Ashes Third Test: Australia Wrap Up Series In Style

Match Highlights:

 

  • Australia won by an innings and 41 runs
  • They made 662 in their first innings
  • England made 403 and 218
  • Australia lead the series 3-0

A swashbuckling performance by the magnificent Australian side saw them take home the prestigious Ashes series home after they won the third match of the five-match series. One of the most fiercely contested and famous rivalries in world cricket was won by Australia this time around after they dominated a poor English side in all three formats of the game. After having lost the first two test matches heavily, England went down by an innings and 41 runs in the third match to hand over the urn to the Aussies. An exuberant Australian outfit partied with pompous joy as they sealed the trophy.

 

Being 2-0 down in the series on the back of embarrassing performances, England knew they would have to put in a mammoth effort in the crucial third test of the series if they wanted to keep their hopes alive in the series. It was, however, the same old story at the Waca for them as old failures and incompetencies came back to haunt them at the Waca. A clearly dominant Australia spared them no mercy in their quest for the Ashes as they walked all over them.

 

Batting first Australia notched up a mammoth total of 662. The excellent Steve Smith scored another double hundred as his 239 and Marsh’s 181 destroyed the English bowlers. Smith played a superb inning as he took home all the accolades. Trailing by a huge score England took the crease in their first innings already demoralized and tired by their long stay while fielding.This was pretty apparent in their batting as they fell for 403 in their first innings to enable Australia to enforce the follow-on on them.

 

Confident that they could put up at least a respectable total for the hosts on the back of their first innings batting performance England came out to bat in the second innings. It was, however, a short-lived innings as a fiery spell by Josh Hazlewood saw him picking up five wickets on Day 4 to wrap things up in the first session of the day only and hand Australia one of their most dominant series win.

 

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