Dominant Australia seal Ashes victory


Australia strolled to victory in the third test at the WACA, winning by an innings and 41 runs to take a unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series, with England's batting line-up again putting up meagre resistance as they were bowled out for 218 in their second innings.

"So much preparation has gone into this Ashes series".

"It's just an fantastic achievement from this group and I think a lot of credit has got to go to the selectors as well", added Smith.

Batsmen to reach career-best rankings after the Perth Test include Dawid Malan of England (up 47 places to a career-best 52nd) after his innings of 140 and 54 in Perth and Mitchell Marsh of Australia (up 44 places to 65th) after his score of 181. The way we've gone about it has been spectacular.

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott questioned whether his presence would have had any impact on the result, and Vaughan replied: "No it wouldn't but I hope he's hurting more than the players that have been here". The way we've been able to win this series and wrap things up here in Perth and get that urn back, it's been quite awesome. We haven't won a toss and have probably had the toughest of the conditions. "I'm just really proud of everyone in that dressing room".

England was seemingly in a strong position after racing to 368/4 in its first innings but collapsed to be all out for 403 then found itself trailing by 259 runs after Australia posted a massive total of 662/9 on the back of a double century from Smith, who was named the man of the match.

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"The bowlers have done a terrific job throughout the whole series".

"It's important we don't panic and make hasty decisions after three games".

"We'll celebrate this one first, have a good time tonight, and then get to Melbourne, which is an awesome occasion". The Boxing Day Test match is an wonderful occasion, hopefully we can get ourselves 4-0 and maybe 5-0 in Sydney. "They will stay together and get better and better". "They've outplayed us in all three games".

"They are going to take some replacing, and that is going to be the difficulty for Joe Root, the management, Trevor Bayliss, how they manage that situation".

"Then we'll get to Melbourne for a Boxing Day Test match - it's an incredible occasion, particularly an Ashes one, and hopefully we can keep playing some really good cricket and get ourselves 4-0 [up] and then maybe 5-0 in Sydney as well".