Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Video will begin in 5 seconds.

Recommended

Replay video

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Australia wins the Ashes

Australia has won back the Ashes after just three of the five Tests in the series, with a convincing victory at the WACA in Perth.

PT1M44S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2zj0l 620 349

Australia have put the pain of three straight Ashes-series defeats behind them, crushing England by 150 runs in the third Test on Tuesday to regain the urn. Skipper Michael Clarke’s men needed just 14 days of the five-match series to win back Test cricket’s most famous trophy, which England has held since 2009.

Kiwi-born youngster Ben Stokes led England’s brave resistance with 120 off 195 balls as the second-gamer notched the tourists' first century of the series.

The moment ... The Australians come together after securing the final wicket of James Anderson.

The moment ... The Australians come together after securing the final wicket of James Anderson. Photo: Getty Images

Australia bowled England out for 353 in their second innings in the post-lunch session on the final day of the third Test at the WACA Ground.

Mitchell Johnson (4-78) and spinner Nathan Lyon (3-70) led the way for the Australian bowlers. Set 504 to win, England resumed on 5-251 and reached 6-332 at lunch. Matt Prior (26) added 76 with Stokes. Prior was out caught behind to a wide ball from Mitchell Johnson.

Stokes top-edged a bouncer from Johnson to the fine-leg boundary to notch his maiden hundred off 159 balls. Lyon claimed the key wicket of Stokes caught behind in the third over after lunch at 7-336.

The Australians celebrate after snaring the vital wicket of Ben Stokes.

The Australians celebrate after snaring the vital wicket of Ben Stokes. Photo: Getty Images

The 22-year-old left-hander went for a big sweep shot and departed after hitting 18 fours and one six in more than four hours of batting.

Lyon struck again in his next over when Graeme Swann was caught at bat-pad for four.

Stuart Broad, limping because of a bruised foot sustained while batting against Johnson in the first innings, joined Bresnan.

Ben Stokes celebrates his hard-fought century.

Ben Stokes celebrates his hard-fought century. Photo: Reuters

Bresnan popped a catch to mid off where 36-year-old Chris Rogers held a fabulous diving attempt to his right at 9-349.

Jimmy Anderson, so often Australia’s Ashes tormentor in recent times, was last man out for two.

Australia put themselves in a strong position on Monday as Shane Watson smashed 103 in the home side’s second innings of 6(dec)-369.

The Australian team celebrates victory in the change rooms. Click for more photos

Australia wins the Ashes

The Australian team celebrates victory in the change rooms. Photo: Getty

Watson is a veteran of Australia’s past three losing Ashes series, along with Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle.

‘‘We got them back so it feels amazing,’’ Clarke said.

Clarke said his side’s celebrations would not cause them to lose focus on the challenge of sweeping England.

‘‘Our goal is to get back to being the number one team in the world. But we’ve got two more Test matches and we’d love to go five-nil up in the series,’’ he said.

Australia can rise from fifth to third in the world Test rankings by winning the final two Tests and securing a 5-0 result.

Australia (1st Innings)
C ROGERS run out (Anderson) 11
D WARNER c Carberry b Swann 60
S WATSON c Swann b Broad 18
M CLARKE c Cook b Swann 24
S SMITH c Prior b Anderson 111
G BAILEY c Pietersen b Broad 7
B HADDIN c Anderson b Stokes 55
M JOHNSON c Prior b Broad 39
P SIDDLE c Prior b Bresnan 21
R HARRIS c Root b Anderson 12
N LYON not out 17
Sundries (6lb, 3w, 1nb) 10
Total 385
Fall of wickets:
: 13 (Rogers), 52 (Watson), 106 (Clarke), 129 (Warner), 143 (Bailey), 267 (Haddin), 326 (Johnson), 338 (Smith), 354 (Harris), 385 (Siddle).
Bowling: J Anderson 23-5-60-2 (1w), S Broad 22-2-100-3 (1w), T Bresnan 23.3-4-81-1, B Stokes 17-3-63-1 (1w 1nb), G Swann 17-0-71-2, J Root 1-0-4-0

England (1st Innings)
A COOK c Warner b Lyon 72
M CARBERRY b Harris 43
J ROOT c Haddin b Watson 4
K PIETERSEN c Johnson b Siddle 19
I BELL lbw b Harris 15
B STOKES c Haddin b Johnson 18
M PRIOR c Haddin b Siddle 8
T BRESNAN c Haddin b Harris 21
S BROAD lbw b Johnson 5
G SWANN not out 19
J ANDERSON c Bailey b Siddle 2
Sundries (11b, 7lb, 5w, 2nb) 25
Total 251
Fall of wickets: 85 (Carberry), 90 (Root), 136 (Cook), 146 Pietersen), 190 (Bell), 198 (Stokes), 207 (Prior), 229 (Broad), 233 (Bresnan), 251 (Anderson)
Bowling: R Harris 22-10-48-3 (1nb), M Johnson 22-7-62-2 (1nb), S Watson 12-3-48-1, P Siddle 16-5-36-3 (1w/5), N Lyon 16-6-39-1

Australia (2nd Innings)
C ROGERS c Carberry b Bresnan 54
D WARNER c Stokes b Swann 112
S WATSON run out (Bresnan) 103
M CLARKE b Stokes 23
S SMITH c (sub) b Stokes 15
G BAILEY not out 39
B HADDIN c Swann b Bresnan 5
M JOHNSON not out 0
Sundries (8b, 5lb, 5w) 18
Total (6 wkts - decl) 369
Fall of wickets: 157 (Rogers), 183 (Warner), 223 (Clarke), 301 (Smith), 331 (Watson), 340 (Haddin)
Bowling: J Anderson 19-5-105-0 (1w/5), T Bresnan 14-3-53-2, B Stokes 18-1-82-2, G Swann 27-8-92-1, J Root 9-1-24-0

England (2nd Innings - target 504)
A COOK b Harris 0
M CARBERRY lbw b Watson 31
J ROOT c Haddin b Johnson 19
K PIETERSEN c Harris b Lyon 45
I BELL c Haddin b Siddle 60
B STOKES c Haddin b Lyon 120
M PRIOR c Haddin b Johnson 26
T BRESNAN c Rogers b Johnson 12
G SWANN c Smith b Lyon 4
S BROAD not out 2
J ANDERSON c Bailey b Johnson 2
Sundries (13b, 13lb, 6w) 32
Total 353
Fall of wickets: 0 (Cook), 62 (Carberry), 76 (Root), 121 (Pietersen), 220 (Bell), 296 (Prior), 336 (Stokes), 347 (Swann), 349 (Bresnan), 353 (Anderson)
Bowling: R Harris 19-2-73-1, M Johnson 25.2-6-78-4 (1w/5), N Lyon 22-5-70-3 (1w), P Siddle 26-11-67-1, S Watson 11-1-39-1
Result: Australia won by 150 runs
Man of the Match: Steve Smith
Series: Australia lead five-Test series 3-0

AAP