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Australia reclaim the Ashes

18th December 2017, 09:07 by Gareth Freeman

Australia have secured an Ashes series victory after beating England by an innings and 41 runs in the third Test in Perth.

The tourists were given a glimmer of hope as the start of play was delayed by three hours to allow damp patches to dry on the pitch.

Victory at the Waca already looked way out of reach but England had hopes of claiming a draw, which would have kept the series alive going into the final two Tests.

England resumed on 132-4 and Australia started with real purpose as Josh Hazlewood removed Jonny Bairstow for 14 with his first ball of the day.

Nathan Lyon then dismissed Moeen Ali lbw but Dawid Malan offered some resistance as he managed 54 before being removed by Hazlewood.

Malan was tempted to go for Hazlewood's short ball and was then caught behind by Tim Paine, leaving England on 196-7.

Hazlewood finished with figures of 5-48 as England's tail end collapsed to all out for 218, as the hosts took an unassailable 3-0 series lead with two Tests to play.

England captain Joe Root conceded his side have been outplayed so far but hopes they can restore some pride in the next Test in Melbourne.

He said: "It is very difficult to take. Fair play to Australia - they have outplayed us in all three games. We've got to be better."

He added: "We've got to make sure we go to Melbourne and put in really good performances there."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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