Ashes: Australia v England, third Test, day five, Perth, as it happened

Australia regain the Ashes from England by winning the third Test at Perth to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

17 December 2013 Last updated at 02:00 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 0642: 
    Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook

    Well folks, the time has come to bid you farewell. The Ashes are back in Australian hands and England will not get a chance to snatch them back until the summer of 2015. Before then, of course, we have two more Tests in this series - in Melbourne and Sydney - and we'll be back to bring you live text commentary from the MCG at 2230 GMT on Christmas night. Until then, rest well and have a fantastic festive season.

  2. 0636: 

    Embarrassing. I can't think of a more apt word to describe the performance of Alastair Cook's men. Wonderful though it was to see young Ben Stokes score a hundred, in many ways it merely served to highlight the inadequacies of the more senior players in the side.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have won by miles. From the minute they arrived at Gabba, it was a different Australia. They were going to make life difficult for England and the press joined in.

    "England lost the three tosses but if I hear that as an excuse I will not be very happy. They have been completely outplayed in each facet of the game and you have to hold your hands up to Australia.

    "The first innings scores are there to set the foundation for the game, you are not getting close to drawing let alone winning test matches with the scores England have got.

    "England have been battered. It has been quite embarrassing."

  4. 0627: 

    The margins of Australia's victories tell a tale of utter woe for England. They have won by 381 runs in Brisbane, 218 in Adelaide and now 150 in Perth. Not a single match has even been close. Expect some serious soul-searching in the England camp, where the spotlight will fall on the futures of several key players, including Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and James Anderson. The team selection for the Melbourne Test could be very telling.

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    Patrick Fowler: Cook is an exceptional player but these scripted, robotic interviews are getting boring and annoying now. No heart.

    James Naden: From joy this summer to despair this winter - how quickly things change and what's worse is we can't have another go until 2017!

    Dukkhaboy: What a turnaround - Lyon is better than Swann, Haddin than Prior, Johnson than Anderson, Warner than Cook, Clarke than KP etc

  6. 0620: 

    It is the sixth time in the last seven Ashes series in Australia that the Ashes have been decided by the third Test.

    The 120 by Ben Stokes is the second highest score by an England number six in the fourth innings of a match.

    Ben Stokes is the youngest England player to score a hundred at number six since Denis Compton in 1938.

    Mitchell Johnson now has 42 wickets at the WACA, second only to Glenn McGrath (52).


    Matthew Black: I think the most important difference between the two teams is when Australia have had a chance they have taken it. I don't think they have dropped a catch all series. England have and given the Aussies "a second chance," at going big.

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    Fahim Faisal: This England team has bigger cracks in it than the Waca pitch!

    Matthew Southcombe: Good to see Cook come out and be honest. He seriously needs to find some runs in the next two Tests.

    Tom Eadie: Australia have been ruthless. The only positive to come out of this is Stokes. What a knock from him today.

  9. 0613: 

    In case you are just joining us, the news is that Australia have regained the Ashes for the first time since 2006-07. Starting the day on 251-5, England at least put up something of a fight, with Ben Stokes, 22, scoring his maiden Test hundred. But when Stokes was dismissed by Nathan Lyon for 120 shortly after lunch, it all ended pretty swiftly as Mitchell Johnson removed Tim Bresnan and James Anderson to bowl England out for 353. Riotous celebrations followed as Australia and their supporters revelled in the return of the famous old urn.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The England players are all having a bit of lunch and they will be looking out of the window and hurting. The cameras are in the Australian dressing room and they will be singing their winning song. Well done to Australia."

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  11. 0613: 

    Australia bowler Peter Siddle on TMS: "It's been about consistency - everyone has stood up at different stages. It's been a long time coming getting that urn back and we are really proud. I had lost three series before this and the way we have played in this one has been outstanding. It's something I have grown up dreaming about. To finally be a part of it is outstanding. It's going to be good fun."

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I was an Ashes-winning captain but I am trying to put myself in Alastair Cook's boots. He will be distraught - Australia have been the better team by a country mile. The Australia team have played a better brand of cricket since the Old Trafford Test. England have a lot of thinking to do. I hope Ben Stokes has prodded the senior players into action because this could be 5-0 if we are not careful."

    Listen to Test Match Special reaction on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra


    More from Australia captain Michael Clarke: "Darren Lehmann has made everyone feel comfortable, but he has also made us work hard and maximise our potential.

    "You never write England off. I'm sure we're in for another tough Test match in Melbourne."

  14. 0604: 

    At the presentation, Michael Clarke says England deserve great credit for putting up a "great fight" in all three Test matches. Is he taking the mickey?

  15. 0602: 

    More from England captain Alastair Cook: "We have left everything out there but came out short. We have not scored enough runs, simple as that. There is balance between risk and reward and our shot selection has let us down and we've been punished for it.

    "It was a fantastic hundred by Ben Stokes, he struck the ball well and showed real calmness and intent. It was very special in the circumstances. He's a huge talent and we need to try and make sure we get the best out of him.

    "It's too early to say what we will do with the side. There are always calls for change when you lose. We have got the players to win at Melbourne, we just have to deliver."

    Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson

    Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson: "I was a bit nervous for a while there but we came out after lunch and gave it everything. To finally win the Ashes is very special.

    "It was pretty hard running in to keep my emotions in check. It's an unbelievable feeling. I came back from injury and had a lot of doubters, but I've come back and taken my chance. We are a real unit and everyone has worked hard for this."

  17. 0601: 

    England captain Alastair Cook, talking to TMS: "It's a tough dressing room to be in at the moment. We haven't been good enough and Australia have outplayed us. In sport you go out there and put yourself on the line.

    "We have been found out, we haven't been good enough - we have been outskilled in all aspects. Our preparation has been fine throughout, that's not let us down.

    "Our skills and a lack of people in form has cost us. They have just outplayed us and made their advantage count. Whenever they needed a partnership they got one. When we got one going, we gave a wicket away."

  18. 0600: 

    Steve Smith beats David Warner to the man of the match award for his first innings 111.

    He says: "I've been a part of two Ashes now but to bring the urn back is very special. The boys have told me this is one of the best places to bat once you get in so I was pleased to cash in."

  19. 0558: 

    The Aussie players are continuing to do the rounds. Mark Taylor tries to get Nathan Lyon to sing the team song but he declines and says he'll wait for the dressing-room.


    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "What an amazing performance, not just today but throughout the first three Test matches. The boys deserve all the credit in the world and as Hadds just said to me "we've got them back". Look at the crowd and the support - it has been outstanding both at the venues and on TV. Credit to the players - the way they have stood tall has been outstanding. It was a tough night's sleep last night. Ben Stokes deserves a lot of credit to make a tough hundred. We've got two more Test matches, we'd love to win 5-0 in this series."

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "On paper, there is nothing to choose between the teams but one has got it significantly right in performance and planning. The other has cocked it up big time."

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    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a possible 5-0 now. Sometimes you can turn it around a bit but I see too many problems in the England side. England can't make enough runs to win matches. Look at Prior's dismissal this morning - it was a wide ball which didn't move and he showed no footwork and edged behind. Australia have planned well for players like Cook and Pietersen with their bowling and field placings. It's the same management team which weren't winning but they have managed to pick the players up. This is where the England coaches earn their money, when things are not going well."

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    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "England showed a bit more fight in the second innings, led by Ben Stokes. He showed he has arrived in Test cricket and this stage is not beyond him. There are a lot of negatives but with Carberry, Root and especially Stokes there are some positives. Mitchell Johnson produced some hostile, in-your-face bowling and he has been the stand-out difference in this series."

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    Australia paceman Ryan Harris: "They are coming home. They are home. We have worked so hard for this. We played well in England but didn't get them. We played well in England but didn't manage it, but we needed to make sure we did it here. We wanted this so bad. It's emotional."

  25. 0550: 

    Alastair Cook leads his men out on to the field to congratulate their Australian counterparts.

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It means a lot to Australia, they have copped it for a long time. They have prepared well, executed well and they deserve to enjoy every bit of success they are getting. They have played exceptional cricket."

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "How fitting it is that Mitchell Johnson takes the wicket that wins Australia the Ashes. What a response he has made. He has made the difference in this series. English cricket has to take a long, hard look at itself after this series. But that always happens after every Ashes - it's the end of a cycle."

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  28. 0548: 

    There's a huge huddle in the middle as Johnson is swamped by his jubilant team-mates. Stumps are out of the ground, there are hugs and high fives and lots of emotion in the dressing-room too, where Darren Lehmann is embraced by his coaching staff. Australia are 3-0 up and it has been an absolute hammering.

    A scoreboard shows "The Urn Returns"
  30. 0545: 
    WICKET- Anderson c Bailey b Johnson 2 (Eng 353 all out)
    Australia celebrate regaining the Ashes after James Anderson is dismissed

    Short and straight from Johnson and Anderson can only fend it to short leg, where George Bailey leaps forward to take the most important catch of his life. It's all over. Australia have regained the Ashes!

  31. 0544: 
    Eng 352-9 (Anderson 2, Broad 1)

    Lyon to Anderson. Four dots, then a single each to mean Broad will once again have to front up to Johnson.

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    James Thompson: The one thing England can be proud of is the fans - Barmy Army in great voice until the bitter end.

  33. 0540: 
    Eng 350-9

    Anderson's first ball is a low full toss that Anderson turns into the leg side. They decline to run. Then a flick off the hips and this time they do take the singles to mean Broad is on strike to Johnson. Bouncer or toe-cruncher? It's the former - a fierce bouncer that flies past Broad's nose.

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The end is nigh. It was a slower ball from Mitchell Johnson, one of the first he has bowled in the match. Tim Bresnan just checked his shot and it was a good catch by Chris Rogers."

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  35. 0538: 

    So, Australia are one wicket away from regaining the Ashes...

  36. 0536: 
    WICKET- Bresnan c Rogers b Johnson 12 (Eng 349-9)

    Bresnan is foxed by a Johnson slower ball and send the ball in the air to mid-off, where Chris Rogers takes a brilliant diving catch.

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Cook 0), 2-62 (Carberry 31), 3-76 (Root 19), 4-121 (Pietersen 45), 5-220 (Bell 60), 6-296 (Prior 26), 7-336 (Stokes 120), 8-347 (Swann 4), 9-349 (Bresnan 12)

    Full match scorecard

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    Tom Vetcher: Got to feel for Bresnan, he has fought with bat and ball for the whole Test and showed some real heart!

    Si Lomas: Broad to tee off and be an unlikely hero? He won't be running much! Nah, sleep depravation sending me delusional!


    Hugh MacMahon: Nathan Lyon is quite remarkable in that he has taken some extremely timely and important wickets in the series and yet it would be quite easy to choose someone else (Agar, Ahmad) in front of him simply because he seems so unassuming.

  39. 0534: 
    Eng 347-8

    Boos signal the arrival at the crease of Stuart Broad, who has some strapping round the boot on his injured foot. At the end of the over, Clarke breaks the habit of a lifetime by pushing back the field to try to invite a single from Broad, who politely declines.

  40. 0531: 
    WICKET- Swann c Smith b Lyon 4 (Eng 347-8)

    Swann pushes forward and gets a little inside edge onto his pads and the ball loops to short leg to give Smith an easy catch. We're into the end game now.

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Cook 0), 2-62 (Carberry 31), 3-76 (Root 19), 4-121 (Pietersen 45), 5-220 (Bell 60), 6-296 (Prior 26), 7-336 (Stokes 120), 8-347 (Swann 4)

    Full match scorecard

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "George Bailey doesn't actually talk too much at short leg. He just stands there with a silly look, a smile on his face. A bit like Joe Root. In terms of the cracks, they haven't benefited the bowlers because they have cost a lot of runs in wides and byes etc. They've not taken a wicket yet."

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  42. 0528: 
    Eng 345-7 (57 overs remaining)

    More crack capers as a Johnson bumper rears up and loops over the keepers head at a cost of four byes. Bresnan pushes through the covers for two.

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    AADZ: Stokes has played a good hand but come on, he has had so many chances - glove down the leg side, uppish pulls etc. Well played, got lucky.

    Chris Gunn: Time for some brutish rearguard action from Swann and Bresnan. Both capable.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Stokes's 120 is the second highest score by an Englishman batting at number six in the fourth innings."

    Glenn McGrath adds: "Who was it who said he shouldn't be batting at number six?"

    It was Geoffrey Boycott

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  45. 0524: 
    Eng 341-7 (target 504)

    Swann comes out to bat ahead of Stuart Broad and promptly slog-sweeps Lyon for four. Lyon then bowls one of the most remarkable balls I've ever seen. He lands it on a crack and it turns at right angles to leg slip! Billy Bowden looks very apologetic as he calls it a wide.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The Australians are in a huddle, they think that's it now. In his second Test at the age of 22, Ben Stokes has worked really hard and showed everyone how to do it. Sometimes out of adversity, defeat and disappointment there comes a bright light."

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  47. 0520: 
    WICKET- Stokes c Haddin b Lyon 120 (Eng 336-7)
    Australia celebrate a wicket

    Oh no! Stokes's vigil is over and this could be the beginning of the end. He tries to smear Lyon to leg from outside off stump and gets an under edge through to Haddin. The Durham youngster looks devastated as he trudges off the pitch, but we'll be seeing plenty of more of him in the future.

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Cook 0), 2-62 (Carberry 31), 3-76 (Root 19), 4-121 (Pietersen 45), 5-220 (Bell 60), 6-296 (Prior 26), 7-336 (Stokes 120)

    Lyon's figures: 19.1-4-63-2

    Full match scorecard

  48. 0519: 
    Eng 336-7

    Comedy gold from Billy Bowden! A Stokes pull gets a kick off the turf and looks set to poleaxe the Kiwi ump but he throws himself to the ground as if he's been shot be a sniper in the crowd. The ball continues its course to deep square leg where the fielder can hardly control his laughter.

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    Anders Haywardsson: I've just woken hours in advance of my alarm at stupid o'clock. Is it fate so I get to witness a 1981 style turnaround?

    Simon Taylor: It would only paper over the cracks if we won and England would move on as if everything was rosy.

    Daniel Clayton: If Stokes is still there an hour after lunch, the Aussies will be getting worried...wouldn't that make a refreshing change.

  50. 0514: 
    Eng 334-6 (Stokes 119, Bresnan 7)

    Stokes cuts Lyon's first ball after tea for two through point then sees out the rest of the over. Mitchell Johnson will pepper Bresnan from the other end.

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    Conrad Kemp: Weeks of directionless misery and still 150 behind. Easy now, English cricket fans, show the discipline required of your batters.

  52. 0508: 

    Right then. One session down, two to go. Hero Stokes to resume on 117 not out with England requiring another 172 runs to pull off the greatest Test run chase of all time and throw the Ashes back wide open. Or alternatively, Australia could just get the four wickets to win the Ashes. Let's see...


    Australian cricket writer Malcolm Conn on TMS: "Steven Finn is a real talent. If he can get it right, he's the future of England's bowling as Jimmy Anderson is running out of petrol."

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    The Independent's Stephen Brenkley on TMS: "I wonder what would have happened if Alastair Cook hadn't got off the plane in Perth with a bad back. He'd have played in that first warm-up game, Carberry wouldn't have had a go, and things might have turned out completely differently. I wonder if Cook can continue as captain and opening batsman - there's a gap at number three now, maybe Root could open and Cook could move down."

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    The Sun's John Etheridge on TMS: "My suspicion is that Stuart Broad will not be fit for Melbourne, so Boyd Rankin may play in his place. With Broad out, they can't leave Anderson out. Swann will probably play, although he's under pressure. The player who's under most pressure is Matt Prior, so Jonny Bairstow may come into the side - I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised to see him play in Melbourne - but long-term, I think Jos Buttler is England's next wicketkeeper. What will be interesting here is which side they pick for the first Test of next summer."

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  56. 0437: 

    Admit it. You're a tiny bit excited about what may unfold in the afternoon session. Sam Sheringham is the man to take you through all the action. Hopefully I'll be back after tea to steer England over the line. In the meantime, stay tuned to TMS as Aggers chats with the touring newspaper journalists...

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special
    Ben Stokes

    "Stokes has played really well. You will always have the odd play and miss but he has played his shots and deserves his hundred. He has played better here than Adelaide - you are always looking for improvement in a kid and that's what we've seen.

    "The big disappointment is watching Matt Prior bat. He has improved beyond recognition and yet in this Test match the confidence with the bat isn't there and it's affecting his wicket-keeping."

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    Ed Hillman: It's the optimism that I can't stand. It can't happen but still I've got visions of Stokes and Anderson running off waving stumps.

  59. 0432: 
    LUNCH- Eng 332-6 (Stokes 117*, Bresnan 7*)

    "Come on Siddle, hit him in the middle," yells an Australian supporter to Vicious. The only middle the fast bowler finds in the final over before lunch is the centre of a crack and the ball deviates wickedly and runs away for four byes. Tim Bresnan plays out the rest of the over and England head for lunch still alive and kicking. They need another 172 runs to claim an unlikely victory...

    Bowling figures: Harris 19-2-73-1, Johnson 22-6-70-2, Lyon 18-4-61-1, Siddle 26-11-67-1, Watson 11-1-39-1


    Full match scorecard

  60. 0428: 
    Eng 328-6 (62 overs left)

    Suddenly Nathan Lyon is turning the ball around corners - sending down another maiden to Ben Stokes. One more until lunch...

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    Caroline Leary: Without wanting to sound like Boycott, they need to keep it tight now. Run rate is more than enough. No silly shots!

  62. 0426: 
    Eng 328-6 (Stokes 117*, Bresnan 7*)

    Billy the Trumpet is keeping the Waca spectators entertained with some festive carols. It's wildly optimistic, but could it possibly be the 'Nightmare before Christmas' for Michael Clarke? England only need another 176 runs to make that happen...

  63. 0421: 
    Eng 328-6 (64 overs left)

    Nathan Lyon, with boundary riders set back, is tempting Ben Stokes with some floaty stuff but the centurion refuses to take the bait. Instead, he almost falls on his sword when he plays forward tentatively and an edge falls just wide of the sprawling short leg fielder. Maiden over.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Waca

    "There hasn't been much for England's loyal following to cheer over the past five days at the Waca, but Ben Stokes' maiden Test ton has brought them to their feet. England have been looking for a number six since another red-haired Durham all-rounder made way on the last Ashes tour, and perhaps they now have him. The red-haired silver lining in England's gloomy series."

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    Adam Thrussell: Can the BBC re run Sports Personality of the Year this weekend as we may have a new winner?

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I can just hear the England fans back home thinking 'hang in there Bres, Swann, Broad and Anderson'.

    "Michael Clarke has been a nervous fidgety mess all morning. He will be looking at that scoreboard thinking 'I don't want another two or three hours of Ben Stokes'."

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  67. 0419: 
    Eng 328-6 (Stokes 117*, Bresnan 7*)

    Tim Bresnan may actually be a better foil for Ben Stokes than Matt Prior - the big Yorkshireman continuing where he left off in the first innings by cutting Peter Siddle for four. When he follows up with a firm defensive shot, the Barmy Army applaud. It's all about controlled aggression now.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special
    Ben Stokes celebrates his century

    "It was a very cool celebration from Ben Stokes. If I was 22 and I scored 100 against Australia I'd be jumping around for joy."

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  69. 0415: 
    Eng 324-6 (66 overs left)

    Another milestone for England as they reach their highest score of the tour courtesy of that man Ben Stokes, who hits Nathan Lyon back over his head for a maximum. He trades singles with Tim Bresnan before crashing four over mid-on. He's not thrown in the towel just yet.

  70. 0411: 
    Eng 312-6 (Stokes 107*, Bresnan 2*)

    Not only does this century show what a classy batsman Ben Stokes is, but also how much of a competitor he is. There's no way he will lie down and let the Aussies bully him. Peter Siddle relieves Mitchell Johnson of his duties and instantly dries up the run-rate by conceding just a single to Ben Stokes.

  71. 0408: 
    Eng 311-6 (68 overs left)

    The Barmy Army are in full song now, thanks to Ben Stokes. And Tim Bresnan keeps things ticking over by getting off the mark with a couple through backward point.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "That is England's first century by a number six batsman since Ian Bell against Sri Lanka in Cardiff in 2011 - 34 Test matches ago."

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a moment, his first Test century in his second match, at the Waca against an attack that has bowled with hostility throughout. It's a fantastic achievement from a young player. England have certainly found one here."

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  74. 0404: 
    BEN STOKES 100- Eng 309-6 (Stokes 106*, Bresnan 0*)
    Ben Stokes

    Probably the best moment of England's tour so far. Ben Stokes moves within two runs of his century with a couple of pull shots which bring two apiece off Mitchell Johnson. A straight drive ends up taking out the umpire before he brings up the landmark with another pull shot which brings four down to fine leg. A profitable over ends with the 22-year-old Durham all-rounder flashing hard outside off stump and slashing another boundary over the slip cordon.

    Stokes's stats: 159 balls, 16 fours

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    Ganz: Boycott can never comprehend the mind of an attacking batsman. Prior's shot was right, just that his footwork was off.

  76. 0358: 
    Eng 297-6 (70 overs left)

    Has Mitchell Johnson just blown England's back door off its hinges? Ben Stokes is doing his best to batten down the hatches, farming the strike with a single down to fine leg at the end of Ryan Harris's over.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Mitchell Johnson is now the second top wicket-taker in Perth. He has 40 wickets to move alongside Brett Lee behind Glenn McGrath, who took 52 here."

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  78. 0354: 
    Eng 296-6 (Stokes 93*, Bresnan 0*)

    Mitchell Johnson has found that extra yard now - bowling a steepling bouncer to Tim Bresnan to make sure the big Yorkie knows he's in the midst of Ashes battle. Maiden over for the tash.

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    Hugh Fort: I wonder if England's failure is down to. Rubbish nicknames. Oz have "rhino" and "vicious". We have "Broady", "Cooky" etc.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Isn't that a shocking shot? It's wide of off stump and he didn't have to play it. That wouldn't be a shot if you were batting first on the flattest pitch of all time. Matt Prior has been in bad nick for about 17 or 18 innings and when you get like that your brain is scrambled."

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  81. 0350: 
    WICKET- Prior c Haddin b Johnson 26 (Eng 296-6)
    Mitchell Johnson celebrates after dismissing Matt Prior

    You had done so well, Matt Prior. The England wicketkeeper once again gives his wicket away as he flashes at a wide delivery from Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin takes a simple catch behind the sticks. Disappointing.

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Cook 0), 2-62 (Carberry 31), 3-76 (Root 19), 4-121 (Pietersen 45), 5-220 (Bell 60), 6-296 (Prior 26)

    Johnson's figures: 20.2-5-58-2

    Full match scorecard


    Imran, TMS inbox: Wonder if England are nine down with five overs to go, we will see Broad come out to do some Colin Cowdrey-esque last man standing heroics, to save the Test. Almost certainly won't happen, but you never know....

  83. 0349: 
    Eng 296-5 (72 overs left)

    Ben Stokes is holding his nerve so well, getting behind each and every probing delivery from Ryan Harris with a straight bat. The lacquer is slowly coming off that new ball with each passing over. A maiden for Rhino.

  84. 0345: 
    Eng 296-5 (Stokes 93*, Prior 26*)

    The England supporters are slowly growing in confidence as another Mitchell Johnson over comes and goes without too much alarm. So far, so good.

  85. 0343: 

    England are not the first team to prosper in the fourth innings at the Waca. Here are some recent efforts at the ground.

    Australia 322 all out v South Africa in December 2012

    West Indies 323 all out v Australia in December 2009

    South Africa 414-4 v Australia in December 2008

    Australia 340 all out v India June 2008

    England 350 all out v Australia in December 2006

    South Africa 287-5 v Australia in December 2005

  86. 0342: 
    Eng 292-5 (74 overs left)

    Matt Prior helps himself to a couple of boundaries - but we nearly have a casualty on our hands when Mitchell Johnson, attempting a sliding stop at long leg to try and prevent the second four, goes over on his knee in ugly fashion a la Simon Jones. Thankfully, the Australian all-rounder is okay but he could easily have ended up with a broken leg. An eventful over ends with Matt Prior getting away with a skied hook shot. Nine from a profitable over for England.

  87. 0336: 
    A ball in a crack on the Waca pitch

    What would happen if, as Tom Fordyce asked at 0312, a ball was bowled and came to rest in one of these vast cracks in the Waca pitch? We think it would probably be covered by Law 24.8 - which deals with what happens if the ball comes to a complete stop before it reaches the batsman:

    "If a ball delivered by the bowler comes to rest in front of the line of the striker's wicket, without having previously touched the bat or person of the striker, the umpire shall call and signal No ball and immediately call and signal Dead ball."

  88. 0334: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 283-5 (Stokes 93*, Prior 17*)

    What damage can Mitchell Johnson do with the new nut? Ben Stokes is watchful against the snarling left-arm quick, playing out four dots before driving nicely through the covers for two. Let's have a drink...

    Bowling figures: Harris 15-1-61-1, Johnson 19-4-58-1, Lyon 15-2-49-1, Siddle 22-8-63-1, Watson 11-1-39-1


    Full match scorecard

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder what it's like in the England dressing-room at the moment. Everyone will be sitting in the same seats, getting nervous."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

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    Mark Cohen: If Stokes falls too far into a crack, he can climb out the other side and be in England.

  91. 0329: 
    NEW BALL- Eng 280-5 (76 overs left)

    Is this the critical point in the day? Australia are given a brand spanking-new cherry and Ryan Harris bowls another wonder ball which Ben Stokes does well to completely miss. Matt Prior then has a little chat with his batting partner to try and calm down any jitters. Two runs from the over - a single for Ben Stokes and a leg bye.

  92. 0324: 
    Eng 278-5 (Stokes 90*, Prior 16*)

    It's a measure of England's progress this morning that Michael Clarke's slip cordon has reduced to two men and a gully (that could be a sequel to the famous films!). Matt Prior continues to dig in, albeit lucky to avoid contact with a mistimed pull shot. He recovers his composure to hit Peter Siddle for a couple down to fine leg. Vicious offers a reminder of his abilities by getting one to nip back and almost cut the England wicketkeeper in half.

  93. 0320: 
    Eng 276-5 (78 overs left)

    Have England finally found a replacement for Paul Collingwood at number six in the shape of another red-headed all-rounder from Durham? Ben Stokes moves into the nervous nineties with a controlled edge for four through the slip cordon.

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    Alistair Powley: 5th day pitch wear is expected but this is beyond extreme. It's the same for both teams, yes, but that doesn't make it playable.

  95. 0316: 
    Eng 272-5 (Stokes 86*, Prior 14*)
    Matt Prior and Ben Stokes

    Ben Stokes has got serious ability - meeting a pitched-up Peter Siddle delivery with a straight bat and the ball races away for four down the ground. He adds a single to celebrate bringing up the fifty partnership with Matt Prior, who deals well with a vicious delivery which spits from a crack.

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    Craig Hughes: Re Lloyd Griffiths (0259). Rule 47.4 If a player is lost down a crack in the pitch then the match can be abandoned.

  97. 0312: 
    Eng 267-5 (80 overs left)

    Old man Watson is cranked up for a bowl and Matt Prior relieves a bit of pressure by creaming the Aussie all-rounder through the off side for four. We've got three overs until the hosts get a new nut.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Waca

    "The canyons in the pitch - the Waca crackers - are now so wide that it poses the question: has a delivery in Test cricket ever disappeared into the pitch on bouncing? And if so, what is the protocol for how a batsman is allowed to play it?"

  99. 0307: 
    Eng 263-5 (Stokes 81*, Prior 10*)

    Some good discussion on the cricket desk at the moment - at what point would England be worried if this was George Bailey and Brad Haddin at the crease with Mitchell Johnson to come? After all, Tim Bresnan batted well in the first innings and Stuart Broad is likely to bat despite having a crocked foot. Peter Siddle continues to bustle in and sends down another maiden.

  100. 0303: 
    Eng 263-5 (82 overs left)
    Ben Stokes hits out

    I wonder how many times Ryan Harris has watched a replay of his magical delivery which dismissed Alastair Cook yesterday. I bet he's still playing the clip to his grandkids in 30 years' time. Rhino bowls another tidy, probing over as Ben Stokes adds the only single from the over.

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    Lloyd Griffiths: "Not a complaint - it's a 5th day pitch and these things are unpredictable - but are there rules about how crazy cracks can be?"

  102. 0259: 
    Eng 262-5 (Stokes 80*, Prior 10*)

    Matt Prior is struggling to stand on level ground at the crease - his feet in danger of slipping down a crack at the crease. Peter Siddle is into the attack as Mitchell Johnson keeps his powder dry ahead of the new ball, and Vicious begins with a maiden.

  103. 0254: 
    Eng 262-5 (84 overs left)

    These cracks are beginning to cause the batsmen problems now - Ryan Harris getting one to land and deviate sharply towards first slip and the very next ball nips back in off a crater. Ben Stokes smiles and responds by clipping a boundary through the leg side. Such great temperament and he's into the eighties now.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "If you can get a Test century this early in your career you are off to a flyer. It would be a great thing for English cricket going forward if Ben Stokes reached three figures."

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  105. 0250: 
    Eng 258-5 (Stokes 76*, Prior 10*)

    It must be so disconcerting for the batsman to see such big holes before them on the pitch. If this game had gone much longer, surely it would be in danger of being called off? Matt Prior signals his intentions for the day by just about getting over a Mitchell Johnson bouncer and pulling a single into the leg side. Ben Stokes also adds another run - he's ever closer to that maiden Test century.

  106. 0246: 
    Eng 256-5 (86 overs left)

    Australia are not bowling as short as yesterday evening, and their better length is causing a few problems - Ryan Harris getting one to nip back into Ben Stokes's pads before the youngster helps himself to a couple down the ground with another classy shot.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "If Australia win, six of the last seven Ashes series in Australia will have been decided by the end of the third Test, with the exception being England's victory in 2010-11.

    "It will also be seven wins in a row for Australia over England at Perth, which will equal the record for any team at any venue. The current best is Australia's seven straight victories over the West Indies at the MCG between 1931 and 1976."

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  108. 0242: 
    Eng 254-5 (Stokes 73*, Prior 9*)

    The trim, muscular figures of Ben Stokes continues to face down a growling Mitchell Johnson - the Durham youngster off the mark for the day with a single to mid-on. That gives Matt Prior his first sight of MJ - and the Aussies quick tests out the middle of the pitch to leave the England keeper ducking and weaving.


    Paul Slimming in Tokyo: Through all the negativity, it's always exciting to be going into a new chapter of English cricket and this feels like a new chapter.

  110. 0237: 
    Eng 253-5 - target 504

    It's Ryan Harris from the other end and he's on the money straight away with a couple of nip-backers. Matt Prior gets England up and running for the day by pushing two into the leg side and sensibly plays out the rest of the over.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Not one England player has got a hundred yet in this Test match. Let's hope Ben Stokes is the first. What a feeling that would be for a young player to take back to the dressing-room."

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  112. 0233: 
    Eng 251-5 (Stokes 72*, Prior 7*)

    There are more English fans than Australian supporters inside the Waca today. Do the locals not realise the Ashes are at stake today? I suppose it is a Tuesday morning. Anyway, Mitchell Johnson kicks us off with a lively over to Ben Stokes, cutting the Durham all-rounder in half with one which deviates off a crack. We start with a maiden.

  113. 0230: 


  114. 0229: 
    Ben Stokes and Matt Prior

    Here come Ben Stokes and Matt Prior, almost getting tangled in an England flag as they enter the field of play. So England start on 251-5 chasing 504 to win. Perhaps crucially, the new ball is due in 13 overs.

  115. 0226: 
    Darren Lehmann

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann on TMS (via ABC radio): "It was an exciting day yesterday. Everyone would have enjoyed the runs and wickets. I loved the way Shane Watson played, his second hundred in four Test matches and we want him to keep on making runs, but he's also a valuable bowler for us so we need to keep that balance between batting and bowling. I think it's been a great wicket, and the fielding has been pleasing as great Australian sides of the past have always been great fielding sides. England can bat well, so we've got some work to do."

  116. 0225: 

    According to a report in the Herald Sun, Cricket Australia are hoping that a lucrative IPL contract will keep David Warner from being tempted by a move to Major League Baseball.

    Warner has discussed the possibility of a baseball trial with his manager Tony Connelly, who said: "It was more a fun thing to see how he goes. Right now he's in the middle of an Ashes series and that's his total focus."

    Baseball promoter Justin Warner confirmed that Warner's name had been mentioned as a potential recruit.

    "Out of all the cricketers, he's probably the one who could convert because of his eye and his power, plus his fielding is good enough," he said.

    David Warner
  117. 0224: 
    The Waca pitch

    A picture of the Waca pitch - courtesy of Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford.

  118. 0222: 

    Perhaps England's only positive from their woeful fourth day was the performance of Ben Stokes, who hit an unbeaten 72 and could make a maiden Test hundred on day five.

    The West Australian's Justin Chadwick says England might hope that they have unearthed the "next Andrew Flintoff", while Ian Bell believes the "future looks massive" for the Durham all-rounder.

    Ben Stokes
    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "One of the challenges for Australia, and England in the future, is to make sure that they don't get suckered into thinking the pinnacle is winning the Ashes. Australia have a bigger cricketing Test coming up when they play South Africa in South Africa."

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    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "If Australia do complete victory today, England will have to think seriously about changes because they have lost 3-0 and have been totally outplayed."

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  121. 0217: 

    After the demoralising first session of day four, Telegraph cricket writer Scyld Berry believes James Anderson and Graeme Swann might not recover from the punishment they have taken down under.

    Meanwhile, former England captain Andrew Strauss says Australia's Ashes dominance shows that England have been "cruising" in recent years.

    Read more in the Ashes gossip column.

  122. 0214: 

    BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew says England have a decision to make over the future of Kevin Pietersen after another poor dismissal from the 33-year-old on day four.

    "Pietersen bats as if he is simply taking on the bowler and fielders, rather than considering the team situation," said Aggers. "Now, you can have cricketers who put themselves first, most often in a team that is winning and can be accommodating.

    "However, when you are being hammered, you need players that will toe the line. For that reason, England have to decide if they can continue or move on without him. They have a big decision to make."

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    Jay Fretwell: Stokes 100, Prior 100, Bresnan 50, Broad 50, Swann 20, Anderson 12 - it's almost too easy.

    Fahim Faisal: England will win this match and then go on to win the series 3-2!

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Waca

    "Sporting miracles do happen. Medinah and Istanbul are testament to that. But with Shane Warne already organising a sweep on what time Australia will take England's last wicket, only the sun-stroked and beer-kissed are expecting the Wonder of the Waca to come to pass."

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "You just never know. What Ben Stokes has shown is that it's a good batting wicket when you are in. The ball does misbehave if it hits a crack but Australia scored 134 runs in 17 overs yesterday. That tells me it's a good pitch to bat on. England can't lose an early wicket though because that would almost certainly mean game over."

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    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is still every reason to play well - even if the Ashes are to slip away. Ben Stokes has played well and he'll be keen to get a hundred and be there as long as possible. I suppose you just never know - England just need to score 50 runs per wicket and that gets them to 500."

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    So what is everyone thinking this morning? Will the last rites come quickly for England or can they put up a fight and make Australia work hard for their victory at the Waca? Perhaps you are of the believe that Stokes and Co can win this for the tourists? Stay in touch throughout the early hours via the usual channels - #bbccricket on Twitter, send a text to 81111 or email Lovely.

  128. 0206: 

    As ever, you can listen to every ball of the day's play on Test Match Special. Aggers and the gang are on air now - listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, online or via the BBC iPlayer Radio app or the BBC Sport app, which now supports larger tablets - the iPad, Android tablets and Kindle Fire 8.9" devices - for UK users.

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  129. 0205: 

    Of course, Ben Stokes is 72 not out, just 28 runs short of a maiden Test century in only his second match. The Durham all-rounder has been a rare bright light in a very depressing tour for England but, while he may get to three figures this morning, it would take a performance of Ian Botham proportions to get England out of jail at the Waca.

  130. 0202: 

    But then again, Ben Stokes and Matt Prior are both capable of making a hundred. And that would make things very interesting indeed...

  131. 0201: 

    Yep, 136 years of Test history tells us that England are highly unlikely to turn their 251-5 into the victory target of 504. And with all of their recognised batsmen back in the shed, it has been left to the lower order to try and pull off mission impossible.

  132. 0200: 
    An Ashes urn on the pitch

    It's been good while it lasted. After spending the best part of a generation in Australian hands, England have enjoyed being in possession of the urn since 2009. It seems only a matter of time before the Ashes are returned down under, but will Alastair Cook's men put up a final show of resistance?

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Live Scores - Australia v England


  • Australia beat England by 150 runs
  • Australia: 385 & 369-6 (87.0 overs)
  • England: 251 & 353 (103.2 overs)
  • Venue: Perth

England 2nd Innings

All out
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Cook b Harris 0
Carberry lbw b Watson 31
Root c Haddin b Johnson 19
Pietersen c Harris b Lyon 45
Bell c Haddin b Siddle 60
Stokes c Haddin b Lyon 120
Prior c Haddin b Johnson 26
Bresnan c Rogers b Johnson 12
Swann c Smith b Lyon 4
Broad not out 2
Anderson c Bailey b Johnson 2
Extras 6w 13b 13lb 32
Total all out 353

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