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Aussies clinch Ashes
Aussie pacemen Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle united in victory. Pic: Getty Images

Australia have regained the Ashes after more than four years after England's lower order defiance was blown away after lunch on the final day of the third Test at the WACA Ground.

The man of the series so far, Mitchell Johnson, fittingly wrapped up the 150-run win when James Anderson (2) popped up a catch to short leg, leaving England all out for 353.

After resuming at 5-251 and still 253 runs behind, England reached lunch at 6-332 and dreaming of a miracle win. But once century-maker Ben Stokes (120) fell early in the afternoon session, the end was nigh.

“We got them back so it feels amazing,” skipper Michael Clarke said.

Skipper Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann celebrate victory. Pic: Getty Images

Clarke said his side’s celebrations would not cause them to lose focus on the challenge of sweeping England.


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“Our goal is to get back to being the number one team in the world. But we’ve got two more Test matches and we’d love to go five-nil up in the series,” he said.

Lyon's second wicket of the innings - a brilliant Brad Haddin catch off an under edge as Stokes attempted a slog sweep - was the turning point today and left England at 7-336.

Mitchell Johnson, right, joins his teammates to celebrate the win. Pic: Getty Images

Then Lyon (3-70) struck again, nabbing Graeme Swann bat pad, before a brilliant diving catch by Chris Rogers at mid-off dismissed Tim Bresnan for 12.

Stokes' first Test century in only his second game was a gem, scored over 257 minutes off 195 balls.

Before lunch Australia were made to work on the cracked WACA deck as England peeled off 81 runs for the loss of Matt Prior.

Autralia players celebrate their win. Pic: Getty Images

And Australia had to take the second new ball to dislodge him after Stokes and Prior resolutely added 76 runs for the sixth wicket.

Johnson (4-78) achieved the breakthrough, with Prior chasing a wide half-volley outside off stump and succeeding only in edging the ball to keeper Haddin.

James Anderson is out to give Australia victory. Pic: Getty Images

But Stokes continued on his way, bringing up his hundred by getting a short pitched delivery from Johnson away to the fine leg boundary.

He then launched an attack on spinner Lyon to lift England to near their required run rate for the morning session.

Stokes is downcast after getting out. Pic: Reuters

After wins also in Brisbane and Adelaide, Australia now hold a 3-0 series lead with two games to play.

Left-arm quick Johnson has taken 23 wickets at 15.47 in the series, including man-of-the-match performances in the first two Tests.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he got man of the series,” Australia skipper Michael Clarke said.

England batsman Ben Stokes celebrates his century. Pic: Getty Images

Clarke said Australia’s losing campaign earlier this year had been a tough time.

“We went through what England’s going through now not long ago in the UK,” Clarke said.

“We had a tough time of it in the UK and copped a lot of criticism, but we also had a lot of support. For those people who have stuck by us, thank you.”

Alastair Cook reflects on his side's series loss. Pic: Reuters

England captain Alastair Cook said Australia’s resurgence in the return series hadn’t surprised him.

“We knew what a good side they were in England. You’ve got to be at the top of your game to beat them, and we haven’t been there,“ Cook said.

“They’ve been ruthless.

“Yes, the Ashes is gone which is going to hurt for a while.”

Steve Smith was named man of the match after scoring 111 in Australia’s first innings of 385.

Australia can rise from fifth to third by winning the final two Tests and securing a five-nil result.

David Warner all smiles after the win. Pic: Getty Images