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Australia reclaim the Ashes! Five talking points from the third Test against England

The Ashes are back down under. The rain provided more resistance to Australia than any Englishman not named Dawid Malan, but in the end not even a damp pitch could stop the hosts, who cruised to a third Test victory by an innings and 41 runs to sew up the series before Christmas.

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England’s leaders have let them down badly

Since England were whitewashed in Australia four years ago, they have relied heavily upon Alastair Cook, Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Those same four players have let them down badly this current Ashes series.

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Steve Smith’s declaration became Australia’s highest Ashes score at home

Steve Smith probably didn’t realise it at the time, but by batting on yesterday at the WACA before declaring at 9-662, it was Australia’s highest Ashes total at home in history.

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Leaky covers delay play on crucial final day of Ashes Test

A leak in protective covers has caused a wet patch on the WACA Ground pitch, forcing a delayed start to the final day of the third Ashes Test.

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England won’t be relying on rain gods to save them from Ashes oblivion

England players have vowed to give it everything they’ve got to save themselves from Ashes oblivion, but don’t expect them to do a rain dance.

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Ben Stokes fails to lift Canterbury in NZ

Jesse Ryder’s big-hitting summer continued for Central Districts as they posted a high-scoring eight-run Twenty20 cricket win over Ben Stokes’ Canterbury in Nelson.

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Rebuilt Mitch Marsh dismantles England

Mitch Marsh yesterday reaped the benefit of some subtle and not-so-subtle changes to his batting technique as he struck a commanding century to put Australia in a dominant position in the third Ashes Test.

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Mitchell Marsh – from the wilderness to England’s nightmare

Nobody, including Mitchell Marsh and the Australian selectors, could have possibly predicted the 26-year-old’s stunning return to Test cricket.

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Mitch Marsh silences doubters with century

Australian allrounder Mitch Marsh has been compared to England great Andrew Flintoff after smashing his maiden Test ton during a coming of age at the WACA Ground.

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Aussie captain Smith hits another Ashes ton against Poms

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith has struck a century against England in the third Ashes Test.

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The Liebke Ratings: Third Ashes Test, part 1

With Australia 2-0 up in the Ashes, England invited Australia over to the WACA for a drink.

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Smith holds third Test in his grip

For the second time in this Ashes series the result of a Test hangs on the blade of Steve Smith, with the Australian skipper cruising to 92no at stumps in Perth yesterday.

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Steve Smith keeps proving he’s the world’s best Test batsman

When Steve Smith resumes at the WACA this afternoon, he’ll be just eight runs shy of his 22nd ton in his 59th Test.

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Has Warner been told to bat conservatively?

David Warner’s new-found pedestrian approach to batting is being questioned by former Test stars.

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Smith the star as Aussies close in on England’s lead

This Ashes series remains a tale of two captains, with Joe Root’s daydreaming and Steve Smith’s dominance helping Australia steady themselves on day two of the third Test.

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Review blunders continue to haunt Smith

The poor decision making of Steve Smith has continued, with the Australian skipper wasting two DRS reviews during the third Test against England at the WACA Ground.

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England's Jonny Bairstow reacts as he is given out lbw as he attempts a sweep shot on 99 runs during day two of the Fourth Test at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday Aug. 5, 2017.

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Dawid Malan bats in the Ashes

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James Anderson (centre) of England reacts as Australian batsmen David Warner (left) and Cameron Bancroft (right) make runs on Day 5 of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at the Gabba in Brisbane, Monday, November 27, 2017.

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Mitch Marsh of Australia

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Dawid Malan

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The modern day WACA

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The Ashes Urn

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James Anderson (centre) of England reacts as Australian batsmen David Warner (left) and Cameron Bancroft (right) make runs on Day 5 of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at the Gabba in Brisbane, Monday, November 27, 2017.

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Australia defeat England, win back the Urn! Ashes highlights, live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 5

Match result Australia have regained the Ashes, defeating England in the third Test by an innings and 41 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

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Admit it: The selectors got it right

By David Holden, 18 Dec 2017
Admit it: The selectors got it right

If there have been any people more maligned than Mitchell Marsh so far this Ashes series, it has been the Australian selectors, but both were redeemed at the weekend.

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Why Steve Smith succeeds despite his unorthodox technique

Steve Smith’s guard is on leg-stump, but at times he calls for two-leg. Both his feet are close to each other, the bat is tapped behind the right foot with a slightly open face and raised towards gully.

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An ode to the West

By Tom Atkinson, 18 Dec 2017
An ode to the West

The tangerine western skies rise and fall over a famous old friend this week. The once feared touring cemetery, the West Australian Cricket Association ground, oozing in Australian cricket history and Ashes Test history, is now a dolorous shadow of its former self.

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Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 4

Day result: England trail by 127 runs and have six wickets in hand ahead of the final day of the Test at the WACA, with Australia looking to be a in a strong position should the skies stay clear to win the Test and the series.

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Five Thoughts From Day 3 of the 3rd Test

By Eddie Otto, 17 Dec 2017
Five Thoughts From Day 3 of the 3rd Test

Here are my five main takeaways from Day 3 in Perth as Australia took a stranglehold on the match and the series.

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BBL07 season preview: Sydney Thunder

By Eddie Otto, 17 Dec 2017
BBL07 season preview: Sydney Thunder

The Sydney Thunder will be looking to rebound from finishing last in BBL06 after winning the title in 2015-16. Can the men in green bounce back this season or will they struggle once more?

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Who will be retained for the IPL auction?

By Rishav Narang, 17 Dec 2017
Who will be retained for the IPL auction?

The decision of the IPL Governing Council to let franchises retain up to five players was a big relief for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), because the people of Chennai know just one name when it comes to IPL: MS Dhoni.

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Five thoughts From Day 2 of the 3rd Test

By Eddie Otto, 16 Dec 2017
Five thoughts From Day 2 of the 3rd Test

Australia mused their way back into the 3rd Test by dominating Day 2 against England on Friday. Here are my five main takeaways.

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BBL07 Adelaide Strikers preview

By Kristy Williams, 16 Dec 2017
BBL07 Adelaide Strikers preview

The Adelaide Strikers were mediocre, at best, in BBL|06, and they will be up against it to improve on their sixth place performance this season.

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Australia vs England highlights: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 3

Day result: Australia look to be in a commanding position at the end of the third day at the WACA, having built up a 146-run lead with six wickets still on hand.

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Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 2

England finally hold control of a match in the Ashes, but they need to drive home their advantage against Australia on Day 2 of the third Test at the WACA. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:30pm (AEDT).

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Five thoughts from Day 1 of the third Ashes Test

My five thoughts from Day 1 in Perth as England showed some resolve to take the upper hand in the game.

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BBL07 season preview: Perth Scorchers

By Eddie Otto, 15 Dec 2017
BBL07 season preview: Perth Scorchers

The Perch Scorchers are the most successful franchise in the Big Bash League, having claimed a third title in BBL06 last year. Can they dominate another summer of T20 cricket or are they in for a bumpier road this season?

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Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 1

England will make a last-ditch attempt to stay in with a chance of retaining the Ashes when they travel to Perth for the third Test, which Australia enter as heavy favourites. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of Day 1 from 1:30pm (AEDT).

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BBL07 season preview: Hobart Hurricanes

By Eddie Otto, 14 Dec 2017
BBL07 season preview: Hobart Hurricanes

The Hobart Hurricanes didn’t have the happiest of seasons in 2016-17, winning just three matches and finishing one place above the foot of the ladder. Unfortunately, things don’t look too much better for the men in purple this time around.

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England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow (left) is seen with England Captain Joe Root (right) on Day 5 of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at the Gabba in Brisbane, Monday, November 27, 2017.

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Australian batsman Peter Handscomb

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Liam O'Connor bowls for the Adelaide Strikers against the Brisbane Heat

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David Warner of Australia celebrates his century on the first day of the third Test cricket match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town on March 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Peter Heeger

Perth by the numbers

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England's Moeen Ali, left, is struck by the ball during day three of the Fourth Test match against South Africa at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday Aug. 6, 2017.

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Steve Smith

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