The return

SportsCook and Pietersen helplessly watch as England surrender the urn. Ap

In a fitting finish to Australia regaining the Ashes, it was Mitchell Johnson steaming in with the wind at his back who took the wicket which ended England's three-series hold on the urn. Johnson wasn't considered to be in good enough form for the last Ashes tour, when England completed a 3-0 win at home in August.

Back on Australian soil, he terrorised the England batsmen, taking 23 wickets to help Australia secure its most coveted prize with two matches to spare. After a barren stretch of nine Tests without a win, including seven defeats in India and England, Michael Clarke's Australians have now won three back-to-back and are starting to talk about a 5-0 sweep. "We got 'em back, so it's a fantastic feeling," Clarke said of the Ashes after his side completed a 150-run win in Perth on Tuesday. That was the smallest winning margin in three comprehensive wins.

"For the guys in the dressing room to feel this, I don't think you'll find one bloke who won't say that this is the pinnacle. Playing Test cricket against England and winning the Ashes. That's always been the pinnacle for Australian cricketers." Australia came to the WACA ground needing just one win from the last three Tests to secure the Ashes for the first time since their 5-0 series sweep in 2006-07. Johnson, with some fiery spells, was man-of-the-match in the 381-run win in Brisbane and the 218-run victory in Adelaide.

Batting show at Perth

The batsmen came to the fore in Perth, where Steve Smith's 111 and Brad Haddin's fourth consecutive half century revived Australia's first innings, and where David Warner (112) and Shane Watson (103) added hundreds in the second. Australia had seven centuries in the series before England posted one - from two-Test allrounder Ben Stokes when the game was already slipping away.

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