The Ashes: The urn returns to Australia after third Test

AUSTRALIA has regained the Ashes for the first time since 2009 after crushing England by 150 runs on the final day of the third Test at the WACA.

Young English all-rounder Ben Stokes, playing in just his second Test, delayed the inventible after scoring a maiden century, 120 off 195 balls, the struggling tourists' first century of the series.

Australia bowled England out for 353 in their second innings with paceman Mitchell Johnson (4-78) and spinner Nathan Lyon (3-70) leading the way.

Set 504 to win, England resumed on 5-251 and reached 6-332 at lunch.

Matt Prior (26) added 76 with Stokes before being caught behind off Johnson.

Lyon then claimed the key wicket of Stokes caught behind in the third over after lunch at 7-336 before he struck again in his next over when he had Graeme Swann caught at bat-pad for four.

Johnson then had Tim Bresnan (12) caught by Chris Rogers before he finished the innings off by having Jimmy Anderson (2) caught by George Bailey.

The fourth Test starts at the MCG on Boxing Day.



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