the last wicket, a short ball to James Anderson an equally fitting manner in which to take it. England have been bullied and battered from the second afternoon in Brisbane when Johnson blew the touring middle order away.

In all it has taken only 14 days for Australia to end four years of torment. Of the current team only Michael Clarke had experienced an Ashes victory before. The overwhelming margin of victory was the culmination of a campaign that began in England earlier this year, a series loss away from home used to gather intelligence on England and generate confidence within a team rejuvenated by the appointment of the new coach, Darren Lehmann.

There were tears among Australia's players at the WACA Ground after a morning on which they were made to wait by the admirable Ben Stokes, who sculpted a maiden century on a pitch that had become patchworked with deep and wide cracks. Johnson's dismissal of Matt Prior opened up one end, then Nathan Lyon defeated Stokes after lunch to begin the final drive to victory. Johnson's wickets gave him 23 for the series so far, a major marker of the gap between the teams.

Stokes and Matt Prior had begun with the target of getting through to the second new ball, something England's middle order had failed to do on the third morning. They managed this despite the odd ball deviating dramatically off the pitch's widening cracks, as Stokes crept closer to a century.

Australian nerves were evident in the fidgets of the fielders, while Ryan Harris' brow furrowed more deeply with every ball to beat the bat. Stokes was unperturbed by it all, mounting his tally steadily as Michael Clarke called for a fresh missile to hand to his bowlers. Prior flicked a pair of leg-side boundaries, the second of which drawing a huge divot in watered turf as Johnson dived. He got up with a muddy trouser leg but no sign of injury.

The stand was worth 76 and more than an hour had been negotiated when Johnson homed in on Prior. A few balls had reared up at the wicketkeeper's ribs, and eventually he lost composure, swishing at a ball angling across him and edging through to Brad Haddin. Australian celebrations indicated as much relief as joy.

But Stokes was far from finished. A pair of pull shots for two from Johnson took him to the cusp of a century, then a glove down the leg side scuttled to the fine-leg boundary for his hundred. England's first of the series was also only the third by an Englishman in Perth since 1987 - Graham Thorpe and Alastair Cook the other two. Stokes raised his bat proudly, then rounded off the session by twice clattering Lyon down the ground.

Following a nervous lunch, Australia resumed their quest for the final wickets. Clarke persisted with Lyon, and had rich reward when Stokes attempted to sweep. A thin bottom edge was the result and Haddin did wonderfully to stay low with the ball and claim the catch. Instantly any tension among the hosts was relieved.

In Lyon's next over Graeme Swann completed a forgettable match by squeezing a catch to short leg. The edge was so apparent and the ball's parabola so gentle that Billy Bowden appeared to raise his finger before the ball settled into Steven Smith's hands. The end was coming quickly now, and a well disguised Johnson slower ball resulted in a checked Tim Bresnan drive and a brilliant catch at mid-off by Chris Rogers.

Stuart Broad batted bravely despite his badly bruised foot but it was merely a token gesture. Anderson soon fended Johnson to short leg and Australia rejoiced.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • landl47 on December 17, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Great win by Australia, thoroughly deserved. This team really seemed to gel, with everybody playing for each other. Some brilliant individual performances, of course, but the overwhelming feeling is that this was a team effort from a group of players with a lot of pride who would not accept losing.

    Not much to cheer about for England, with only a couple of players (Broad and Stokes) really having much to look back on with pride. It was courageous of Broad to bat (and not to dodge Johnson when he could have done) even though there was no hope of England saving the game.

    This will probably be the last Ashes series for a number of players. The England side, with the exception of Carberry, has experienced Ashes success and it's nice to think that Haddin, Harris and Rogers, all wonderful representatives of Australia and Australian cricket, have this achievement to look back on. Well done, guys.

  • Denno911 on December 17, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    An awesome Display. I had the opportunity to go to the WACA today. So glad I did. It was the single best day of cricket I have witnessed in person. Edge of the seat stuff.. A heroic innings from Stokes - well Done considering the outcome.

    Awesome to see you regain the Ashes here boys, great job..

    England simply out played at every turn. The ashes maybe gone - however the there are still 2 games to be played. So are you going to lay down and be run over by the green and gold or are you going to make a game of it..... Time will tell.

    Bring on Boxing Day - A packed house @ the MCG...

  • HatsforBats on December 17, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    An excellent all round performance by Australia with telling contributions from everyone, it really has been a team success. Even if players aren't making runs or taking wickets they have been taking excellent great catches and really backing up the bowlers. I admit I was getting a few nerves when the pitch was still playing so well and England were looking fairly comfortable. Even the canyons in the pitch seemed to be favouring England, and doing absolutely no favours for Haddin's bye count, who was otherwise excellent including the brilliant catch of Stokes. Congratulations to Stokes on an excellent innings, one of the most admirable 4th innings digs I've seen in a long time. I mentioned yesterday he shouldn't be at 6, I might be wrong. A genuine all-round talent, just imagine once he hits his peak in a few years! I think in the next 2 tests we'll see some sterner batting performances from England, but I can't see their bowlers turning it around to make 2-3.

  • Protears on December 17, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    I was at the Perth test last November when we (South Africa) toured down under, the world press was laying into us as we struggled in the first two tests but salvaged the games. I said then that Australia in Australia is not an easy proposition, I was told watch England go there and give Australia a beating. I also thought that England would have some resolve but Australia have been relentless and deserve the Ashes.

    England unlike us have no spark, I remember that Perth test vividly, under pressure in the series and it took a Philander/Faf partnership to get us to 280 odd then Steyn blew away Australia, then the Hash Bash show with Amla hitting 196 off 170 odd deliveries which took that test match away. England don't have anything remotely special. I also recall AB de Villiers reverse sweeping Lyon 3 in a row for a 100. If it was hard for a South African team to win in Australia it was going to be really hard for an England to win.

  • Mitty2 on December 17, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Well done lads! Great work by all! Everyone contributed and the win was purely down to that aggressive cricket and confidence inspired by Boof and co. This win has been the most rewarding - for our bowlers to do so well in 40 degree hit was brilliant. And of course, brilliant ton by Ben Stokes. Counter-attacking on some massive cracks with heaps of temperament and talent - he scored all round the wicket. Huge future.

    All of England's main players - Anderson, Swann, Prior, Bell, Cook and KP have been thoroughly outplayed and squashed. That was key. Huge congrats to everyone.

    Australia in home Tests past 20 years:

    Won 81 Lost 16 Drawn 18

    Order much restored.

    Over the three tests:

    AUSTRALIA - 45/2152

    ENGLAND - 60/1403

    Simply amazing - who would've thought it. Much credit needs to go to Billy Mcdermott, and of course well done to those with media clouds over their heads - Mitchell Johnson, Haddin and Warner. My player of the series so far just has to be MJ, with Haddin close.

  • on December 19, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Here we go .......India lost with England in India, Australia lost to India in India, now England lost to Aussys in Australia ........

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on December 18, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    People are saying that the difference between the sides is Johnson? Ok he has been great with bat an ball but we have 7 tons to 1, have taken screamers in the field, all our bowlers have taken wickets at critical times, we always had a partnership when we needed one, Clarke has captained well, we have had great plans for their batsman, we sledge well, our run rates are excellent and Haddin has been superb behind the stumps. I'd say there's a lot more differences between the sides than Johnson.

  • on December 18, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @Beertjie Paine is really unfortunate as he got injure at very wrong time of his carrier, i have saw him batting in tests in India during 2010 season, by that i can see that guy really have something in him to be a test player (wk) and Wade should not be consider over him. The problem of Hughes is that he was Flopped in India, but it was alien land for him and it was his first tour, he would have definitely gained some experience from that tour that he will do better in future subcontinents tour. So Hughes should start opening from next season will be the best idea once rogers is retired. @ no 3 position keep Watson till 2015-16 season and than put Maddinson over there.

  • Surajdon9 on December 18, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Fantastic team effort from our boys. They should all be very proud, as I am. Also, massive congratulations to Darren Lehmann and to Craig McDermott, our bowling coach. They have done a wonderful job! Let's go on and make a clean sweep and bury the memories of the last three Ashes series. And yes, those English fans who were predicting that they'd hammer us again - funny, they all seem to have disappeared!!! I do want to pay tribute to Alastair Cook, a dignified and capable captain, and to young Ben Stokes with his century in his second Test.

  • Surajdon9 on December 18, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Fantastic team effort from our boys. They should all be very proud, as I am. Also, massive congratulations to Darren Lehmann and to Craig McDermott, our bowling coach. They have done a wonderful job! Let's go on and make a clean sweep and bury the memories of the last three Ashes series. And yes, those English fans who were predicting that they'd hammer us again - funny, they all seem to have disappeared!!! I do want to pay tribute to Alastair Cook, a dignified and capable captain, and to young Ben Stokes with his century in his second Test.

  • landl47 on December 17, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Great win by Australia, thoroughly deserved. This team really seemed to gel, with everybody playing for each other. Some brilliant individual performances, of course, but the overwhelming feeling is that this was a team effort from a group of players with a lot of pride who would not accept losing.

    Not much to cheer about for England, with only a couple of players (Broad and Stokes) really having much to look back on with pride. It was courageous of Broad to bat (and not to dodge Johnson when he could have done) even though there was no hope of England saving the game.

    This will probably be the last Ashes series for a number of players. The England side, with the exception of Carberry, has experienced Ashes success and it's nice to think that Haddin, Harris and Rogers, all wonderful representatives of Australia and Australian cricket, have this achievement to look back on. Well done, guys.

  • Denno911 on December 17, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    An awesome Display. I had the opportunity to go to the WACA today. So glad I did. It was the single best day of cricket I have witnessed in person. Edge of the seat stuff.. A heroic innings from Stokes - well Done considering the outcome.

    Awesome to see you regain the Ashes here boys, great job..

    England simply out played at every turn. The ashes maybe gone - however the there are still 2 games to be played. So are you going to lay down and be run over by the green and gold or are you going to make a game of it..... Time will tell.

    Bring on Boxing Day - A packed house @ the MCG...

  • HatsforBats on December 17, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    An excellent all round performance by Australia with telling contributions from everyone, it really has been a team success. Even if players aren't making runs or taking wickets they have been taking excellent great catches and really backing up the bowlers. I admit I was getting a few nerves when the pitch was still playing so well and England were looking fairly comfortable. Even the canyons in the pitch seemed to be favouring England, and doing absolutely no favours for Haddin's bye count, who was otherwise excellent including the brilliant catch of Stokes. Congratulations to Stokes on an excellent innings, one of the most admirable 4th innings digs I've seen in a long time. I mentioned yesterday he shouldn't be at 6, I might be wrong. A genuine all-round talent, just imagine once he hits his peak in a few years! I think in the next 2 tests we'll see some sterner batting performances from England, but I can't see their bowlers turning it around to make 2-3.

  • Protears on December 17, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    I was at the Perth test last November when we (South Africa) toured down under, the world press was laying into us as we struggled in the first two tests but salvaged the games. I said then that Australia in Australia is not an easy proposition, I was told watch England go there and give Australia a beating. I also thought that England would have some resolve but Australia have been relentless and deserve the Ashes.

    England unlike us have no spark, I remember that Perth test vividly, under pressure in the series and it took a Philander/Faf partnership to get us to 280 odd then Steyn blew away Australia, then the Hash Bash show with Amla hitting 196 off 170 odd deliveries which took that test match away. England don't have anything remotely special. I also recall AB de Villiers reverse sweeping Lyon 3 in a row for a 100. If it was hard for a South African team to win in Australia it was going to be really hard for an England to win.

  • Mitty2 on December 17, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Well done lads! Great work by all! Everyone contributed and the win was purely down to that aggressive cricket and confidence inspired by Boof and co. This win has been the most rewarding - for our bowlers to do so well in 40 degree hit was brilliant. And of course, brilliant ton by Ben Stokes. Counter-attacking on some massive cracks with heaps of temperament and talent - he scored all round the wicket. Huge future.

    All of England's main players - Anderson, Swann, Prior, Bell, Cook and KP have been thoroughly outplayed and squashed. That was key. Huge congrats to everyone.

    Australia in home Tests past 20 years:

    Won 81 Lost 16 Drawn 18

    Order much restored.

    Over the three tests:

    AUSTRALIA - 45/2152

    ENGLAND - 60/1403

    Simply amazing - who would've thought it. Much credit needs to go to Billy Mcdermott, and of course well done to those with media clouds over their heads - Mitchell Johnson, Haddin and Warner. My player of the series so far just has to be MJ, with Haddin close.

  • on December 19, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Here we go .......India lost with England in India, Australia lost to India in India, now England lost to Aussys in Australia ........

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on December 18, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    People are saying that the difference between the sides is Johnson? Ok he has been great with bat an ball but we have 7 tons to 1, have taken screamers in the field, all our bowlers have taken wickets at critical times, we always had a partnership when we needed one, Clarke has captained well, we have had great plans for their batsman, we sledge well, our run rates are excellent and Haddin has been superb behind the stumps. I'd say there's a lot more differences between the sides than Johnson.

  • on December 18, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @Beertjie Paine is really unfortunate as he got injure at very wrong time of his carrier, i have saw him batting in tests in India during 2010 season, by that i can see that guy really have something in him to be a test player (wk) and Wade should not be consider over him. The problem of Hughes is that he was Flopped in India, but it was alien land for him and it was his first tour, he would have definitely gained some experience from that tour that he will do better in future subcontinents tour. So Hughes should start opening from next season will be the best idea once rogers is retired. @ no 3 position keep Watson till 2015-16 season and than put Maddinson over there.

  • Surajdon9 on December 18, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Fantastic team effort from our boys. They should all be very proud, as I am. Also, massive congratulations to Darren Lehmann and to Craig McDermott, our bowling coach. They have done a wonderful job! Let's go on and make a clean sweep and bury the memories of the last three Ashes series. And yes, those English fans who were predicting that they'd hammer us again - funny, they all seem to have disappeared!!! I do want to pay tribute to Alastair Cook, a dignified and capable captain, and to young Ben Stokes with his century in his second Test.

  • Surajdon9 on December 18, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Fantastic team effort from our boys. They should all be very proud, as I am. Also, massive congratulations to Darren Lehmann and to Craig McDermott, our bowling coach. They have done a wonderful job! Let's go on and make a clean sweep and bury the memories of the last three Ashes series. And yes, those English fans who were predicting that they'd hammer us again - funny, they all seem to have disappeared!!! I do want to pay tribute to Alastair Cook, a dignified and capable captain, and to young Ben Stokes with his century in his second Test.

  • Insult_2_Injury on December 18, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Great stuff Boof, creating an environment to express talent and leaving the side settled has some showing their potential and others playing above it. Every single player has contributed in one or more of the three Tests. Very rare to have a true team win. It's an encouraging start to the revival of Aussie cricket.

    I've never got the fixation of the Australian media with the Barmy Army. If an Aussie spectator slags off an opposition player, then it's the 'ugly Australian' image. If a bunch of boozed up England supporters slag an opposition player in verse, then they are brilliant for cricket! Their 'act' is 10% support for team, 90% self indulgence. The BA showed a typical lack of class singing about themselves as the Aussies celebrated absolutely decimating their team. To then sing over the ground interviews of the victorious players shows the cricket is second to trying to make themselves laugh. Come on Melbourne drown them out!

  • DesPlatt on December 18, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Excellent featured comments.Denno911, however, you can't have seen much cricket if you think that was edge of seat stuff. 150 runs? That is just reflection of your nerves about result. Look up fourth innings Test cricket history . Astonishing craters in pitch too. Best team by miles won but those craters meant that there would never be a miracle.

  • Meety on December 18, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    @ pcraju on (December 17, 2013, 7:56 GMT) - plenty of people have responded to your first post, but since you have posted again & don't seem to be acting like a know-it-all, I will respond. MJ had a task to do, that was get in the minds of the Pommy batsmen. The plan was probably hatched in England during the ODI series, where the Poms first looked a bit rattled on fairly docile pitches. England were very chatty in the England leg of the series, & on Day one @ the Gabba. Siddle & Harris's jobs are not to be the enforcer, but to keep the pressure up with skill & accuracy. In the past Merv Hughes filled the enforcer role that MJ currently has. Nothing that MJ has said has crossed the line, & you can't have an issue with "staring" at a batsmen. It is a game played by adults, who's livlihoods & reputations are on the line every day, it is played in the hot sun - there will always be words said.

  • Rowayton on December 18, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    I know I shouldn't gloat but I will - not at the English supporters, as we all know, over the years you win some and lose some - but at the anti NSW brigade in Australia. You guys don't know what you're on about. Smith wins man of the match, Lyon gets important wickets, Warner's got 471 runs, Haddin would be in the running for man of the series etc. they are all good test cricketers and are properly in the team on ability. Just admit the selectors know what they are doing and you don't have a clue.

  • on December 17, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Another pretty comprehensive victory for Australia. Congratulations to them, and there were no real crumbs of comfort for England, apart from a superb century from Stokes. Well played, just a pity there was no real support elsewhere.

  • AB34 on December 17, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    @geoffboyc, couldn't care less, we won the ashes and the 3-0 series win was the real thrashing, not like the 3-0 series "thrashing?" by England (that was a really close series).

  • AB34 on December 17, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    @Michael Griffith, you seem to forget our dominance in 90s and early 2000s, I think there were more then 3 wins in a row.

  • on December 17, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Dear England Selectors,

    All cricket supporters are probably asking why England have failed. The problem seems to be the lack of trust and confidence in the talent coming from first class cricket. The stars of yesterday, Pieterson, Bell, Swan and Co need to retire from international cricket and make way for the future.

    England selectors need to keep faith with first class cricket and select a team with the likes of Stokes, Ballance, Vince, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Eckersley, Carberry, Compton, Taylor supported by bowlers like Hogg, Onions, Gidman, Kerrigan, Rayner, Barker and Willey.

    Other than Stokes and Carberry who have played better than the rest of the England team, the remaining players would be pushed for places by the players above.

    Come on England, the Ashes may be over but don't ruin the future of England cricket. It is time to take responsibility and make the necessary changes to be a successful team again.

  • ShutTheGate on December 17, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    What happened to front foot lunge?

    Gone quiet mate? Common we enjoy your chirping.

  • on December 17, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    A wake up call for Eng!

  • Diaz54 on December 17, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    I am pakistani but support England. One must have to applaud on how Australia planned and executed this win. Very very impressive. Very impressed by Clarke, Warner, Haddiin and the bowlers. England well they do get carried away....almost get too big headed.

    What was shocking to see that the quick bowlers had no response. However people keep forgetting England lost to Pakistan two years back 2-0 on a flat track! There was no spin on offer. I think it is all about world class bowling attack. England struggle when they have to pitch up against good bowling. Also they need to do less talking and don't carried away! Well done Austr

  • dinosaurus on December 17, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    I'm sick of this "lions at home, rabbits away" mantra. May I remind readers that SA beat Aus in Aus last time, but SA hasn't won a series against Aus in SA since the 1970s. Every Indian knows that Aus got rolled for 47 last time Aus visited SA, but they don't acknowledge that SA did not win that series.

  • Harmony111 on December 17, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    I largely agree with pitch_curator. When Aus took that 10th wicket, the commentator on air, perhaps Ian Healy, said that Aus have won the most famous trophy in the world. Err ... wouldn't that be the world cup? Isn't that the most coveted trophy in the cricket world?

    Eng & Aus can play Ashes 12 months a year but that would not mean that Ashes is driving the cricket world, ODIs/T20 are.

    No one, certainly not me, is saying that Ashes is not significant. No one, certainly not me, is saying that Eng-Aus should not play Ashes. When others, esp Indians comment on Ashes articles, they do so cos they like cricket - any format, whichever country. It is a few snobs here who ask them to shut up. No wonder with this kind of attitude of such fans cricket is a minority sport in the world even though it is an amazing sport.

    Many such snobs mistakenly assume that Indians like only T20. We like them all. And we got large enough brains to understand T20, ODIs & Tests alike. These snobs fail at that.

  • on December 17, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    The long term problem for England has in my view been Broad and Anderson. They are not great bowlers. They get the new ball and best conditions to bowl yet both average over 30 runs per wicket. The benchmark for a quality opening bowler has always been below 25 runs per wicket. It's time England gave some new young bowlers the opportunity as averaging 30 runs per wicket in a career spanning over 50 tests is simply not good enough. And as for Pieterson for people to say that's the way he plays. Viv Richards was aggressive yet he made the runs when they counted and never got out like Pieterson does. Shows how great some players were and how some players who think they are great are not.

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Pitch Curator; Over 100 thousand watched this match, 12 of 14 days of cricket have been sell outs, only the two expected very short days haven't. I think its you neglecting the facts. Fact is the losing side in this so caller mid table clash smashed India home and Away. It's really quite easy to ignore the articles or go to the Indian page and let those that enjoy the Ashes enjoy it.

  • on December 17, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    @Meety, how ironic that our tail has once again performed so strongly in this series after their stand out performances in England. We were told they were one off knocks and tallies, but they just continue to get in behind the ball, play their shots and score valuable runs. When the Aussie tail bats it's a case of it being all too easy for modern day tailenders with all of their protective gear, when the English tail bats we are all sitting back expecting broken bones. I think this says much for the personal qualities of our team and also the good job the selectors have done in putting together a team that will fight tooth and nail for each other.

    @Chris_P, I think Beefy's prediction is looking pretty good, 3-nil with two to play, every chance of 5-nil in my book!

  • on December 17, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Congratulation Australia for a famous win and a fantastic turnaround to get the urn.This shows that this australia side is very difficult to beat under the leadership of Clarke and shrewd guidance of Lehmann.Although there were lots of individual performances which deserve applaud but it is the combination of Clarke and Lehmann which deserves credit.The biggest star of the series is undoubtedly Michhelle Johnson who really have transformed into a go-to bowler for his captain and has improved very well.Players who also deserve a lot of applaud is Brad Haddin and David Warner.As far as England is concerned,this is the time to get themselves together and find out what were the plans that couldn't went as they wanted and analyse thoroughly what can be done in the remaining test matches.I think the biggest disappointment was from the likes of Anderson,Swann and Pieterson.Cook himself was out of touch throughout the matches that had some effect on his captaincy also.

  • Rooboy on December 17, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Good to see the Aus team applauding Stokes for his well deserved ton. That's yet another thing this team of internationals could learn from the Australians about playing the game of cricket.

  • iwatcheditwhenwewasrubbish on December 17, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Well done Oz you have turned it around brilliantly.

    As an England fan and a lifelong lover of the game I have to say it is time for some players to call it a day and make way for younger players, even if the younger players lack experience, it is better that they get to have a go rather than a few "has beens" get to hang around for another 2 years, putting in the occasional great/meaningless performance against weaker teams but failing badly against average sides like this Ozy team.

    No disrespect but this Ozy team don't compare at all against the likes of Warne,Mcgrath,Ponting,Haydn,Waugh(s),Thomson,Lillee,Benoud,Bradman etc etc. If the England players have failed so badly (and lets be honest they have with only a few exceptions) against this Ozy team then they must know it is time to call it a day.

  • on December 17, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Australian look like as 07 conditions. good news ~after long period batting clash came to end.but in bowling only one Nam for aus m Jonson brilliant work . English teem has no abilities to combak .in presur they are fully down. his big names r totally under pressures .in these conditions they looking only homes lions .game is on for aus. 5-0 will soon.oopps

  • on December 17, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    When you beat someone 3 times in a row, you get complacent and think you will always beat them. Also you get stuck with the winning formula. When you are beaten three times in a row you get hungry and plan deeply for your adversary.

  • on December 17, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    In these three tests Australian has shown great supremacy over England. Hope England will try to save from a complete whitewash .

  • Gerrie on December 17, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    As a neutral, Saffer, did for no moment believe Oz were a bad side. just for a while, things went against them. Fair enough, they were never going to replace Hayden, Gilly and Warne, but they seemed to kick up fast bowlers under every rock. Mitch, Doug the rug, Hilfenhaus. All very decent bowlers. But not persisted with. Look how Hayden was found out on his first tour to SA, and boy, did he come back!!! Ditto for Langer. England, very ordinary though.....it's a;; about Jimmy and Swann, if they don't fire - OOPS! Cook is brilliant, and watching Trott become the batsman he would have never been in SA, is awesome.

  • on December 17, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    At the start of the series everyone ruled out australia .. 5-0 or 4-1 was an eventuality then , but it turned out the other way .... Congrats OZ go for 5-0 now

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on December 17, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @dzpz - you are correct that the best side in the world is about to play a test series - South Africa are undoubtedly the best side in test cricket at the moment. India, despite the rankings, are most definately not 2nd best. I think it is probably a 3 way tie between England, Australia and India, all of whom have won or lost series over the past 2 years.

    And well done Aussies - I am an English fan who thought we would win comfortably, I was wrong and I applaud the way the Aussies came at this series from the first moment and have won just about every session. I dont think it is the end of the world for England, we have a few guys out of form and an opportunity to give some more experience to the likes of Bairstow, Finn and Ballance. We mist use this as an opportunity to develop some of these guys in what are now dead rubbers. I think Carberry has been a good find, he seems fit and despite his age could be in the side for a couple of years.

  • on December 17, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Australia could thank Lehmann & McDermott for their presence & Mickey Arthur for his absence; especially since there weren't too many changes in the playing squad.

  • fguy on December 17, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    @pitch_curator good replies ;)

  • on December 17, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    @Rakesh, the reason why Warner's is not so much put in same pedestal is because, most of his big runs came in second innings in all 3 matches, when the advantage has already been gained by Australia.. But Johnson's effort (both with Bat and ball), came at crucial times and was the quintessential factors for victory.. I would be inclined to say that Johnson's spell at Brisbane has to be one of the best ever because it changed a series so dramatically..

  • anupkeni on December 17, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Australia 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR MG Johnson not out 0 9 0 0 0 -

  • rakeshcts on December 17, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Everyone is saying Johnson has been the difference between the sides, but dont forget Warner, he is almost equally imp as Johnson, scoring runs at a fast pace! (I am not ignoring contributions from others, but I rate Warner next to Johnson). I believe England should reconsider their final XI if they want to fight in the next couple of matches (should Prior, Swann and Bresnon be included in final eleven)?

  • rakeshcts on December 17, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    I keep seeing the comments that "defeat margins are decreasing - 381, 218 and 150" so England are improving. That doesn't make sense to me. Aus declared in their second innings in all three tests. Had Aus batted longer, Eng would have lost by bigger margin. And this comment comes from an Indian :)

  • batman_gothamcity on December 17, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Congratulations Australia for winning back the coveted urn. Sustained fast bowling from Johnson was the key factor in Aussies truimph with good support from other players . England erred in selection by not picking monty over swann , finn should be in the side . At the moment with exception of SA , all teams are been beaten heavily in away games .

  • 12thUmpire on December 17, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    The margins 300+ in the first, 200+ in the second and down to a mere 150 in the third establish England improvement by leaps and bounds! Watch out Aussies! :-)

  • on December 17, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    On a "positive" note for England, the defeat margins are decreasing - 381, 218 and 150. This extrapolates to a narrow 19 run defeat in the 4th and a 97 run victory in the 5th test. Chin up guys.

  • nainil0683 on December 17, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Australia truly played like champions and a well deserved series win for them. However the player of the game for me is Ben Stokes. He played an absolute class innings against all the odds. What a time to score a 100, playing just his second Test match and that too in Ashes and in Australia. He fought lion-hearted. Australia must have been worried for a second when Stokes was in full flow. Hats off to Stokes. Even Sachin has barely hit 3 centuries in fourth innings and Stokes achieving this so early in his career is magnificent. The other thing that I want to tell all the bastmen (of any team) is that you have been selected to play for your country. Therefore you must have it in you to play well. Don't ever play for a draw. Always go for a win. From Prior's body-language, I felt that he had no interest in going for the win. If I was playing instead of Prior, my target would be to get to 505 as long as I have a bastman at the other end. I have done this couple of times for my club.

  • i8uall on December 17, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    I hope that south Africa takes note and is prepared for the Aussie shock and awe

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 17, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    @Jagdish3k- re 'unlucky' dismissals of Root,Bell in your post,beg to disagree mate. Luck had nothing to with it rather a combo of poor/wrong shots and good bowling.Both were clear as say Cook/KP wkts.DRS proved it by upholding/OR the umps in both cases.

  • timtom on December 17, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    This was coming and England should have seen this. Though scoreline reads 3-0 in favour of england for last ashes it could have well been 3-1 in favour of Aussies if rain god and luck had its way. It was closely fought contest. England have become very complacent since. Good for them, at least they might show some fight next game.

  • on December 17, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Had Eng taken all those catches in all 3 matches we would have seen a different result. Don't go rejoicing Aussies because your team is still as weak as ever with the exception of Harris and Clarke I don't see much to be desired. Smith is T20/ODI player and so is Wato. Johnson will soon show his true colors that being the inconsistent fast bowler. This current aussie team is the weakest I have seen and to hear Clarke talking about going back to No 1 ranking is very amusing to say the least!

  • on December 17, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Congratulations Australia... Teriffic win. Couple of points I realised during this ashes series. Clarke is a different captain. If you measure him with Ponting, then he might look a little less, but that is wrong. He is completely different. During the post match presentation he said he did not speak to anyone on lunch day 5 (it was stressful moment for a captain after declaring at only 500 lead plus the new ball was seen off). He said he just had lunch and went into his cubicle. Also his view of Ashes victory celebration is just a couple of beers instead of all night partying. He knows there is work to be done. He is going to be different and make decisions his way. For that reason, I think he deserves RESPECT. Mitchell Johnson is one of the legends of the game. Some people who think he is slowly loosing it, wait and see how he comes back in Melbourne after 2 weeks of rest. For now wallow in Ashes victory Australia. Well done...

  • mainul079080 on December 17, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I am just bored to see these kinds of teams. Except SA all other major forces in world cricket are just one dimentional.Australia, England, India only win at home but loses convincingly away. Isn's it?

  • Beertjie on December 17, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    A few solid points@@Sachin O. Khairnar. One shouldn't make sudden changes to a winning team, but given the ages of the players, better contingency plans need to be in place than existed during the last golden age. Agree about playing Rogers till South Africa Series and Haddin till 14-15 series v India. Not sure if Paine will be the right choice, but Wade will certainly not be. Stokes would surely have been dropped if it was him keeping today. Harris should stay as long as his brilliant form and rickety body permits. Pattinson and Bird should come to South Africa and play when appropriate. But the batting replacements remain problematic. Hughes for Bailey if the latter can't cut it. I only support Hughes' inclusion reluctantly but his Shield form deserves some recognition. Watto's time remains limited for obvious reasons, but rather pick an out and out bat as replacement than an all-rounder. In this mix currently are Lynn/Maddinson/Doolan/Burns. Smith should replace Pup eventually.

  • sniper44 on December 17, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    An emphatic series white wash so far.England were wanting and clueless. deeply injured eng need some soul searching.Well played australia

  • on December 17, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Congrats Aus . Well done.Revenge is done.Mitchell Johnson was the difference in the end.

  • on December 17, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Very well done Australia, this is real team work. The hard work put by Australian team started to work The English Propaganda machine is silenced .The brittle batting line up of English team is exposed as well as lack of imagination of the English skipper

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 17, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    This was truly Austalia's occasion so well done to them. It has been a head spinning turnaround of fortune-to fast to really digest and understand. Simply they played positive cricket from Brisbane to here without stopping to look at the unfolding of events.Their dominance in the series has made England just look fifth rate after the summer and it will be right for the England side to back to the drawing board and without emotion work out what is necessary. Out of the rubble though we seem to have found a young man of real promise who almost made one believe in the impossible. Take a bow, ben Stokes, for having the panache and mind set to power us into some sort of future. A magical and falir filled knock full of positivity and good sense.. For the side as a whole it is time to pull together and play 105% cricket wkithout mercy for the rest of the tour and if that means leaving a name or two out so be it!

  • Bonehead_maz on December 17, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    iI'm playing Martha and the Vandella's non- stop ! There's dancing in this street ! IDK if before '58/9 there'd ever been an opportunity for England to win 4 in a row. I DO know my uncle played in the 3 losing series of the 50's and DO know his joy in seeing his ex teammates finally winning. I know Ian Craig was also absently joyous. I'm certain the feeling will be the same now. Well done - take it away Martha !

  • on December 17, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Great relief and joy. Yesterday was the best cricket I'd seen in person since DK Lillee took 8/29 against a star-studded rest of the world team in 1971. Brilliant batting by Watson began with a first over that yielded 14 runs. Then of course a wondrous cameo by Bailey set up a great win.

  • on December 17, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    What a way to win it back - aggressive, gutsy, relentless, positive cricket. As opposed to the last series - negative, turgid, time-wasting, and admittedly very professional wins. Great for the game that, for the time being, this type of cricket is winning matches and series...and wonderful to see what it meant to the team. Fantastic stuff.

  • Jagdish3k on December 17, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    England have somehow lost it mentally.However, they showed resilience despite losing which is a good sign for remaining series.However, the England have lost not only because of below par bowling. The reason of this dismal performance in the series is more due to their poor bowling & pathetic fielding.James Anderson is averaging around 60 per wicket & Swann 80 per wicket.They have left scores of cathes in this series.Batting brilliance of KP, Doggedness of Cook, Assurance of Bell, Aggression of Prior while batting all is missing.In this final innings they showed fighting spirit, but were unlucky in decision of Root & Bell.England must change their bowling arsenal and try to play for pride. I still feel that they are not the team to be beaten 5-0. They also have to believe it.

  • on December 17, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    I must congratulate Cricket Australia for their meticulous planning for this Ashes Tour. First Calling back Mitchel Johnson midway through India Tour, second preserving with David Warner. These two factors worked to their advantage and the Kangroos played to their potential. This is how Cricket Australia foresees the future and they never grumbled inspite of several losses at home and abroad. Something the BCCI have to learn a lot. Success or failure are parts and parcel of any game and ultimately who plays the best is the real " WINNER "

  • mulleegrubber on December 17, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    If the Australian team could just tear themselves away from their Ashes-winning celebrations for a few moments tonight, I think they should at least have the good grace to congratulate England on their steadily-improving performance over the first three Tests. The figures speak for themselves; a 381-run loss in the first Test, only 218 in the second, and reduced to just 150 in the third. Given this sort of progression they could well draw the fifth.

  • on December 17, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    @izzidole. check those dates.

  • JG2704 on December 17, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno on (December 17, 2013, 10:36 GMT) Carberry was the most controversial selection on the touring party and I thought it was a poor selection. However , while I still say he has technical flaws which may always be there , he is the one player who is not giving his wicket away and that should be applauded.

    @Capt.Harry on (December 17, 2013, 6:16 GMT) So what you're saying is (eg 1st test) Aus batted 1st on a flat track and then conditions became harder late in the 2nd day and then coincidentally easier again for Australia's 2nd inns and then tough again for Eng's 2nd inns and that's how it's happened for the whole series. Yeah that makes sense. So when you think about it the Ashes is still all square and all to play for - great.

  • on December 17, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Good innings by Stokes well done.The match had it all in bloody hard conditions for all concerned right down to the curator.No one can control the weather so to produce a hard fast pitch with good bounce & last 5 days was a credit to him.Bowling & batting with sweat all over in your eyes aint fun so 4? hundreds scored was testiment to the deck & players,I thought Steve Smith's the most crucial,others won't.5-0 would be nice but hope it's not hot in Melbourne on Boxing Day,or Perth come to think of it

  • on December 17, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Australia deserved winners in this series and it stems from the well thought plan that they executed brilliantly especially making the key english players appear redundant in Australia. From the 1st test itself, they played attackingly against Swann and never allowed him to get into his groove and in his 5 yrs international career, this is the most unsettled Swann has looked and honestly needs a break for a while. Similarly Anderson was never given early wickets and gradually his strength was decimated. However honestly he would have tried, he was made ineffective. Coming to the batsmen, Cook & Pietersen were outfoxed, the former was unsettled by ferocious and magnificent Johnsonn, while Pietersen was trapped under his own ego to dominate. To get out to Lyon so often or the soft dismissals he has had tells you, how easy it is to get under his skin. Similarly Prior was hounded with barrage of shortpitched bowling and was never allowed to settle. Gradually it showed up in his keeping too

  • brusselslion on December 17, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Congratulations to the Aussies. Stating the blinding obvious, the better team won.

    England need to start the rebuilding exercise now. If Broad is fit, play him at Melbourne. If not, either Rankin or Finn. Prior needs to be rested. Bring in Bairstow. If he makes a go of it, then keep him in for next year's Tests; if not, sorry out. He's had enough chances to show what he's worth prior to this series and has not convinced to date. Also Anderson, KP and Swann should be "rested". Let's see how Rankin/ Finn, Ballance and Monty do. Shouldn't be the end for these 3/4 if they fail, but it should definitely be a marker towards their futures at Test level.

  • vmaxjude on December 17, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Congratulations Australia from an England fan on a brilliant performance. Not only did the bowlers hit their straps, but crucially the top 7 all played big innings of varying types that gave the bowlers sufficient rest and put England under scoreboard pressure that they could not deal with. It was disheartening to see the world class players we have succumb in this way. I don't think they are finished just yet though. But things will change in the next few years as both sides will lose key players to age. One thought I have on the toss. Australia won all 3 and this did give them a small advantage. I would suggest to take this out of the game that in a series with an odd number of matches the captains toss to see who has the extra choice, and in a series with an even number they toss to decide who chooses first. I would be interested in views on this.

  • AussiePhoenix on December 17, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I'm loving this series win. The best part is the players England have laughed at the most have been the chief destroyers - Johnson, Haddin and Lyon (not lots but absolutely crucial wickets, and hitting 6's off Swann). And Bailey, tonking 28 off one premier bowler. Way to shut him up George.

  • geoffboyc on December 17, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Australia have deserved it this time around. England have been out-batted, out-bowled, out-fielded, out-captained and out-coached in this series by a well-focussed Australian side that nevertheless has more weaknesses than it thinks. England's inexplicably bad performance has made them look world-beaters, so they believe it. Amidst the euphoria though, just remember that this "rubbish" England side had Australia at 132 for 6 at Brisbane and at 140 for 5 in Perth. If that happens in SA then wave that series goodbye because Steyn and Philander won't allow them back and Grahame Smith isn't Alastair Cook. England let them off the hook and gave their own batsman a task they weren't up to on current form, leaving the Aussies a "free" second knock when the 20/20 players thrived with no pressure on them.

  • Scuderi on December 17, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    For those commentating on crowd numbers, the 5th day of tests are held on a working day. What is that you say? Well in Australia unlike every other test nation, everyone has a job. When you have a job you are required to attend at a minimum Monday to Friday. We do this in exchange for very reasonable pay and conditions, and therefore find it difficult to attend on said working days.

  • DaveFromFreo on December 17, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Brilliant job Australia - but did anyone notice that it was England's highest ever fourth innings score at the WACA - and the third highest by ALL test sides?

    Be wary guys - I believe you can go 5-0 but keep an eye one em!

  • izzidole on December 17, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    After dominating the ashes since 1989 for a period of 15 years Australia lost to England in 2003 only to win it back 5 nil in 2005. Having lost three consecutive ashes series since then Australia is now back to where they belong with a 3 nil series victory. A 5 nil series whitewash is only a formality. After having to undergo a very lean period in history during the last calendar year losing to South Africa, India and then the ashes in England only three months ago this is just unbelievable. The credit for this magnificant ashes victory should go to coach Darren Lehman and Craig McDermott for their tremendous efforts to mould this side from scratch after the homeworkgate and Mickey Arthur saga to it's winning ways in such a short time. They have outplayed England in every department of the game in batting, bowling and fielding and are now heading in the right direction to be ranked as the number one team in world cricket once again under the leadership of captain Michael Clarke.

  • cricketgameoflife on December 17, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    I cant understand why people starts asking questions on coach when team loses a match. secondly all these English players are good players they are proven players, lack of form and unable to implement a plan happens all the time. don't forget that this English team has shown tremendous come back against India in India when they were trashed in first test. I would rather back these players up. it is not far away when we find out if there is hunger and determination is left in this team or not. further, world no 1 team has also struggled when they went out of their home soil so this is a fact that home conditions does give u massive advantage over your competitor. I wish England a luck for last two test matches and hope we see some fight back.

  • IndianInnerEdge on December 17, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Well done to Aus....Awesome, well played to Stokes for the last day.....Big credit to Craig Mc D...what an awesome bowling coach he is.....am hoping he someday becomes india's bowling coach or at the very least trains some of the indian youngsters......Hope that the Aus press and supporters show magnamity in their victory and same goes for every victorious and vanquished team, let us as bloggers and supporters of the great game enjoy this game for what it is, end of the day-just a game.....lets leave the crowing, the boorishness, the 1-up-man ship and celebrate the skills we saw, the great feats we witnessed....peace....:)

  • Sir_Ivor on December 17, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    I thought Australia would win but did not think it would be so one sided. England needs to look further than the players who seem past their best. Stokes is an example of what they could have if they went for fresh blood. Hales is another one who looks good and ready. Onions should have been there in the first instance instead of the three giants who England settled for. I hope Johnston gets to play the boxing day game.I can well understand how happy Australians would be after having been beaten in three Ashes series running. What is more important is that though there is anger and bitterness between the sides, it is all for the game of cricket. Warner would probably have realised that it is better punching the ball than punching Root's face after a drink or five. Well congratulations Australia. England will learn I am sure and make amends. Lastly, every great coach has his swansong. So Andy should accept that he has been and is in fact a great coach just as he was a great batsman.

  • sonicattack on December 17, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia, it's been very hard to watch but each victory has been thoroughly deserved, their disciplined bowling has been a revelation, it was a master stroke to have Starc and Patterson out through injury allowing Johnson back in, and how well he has bowled. I'm not going to join in any rant against the English players, they have served England well over the last few years but for some their time might be up, Swann really doesn't seem the same bowler he was before his operation, I hope he can prove me wrong. Anyway the (much) better team won!

  • on December 17, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Agree to pitch curator here. even domestic t20 matches in England draw more croud than we seen at waca.teat cricket is on last leg and ashes nowadays is not even between the best two sides .England folded meekly in Australia just like oz did in England. enjoy ur little urn while it lasts, u might not see ashes after a few years.

  • Eight8 on December 17, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    @pitch_curator: that's one of the silliest posts I've ever seen. You did realise India has 1billion people and Australia only has about 22million? Of course they have more people turning up to their formats of preference (1dayers and T20). You have 50 times our population! I have seen your empty stadiums for test matches though.

    I'm still wondering why you are reading reports on a format and series you are not even interested in? Stick to reading T20 posts if that is your preference. You do realise the IPL is made appealing by all the international imports you bring in to add spark?

    As for tests being on the way out, suggest that would only be in India. It has thrived for well over a 100 years on the back of such history and rivalry as flagship series like the ashes. Not sure whether you have watched any of the games, but I would say there is tenfold passion in the national rivalry of the ashes than the mercenary club based IPL where players take their paycheck without any real care.

  • Ankitsuperking on December 17, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    One thing which is so commendable about Aussies is that when they are at top they are absolutely clinical, brutal and ruthless in their approach. They are just relentless. This is the difference between Aus, when at top, and other team, when they are at top. Even the great Aussie team of 2000s had the same killer instinct... But when other team, like when England was at top for few years they were not that ruthless. This is the reason why these days there is a competition for top slot..but when Aus were at top it was always the competition for second spot, as first as always theres..

  • on December 17, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Justice is done. As they say, vengeance is a dish best served cold. Great performances from Aussies in the three Tests so far. There have been positive contributions from each and every player - a real team effort. Heaven help England if more than 3 of our batsmen fire in the same innings.

  • pitch_curator on December 17, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Shaggy076 - "The crowd size to watch a game at the Waca is more than any world cup final" I hope you are talking about cricket world cups and not carroms. The entire capacity of WACA is less than 25,000. And I doubt if 11,000 attended today. The 2011 world cup final had around 42,000 attending and that was because there were no more seats left in the stadium. You own world cup final in 92 had 88,000 attending. So, that is 8 times the attendance today. How about checking facts before posting? And why will I be jealous of some country winning a tournament which we are not even part of. It is like 2 people running a race every two years. And the guy winning celebrating as if he has defeated the entire world. I have better things to do than to feel insecure about some average team finally winning something but whenever I open cricinfo to follow my team, this inconsequential two team tournament between two mid table sides which is poorly attended keeps coming up on the front page.

  • on December 17, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Hearty Congratulations to the Australian Cricket Team, Australian brothers as well as other Australian fans from other part of the country from India. Awesome display of Fast Bowling, Attacking Batting as well as attacking fielding and captaincy from Ausssies have help them to win the urn "Ashes" back. I was very badly hurt when i was watching Australia loosing in England in July-August. But this series has give me the faith back into this team. Lessons to learnt is dont do too much changes to the team, it happers the team composition. So Australia have 3 points to do from here onwards to build the responsible team, Play Rogers till South Africa Series than after that they should add new opener in 2014. 2. Play Haddin till 2014-2015 series vs India, than after world cup bring back Paine. 3. Rotate Johnson and Harris after every two series.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 17, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @ philvic on (December 17, 2013, 8:40 GMT) 2 years ago Australia played India at home then India away we have played England away now England at home last summer we played South Africa at home and after this series we go to South Africa away, what more can they do than that, yet when Australia v England we want to call it the ashes it upsets people.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on December 17, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @loungechaircritic, I think you will find the last ten years has humbled Australia a bit in sports we were quite dominant and I think we can be considered both good winners and good losers. It might not see so here but it looks like a number of England fans are trying their best to take the gloss off so e great cricket fro Australia. It has to be said too that one poster in particular @FFL has really aggravated the Aussie readers of this site for quite some time now so it's not so much a lack of humility in winning (let's face it, we won nothing sitting on the couch) but a timely opportunity for us to enjoy the boot being on the other foot. I hope England come good in the next 2 games and we see a couple of hardly contested matches.

  • Rooboy on December 17, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    These English fans talking about 'normal service being resumed in 2015' etc need to educate themselves on the subject of Ashes history, so they realise that Ashes contests did not begin in 2005 and subsequently resume in 2009. 'Normal Ashes service' is Aussie domination, and it's back!

  • dzpz on December 17, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Why all the fuss about the ashes when the 2 best test playing nations currently get there test series under way tomorrow. As a South African i feel that the hype around (lets be honest) 2 mediocre sides in the Ashes is as enthralling as watching Bangladesh playing Sri Lanka . I detest the commentators in the Ashes regarding Mitch Johnson , Jimmy Anderson and the like as the best players in their trade.

    THE GLORY DAYS ARE OVER FOR BOTH ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA! (For at least the last 3 Years for England and more than 5 years for Australia)

  • balajik1968 on December 17, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Well done Australia. But they have to look ahead because their batsmen are all aged 30+ except Warner. In the next 2-3 years, new batsmen have to step up. As for England, the team was starting to look like an exclusive club. They have done well so far, but now a hard look is needed.

  • on December 17, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    3-3 with two games to go.Come on England surely we can beat this untalented side.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 17, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Many congratulations to Australia. It has really been a intensely disciplined, clinical, and at times darn-right brutal performance by the team. Every player has chipped in at some point or other, and the emotion on some of the guys' faces at the fall of that last wicket was clear to see and rather moving. I too would love to extend my congratulations to Mitchell Johnson; I thought it was very fitting for him to claim the final wicket. As a bowler myself that has suffered badly from the yips at times, I can relate to MJ, and how happy he must feel to have been such a vital cog in this now very efficient, impressive machine that is the Australian test team. Well done Boof & co. for maintaining faith and bringing out the best in players.

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Pommy80, Our population is a quarter of yours, our overall crowds will he something like 900k compared to England 500k. Time for you to get some perspective.Judging by the Barmy Army facebook page a majority of the empty seats were purchased by them but they didn't rock. Also 5th day on current England form you wouldn't expect to go longer than 30 minutes, a working day. First 4 days of every test sell out, 5th day drop off the only logical explanation is the 5th day drop off would be due to England being completely uncompetitive.All 3 tests have been hidings with only one result possible from Day 2 onwards.

  • 158notout on December 17, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Well done Australia. England have been thoroughly outplayed in all departments, including mental ones by an Aussie team hell-bent on redemption. Ryan Harris has played 3 in a row, MJ is back to his brutal best with a moustache, Clarke has been a fantastic captain, dicky back and all, even Watson has made another ton. Brilliant performance. As an England fan I have watched every ball with equal amounts of dread and exhilaration and been won over by almost the entire Aussie team. Still can't warm to Warner but other than that I am happy for this decent bunch of guys and players.

  • Draconarius on December 17, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    @pitch_curator: In case you didn't notice, my friend, it's kind of the middle of the working week down here in Australia. As much as we love our cricket, we have lives and jobs that need attention. I promise you that, come Boxing Day when such things have taken a back seat over the holidays, the crowds will be huge.

  • deathstarbd on December 17, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Superbly done Australia/ was waiting for so long for this/ Finally, clarkie got something to cheer :) / And I do believe S Smith is going to be the next superstar in aussie cricket/ from Dhaka, a childhood aussie fan

  • philvic on December 17, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @ rickyvoncanterbury on (December 17, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

    Trophies are not really relevant in Test Cricket but it would be much better if there was a more even distribution of matches. SA, the best side in the world by a long way has played 7 test matches (against Pakistan and NZ) in the same period that England have played Australia (in TWO 5 test series), India (4 tests) and New Zealand (twice x 3 tests). The schedule has no face validity and is dominated by pecuniary interests.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 17, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Guess who the second highest run getter for England in the series has been so far? It is Michael Carberry.. yet none of the English commentators/analysts or journos seem to acknowledge or appreciate his efforts. Wonder why?!

  • on December 17, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Well done Aussies go for a 5 - 0 whitewash like you did in 2009 under Ricky. Great victory for the Pup and his team. Keep going !

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 17, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    There is something that distinguishes this Aus team from other teams. Ind, Eng and even SA are more conservative and lack the killer instincts when they are pushed to the corner. I have been watching cricket since 1996 and I don't remember a single instance where Aus played it out for a draw in a game they could have won. They actually prefer to loose the game in the pursuit of the victory. Sure Lehman deserves some credit for the turn around but this team is far from the best with all those T20 batters watson, smith.

    Eng still has some job to do. They not only have to repair the damage but build the team for the next ashes by winning the rest of the games. Or they might just buckle down and pass the time and wait for the tour to finish like Indians did the last time.

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Pitch_curator: We are in the position to compare against World Cups as we have won that so many times this is way better. The crowd size to watch a game at the Waca is more than any world cup final. Your comment smacksof jealousy, and if you don't care about the Ashes shut the hell up and let those who enjoy it to enjoy it. Why dies it offend you that others enjoy the ashes are you that insecure?

  • AidanFX on December 17, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Smith, Warner and Bailey are permanents for mine. I still strongly believe Pattinson is in best 11, but he can't take Harris' place at present - he is too good (albeit aging). Perhaps Siddle's place is most vulnerable however - the guy is all heart and soul and fit as is possible. Hughes to replace Rogers for mine - Smith, Warner, Hughes and Pattinson form the youthful nucleus of a powerful team.

  • Sunil_Batra on December 17, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Greatest day in our cricketing history, mainly because we were not expected to win this series. Boof you are a legend. We might not be world beaters yet but with boof as coach we are on track to becoming world beaters again. He is rewarding performance and not picking on favoritism, all we need now is young batsman such as Khawaja, Burns, Warner becoming permanent fixtures in the side.

  • Mary_786 on December 17, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Great win and fantastic effort boys. Full credit to boof lehman for brining the best out of our players, and shows that the decision to bring him as coach was the best decision we made.

  • JG2704 on December 17, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Re Bowling. There are arguments for a complete revamp.

    Anderson looks shot right now and needs a break. Broad (even if passed fit) will have injury worries in the back of his mind and we all know how that's affected him in the past. Swann too looks like he needs a break but the problem there is that I'm not sure Monty is mentally strong enough to play against such an on top side as a lone spinner and Kerrigan isn't ready and Aus will remember how much they took a liking to his bowling last time out. Those on the outside may not have the quality but what they do have going for them is that they have not been battered by the Aus attack and are fresh - not mentally scarred. Dropping players should not be seen as the end. They can be brought back in during the same series or a year or several years down the line.Look at our chief tormentor who was writted off a couple of years ago and how he has turned it all around

  • AB34 on December 17, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    @pommy80, at least we were competive in the 3-0 lost but you guys....... (a hung up WI team would of perform better), and you do know it was a working day in Australia? and I wouldn't be so sure, a lot of changes for both teams will occur until 2015 and who knows how these players will develop, plus you know need to win the series to regain the ashes (and in England where there is a lot of rain.....did you forget rain save you guys in one of the Test match)

  • on December 17, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    stop being a sore loser pommy its a working day and it was a given that England would crumble. people cant take a day off work when it may only have lasted an hour like the last test

  • on December 17, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    England have been 100% outplayed in every single department of the game. From management through to playing. Only Ben Stokes can sort of hold his head up.

  • wellrounded87 on December 17, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    The storied career of MJ now has a new chapter. So good to see him finally bowling consistently and with venom. He's no longer completely reliant on swinging the ball and can sustain pressure and pace at a good line and length. This is the MJ Dennis Lillee predicted years ago and the MJ batsmen fear.

  • stormy16 on December 17, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Eng finally reminded us that they can play this game by getting some runs on the board but what a show by the Aussies. They have buillied Eng in to submission with an unbelievable brand of cricket that was almost impossible to dream up 3 weeks ago. I can already sense the excuses from Eng but the reality is Aus were simply superb while Eng were simply poor!

    Credit to Stokes, that was a tough hundred as ever and he is a decent bowler so something to work with here. In as much as its been about the Aus pacies, Lyon chipeed in with two handy wickets too.

    Credit where its due and full credit to Clark and the Aussies and what a cruncher we are in for in a few months in SA!

  • stormy16 on December 17, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Eng finally reminded us that they can play this game by getting some runs on the board but what a show by the Aussies. They have buillied Eng in to submission with an unbelievable brand of cricket that was almost impossible to dream up 3 weeks ago. I can already sense the excuses from Eng but the reality is Aus were simply superb while Eng were simply poor!

    Credit to Stokes, that was a tough hundred as ever and he is a decent bowler so something to work with here. In as much as its been about the Aus pacies, Lyon chipeed in with two handy wickets too.

    Credit where its due and full credit to Clark and the Aussies and what a cruncher we are in for in a few months in SA!

  • StrangeWays on December 17, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    1 century out of 60 innings... shocking!

  • on December 17, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    I think one of the most impressive things about this win is that Australia did it in spite of Clarke failing with the bat in both innings. For a while we've been a team that's ridden a little too hard off his fortunes..

  • JG2704 on December 17, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    I know some pundits say it's maybe not time to drop quality players etc but if they're not delivering over a period of time and the team is losing then why should they stay? Cook was perseveered with several years back when enduring a barren run of form , but I'm fine with that because the team were winning.When individual form is at the team's expense then I have a problem. It says to players , it's ok to underperform - we won't drop you. And says to players on the fringes that they have little faith in them. KP should go now. I can handle players getting out to great bowling but all of KP's dismissals showed a lack of care (a laziness/carelessness). So people say he's a big game player - we've had 6 inns in big games and he's not delivered a big inns once. Prior probably needs to go now. He scored a 50 in the last test but that's the 1st inns of any substance since the last test in NZ and Jonny's batting was better in the 2 subsequent series where both played

  • heathrf1974 on December 17, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @pommy80 I think the next Ashes will be in 2017.

  • kieranbob on December 17, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Well that was embarassing. I think in the last 2 tests England should put out a young team to help get some experience. Prior peterson and broad (only because he's injured) out and Finn bairstow and butler come in. It's time for England to rebuild again. After the summer ashes Australia had a review, think we have to do the same.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 17, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @ pitch_curator on (December 17, 2013, 9:28 GMT) I think you can gauge the 'significance' of the achievement by the amount of interest from the sub continent.

  • Happiness_is on December 17, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    I have to put my hand up. I forgot the painful lessons of my 1980's childhood and I got complacent about the Ashes. Winning them became an expectation when Hayden, Langer et al punished England repeatedly. This was disrespectful of me. Even the 2005 loss was shrugged off and quickly relegated to 'aberration' status as we stormed back 5-0 in 2006-07. Then I was taught a lesson. 3 losses in a row. Many many years. This feels sweeter than 1989. Unbelievably sweet. How an Ashes win should feel. I sense I am not alone - never seen as much passion at the ground and in the office than for this series. Then, suddenly, I find myself feeling for the English players and supporters who endured the decade and a half of Ashes denial prior to 2005. It is only fleeting, however, the moment soon passes and the exhilaration floods back. Thank you Clarke and co. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Maroubra_Flyer on December 17, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Pitch Curator, genuine cricket lovers love test cricket because it provides an equal contest for batting & bowling of all types. India like the IPL because it is weighted in favour of batting which is India's strength & negates fast bowling which is it weakness. Remember India don't like to tour as it shows them up (Australia 2011). I feel sorry for Inshant Sharma, a talented fast bowler who has been sacrificed on Indian "feather beds". Come on India change your pitches, add some variety. We've always done it in Oz & hence we produce the best all rounded cricketers in every department in all conditions

  • ibrahimkhaleel09 on December 17, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    well done aussie u deserve it....english team look very uncomfort since the first test of this ashes series may be some comments on their captain from the senior pro of aussie hampred their mindset to do their best.Till know we thought cook is a good leader but know he need to prove it.

  • AB34 on December 17, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @Drew Foster, my point exactly, why do some commentator still say it was a 3-0 thrashing that Australia got in England mid year, this series were very closely fought. Those in the know (i.e. Vaughn, Llyod, etc) says this but there are other commentors thinking it was a thrashing when Australia lost 3-0, were they watching the same series.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 17, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Congratulations Michael Clarke's Australian team. In the west you remind us of Australia 2. In our hearts you remind us of Benaud's side in 1958/59. Easier this time ( far worse opponents - how dare they compare themselves ?) but NO WAY will ever be 4 in a row that way. Well done !

  • JG2704 on December 17, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Congratulations Australia. I slightly favoured them to regain the Ashes but thought either side could win it but never saw either side dominating as much as this. Congratulations Ben Stokes. I'd always doubted his selection and preferred his soundalike in the all rounders position but who'd have thought in only his 2nd test he'd embarrass his piers in the side and be the only guy to get a ton in this series. England must make changes and drop/unrest some regulars.Unfortunately all the batsmen are just doing enough (getting those meaningless 50s occasionally when they are either required more regularly or should be going on to make 100s). We have seen too often our batting as a unit fail when under pressure. I thought/hoped that the turnaround in India showed we had developed a bit of backbone but it seems that that series and the way we saved the final test in NZ probably had as much to do with lame bowling and (in NZ) poor captaincy/luck.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 17, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @ pitch_curator on (December 17, 2013, 9:28 GMT) The day T20 takes over cricket..... is the day cricket is played only in India.

  • TheCricketEmpireStrikesBack on December 17, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Congratulations to Aus for completing one of the great and unexpected turnarounds in Test cricket. Congratulations to Stokes and Bell for fighting knocks.

    For England the enquiry as to what went wrong and, sadly, the inevitable search for scapegoats has just begun.

    Aus will celebrate hard and well but with full awareness that this just another step in the climb to the top and to being the best they can be.

  • on December 17, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    We'll regain them in 2 years, half this Aussie will have retired by then! We looked a bit over confident coming into this series, Aussie team wanted it more!

  • Damo_s on December 17, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    wow! some really bitter comments towards England as a nation. Is that really necessary? Aussies played well and deserve all the credit. England just didnt turn up for whatever reason. Losing the toss 3 times probably didnt help but I dont suppose that would have made any difference. Stokes bowled well and batted well, and demonstrated how it can be done. Perhaps the old guard have just become complacent and jaded, no plan B when things didnt go their way. Hopefully we will see some changes in the 4th test and get some fresh faces in the team who have hunger to win.

  • irishhawks on December 17, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Looking at Shell Shocked England team i am reminded of adventure movie where group of friends decide to go on adventure tour expecting some difficulties but confident they gonna be successful.. And when the adventure begins they are beaten, they are trapped they are killed just because they were not aware of wild deadly beast who was hiding somewhere in the darkness of the night...He attacked them in such a violent manner that they never knew what hit them..He hit them again and again..Till the last breath and last drop of blood was sucked out from their bodies... He was One Mitchell Johnson....He was hungry for long...now he is hungry for more..

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on December 17, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Hats off to the Australians. They should be gunning for a 5-0 whitewash

  • pommy80 on December 17, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Perfect example that having back to back ashes is a terrible idea. One team still hungover from the summer which has cost them the urn. I expect normal service to return in 2015. The amount of Aussie fans in the crowd was dismal today seeing as they won the ashes. At least us English support our team, win or loss.

  • on December 17, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    england have certainly underestimated the way Australians react to an underdog tag. well done Australia outplayed England in every facet of the game

  • pitch_curator on December 17, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Well played Australia. For all those one eyed supporters who claim test cricket is real cricket blah blah, you only need to look at the stadium to gauge the "significance" of the achievement. lol. An inconsequential match in the IPL draws more crowds. And someone was comparing this to winning world cups etc. Thank you for not comparing this with putting man on moon. If only two teams keep playing a tournament, either of the teams is bound to win at one time or the other. Any ways, I don't want to interrupt the celebrations of "true" cricket fans here. Enjoy test cricket while it lasts. Then you can start watching the "real" cricket which is followed by millions - T 20.

  • ste13 on December 17, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Congrats to Australia. Good for test cricket. It may have been be one-sided series so far, but in overall terms, we have very competitive era now, when it is hard to predict the outcome of the series. England has to move on and complete team overhaul. Like many people here, Ia am also not sure about current capacity of England management, bowling coach in particular. For me Anderson, Swann, Pietersen and Prior should now retire. There is nothing to lose now - new players should be brought for two remaining tests. England must build the team for the future now. There is talent available - Stokes is just an example.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 17, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    @ philvic on (December 17, 2013, 8:40 GMT) give me a list of the relevant trophies in your modern mind?

  • BounceTrack_BULLY on December 17, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Great performance overall from the Aussies. But i was shocked to see the Ryan targetting the cracks. ICC should allow groundsmen to repair those pitches. It seems to be unplayable when the ball bounces from the cracks.

  • on December 17, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Australians deserve this because they suffered a lot though kept struggles to regain their momentum in the very soul(test cricket ) of the cricket.

  • on December 17, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    congrtas aus.... you played awesome

  • Simoc on December 17, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Great win to Oz. Note England just couldn't cope with the pressure in all the first innings when the game was up for grabs, but in the second dig under less pressure and playing for a spot in the team they did well. Their mindset is all negative. Great to see the Ashes return to their rightful home.

  • sumit1982 on December 17, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    The way English batsman playing .Their is enough possibility Aus win the series by 5-0.

  • humdrum on December 17, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    As soon as this series ends in a 5-0 verdict, we'll have a special Wisden edition of the 'glorious era' of English cricket in between two 5-0 drubbings. Bet at least three editions will be sold out as soon as it is announced.

  • glance_to_leg on December 17, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Fantastic cricket from Australia. I may be an England supporter (albeit an Australian by birth), but I am delighted that Australia have shown such aggression, and intelligence in their game. Great for cricket. It should also be a lesson to all the Australian doubters who were so vicious about their team during the summer. Well done to Michael Clarke: you are a better batsman and vastly better captain than Ponting. Relish the experience.

  • phat55 on December 17, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    @jonesy2 - all the best in the world after Steyn u say? a certain Mr Philander has been no2 in the world for quite some time now with 899 rankings points.not one of the 5 bowlers u mentioned have gone above 825 ranking points in their entire career yet

  • LoungeChairCritic on December 17, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @disco-bob its good to see that you are a softy at heart. Being humble in victory is not something we Australians do well.

  • on December 17, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    congratulations to Australia for regaining the Ashes,They really deserved it they out played England in all departments.Mitchelle Johnson is the player of the series hats off to him to come back and have such an Impact is really great keep it up Australia I want yo to win the series against India,South Africa, west Indies and shri Lanka.

  • on December 17, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Congratzzz Australia !

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on December 17, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    @dunger.bob, I normally agree with every word you write but sympathy for @FFL, nope I can't agree with that! I think the challenge for Australia now is to keep up that high level of performance and motivation as the urn is ours. They should celebrate but Lehmann will have a challenge getting them up for the next 2 games. But who cares if it is 3-2, we just win the Ashes with 14 spectacular days of cricket.

  • philvic on December 17, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    another interminable series with two average teams (maybe 5th and 6th best) battling it out once again for a trophy only relevant to themselves.

  • on December 17, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Well done Australia. Really pleased for Warner,Bailey ,Rogers and Johnson. England need to get hungry again. But above all else Boof! I think he is a proper person, moulded in Yorkshire!

  • on December 17, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Luckily Eng have a week to think upon defeats. Aus bowlers are wonderful in their home situations. Eng doesnt have any bowler quick enough to shake confidence of Aussues. In Melbourne & Sydney, wkt is slightly slower so Eng batman can think about scoring 400+ in their first inning, otherwise a whitewash is equally possible. Com'om Eng show some fight, u are still a good all round side in spite of missing broad & trott.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 17, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @ Beertjie on (December 17, 2013, 8:10 GMT) It will be good to have you here, I look forward to your days play reports.

  • on December 17, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    another 5-0 on its way for england......talk naw england

  • yorkslanka on December 17, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia on a deserved series win to bring the urn back. Before the series, I thought it would be 3-0 to England but how wrong was I? Now I think it could be a 5-0 whitewash...good to see Stokes get his ton and well batted to him. Australia's fast bowling has been superb this series and IMHO that's the difference between the teams..

  • on December 17, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Australia have batted, bowled and fielded better than England on this tour, and deserve to win the Ashes. England's experienced "core" apart from Broad (Cook, Trott (for whom there is more sympathy), KP, Bell, Prior, Anderson and Swann) have simply not delivered. Cook's form seems to have tailed off since India, but I think it will return, Bell deserves some latitude for his performance in the home Ashes. The concept of "form" is almost irrelevant to Pietersen, who is capable of producing great innings out of nothing (that doesn't make him a great batsman). Trott's future is in his own hands, but there must be question marks over the future for Prior Anderson and Swann. What has happened to the "new" quicks who were on this tour mainly for Perth? Gone backwards/sideways? What's going on with the bowling coach?

  • humdrum on December 17, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Some more data in England' pride of place in the record books:(1) Set to win 500 3 times in a row, failed all times. (2)George Bailey's massacre of Anderson taking 28 runs in an over equalled Brian Lara's world record, so illustrious company for both of them.(3)36 sixes hit by australia, their highest inany series in their test history. And to think there are 2 tests to go yet. Dear me, oh dear me. A few tidbits -- Cook continues to maintain his average, as in the last series, at 25.66, but Ben Stokes, with that manly show, now averages 41.75.Jolly good show.For Aus, Warner takes pride of place with an average of 91.40. That says it all.

  • ravi-1967 on December 17, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Congrats Aussies on reclaiming the urn. You truly deserve this win. Agreed England played well during the last 3 - 4 years but they do not have it in them to stay on top for long.

    Never seen a batsman from England during the last 40 - 50 years averaging more than 50 in tests. Ken Barrington who retired in 1968 was the last.

    Clear indication that they do not have world beaters. Agreed Cook played well until recently but his failure in Australin in the ashes is a shocker.

    Pieterson is only arrogance personified and he is over confident. Talen alone does not help need to be mature and play to the situation and not get out to overconfident shots.

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST. So you want to talk crowds. There will be more people attending the MCG test than ALL of the 5 tests in England. There were more people attending matches in Australia than in any ground in England. So buddy, go play with your logically challenged friends & allow us to wallow in victory. & keep munching on your sour grapes, sunshine. Wow, talk about not acknowledging your faiitures.

  • on December 17, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    its glad to no dat aussies made an awesum cum back against English after a while. johnson has developed his aggressive in bowling,his techinques with bowl is speechless.i wish aussies has to keep their perfomance in oversees as well.

  • disco_bob on December 17, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I know that Swann has been spanked, and Jimmy has been on the wrong end of a forgettable record, and Broad is lucky to escape without a broken foot and Trott has left the tour a broken man, BUT with all that it's Front-Foot-Lunge who I really feel sorry for, a loyal England supporter should not have to endure such abject humiliation.

  • Beertjie on December 17, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Although I am not Australian I have been a passionate Aussie supporter for 53 years. Really chuffed for everyone. Will definitely come down under for the next Ashes in 2017! Hope to be there to cheer the team in their defence in England in 19 months.

  • ehsanrockss on December 17, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    congratulation to Australia. There were three factors which lead to the loss of England. 1st. Their inability to sustain pressure for a long period of time in bowling, they were good in patches but not the whole innings. 2nd. The luck was not their side which was in their home series(e.g Rain) & the 3rd & the last reason was lower order batting.

    Many of England supporters may be blaming batting for their loss but that was not the case, we saw in England that there batting was more or less was the same(they could not cross 400 runs in that series) but their bowling was always up to the task but that is not the case here

  • cric_J on December 17, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Losing the Ashes is the toughest to be as an England fan, unbelievably so if you are England player currently a part of that dressing room. I know there'll be loads of criticism/anger/frustration/disappointment directed towards our lads over the next couple of months, and rightly so to an extent. But I've always believed that at the end of losses of such immense significance in sport, the people who end up feeling the worst, the most let down are the players themselves. Us fans here (and everywhere else) may discuss about the should've(s)/could've(s) to endless lengths over the next few days/weeks/months, but things will ease off ultimately. It's much tougher for the lads to move on who actually could've made those differences but they couldn't.

    All I'll say is that we've been beaten here lads. And we've been beaten square. The urn's gone. So has some respect. But just try and win the remaining 2 matches to regain the latter. We'll try an regain the former in 18 months' time.

  • runout49 on December 17, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Bailey must continue in the team. Three tests - three win. Batting average of 34. Nine 4's and eight 6's (Bradman only hit 6 in 52 tests)...and shares a Test record with Bran Lara !

  • Nutcutlet on December 17, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Many congratulations to the Australian team and all concerned with it. In every single respect you outplayed England over these three Tests. Your captain is light years ahead of his opposite number; your batsmen have all made significant or match-winning contributions; every bowler has been on the top of his game & the unit has dovetailed brilliantly. The fielding I'd award 9.5/10, and England's efforts are worth a paltry 6 in my book. Your w/k has been especially impressive. His standard behind the sticks has been exceptional, even judging by the highest standards & his contributions to beefing up the scores of the top order have given great momentum when it came to England's turn to bat. For England, waste no time. There are players whose careers are either on the line or, in the cold light of day, have finished. If England persists with the current old core of players, it makes a depressing & apologetic statement. Sorry, but these are the best players we've got. That can't be true.

  • social_monster09 on December 17, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Wow!!! Finally after 4 long years Urn return to the place where it really belongs. Well done boys esp. Mitch & Co. Now Looking for a 5-0 whitewash & for sure it's not too difficult for this aussie team.

  • pcraju on December 17, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Guys..I didnt see England doing in this series...probably they didnt want to overcook the atmosphere with sledging on both the sides. Anderson might have done in England I agree, i now remember reading about it during the Ashes in England. Question about Mitch is - is he just responding to what England did to him in England or is this his new approach to take wickets? Harris and Siddle were also part of that series, but I dont see them giving back to England in form of Sledging. They're also taking 3 to 4 wickets every match without any sledging. Johnson can still take wickets without sledging as he has been bowling well. Why to promote this negative aspect in the game which Australian players are known for. And guys i'm an Australian team supporter since Waugh's time except when they play against India. I'm happy that Aussies have regained Ashes. But sledging i dont support at any time in Cricket. Let the players use their cricketing ability to win games.

  • on December 17, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Well done Australia they have found something England have not got a set of players with aggression their fast bowlers are more in your face than last time England should take a note and find the spark that is missing. One out standing player Stokes aggressive and in your face player the rest look like rabbits caught in the head lights. England will now get another panel report that will find someone to blame this on and blame that simple to work out England Batting department have not scored runs in their 1st innings again blowers looking weak and slow Anderson being smacked for 28 in one over highlights this. Lets hope they find this missing spark and they sort it out or this will be a dam hard winter and a even longer summer with India comming next

  • PrasPunter on December 17, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @Manoj, almost similar sentiments here. Thrilled, overawed and what not !! Love Australia !! You Beauty !! Nothing like a Ashes victory !! The ultimate pride of an Aussie !!

  • foeofdevil on December 17, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    congrats aussies. great to see you boys take that revenge. keep up up that hunger and go for 5-0.

  • cric_J on December 17, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Congratulations to the Aussie players and their fans for regaining the little urn. They've clearly been the better team across these 3 tests and richly deserved their prize, the biggest one for any Aussie/English cricketer- the urn, the Ashes.

    The sight of Harris's voice breaking repeatedly while talking to Slater minutes after it all happened just epitomises how much it meant to these blokes. All the players, the captain, the coach and the support staff- take a bow. You've successfully made it from the gallows to paradise.

  • Sagarneel on December 17, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    A GREAT deal of the credit for this win should go to Darren Lehman! Look how he just transformed the side.

  • Ronita on December 17, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Inspite of Monty performing exceedingly well, he was let go for this test. This was the biggest mistake. I don't know how Bresnan came into equation. Swann probably has special relationship either with captain or Englang Cricket board. Very mind bogling how he has been rewarded test after test inspite of mediocre bowling.

  • latecut_04 on December 17, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    I desperately wanted Cook to score a daddy in the 4th innings because he reminds a lot of Rahul Dravid.No execuses offered,stands for his mates and team,accepts responsibility and ofcourse is a thorough gentleman.oh by the way scores big runs in tests and builds the pillar for others to glisten.!!Seeing his pic on today's cricinfo page while the match was progressing i desperatley wanted Stokes/Prior and later Stokes to win the match for England.He really looks down and out and most glaringly shocked.He will come under the hammer but hopefully the 'analysts' will realise this is a collective failure....Merry Xmas Alistair..you deserve a break..and ofcourse Kudos to Mitch and Co..!!!is Australianism back...??!!!and this is all the way from India....

  • stuchy on December 17, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Curious about Swann's dismissal and glad it was picked up in this report. I just saw replay from reverse camera action, yes Bowden raised finger before catch was taken. (Mind you 10 out of 11 Australians also appealed before catch was taken.) So, is that to say that Bowden's initial on-field decision was LBW?

  • DJAbacus on December 17, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia for winning the Ashes. They have totally outplayed England this time round. Well played Michael Clarke and the rest of the Australian team.

  • filizant on December 17, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Commiserations to England. You've had it and had deserved the urn for the past 4 years! You should take heart that Ben Stokes has a lot of potential to be a super cricketer for England if he already isn't so.

    But regardless go Australia!! The urn returns!! What a ruthless performance and comeback :) Well done and hats off to Darren Lehmann for turning the team around in such a short time! Well done to Craig McDermott who must be credited for turning Mitchell Johnson's form around as well.

  • ehsanrockss on December 17, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    congratulation to Australia. There were three factors which lead to the loss of England. 1st. Their inability to sustain pressure for a long period of time in bowling, they were good in patches but not the whole innings. 2nd. The luck was not their side which was in their home series(e.g Rain) & the 3rd & the last reason was lower order batting.

    Many of England supporters may be blaming batting for their loss but that was not the case, we saw in England that there batting was more or less was the same(they could not cross 400 runs in that series) but their bowling was always up to the task but that is not the case here

  • BradmanBestEver on December 17, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST - please try and stay foccused on the task at hand - you English need to do this otherwise you are destined to underperform - your team is a case in point.

    We know you are suffering but posting about the crowd is not helping your cause - it is the game that matters so focus on that and you will come good in the end. Just like your team - they need much more focus.

  • Barnbarroch on December 17, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    One difference between the two sides: the fielding - and especially the folding and catching of the Australian fast bowlers which has been nothing short of brilliant!

  • ajaybak on December 17, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Congratulation to the Aussies....The best thing about this team is they played pure test cricket to handover the poms this heavy defeat. The fast bowling of Mitchell Johnson was really great to see and the responsible batting by all the Aussie players was really superb. The English on the other side were a bunch of arrogant guys who lost respect for this beautiful game when they pissed on the playing square.

  • on December 17, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Congratulations Pup & the lads. Something for the 11 players and the support group to savour for years to come. Well done Ben Stokes! Now let's see some more seemly conduct from both sides when it comes to appreciation of the performance of the opponent. Good to see applause from the Aussies for Ben Stokes' ton.Let's see that all the time!!! No excuse for in-the-face celebrations of dismissals etc. Despite all the media hubrus and over-the-top commentary it is still a GAME !!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 17, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Congrats to young Aussies for 1st Ashes win. Many more to come ! Well played Ben Stokes . Struck it out with grit on this pitch vs this pace attack. Takes courage! And Merry X'Mas every 1 !

  • on December 17, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    THE URN RETURS TO AUSTRALIA .I have no words to describe this feelings even a WORLD CUP TRIUMPH would'nt have been this special ...Tears flowing from my eyes ,its been a 52 month long wait ..feeling happy for the boys, support staffs ,ex -cricketers and my fellow fans of this wonderful team .AUSTRALIA YOU BLOODY BEAUTY....

    Under the Southern Cross I Stand A sprig of wattle in my hand, A native of my native land, Australia you bloody beauty.

  • on December 17, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Very well played Australia. It seems redundant to say that you're deserved victors, that much is abundantly plain. As for us..not really sure where to go from here. A lot of soul-searching to do over the next few days. Just not good enough.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 17, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    You guys are too easy. Seriously though don't you think Cricket Aus should have got all the local schools/students in for free or even everyone free maybe 5$ tops on day like today ? It just looks terrible for our game when the culmination of the so called pinnacle of the sport is all over the media around the globe and the ground is half full . . .

  • humdrum on December 17, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Some positives for England: (1) MJ is taking fewer wkts in succeeding tests i.e. 9 in the 1st,8 in the 2nd and 6 in the 3rd. At this rate they will positively collar him in the last test where he will go wicketless.(2)At last they got a test match hundred in the form of the kiwi,Stokes.Augurs well, they will likely end up with a few more by him.(3)Swann has topped the list of runs given by a bowler in a calendar year.A praiseworthy achievement.(4)Team England are well on the way to establishing a record of 1st ball ducks in a 5 match series. Truly the sun will never set on the empire.

  • warnerbasher on December 17, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    They should invoke the mercy rule and call the rest of the series off. Future series should only be 3 tests until England come up to test standard. And congratulations to Jimmy on his hundred yesterday. What a bowler!

  • LAKINGSFAN on December 17, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    If you look at last few years of England's winning it came on Cook's tremendous batting form. Be it in India or last Ashes in Oz, it was all Cook.Sure, he was aided by the likes of KP, Trott and Bell. But Cook was engine of that wagon. While all these 3 players' form gone south the result is nor surprising. Many teams managed the bowling of England but their batting was superior in the last couple of years. I don't see Cook repeating that 2010-2013 kinda performance hereafter. Good luck Aussies!!!

  • dunger.bob on December 17, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Woohoo, theerrrrry're back.

    In my wildest dreams pre series I imagined coming into Sydney locked up at 1 or 2 all and us winning there by a heart stopping small margin. That's how I thought it might pan out on my most optimistic day. .. This, this is something I didn't think would happen. It never even occurred to me that it'd be all done and dusted before Christmas.

    You know, I thought I'd feel better than I do. Don't get me wrong, I'm ecstatic we've won and should move upwards in the rankings a tad. And we've finally after a "long-time dominance" (FFL,2013) put the poms back in their box. That's all great, but you know what, it all felt a bit too easy. Except for today. Today was good. There's a lot to like about Stokes and also Bresnan. They look like they're up for it. Good for them.

  • AlSmug on December 17, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    As those that know me as Al from smug ville, i must say i am feeling rather smug as usual at the moment , as i have said prior ball one this series Australia will get the urn they rightfully deserve back, England were scared against serious pace bowling on bouncy wickets, no surprises there, congrats to the Australian unit :) they are truly superior on the field

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST . I hear tell that a lot of Aussie supporters don't really enjoy seeing grown men cry, & yep, they were crying a storm were some of your lads. I got to say, the sour grapes are being shown in abundance, what about some credit for the winners? On another note, a nod for a job well done for Stokes, he hadn't looked the part his first 3 digs, but he showed a lot of character today.

  • joeyinoz on December 17, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @hashim Ahmed: Johnson was twelfth man for pretty much the entire 2006/7 series. With McGrath, Lee and Clark at their peek, their wasn't room for him.

  • Sugath on December 17, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Down, Down and down and that is what England is. Down in economy, down in job creation, down in respect, and down in the Urn. Well done Australia, and they clearly showed that England is a spent force in cricket. Now the inevitable, the whitewash and 5-0 for Australia. I do hope British Premier has seen it all.

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on December 17, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Good show by Australia and we are regressing back to the mean after a deviation. Great cricket performance on pitches which were not hopelessly lopsided. And Front-Foot-Lunge is bearing the brunt of all this ... guys let us cease. He is not the first guy (nor the last) who doesn't understand the balance between ability and self-belief. We all have gone through childhood.

  • Redbackfan on December 17, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Good stuff well done Aussie good team effort. Boof your'e a legend and McDermott has done a great job with the bowlers. The bowling group has worked well together and deserve this result. Clarks captaincy was excellent again, Brad Haddin has been so good and the batsmen have all contributed. Ben Stokes century was a superb fighting knock and was played under extreme pressure. I would like to see Watson score those sort of hundreds when the pressure is on, he did have a very good game though so well done. Go Aussie Go

  • RohanMarkJay on December 17, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia. They were superb this series. They far out performed England in every facet of the game. One can argue England can play far better than they have. This time Australia didn't allow England to play well. Micheal Clarke ruthlessly exposed the weaknesses of England in a way Ponting wasn't able to do. It would have been interesting if Strauss rather than Cook faced off against Clarke how England would have gone down under. I suspect Australia in this mood would have still won. Strauss was a far better capt than cook. But he too would have lost and is probably thankful he retired when he did. Great performance from Australia and could well win 5-0 from here. However now Australia must concentrate on building on this win for the future of Australian cricket. I for one will keep a close eye on Australia's performance's home and away in their quest to be the number one team in Cricket again.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 17, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Botham is looking like a very good forecaster to me - I agree with him that it will be 5-zip. Nice one Beefy!

  • wanatawu on December 17, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    England need to look at Cooks captaincy, he is very unimaginative. If Cook does not score runs England don't turn up, it will be good for him if they remove the extra burden of the captaincy. He does not have that in your face attitude of other captains Clarke, Smith, Ponting, etc.

  • Anil_Koshy on December 17, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    England have only themselves to blame, their batting simply lacked application, there was no commitment from top order batsman, one century in each innings or 2-3 half centuries would have made the difference. Their batting is lot dependent on how cook plays, he failed rest all failed, KP played irresponsible innings throughout the series, he gifted his wicket at crucial junctures.

  • LoungeChairCritic on December 17, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Congratulations to the Ozzi team. I noticed that Michael Clarke in his gracious after match speech forgot to thank Sir Ian Terrance Botham. I am sure Lehman made the team watch Inside Cricket on the night Sir Ian arrogantly proclaimed that England would win 5 nil in Australia whilst sitting next to his good mate Allan Border. His opinion was based on his belief that Australia couldn't take 20 wickets. In true "Both" fashion he will now tell people that his prediction was based on the premise of trying to rev up interest in the series. Although most of us wouldn't of predicted the current result at the start of the series, I think Sir Ian's prediction helped galvanise a nation. If I was Clarke I would express post a nice bottle of Penfolds Grange to Sir Ian. Although some may argue that it would be a waste of good bottle of wine, I think Sir Ian deserves it.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    well done Aussies , now beat this arrogant English side 5 - 0 ! Best Wishes from India

  • postandrail on December 17, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST on (December 17, 2013, 5:42 GMT No worries mate. We wanted the poms to win something at least and letting them make up the majority of the crowd just seemed the decent thing to do!

  • greatshinwari on December 17, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    very great victory for the aussies..its a team work..all of the members had contributions in the last 3 tests...very well played too by stokes but its too late...As an aussie fan i am very happy to regain the ashes..best luck for the aussies to end the series with 5-0 white wash...

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Attention Beefy Botham! How's your prediction going now?

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Thanks Front Foot Lunge - you've made this victory all the sweeter!

  • jackthelad on December 17, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Well done, Australia, comprehensively outplayed us on every front, a well-deserved series victory. For England - a wake-up call, perhaps. The top order batting is unaccountably fragile and seems to have lost its nerve completely; the bowling attack looks jaded, and the selections were poor; captain and coach are over-cautious and reactive rather than proactive. Ah, well - food for thought. Out of the Ashes ... is there a Phoenix waiting to rise? One can only hope ...

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Australia retain the Ashes....after reducing England to "ashes"....feeling so happy for them....its been long waiting....congrats to Clarke and his team....Hard luck to Cook and England....better luck next time....

  • Bonehead_maz on December 17, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @ Capt.Harry. If Australia had had to bat on probably the worst test pitch ever seen, they'd have scored 130+/3 in 17 overs?

  • El_Awrens on December 17, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Well done Australia - richly deserved. The better team in all aspects of the game so far this series. 3-0 in England was a bit harsh, alas 3-0 in Australia looks entirely right. In fact, barring a phenomenal turnaround, this has 5-0 written all over it.

    England have been very poor - this team is at a crossroads now. Prior, Swann, Anderson, KP have been the spine of the team since the 06/07 mauling heralded an unprecedented era of success. All of them need to take a good hard look in the mirror now - can/should they go on?

    Great innings from Stokes - perhaps England's future may be a little brighter than I had feared.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    @pcraju but its ok for Anderson to get his wickets in England by sledging? Turn it up, and give credit where its due- Mitch has bowled exceptionally and aggressively well.

  • StKilda1966 on December 17, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    @pcraju - are you serious? None of the English bowlers sledge? Have you watched any of these games? What about the comprehensive article on Anderson prior to the series which revolved around his admission that sledging was one of his chief assets? It's not even conjecture, he's talked about it at length! Fair enough if you don't agree with Mitch's approach - I wouldn't either if he was on another team, how rattling :) - but don't be a complete hypocrite when putting your point across because it just negates anything you say that's not complete tosh...

  • jonesy2 on December 17, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    oh and nate lyon, what a champion. only 25. he will be Australia's greatest ever offie

  • Thegimp on December 17, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    The pacemen did the same job they did in England, to mine it was the batsmen scoring 100s and Nathan Lyon bowling the perfect offspin role in Australia. Dry up one end and take important wickets. In each test he has chipped in with the important one which has turned the game.

  • Blakey on December 17, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @pcraju, what planet have you been on? The pommies were relentless in the way they verbally attacked Mitch in England in 2009, with the full backing of the English media and the crowds. Jimmy Anderson has become notorious for his verbal tactics over the last 3 or 4 years. The only reason England haven't been 'talking' this series is because they haven't had anything to talk about!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 17, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Might have been a small crowd to some, but some 20 million are celebrating.

  • ehsanrockss on December 17, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    congratulation to Australia. There were three factors which lead to the loss of England. 1st. Their inability to sustain pressure for a long period of time in bowling, they were good in patches but not the whole innings. 2nd. The luck was not their side which was in their home series(e.g Rain) & the 3rd & the last reason was lower order batting.

    Many of England supporters may be blaming batting for their loss but that was not the case, we saw in England that there batting was more or less was the same(they could not cross 400 runs in that series) but their bowling was always up to the task but that is not the case here

  • BradmanBestEver on December 17, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    The best things about this ashes series is that Australia have beaten England.

  • jonesy2 on December 17, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    this has been coming for a while now. Australia's fast bowlers of siddle, harris, Johnson, pattinson, starc are all the best bowlers in the world after steyn. that sums up proceedings. with the talent Australia have coming through in bowling, batting and allrounders I cant see England getting close to the ashes for a long long long time and Australia will again be the worlds best for a similar amount of time and if they manage things well they should never not be and I made that call a couple of years ago.

  • ehsanrockss on December 17, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    congratulation to Australia. There were three factors which lead to the loss of England. 1st. Their inability to sustain pressure for a long period of time in bowling, they were good in patches but not the whole innings. 2nd. The luck was not their side which was in their home series(e.g Rain) & the 3rd & the last reason was lower order batting.

    Many of England supporters may be blaming batting for their loss but that was not the case, we saw in England that there batting was more or less was the same(they could not cross 400 runs in that series) but their bowling was always up to the task but that is not the case here

  • Clyde on December 17, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    That the newcomer Stokes did so well supports the proposition that the old backbone of the English team is tired and jaded.

  • AidanFX on December 17, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    The series is still going obviously, but this series win by Australia is arguably a more impressive performance than the 4/0 whitewash of India a couple of years back in Oz. As in that series a couple of the batting players (Marsh especially) were carried. But even though the Aus batting looked a bit vulnerable at times; the overall batting performance was very impressive and quite even. Similar to that series; it was the bowling attack under McDermott which really set the series up.

  • PrasPunter on December 17, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Congrats Aussie Boys !! Thank you for this !! Proud to be an Aussie fan !!

    @ Capt.Harry, we can talk about all those hypothetical situations ?? Fine !! What if Broad were given out caught behind by Aleem Dar !! What if it had not rained in Test #3 ? The fact is that Eng has just been thrashed 3-0 and that too by huge margins !! And it ends there !!

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @AB34 err, that's a six-win turnaround... with the opportunity to make it 8... what's close about that?

  • crick_sucks on December 17, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Moral: Every team is a tiger at home and a dog outside. Only exception is SA which is a dog at home and not a dog outside.

  • postandrail on December 17, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    pcraju on (December 17, 2013, 6:32 GMT Absolute childish garbage!!

  • ShutTheGate on December 17, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Well deserved win from the Aussies. They batted better, bowled better, fielded better, had better tactics, played with more passion and hunger.

    Top knock from stokes. Englands established players should emulate the way he played. Has England found their next Freddie Flintoff?

    @ Front Foot Lunge - Are you still predicting a whitewash by England? that Cook will out captain Clarke? that Prior will out play Haddin? that Swann will out play Lyon? That your top order will grind us into the ground? That the Australian pitches will suit Anderson? Or any of the other inaccurate predictions which you've made over the last few months.

    I'm hoping that the Aussies stay hungry and come back playing hard for 5-0.

  • CustomKid on December 17, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Super stoked for the baggy greens and nice to see some emotions coming through with a few tears from Johnson and Watson. It shows they care about this great game and what the ashes means to them.

    I'm not sure how channel 9 got in to the change rooms but that was great, seeing tubby taylor doing a wet t-shirt contest due to beer is not so great. Either way I'm one happy camper, enjoy the nights lads, after 14 days of total domination and annihilation you have earned it!

    I might go home and have a coopers celebration ale just to celebrate the occasion.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Wasn't Mitch Johnson part of the 2006 Ashes as well?

  • Mervo on December 17, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Johnson now has more Test wickets than either Jeff Thompson or Merv Hughes. He deserves our respect, not criticism.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Looking for a 5-0 whitewash again.

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @Capt.Harry. You cannot tell what would have happened. Australia could have won all matches by an innings, who knows. The English bowling has been poor (Broad aside) compared to the Aussies, there was nothing there that suggested they would have got the Aussies out for low scores, their bowling has been very ordinary. What about giving some credit to the winners instead? Still, enjoy those sour grapes..

  • Ancient_Mariner on December 17, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    This is a typical dominant Australian win where they really leave their opposition in misery. How glorious this is victory is unlike England earlier this year who used negative tactics such as preparing dry pitches which discourage good competition between bat and ball. When Australia do well, it is amazing to watch them play.

  • Mervo on December 17, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Brilliant! Congratulations. Order is restored. Stokes did so well. He is a good part of the future. England will need to make changes for the rest of the series. Prior must be rested/go and Anderson is a shadow of the bowler he once was. His figures are just terrible. Swann has never been successful in Australia but deserves more time on more spin friendly wickets. He has been completely out bowled by Lyon.

    For Australia, huge plaudits for Lehmann and his team. Bailey may have his day but his lack of technique is a worry. Still, Hughes has the same problem with technique and Bailey is a smarter cricketer. Well done Australia!

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Well done Aussies, really well played like a true champions, looking forward for a whitewash series

  • Webba84 on December 17, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    @Cpt. Harry Sour grapes are fine and understandable to a point but if anyone really thinks Eng are 3-0 down because they lost 3 tosses or because they batted on day 5 at the WACA then they are delusional beyond all hope of return. For a start, no wickets fell as a result of the cracks in the surface, and those same cracks contributed to a huge amount of byes. Secondly, the pitch was almost as bad on day 4 when the Aussies were batting. Thirdly, Your almost debutant scored a century on that pitch. Face up to reality.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Emotional Australia Will back in # 1 Quickly.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Well played Australia, they deserve this win on the urn after loosing so many test series in the form of rotation policy & building a new team.

  • Naren on December 17, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    @Capt.Harry - If England batted first Australia would have won by an Innings.

  • Naresh28 on December 17, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    WELL DONE AUSTRALIA........this was a well prepared roadmap on regaining the Ashes. Oz showed the fighting spirit of old. England should not be disappointed. They put up resistance and need the openers to be in form to be anyway near the winning they handed in England.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    For this wonderful turnaround, the coach Darren Lehmann deserves the most generous of accolades. Great work to have turned the situation around from hopeless till even a few months ago to rejuvenated and empowered now for the Australian team. Looking forward to a whitewash and the return of glory days for Australia. Cricket needs Australia back at its best.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Welcome home Ashes, you returned to your rightful owners

  • pcraju on December 17, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    I want to pass on this message to MITCHELL JOHNSON supporters. No doubt he is a good bowler on the australian pitches. He pitches the balls on the right areas. But what sounds ugly is his SLEDGING to get wickets. He is not distracting the batsmen only by his bowling but his on-field actions too when he bowls at them. Look at this picture where he is looking at Ben stokes eye to eye. He is starring at him. And i've observed whenever they play him well, he says few words to the batsmen. A bowler who is good enough in his bowling doesnt have to attack the batsmen mentally to get wickets. If wickets have to be taken this way, everybody on the field can do that and frustrate the batsmen. But that is not totally sportsmanship. There is no spirit of game in that. Even other australian bowlers in the current team dont do that. Ryan Harris bowls really well and he doesnt sledge. And England bowlers dont repeat the same to Johnson. Johnson mostly seem to get the tailenders by his sledging.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    This Ashes has been awesome. Maybe not the most hard fought series, but definitely entertaining. Australia were the better team, and nobody can begrudge them their victory. England are still a great side, and should just look to play positive cricket in the final two tests. They might be dead rubbers, but there is still a lot of cricket to be played.

  • C.Gull on December 17, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    @Capt.Harry: Capt.Logic wants to know how you can blame the toss and pitch deterioration when second innings scores are higher than first innings scores and England compiled comfortably their highest total of the series in the 4th innings. But by all means, keep making excuses to distract your team from the real issues. Well done Australia!

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    @ by BRUTALANALYST, if you'd visited the Barmy Army's Facebook page this week you would have seen Barmy Army members trying to sell their 5th day tickets. I saw several, and I wasn't even looking for them. One member was so ashamed of England's performance that she was offering to *swap* her Barmy Army seats for *anywhere else* in the WACA.

    Considering this is a working week for Australians, you should not be surprised that the stands aren't full. And if you have any evidence that the Barmy Army outnumbered Australian spectators, I'd love to see it.

  • Aspraso on December 17, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    The Ashes are gone, now only a whitewash remains for this inept English team. If not inept, how else to describe Pietersen's dismissal in the 1st innings. If Johnson does not get them, a lowly ranked spinner named Lyon will !!

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Capt.Harry; I suspect if England batted first looking at all there first innings (on very good batting strips) they would be out before tea on the first day. Australia to bat to start of third day and over by day 3. No time for the cracks to open up.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 17, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    The best thing about this Ashes series is it has highlighted the importance of real fast bowling. Hopefully now World cricket will start to again focus on this instead of strictly line and length I mean it's win win for everyone other than batsman who's side don't contain any but for teams that have serious fast bowler(s) and fans of the game nothing is better.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Hurray!, waited for this day ever since Gilly, Warne, Mcgrath, Martyn retired. as Clarke mentioned, their goal should be No.1 test team in the world. Good work boys!, enjoy a well deserved X'mas break..

  • GurSinghgur on December 17, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Well done Oz--and perhaps the ECB will take time to reflect on its Ashes-scheduling absurdities, which not just have seen a crushing defeat but devalued the whole notion of the Ashes as something special.

    Still at least and at last we had a game where both sides seem to have preferred cricket to sledging.

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    That was meant to say blew them away in Brisbane (Not Perth)

  • Biggus on December 17, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Woo hoo, a great day to be an Aussie, well done lads, great team effort all round.

  • Aussie_Bangladesh_Fan95 on December 17, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Proud of Boof and the boys! Great result for Australian Cricket as they aim to climb back to the top of rankings. Top innings from Stokes though - definitely looks a good talent for the future, possibly filling a role like Flintoff's though with more batting prowess.

  • Capt.Harry on December 17, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Unfortunately England had not batted first in any of the first three tests.I think it would have been a different ball game if they had batted first in any of the test.Wonder what would have happened if Australia had to bat on one of the worst test cricket wicket we have ever seen.It was like an earthquake had passed thru.I am almost sure Australia would have gotten the umpires to call off the game on a wicket like that in another country!! Keep fighting England...A 3 - 2 lost is still not that bad.Good Luck!!

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Good stuff the Aussies! It tastes even better when you have to fight for it, & credit to the Poms, they did put up a fight. Sensational stuff.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 17, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    One of the most comprehensive turnarounds of the modern era - 3-zip in the first 3 when Aussie were beaten 3-zip just a few months back.

    And it has been the manner in which Aussie have defeated England which has been so impressive - another test pasting by 150 runs and even when a guy in the opposing team got a streaky 120. Well done Australia, well done.

    3 absolute floggings so far and there are 2 more to restore the normal condition between these 2 teams.

    Cricketing Darwinism has prevailed after a few series representing a minor aberration in the natural order of things cricket.

  • sujan33 on December 17, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    now time for 5-0 whitewash, congratulation aussies

  • Sadip on December 17, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Hurray........Ashes is regained & the urn is back home........!!!!!!!! Well played guys...!!!!!!

  • Meety on December 17, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    A post of mine from last night didn't make it. In it I said that if England only lose one wicket in the morning session, they are very close to winning. So I was a bit nervous at Lunch - even allowing for Broad being injured & maybe not able to bat at his best. The final 4 wickets were a bit anti-climactic, I actually thought they'd get closer than that. People can talk all they like about what the difference of the two teams were, but in the statistical difference was really the last 5 or 6 wickets. For Oz, it provided a large chunk of the scoring (when required), for England, they really were 5 out all out! == == == The Ashes are coming home where they belong, they have been away far too long. == == == Will it be 5nil? I think England will almost certainly WANT to make changes, but who? Carberry has been sound, Cook can't be dropped (surely?), Root is a pass, Stokes has bought himself another 2 caps. IMO - it is down to KP v Bell. Bell looks to be in the better form. TBC

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST; Why are you English always looking for the smallest negative. Work day, 5 wickets left do we go and watch 45 minutes of cricket for $50 (which amazingly turned into three hours) or do we go to work. THe first 4 days of every test have been sell-outs, I have no idea what the crowd figure was on the last day but your comments are disgraceful. Perhaps if the English cricketers turned up to play or even put in a contest then day 5 would have been a sell-out as well.

  • abhyudayj on December 17, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    The present team is settled unit now now, the journey to top has just began,all the best aussies

  • Bonehead_maz on December 17, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    To Nathan Lyon ... You ARE part of the cartel @ Brutal ananlyst.... Hi.... been a while, but why take a day off for perhaps 6 overs ?

  • SirDon99 on December 17, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Well done Australia!! England have been completely outplayed so far in this series in all facets of the game. Brutalanalyst, please consider that this is a weekday, there is not going to be a crowd there like there was on the weekend.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on December 17, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @Brutalanalyst, to be fair it was a weekday (Australians have jobs) and the last time you had 6 wickets going into the last day you lasted 11 overs, not exactly great ticket value. Furthermore, we don't do open top bus tours when we beat you, it's no big deal. OK, so positives for England, Stokes, a good innings in testing circumstances. Broad, he's tough, I reckon he'll remember this and he will be up for big games in the future. England did well to go to 350 odd, that's a very good 5th innings score. KP has lots of knockers but he's still an obvious starter, as is Bell. Congrats to Australia, normal Ashes service has resumed.

  • No_Excuses on December 17, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    @Brutalanalyst - the purpose of the big stadiums is AFL. AFL pays the bills and cricket gets a free ride

  • brisCricFan on December 17, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    That record is broken @BRUTALANALYST, you said the same for the Gabba and Adelaide Oval where both recorded crowds bigger than any of the Northern Summer... I guess if there was any thought that it was going to be a contest people might have turned up... but most didn't think it woould make it to the second hour let alone the second session...

    Good knock from the young STOKES, showed that the pitch still had some good strokes in it if you had a bit of gumption...

    Well done to Mitch and Lyon for polishing it off.

  • on December 17, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    wt a perfomance Aussie...nw we wil nt miss hussy gilly ponting and macgrath

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Credit to all the Australian team, but this series victory has been set-up by the pace trio Johnson, Siddle and Harris they blew away in Perth and the first innings of Adelaide. English bowlers got very little rest and the batsman's minds were damaged from the pace display. Australian batsman began to bat with no pressure. Lyon has also done his role perfectly. I thought coming in to this series we had every chance to win, but didn't expect this. It will be hard for England bouncing back this summer, with what has happened but don't believe that they are no longer a very good side from this performance or that they wont regroup and be a threat in future series.

  • chad_reid on December 17, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    well done aus and to england looks like they are back to normal

  • AB34 on December 17, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    "and the reason why almost the same teams have produced a markedly different result from the last series.".....err, I think it was a lot closer 3-0 series win to England in England.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on December 17, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @MinusZero: Don't worry, they only fell 150 runs short. You were so close!

  • AB34 on December 17, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Given the luck they had in the morning, I actually thought they would pull this off....? But the law of averages nearly always come on top.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 17, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    On behalf of the Urunga Cricket Club, we would like to congratulate the Australian cricket team on regaining the Ashes!! We would also like to congratulate the coaching staff headed by Boof and Billy for a job well done!! To the neutrals who have have written about and encouraged this Aussie team, thank you and enjoy the moment..... but now we have to front our issues. As many, many pundits have explained, are we lions at home blah blah? Do we need to sledge or do we just enjoy it? Will England unleash the multitudes of talent they keep telling us about instead of them sitting at home? Should we keep/accept the DRS or follow one other nation? Can we beat India, in India, and does it matter? Now we have won a series, can we compete against the Saffers.. AGAIN? Will they put Watson at 6 and Hughes at 3? All these issues will be answered in the future, for today WE COULD NOT CARE LESS, WE HAVE THE ASHES!!

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 17, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Do Australia really win the Ashes if there is no one there to see it ? Shocking that they are about to win back the Ashes and the ground is 75% empty and Barmy Army outnumbering locals. If you can't fill the WACA when you're going to win back the Ashes what exactly is the purpose of building all these huge new stadiums ? The atmosphere is dead.

  • wanatawu on December 17, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    I just wonder how England are gonna stop the 5-0 whitewash, LOL.

  • MinusZero on December 17, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    They are not done yet. The RRreq is not out of reach at all. They need to think of not needing 504, but only needing a smaller amount since so much is already done. They may win this yet. Go England!!

  • MinusZero on December 17, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    They are not done yet. The RRreq is not out of reach at all. They need to think of not needing 504, but only needing a smaller amount since so much is already done. They may win this yet. Go England!!

  • wanatawu on December 17, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    I just wonder how England are gonna stop the 5-0 whitewash, LOL.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 17, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Do Australia really win the Ashes if there is no one there to see it ? Shocking that they are about to win back the Ashes and the ground is 75% empty and Barmy Army outnumbering locals. If you can't fill the WACA when you're going to win back the Ashes what exactly is the purpose of building all these huge new stadiums ? The atmosphere is dead.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 17, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    On behalf of the Urunga Cricket Club, we would like to congratulate the Australian cricket team on regaining the Ashes!! We would also like to congratulate the coaching staff headed by Boof and Billy for a job well done!! To the neutrals who have have written about and encouraged this Aussie team, thank you and enjoy the moment..... but now we have to front our issues. As many, many pundits have explained, are we lions at home blah blah? Do we need to sledge or do we just enjoy it? Will England unleash the multitudes of talent they keep telling us about instead of them sitting at home? Should we keep/accept the DRS or follow one other nation? Can we beat India, in India, and does it matter? Now we have won a series, can we compete against the Saffers.. AGAIN? Will they put Watson at 6 and Hughes at 3? All these issues will be answered in the future, for today WE COULD NOT CARE LESS, WE HAVE THE ASHES!!

  • AB34 on December 17, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Given the luck they had in the morning, I actually thought they would pull this off....? But the law of averages nearly always come on top.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on December 17, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @MinusZero: Don't worry, they only fell 150 runs short. You were so close!

  • AB34 on December 17, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    "and the reason why almost the same teams have produced a markedly different result from the last series.".....err, I think it was a lot closer 3-0 series win to England in England.

  • chad_reid on December 17, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    well done aus and to england looks like they are back to normal

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Credit to all the Australian team, but this series victory has been set-up by the pace trio Johnson, Siddle and Harris they blew away in Perth and the first innings of Adelaide. English bowlers got very little rest and the batsman's minds were damaged from the pace display. Australian batsman began to bat with no pressure. Lyon has also done his role perfectly. I thought coming in to this series we had every chance to win, but didn't expect this. It will be hard for England bouncing back this summer, with what has happened but don't believe that they are no longer a very good side from this performance or that they wont regroup and be a threat in future series.

  • on December 17, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    wt a perfomance Aussie...nw we wil nt miss hussy gilly ponting and macgrath