A superb maiden Test Match century from youngster Ben Stokes couldn’t stop Australia reclaiming the Ashes for the first time since 2007 as the hosts beat England by 150 runs in Perth to take an unassailable 3-0 lead.
The Durham all-rounder went on to make 120 in extremely tough conditions at the WACA as the tourists had their backs against the wall for the third time in as many games. Despite the effort of Stokes it was not enough to gain victory as only Ian Bell joined him in passing 50.
The 3-0 defeat comes just four months after it was a role reversal on home soil as England secured a 3-0 victory with a draw at The Kia Oval in the final Ashes Test of the summer.
It is the third match in a row Australia have won by at least 150 runs as the returning Mitchell Johnson inspired them to victory. Meanwhile, it was their major improvement from the summer came in the batting department as David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith and Brad Haddin have all hit centuries in the winter series.
The tourists went into the final day at the WACA needing 253 runs to claim victory with only five wickets left after Ian Bell was dismissed shortly before the end of play on Monday. That left Stokes on 72 not out overnight along with vice-captain Matt Prior on 7*.
The 22-year-old picked up where he left off on the previous day and moved to his century before lunch off 159 balls with the Barmy Army giving him an outstanding ovation in only his second Test. Prior was already out by then after he edged Johnson to Haddin behind the stumps which brought Tim Bresnan to the crease.
The English supporters were once again on their feet at the lunch break to celebrate a good opening session after only losing one wicket. However, Australia then rattled through the last four wickets for just 17 runs which included Stokes being caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.
Johnson ended the game as the leading wicket taker of the match with six scalps which included the final two of the game to hand Australia the urn with a 3-0 victory.
The famous fourth Test starts on Boxing Day in Melbourne as England look to stop the whitewash which was inflicted upon them in 2006/07.
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