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Australia reclaimed Ashes – 3rd Test vs. England

Zia Rana December 17, 2013

Australia 385 and 6-369 declared (David Warner 112, Shane Watson 103, Chris Rogers 54, Tim Bresnan 2-53) beat England 251 and 353 (Ben Stokes 120, Ian Bell 60, Mitchell Johnson 4-78, Nathan Lyon 3-70) by 150 runs.

The formidable Australians continued their dominance in the Ashes by beating England all ends up in the third Test at Perth and leads the series at 3-0.

Australia piled up 385 runs in the first innings and declared their second at 6-369. England scored 251 in their first and was bowled out for 353 runs in the second.

Steven Smith (Australia) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his fantastic match saving innings of 111 in the first innings.

Steven Smith - Player of the match

Steven Smith – Player of the match

The third Ashes Test of the five match series concluded on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth.

Earlier, the Englishmen started the day at 5-251 in 67 overs whereas Ben Stokes and Matt Prior were resisting at 72 and 7. The first was scoring most of the runs while the latter kept on creeping at the other end. The sixth wicket partnership was broken at 296 when Prior was gone for 26 and was replaced by Tim Bresnan. Ben Stokes thrashed his maiden Test ton with a four and continued his aggressive knock.

The hosts got the prize wicket of Stokes at 336 while he was caught behind smartly by Brad Haddin off Nathan Lyon for 120 off 195 balls with 1 six and 18 fours. The tail was folded back quickly by the Aussies bowlers and the innings of England came to an end at 353 in 103.2 overs.

Mitchell Johnson was the star performer with four wickets, Nathan Lyon held three whereas Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Shane Watson shared one wicket each.

Australia clinched the important game by a big margin of 150 runs and heads the series at 3-0.

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