Australia finally reclaimed the Ashes beating England by an innings and 41 runs. Australia has already taken a 3-0 lead, which means they have already sealed the Ashes with two Tests to go. It was a collective performance by the hosts that ensured such an emphatic victory. England had won the Ashes in their backyard in 2015, beating Australia 3-2. Hence, Australia’s win invited congratulatory messages to pour in from all corners. The Australian cricketers were seen leading the bandwagon, with a couple of former English cricketers joining in too.
Dawid Malan fought hard for 54 to add to his first-innings 140, but an Australian victory seemed only a matter of time. Hazlewood completed his first Ashes five-wicket haul, exploiting the conditions effectively, and England was dismissed for 218 before tea.
Here is how the cricketing world congratulated the Australian win:
Well played Australia! Not much else to say there __ #Ashes
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) December 18, 2017
Well played Australia … Too good in all facets of the game … #Ashes
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 18, 2017
— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) December 18, 2017
Unbelievable feeling to get the urn back! A credit to all the players and support staff for their hard work. Thanks to the Australian fans for all their support. Looking forward to Boxing Day! #ashes
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) December 18, 2017
— Andrew Ramsey (@ARamseyCricket) December 18, 2017
— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) December 18, 2017
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 18, 2017
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) December 18, 2017
Great stuff Aussies!! The urn has returned!! Celebrate well lads ____ #singitloudandsingitproud
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) December 18, 2017
Congratulations Australia! Well done lads! __ #Ashes
— Jason Gillespie _ (@dizzy259) December 18, 2017
The urn returns!! Brilliant performance boys! #Ashes
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) December 18, 2017
The 4th Test takes place on December 26 in Melbourne.