result
3rd Test, Perth, Dec 13 - 17 2013, England tour of Australia
385 & 369/6d
(target 504)251 & 353
Australia won by 150 runs
Player Of The Match
111
steven-smith
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• The Report by Daniel Brettig

Australia seal emotional victory to regain Urn

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

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Scores: Gopi Rangarajan
Comms: Alex Winter
Scorecard summary
Australia385/10(103.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Steven Smith111 (208)
David Warner60 (77)
England251/10(88 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia369/6(87 overs)2nd INNINGS
David Warner112 (140)
Shane Watson103 (108)
Tim Bresnan2/53(14)
Ben Stokes2/82(18)
England353/10(103.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
Ben Stokes120 (195)
Ian Bell60 (93)
Nathan Lyon3/70(22)

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



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



Alastair Cook has to begin another post-mortem: "It was a fantastic innings full of character from Ben Stokes. With those cracks there it's daunting but he played so well. You never know in sport but just as we got a partnership going we lost it, not for the first time in this series. It's not for lack of effort but we've been out-skilled in all departments, that's the honest truth. Everyone's hurting now but all we can do is work as hard as we can and turn it around on Boxing Day.



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



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



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



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



103.2
W
Johnson to Anderson, OUT

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

James Anderson c Bailey b Johnson 2 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25
103.1
1
Johnson to Broad, 1 run

full on the stump, Broad chips it through square leg

end of over 1032 runs
ENG: 352/9CRR: 3.41 
Stuart Broad1 (6)
James Anderson2 (7)
Nathan Lyon 22-5-70-3
Mitchell Johnson 25-6-77-3
102.6
1
Lyon to Broad, 1 run

back across the off stump, pushes through point and they take the easy single on offer

102.5
1
Lyon to Anderson, 1 run

forward and gets a thick outside edge backward of point for a quick single

102.4
Lyon to Anderson, no run

outside off, not a length to cut, Anderson tries anyway and misses, poor stroke

102.3
Lyon to Anderson, no run

more air and pushed firmly in the air for a while but well away from cover

102.2
Lyon to Anderson, no run

forward again playing back up towards the bowler

102.1
Lyon to Anderson, no run

around the off stump, forward playing back up the wicket

Abhishek: "Not sure if this is heroic from Broad or just plain foolish. There's no way England are winning it beyond this point. So to run the risk of aggravating his injury for a losing cause doesn't seem prudent to me. He's been England's best bowler of the tour, and he should have been given ample rest in order to fully recover for the next Test."

end of over 1023 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 350/9CRR: 3.43 
Stuart Broad0 (5)
James Anderson1 (2)
Mitchell Johnson 25-6-77-3
Nathan Lyon 21-5-68-3
101.6
Johnson to Broad, no run

a sharp bumper and Broad does well to dart under it

So Johnson to Broad, can he finish it off...

101.5
1
Johnson to Anderson, 1 run

back of a length at the body, Anderson turns it down to long leg, just a single

101.4
Johnson to Anderson, no run

full toss on the stumps, Anderson turns it to midwicket

So Australia now one wicket away from getting the Urn back at the earliest opportunity, just James Anderson to knock over now...

101.3
W
Johnson to Bresnan, OUT

slower ball, 82mph, Bresnan forward pushing hard and it presents a chance to Rogers at mid-off who dives and takes a fine catch to his right that is a perfect example of how well Australia have fielded in this series, a marvellous catch

Tim Bresnan c Rogers b Johnson 12 (66m 40b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30
101.2
2
Johnson to Bresnan, 2 runs

full and wide and Bresnan drives from low on the bat past extra cover and Broad gingerly waddles back for two

101.1
Johnson to Bresnan, no run

length on off stump, Bresnan forward to push into midwicket

end of over 101Wicket maiden
ENG: 347/8CRR: 3.43 
Stuart Broad0 (4)
Tim Bresnan10 (37)
Nathan Lyon 21-5-68-3
Mitchell Johnson 24-6-74-2
100.6
Lyon to Broad, no run

floated up and Broad smothers it on middle stump, it runs to cover and they refuse the single

Field goes back to try and give Broad one...

100.5
Lyon to Broad, no run

ignored again outside off

100.4
Lyon to Broad, no run

forward and left alone outside off

100.3
Lyon to Broad, no run

full on off stump, Broad punches it back to the bowler

Stuart Broad comes out, braving his well-strapped boot...

100.2
W
Lyon to Swann, OUT

forward, a little turn, takes inside edge onto pad and it loops to short leg for a pretty cheap dismissal, easy catch for Smith and Lyon chips in again with a useful wicket. Swann propped forward on around middle and followed the ball that turned in and bounced a touch, he got a feather edge onto the pad and it popped up easily for Smith and Swann walked straight off

Graeme Swann c Smith b Lyon 4 (8m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
100.1
Lyon to Swann, no run

forward and let go outside off, it comes back a little but not enough to trouble off stump

Best performances - batters
Ben Stokes portrait
BA Stokes ENG
120 runs (195)
18 fours
1 six
Control88%
Productive shot
leg glance
31 runs
4 fours
0 six
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David Warner
DA Warner AUS
112 runs (140)
17 fours
2 sixes
Control92%
Productive shot
cut shot on front foot
27 runs
6 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Mitchell Johnson player pic
MG Johnson AUS
O
25.2
M
6
R
78
W
4
ECO
3.07
Ryan Harris player pic
RJ Harris AUS
O
22
M
10
R
48
W
3
ECO
2.18
Match details
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia
Season2013/14
Player Of The Match
Steven Smith
Steven Smith
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberTest no. 2107
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days13,14,15,16,17 December 2013 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
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Billy Bowden
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Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
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Tony Hill
Reserve Umpire
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Mick Martell
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe
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