3rd Test, Perth, Dec 16 - 20 2010, England tour of Australia
268 & 309
(37 ov, target 391)187 & 123
Australia won by 267 runs
player of the match
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• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Harris takes six to level Ashes series

Australia wasted no time in levelling the Ashes series with a crushing 267-run victory at the WACA as Ryan Harris tore out the remaining resistance with a Test-best 6 for 47 to humble England

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Scorecard summary
Australia268/10(76 overs)1st INNINGS
England187/10(62.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Ian Bell53 (90)
Ryan Harris3/59(15)
Australia309/10(86 overs)2nd INNINGS
Michael Hussey116 (172)
Shane Watson95 (174)
England123/10(37 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 373 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 123/10CRR: 3.32 
Chris Tremlett1 (3)
Ryan Harris11-1-47-6
Mitchell Johnson12-3-44-3

What a fast finish, it's taken Australia only 50 minutes this morning to finish off England and take the remaining five wickets. There are handshakes all round now, but the Australians are the only ones smiling. Ricky Ponting runs out on to the WACA with his broken little finger bandaged and congratulates all his team-mates, a huge smile on his face as he knows this series is well and truly alive.

Ryan Harris has collected a stump, after finishing with 6 for 47. "We knew it was going to be a bouncy wicket and England haven't played that well here in the past," Harris says. He's done the job in this innings, but it was Mitchell Johnson who turned the match on its head on the second day with a wonderful spell of fast, swing bowling, and he's ended up with nine wickets for the match. Mike Hussey's batting was magnificent, yet again, and he deserves plenty of credit for this win.

Stand by for the presentations...

Andrew Strauss: "We were in quite a good position but a very good spell of bowling by Mitchell Johnson brought Australia back into the game. You've got to give them credit... We've also got to retain a sense of perspective ... We've played a lot of good cricket in this series... We thought we could get 391, but that session last night killed us."

Ricky Ponting, on his 36th birthday: "There's no better birthday present than that, to bounce back like this... To get 270 on the board on that first day was probably the difference in the end, and then Johnson's spell on day two was probably one of the all-time greatest spells in Ashes history."

"I'm a bit sore today, I wanted more than anything to be able to go out there and field, but I had to err on the side of caution. Another knock on the finger could have been disastrous. I think I'm a really good chance of playing the Boxing Day Test."

And the Man of the Match is Mitchell Johnson. "It was disappointing to miss Adelaide, but I knew I had to work on a few things," Johnson says. "I really enjoy bowling here. Hopefully I can be as consistent as I was here in the next two Tests."

That's it from the WACA, where Australia have bounced back to level the series. England fans might disagree, but it is encouraging that the series is still alive heading in to Boxing Day at the MCG, where the situation is the same as it was here - England win, and they retain the Ashes. Andrew McGlashan has written the tale of this short day's play, and you can find that bulletin here. There'll be plenty of reading over the coming hours from Peter English and Andrew Miller at the WACA, so do stick around for that.

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For now, on behalf of Andrew "Gnasher" McGlashan and Sahil Dutta, it's Brydon Coverdale signing off. Thanks for joining us over the past four days, and be sure to tune in on Boxing Day for the continuation of this terrific Ashes contest. Bye for now!

Harris to Finn, OUT

it's all over! Harris has taken six and the series is 1-1! Finn can only fend outside off and his edge is taken comfortably by Smith at third slip

Steven Finn c Smith b Harris 2 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57
Harris to Finn, 2 runs

pushed down the ground through mid on and again the helmeted Phillip Hughes does the chasing

There's Steven Smith loitering in the cordon. He hasn't had to bowl a ball this Test.

Harris to Finn, no run

again Harris probes outside off, and it's pushed back down the pitch by Finn

Harris to Finn, no run

Finn defends with a straight bat

Harris to Finn, no run

beaten outside off! Lovely bowling as it angles in and moves away a touch, too good for Finn

Harris to Tremlett, 1 run

Harris attacks the pads, trying for another lbw, and Tremlett works it past short leg to get off the mark

end of over 366 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 120/9CRR: 3.33 
Steven Finn0 (2)
Chris Tremlett0 (2)
Mitchell Johnson12-3-44-3
Ryan Harris10-1-44-5
Johnson to Finn, no run

fuller and straighter, but Finn is good enough to defend

Johnson to Finn, no run

bouncer! It's ducked by Finn

Well, this has all happened very quickly! Australia are only one wicket from a series-levelling victory and Mitchell Johnson has the chance to take ten for the match, if he can pick up this last wicket.

Johnson to Swann, OUT

Johnson gets his third! Swann has played on, just a flat-footed drive that he wanted to force through the off side, it was a good length and Swann could only get a thick inside edge onto his off stump

Graeme Swann b Johnson 9 (8m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 180
Johnson to Swann, FOUR runs

more runs for Swann, as he tries to hook the bouncer but is surprised by the bounce and gets it off the top edge over the keeper for a boundary

Johnson to Swann, 2 runs

Swann decides attack is the best form of defence, and he pulls high over midwicket and the man in the deep keeps it to two

Johnson to Swann, no run

Johnson trundles in and goes for the bouncer, it's comfortably ducked by Graeme Swann

end of over 353 runs • 2 wickets
ENG: 114/8CRR: 3.25 
Chris Tremlett0 (2)
Graeme Swann3 (1)
Ryan Harris10-1-44-5
Mitchell Johnson11-3-38-2
Harris to Tremlett, no run

short of a length again, Tremlett leaves it alone outside off

Harris to Tremlett, no run

banged in short this time and Tremlett ducks it

Ryan Harris raises the ball to acknowledge the applause after taking a five-for. He's a real wicket-taker. Now here's Chris Tremlett.

Harris to Prior, OUT

super catch! Harris has five for the first time in a Test! That was a great ball, short of a length and bouncing more than Prior expected, his defensive prod flew high off the shoulder of the bat to gully, where Hussey hurled himself to his right to take the catch

Matt Prior c Hussey b Harris 10 (19m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 111.11
Harris to Prior, no run

driven to mid-on and can't find the gap

Harris to Swann, 3 runs

good start from Swann, as he clips a full, straight ball through midwicket and the short-leg Hughes runs it down wearing the helmet all the way to the boundary

Gnasher is off to write England's obituary in this match. Brydon here now.

Right, this could all finish in a rush now so I'm going to hand over to Brydon

Harris to Bell, OUT

gone! That looks plumb as Bell play across the line but he's called for a review. And it looks even more out on the replay. It isn't a no ball, there's no edge and it's taking out middle

Ian Bell lbw b Harris 16 (32m 23b 3x4 0x6) SR: 69.57
end of over 347 runs
ENG: 111/6CRR: 3.26 
Ian Bell16 (22)
Matt Prior10 (7)
Mitchell Johnson11-3-38-2
Ryan Harris9-1-41-3
Johnson to Bell, 1 run

ooh, nearly a chance...he drives and gets a thick outside edge which falls short of backward point

Johnson to Bell, FOUR runs

he drives again, and this time it just has the legs to reach the cover boundary despite a dive from Peter Siddle

Best performances - batsmen
Michael Hussey player pic
MEK Hussey
116 runs (172)
15 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
40 runs
7 fours
0 sixes
Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson
95 runs (174)
11 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
32 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Mitchell Johnson player pic
MG Johnson
Ryan Harris player pic
RJ Harris
Match details
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson
Series result5-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 1984
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days16,17,18,19 December 2010 - day match (5-day match)
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Billy Doctrove
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Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
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Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
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Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe