Ashes 3rd Test, Day 5: England surrender Ashes

England completed a lame surrender of the Ashes today after they slipped to a comprehensive 206 runs defeat in the third Test to hand Australia the series.



















Having battled for 16 years and 142 days to regain the Ashes at the Oval in September 2005, it took England only one year and 96 days to lose them following today's defeat at the WACA.



Resuming the final day trailing by 291 runs on 265 for five, England knew the odds of denying Australia victory were stacked against them.



They began the day impressively enough with England captain Andrew Flintoff claiming his first half-century of the series and dominating a 75-run partnership with Kevin Pietersen.



But wickets in successive overs from Shane Warne, effectively ended England's hopes and they slipped to 350 all out just two balls after lunch having lost their last five wickets for only 14 runs.



The tourists had made a cautious start to the day, batting out the first two overs as maidens until Flintoff launched into fast bowler Brett Lee after he was introduced into the attack in the eighth over of the day.



Flintoff immediately seized on the challenge of attacking Lee, driving his first ball down the ground for four and hammering 13 off his first five deliveries.



The onslaught, which included a six over the head of Mike Hussey on the mid-wicket boundary, was so savage that Australian captain Ricky Ponting had to withdraw his fastest bowler from the attack after he had conceded 26 runs in only three overs.



But the introduction in the attack of leg-spinner Shane Warne in the 10th over of the morning, was the turning point of the session after he broke England's fifth wicket partnership in his fifth over.



Flintoff had hammered 51 out of a 75-run stand, including eight fours and a six, but was out-witted with a cleverly-flighted delivery which yorked the England captain and crashed into his stumps.



Under-fire wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, who walked out on a pair after suffering the first duck of his Test career in the first innings, fared little better this time around.



Attempting to sweep Warne off the seventh delivery of his innings, Jones missed the ball and waited anxiously out of his crease while umpire Rudi Koertzen considered an appeal for lbw.



While Jones maintained his pose, Ponting ran in from short extra cover to throw down the stumps to run England's wicketkeeper out for the first pair of his Test career.



Sajid Mahmood followed three overs later when he was given lbw to a full toss from seamer Stuart Clark and Warne claimed his second of the morning session just one over before lunch as he trapped Steve Harmison lbw for nought.



Last man Monty Panesar survived until lunch but fell just two balls after the interval when he swung and missed at Warne to give the legendary leg-spinner his 699th Test victim to wrap up the Ashes for Australia.





PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people
Life and Style
Upright, everything’s all right (to a point): remaining on one’s feet has its health benefits – though in moderation
HealthIf sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
News
Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders were pictured embracing in 2012
people
News
President Obama, one of the more enthusiastic users of the fist bump
scienceBumping fists rather than shaking hands could reduce the spread of infectious diseases, it is claimed
Sport
Mario Balotelli posed for this selfie during AC Milan's 5-1 defeat to Manchester City
sport
Sport
Laura Trott with her gold
Commonwealth Games
Arts and Entertainment
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
arts + ents
News
Bryan had a bracelet given to him by his late father stolen during the raid
people
Sport
France striker Loic Remy
sportThe QPR striker flew to Boston earlier in the week to complete deal
Extras
indybestSpice up your knife with our selection of delicious toppings
Sport
sport
News
Orville and Keith Harris. He covered up his condition by getting people to read out scripts to him
People
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried