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CRICKET: Australia five wickets away from regaining Ashes

Published:Monday | December 16, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Australia are five wickets away from regaining the Ashes entering today’s fifth and final day of the third Test against England in Perth.



Play resumes tonight Caribbean time with England, batting a second time, on 251 for five, 253 runs behind.



England’s last pair of recognised batsmen are at the crease – Ben Stokes is on 72 and out-of-form Matt Prior on seven.



Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyons, Peter Siddle and Shane Watson have taken a wicket each.



Harris bowled England captain Alastair Cook for a golden duck to put Australia in charge.



Earlier, Australia – resuming on 235 for three – clobbered 134 runs in 17 overs before skipper Michael Clarke declared on 369 for six, a lead of 503.



Shane Watson, who was 29 overnight, went on to score 103 from 108 balls – the second century in Australia’s second innings.



Tim Bresnan and Ben Stokes picked up a wicket each.



Scores in the match entering the final day are – Australia 385 and 369 for 6 declared; England 251 and 251 for five.



Australia are leading the five-match series 2-0.



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