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Monday, 18 December 2017 - 13:50
Australia reclaims Ashes Urn
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Australia has reclaimed the Ashes, defeating England by an innings and 41 runs on the final day to take a 3-0 series lead after the 3d Ashes Test in Perth.
 
Chris Woakes was the last man out, caught behind off Pat Cummins to spark wild celebrations on the WACA as Australia regained the famous trophy they handed over at The Oval in in 2015.
 
Josh Hazlewood finished with 5 wickets as the tourists' tail was powerless to withstand Australia's fearsome pace attack on a 5th-day WACA wicket that had been the subject of much controversy before play began.
 
The wet pitch delayed the start of play by three hours, but it took just one ball for Hazlewood to exploit the day five pitch and remove Jonny Bairstow to kick-start Australia's charge to victory.
 
Bairstow was bowled after Hazlewood's first delivery of the morning skidded on and crashed into off stump, leaving England with five wickets and the hope of more unseasonal rain to salvage the Test match, and their slipping grasp on the Ashes urn. 
 
There was more controversy later in the same over, as Moeen Ali edged his fourth ball towards second slip, where Steve Smith put his hands low to grab the catch. It appeared to jam his fingers into the turf, but umpire Marais Erasmus asked the 3rd umpire to adjudicate, having given the 'soft signal' for not out, and 3rd official Aleem Dar couldn't find anything conclusive enough to overturn that decision.
 
Moeen nightmare against Nathan Lyon continued, however. Having been wrapped on the pad by Lyon and saved by an inside edge, the very next ball was almost identical with one crucial difference - Moeen got no bat on it, and was trudging back, dismissed leg before.
 
 Dawid Malan added some resistance, becoming just the fourth England batter to score a fifty in each innings of an Ashes Test at the WACA, but he fell soon after the milestone was reached in ignominious fashion, strangled down the leg-side.
 
Craig Overton, playing with a cracked rib courtesy of a thunderbolt he wore in Adelaide, was wonderfully caught by Usman Khawaja on his 31st birthday to give Hazlewood his fifth wicket off the innings. 
 
Stuart Broad leaped out of the way of a Pat Cummins thunderbolt and tickled another edge down the leg-side to a gleeful Tim Paine.
 
Scorecard:
 
England 1st Inn:      403
 
Australia 1st Inn: 662/9
 
England 2nd Inn: 218 all out
James Vince 55
Dawid Malan 54
 
Josh Hazlewood 5 for 48
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