Ashes 2013/14: Australia captain praises Ben Stokes, his bowlers after victory in Perth

Last Updated: 18/12/13 12:36am

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Highlights from the fifth day of the third test between Australia and England.

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Australia captain Michael Clarke lavished praise on his side after they clinched the Ashes with victory in the third Test - and then warned England "we'd love to win 5-0"

Despite a defiant maiden century from all-rounder Ben Stokes, the tourists were eventually bowled out for 353 on the fifth and final afternoon at the WACA, consigning them to a 150-run defeat.

The result means Australia regain the urn in just 14 days of cricket in the series, a superb achievement considering they lost 3-0 to the same opponents earlier this year.

Clarke, the only member of the home team that has previously tasted Ashes success, was particularly quick to praise the efforts of his bowlers.

"It certainly wasn't given to us easy, but we expected that. Playing against England is always tough and they've got a lot of good players."
Michael Clarke

"The boys deserve all the credit in the world for all the work we've put in over the time," he said.

"As 'Hadds' (Brad Haddin) has just said to me - 'we've got them back'. It's a fantastic feeling.


"I think Ben Stokes deserves a lot of credit today. To come out and make a tough, hard-fought hundred, he deserves a lot of credit. But our bowlers did a fantastic job.

"It certainly wasn't given to us easy, but we expected that. Playing against England is always tough and they've got a lot of good players.

"The guys have done a fantastic job and that's why we stand here as winners today.

"It certainly wasn't given to us easy but we expect that. We've known from day one that playing against England's always tough. They've got a lot of good players and we've seen that throughout this series."

Yet while the series is already won Clarke insisted Australia would be looking to maintain their high standards for the remaining two matches, starting at Melbourne on Boxing Day.

"Our goal is to get back to being the number one side in the world," he added.

"No doubt we will celebrate hard tonight and enjoy it, we deserve that. But we have two more Test matches and we'd love to win 5-0."

Marvellous Mitchell

Perhaps fittingly Mitchell Johnson, the bowler who has bothered England the most during the first three Tests, claimed the final wicket of the match in Perth.

"I came back from injury and I had a lot of doubters there. I knew I'd done a lot of hard work, I just had the opportunity and grabbed it with both hands," said the left-arm paceman.

"This team that we've got here, we've just performed so well as a unit, everyone's just done so well and we all deserve it.

"It means a lot. To finally win the Ashes for the first time after being a part for a couple that we've lost is very special.

"I want to just thank the crowds that we've had around Australia. Friends and family supporting us, that's been the big difference as well, just having all that support, so this is for everyone.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to win the Ashes. Three-nil up and an opportunity to go 5-0 - it's amazing."

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