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Australia reclaim the Urn following innings victory in Perth

Australia players celebrating the Ashes series victory over England
Australia players celebrating the Ashes series victory over England

Australia 662-9 dec (Smith 239) beat
England 403 & 218 (Hazlewood 5-48) by an innings and 41 runs
Third Test, Perth, day five

Josh Hazlewood completed a five-wicket haul as Australia bowled out England for 218 runs in the final innings on day five and completed an innings victory in the third Test in Perth, thereby winning the Ashes series 3-0 and reclaiming the Urn.

England started the final day with a score of 132 for four, trailing Australia's first innings total by another 127 runs.

Rain and wet conditions halted Australia's progress and the play finally started with a three-hour delay at 13:00 local time.

Jonny Bairstow (14) became the first dismissal on day five when he was castled by Hazlewood (5-48) that stayed down a bit and four deliveries later, Moeen Ali (11) survived a tight decision for a catch at second slip with third umpire going with the soft signal of not out following inconclusive replays.

England's best batsman of the game, Dawid Malan (55) struck two boundaries but he and Ali went into a shell as they batted over 16 overs and managed just 24 runs.

Ali's 56-ball vigil was ended by Nathan Lyon (2-42), who trapped him LBW and this is the sixth time in as many innings, the off-spinner has snared Ali out.

England's problem compounded further when Malan was caught behind off Hazlewood shortly after completing his fourth Test fifty. Craig Overton (12) was handed a reprieve when he was dropped by Lyon but soon became Hazlewood's fifth wicket, leaving England reeling at 210 for eight.

From there on despite Chris Woakes' (22) resistance, Pat Cummins (2-53) accounted for the final two wickets dismissing Stuart Broad (0) and Woakes to bowl out England for 218 in 72.5 overs to complete the innings victory.

Smith was declared the man of the match for his double century in the only innings Australia batted and this is England's eighth successive loss at WACA - which is the most for any team.

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