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Australia take ashes glory from shattered English

English.news.cn   2013-12-18 20:26:39            

SYDNEY, Dec. 18 (Xinhua)-- Australia has woken to a new dawn of cricketing history Wednesday after a ruthless display to retain the 'Ashes' in emphatic fashion with an unlikely 150-run domination of England at the WACA in Perth.

The third straight win gives Australia an unbeatable 3-0 series lead, with Tests still to play in Melbourne and Sydney.

A delighted Aussie captain Michael Clarke described a possible 5-0 whitewash as "gold" after his teams return from the depths of cricket horror to steal back the Ashes urn in Perth on Tuesday.

Celebrating his 100th Test, the diminutive Australian captain spoke of the pain of losing three successive Ashes series as the inspiration behind the 3-0 lead after only three Tests.

Clarke told reporters the feeling of winning 5-0 in 2006-7 was "as special" as claiming the Ashes for the first time as skipper.

The cruelty of test cricket was on display just a few meters away from the Australian dressing room as the beleaguered England captain Alastair Cook also playing his 100th Test described the day as the worst in his cricketing life and may be stricken by his personal failure to establish a doctrine of discipline and ruthlessness that marked the England of last summer.

As the Perth pitch began to crack and peel under another day of plus 40 degree heat, a pumped Australia needed just five lower order wickets on the final day and after removing a dogged Ben Stokes (120), who it fell to score England's first century of the summer in his test debut.

Once Stokes went cheaply after the break, Australia throttled the tail with the tight, aggressive bowling that has been their trademark for the series thus far.

The travails of the English were best encapsulated by a rattled and deflated Matt Prior, the former cricketer of the year who botched two stumping chances and gave away byes every which way before failing once again with the bat.

"Sometimes you have to look at yourself straight in the mirror and know where you're at as an individual and from a team point of view," Prior lamented. "This is a time for brutal honesty and fronting up.

The domination of the Australians was matched only by England's woeful inability to win the key moments of the test. Ian bell's consecutive dropped catches must surely have been the icing on the cake after his brutal treatment of the Australian attack in England just six months earlier.

"As Brad Haddin said 'we brought it home' and to get the Ashes back is special because of the work the guys have put in over a long period of time," Clarke said.

The captain reveled in the success of his key players batsmen David Warner and comeback king Mitchell Johnson and will be buoyed by the relief of becoming the first Australian side in almost eight years to win an Ashes series.

Clarke promised local media that the pain would not stop in Perth for the tourists - suggesting that the remaining Tests in Melbourne and Sydney would see an Australian team just as determined to drive the series to a whitewash.

Editor: Shen Qing
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