Cricket: Aussies wobble for first time but still reclaim Ashes after four years
PERTH (REUTERS) - Australia faltered for pretty much the first time in the series trying to close the deal but rallied to blow away the last vestiges of English resistance and reclaim cricket's Ashes with a third emphatic Test victory on Tuesday.
Just three months after England wrapped up a third successive Ashes series triumph by a similarly dominant 3-0 margin back home, Australia had wrested back the urn they last held in August 2009 with two matches to spare.
Ben Stokes had made them sweat through the first session on the fifth and final day of the third Test at the Waca by completing his maiden Test hundred as the tourists chased their improbable victory target of 504.
But once the left-hander was dismissed for 120 in the third over after lunch, Australia's bowlers ran quickly through the England tail to claim a 150-run victory and an unassailable 3-0 series lead.