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Australia regains Ashes


Australia regained the Ashes at the WACA ground today in Perth after beating England by 206 wickets thus attaining an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match Ashes cricket series.

England's resistance in the second innings ended when captain Andrew Flintoff went off after scoring 51 runs because after that the batsmen who replaced him could only muster a total of five runs.

Australia won this third Test with their commanding second innings where Ricky Ponting's men scored 527 runs thereby establishing a lead of 556 runs.

When Australia were all out for 244 in the first innings I thought England had a very good chance of taking a first innings lead but with only Kevin Pietersen achieving a half century a big chance went begging.

Although Monty Panesar was included in this test, England's bowling was still not sharp enough. Australia had five different bowlers take 18 wickets whilst for England only three bowlers managed to take all their wickets, 14 of them.

Now the fourth test is going to be in Melbourne and I will have a chance of watching that one live at the MCG. It will be a battle for England to avoid an embarrassing white wash but with the way they are playing a whitewash looks increasingly likely.

In the end, I think it looks too easy but I don't think it was meant to be like that - England were expected to put on a fight.

Dave
Wes, what a great victory by the Aussie team.

Interestingly Peitersen had admitted in a News of the World article, that he didn't think the POMS could win and this was written before the POMS had lost the match, in fact they still had a chance to draw the game.

Well dine to Warnie who sets himself up to get himself his 700th wicket at the MCG.

Dave

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sidney
If you go out expecting to lose you will simply lose and I think that was the England attitude after the Adelaide debacle.

I am not surprised they have lost the Ashes to the mighty Aussies, and yes, it will be another 16 years before they get them back!
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