Ashes 2006-07, 3rd Test, Perth

npower Ashes Series 2009

Adam Gilchrist

Adam Glichrist turned the screw as he rocketed to a blistering century at the WACA

Australia (244 and 527 for five declared) beat England (215 and 350) by 206 runs.

England's defence of the Ashes ended at the WACA under the weight of Australia's second-innings runs.

As ever, England's great tormentor Shane Warne was involved in the decisive moments, picking up three wickets as Australia wrapped up victory by 206 runs shortly after lunch on the final day.

The tourists made a bright start to the game, bowling Australia out for 244 on day one thanks to Ashes debutant Monty Panesar, who took 5-92. Steve Harmison backed up Panesar with four wickets as England took command.

Only the stubborn Mike Hussey, with 74 not out, frustrated England, who closed on a healthy 51 for two in reply.

But things began to unravel the following day as, 70 from Kevin Pietersen and a late flurry from the tail aside, England surrendered a first-innings deficit of 29.

Justin Langer fell to the first ball of the second innings- bowled by Matthew Hoggard - but that was as good as it got for England as Matthew Hayden (92) and, yet again, Ricky Ponting (75) piled on the runs.

They both missed out on centuries but Hussey (103), Michael Clarke (135 not out) and, most remarkably, Adam Gilchrist (102) more than made up for that.

Gilchrist's incredible knock spanned just 59 balls, a ferocious onslaught which included 12 fours and four sixes. He reached three figures off his 57th delivery, just one short of a new Test record, having only brought up his fifty from 40.

The game was as good as up for England as they were set a target of 557 to win. Despite a fine 116 from Alastair Cook, the last rites seemed imminent as they began the final day on 265 for five.

Pietersen (60no) and captain Andrew Flintoff (51) delayed the inevitable with a stand of 75, but, once they were parted, the last four wickets fell for just 14 runs.

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