Aus level Ashes with 267-run win

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Published: Sunday, December 19, 2010, 10:06 [IST]
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Aus level Ashes with 267-run win

Australia defied their critics and detractors and delivered under extreme pressure to romp home in the third Ashes Test by a monumental 267 runs. It took the hosts all of 10 overs and inside of an hour on the morning of Day 4 at Perth, to polish off the English latter middle-order and tail. Speedster Ryan Harris emerged as the hero for the Aussies by taking a match-grabbing 6/47.

The hosts got right on top of England when in the third over of the day, Harris clean-bowled James Anderson for 3, hence pegging back the visitors to 94/6 in 30.5 overs. The next man to take guard, wicketkeeper Matt Prior, attempted a counterattack by lofting Harris for a six in the bowler's next over. That hit took England past 100 and shortly afterward, Ian Bell pitched in with a boundary off Mitchell Johnson.

But the batsman's short-lived resistance was brought to an abrupt end when Harris trapped him in front for 16. Then, just 3 balls later, Harris pulled off another breakthrough when he had Prior edging a fast ball to Michael Hussey at slip. England were on the brink at 114/7.

In the following over, Johnson came to the party, dismissing Graeme Swann for 9 as the batsman played onto his stumps. The end to England's innings came equally swiftly. Harris banged the final nail into the coffin when he had Steven Finn taken by Steven Smith at third slip.

The last four English batsmen had collapsed in a heap as Australia erupted in joy over their first win in the series. Johnson was deservedly named Man of the Match for his 9/82. The two teams will now meet at Melbourne on Dec 26 for what promises to be a very exciting fourth Test of the ongoing Ashes series.


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