Who Said What: Cricketers react as Australia reclaim Ashes

Australia v England - Third Test: Day 5
Australia's innings victory helped them retain the Ashes

Josh Hazlewood's five-fer on day five of the Perth Test helped Australia beat England by an innings and 41 runs. The victory at the WACA helped Australia take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Ashes and reclaim the Urn that they lost in England two years ago.

England captain Joe Root

"It's very difficult to take. Fair play to Australia, they've outplayed us in all three games. We have to be better. When we got here, it wasn't fit to play. Obviously it dried up as the sun and wind got to it, and by the end there, it was probably fit to play. The way Malan and Jonny played was outstanding. Those two should be proud.

"Our start wasn't great. Have to learn from that. The way Vince played in the second innings was proper batting. Looked like the only way they could get him out was with a delivery like that. Should sure take a lot of confidence from it. Have to make sure that we go to Melbourne, prepare well and put in a good performance."

Australia captain and MOM Steve Smith

"Couldn't care less about who got the MoM. Nice to get recognition anyway. Very proud about my performance in this game. Marsh played magnificently as well. Set the game up for us. 400 was a reasonable total. So proud of the boys, to wrap it up in three Tests here in Perth and to get the urn back is quite amazing. Lyon's been magnificent too. Boys have done a terrific job to get 20 wickets regularly.

"We haven't won a toss and we've probably had the toughest conditions as well. Weather was horrible last night. Haven't seen weather like that in Perth. Thought it was going to be clear this afternoon. Fortunately the boys started well this morning. Josh hit his lengths really well. Amazing achievement from this group. Credit to the selectors too. Made some bold calls. Everyone's they've picked has come in and done a tremendous job. Gonna celebrate this one first. Not everyday you win the Ashes."

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Edited by Srihari