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Rain, suspect pitch, no worries: Australia regains Ashes

PERTH, Australia (AP) Intermittent rain and a pitch left controversially soggy by overnight showers couldn't delay the inevitable: Australia regained the Ashes from England with victory in the third cricket test at the WACA ground on Monday.

Steve Smith's Australian side followed up its convincing victories in the first two tests in Brisbane (by 10 wickets) and Adelaide (120 runs) by winning the third by an even more emphatic margin of an innings and 41 runs to clinch the best-of-five series 3-0.

Needing to bat through the fifth and final day to salvage a draw and keep the series alive, England was all out for 218 after Perth's fickle weather almost saved them.


Australia wins third test to clinch Ashes

PERTH, Australia (AP) Australia has regained the Ashes with a series-clinching win over England in the third test at the WACA on Monday.

Scores: (MORE)

Dhawan ton as India easily wins 3rd ODI to clinch series

VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP) Shikhar Dhawan scored his 12th ODI hundred as India beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets with 107 balls remaining in the third and final one-day international on Sunday.

India won the three-match series 2-1. (MORE)

England saved by rain as Ashes innings defeat looms

PERTH, Australia (AP) England is facing an innings defeat to Australia in the third Ashes cricket test on the crumbling WACA pitch Sunday.

Facing a deficit of 259 runs, England's day was saved by rain as it finished on 132-4 with Dawid Malan 28 not out and Jonny Bairstow 14 not out taking the game into the fifth and final day. (MORE)

Ryder outshines Stokes in Twenty20 runfest

NELSON, New Zealand (AP) England allrounder Ben Stokes had to concede the spotlight to former New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder on Sunday in his latest appearance for Canterbury province.

Stokes scored 17 from 10 balls and took 0-42 from four overs in the Twenty20 Super Smash match against Ryder's Central Districts. (MORE)

Mitch Marsh makes 100, Aussies take lead in 3rd Ashes test

PERTH, Australia (AP) Career-best knocks by skipper Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh gave Australia a stranglehold of the third Ashes test against England at the WACA on Saturday.

Australia hit up a commanding 549 for four at stumps on the third day with Smith and Marsh unbeaten on 229 and 181, respectively, in reply to England's 403 all out. Smith and Marsh have put on an undefeated 301 runs for the fifth wicket in 5 1/2 hours. (MORE)

Ashes: Australia vs England 3rd test scoreboard

PERTH, Australia (AP) Scoreboard Saturday after the third day of the third Ashes test between Australia and England at the WACA ground:

England, 1st Innings 403 (MORE)

New Zealand XI beats West Indies by 6 wickets in tour match

WHANGAREI, New Zealand (AP) Test opener Jeet Raval made 169 to bat a New Zealand XI to a six-wicket win over the West Indies on Saturday in a one-day tour match.

Raval anchored the New Zealand XI's innings of 289-4 from 48.3 overs as it surpassed the West Indies' 288 in the match at Cobham Oval. (MORE)

Lasith Malinga dropped for T20s vs. India

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka has dropped fast bowler Lasith Malinga from its squad of 15 players for the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against India.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement Friday that it has "rested" Malinga, who was part of the Bangladesh Premier League until earlier this month (MORE)

Malan proves to himself he belongs by hitting Ashes century

PERTH, Australia (AP) Dawid Malan doubted his batting credentials in test cricket.

After averaging 23.62 in the home tests against South Africa and West Indies, Malan's struggles continued in Australia. (MORE)