Australia regain Ashes with crushing victory over England in Perth Test

Australia have reclaimed the Ashes and remain on course for a 5-0 whitewash of England, after completing an innings-and-41-run win on the final day of the third Test in Perth. 

Australia regain Ashes with crushing victory over England in Perth Test

Rain initially threatened to deny Steve Smith’s men on Monday, with a combination of showers and wet patches on the pitch delaying the start of play at the WACA and shaving 20 overs from the final day.

However, the hosts still wrapped up victory with plenty of time to spare, Josh Hazlewood taking 5-48 - his sixth five-wicket haul in Tests - as England were dismissed for 218 in their second innings.

Having now been beaten in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to relinquish the urn, England are in danger of losing 5-0 for the third time in four tours of Australia.

The tourists were 368-4 early on day two of this match, but collapsed alarmingly to 403 all out before Australia powered to 662-9 declared on the back of 239 from Smith and Mitchell Marsh’s 181.

Dawid Malan, who made a maiden Test hundred in England’s first innings, impressed again on Monday by reaching 54 after his side had resumed on 132-4, but there was little else in the way of resistance as Australia claimed the six wickets they required.

Pat Cummins claimed the series-clinching scalp after tea had been pushed back with England nine down, the seamer having Chris Woakes caught behind for 22.

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