England 'outplayed' by Australia as Root loses grip on the urn

England relinquished the Ashes to Australia at the WACA on Monday, with Joe Root admitting his side had been inferior in all three Tests.

England captain Joe Root admitted his side was completely outplayed by Australia in the third Ashes Test.   -  Getty Images

Joe Root acknowledged that England has been totally outplayed by Australia after it surrendered the Ashes urn in Perth on Monday.

Australia won the third Test at the WACA by an innings and 41 runs, Steve Smith's double-century as part of a 301-run partnership with Mitchell Marsh propelling the side to an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

That union outstripped Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow's 237-run stand in England's first innings as the top order continued to struggle, Josh Hazlewood claiming eight wickets across the match as the host's pace attack once again proved too much for the tourist to deal with.

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Skipper Root acknowledged the visiting side was unable to match its host and called for rapid improvement as it looked to avoid succumbing to a whitewash with a result in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

"It is very difficult to take. Fair play to Australia, they've outplayed us in all three games and we've got to be better," said Root at the post-match presentation.

 

"That partnership [between Malan and Bairstow] and the way those two played to get us into that position was outstanding. Those two lads should be really proud of that effort.

"We've got to learn from it, we've got to make sure we're better. But there are some good things that have come from this week.

"I think those guys putting in big performances under pressure like that was outstanding. I think the way Vincey [James Vince, who scored 55] played in that second innings as well was proper batting. He played exceptionally well and I'm sure he'll take a lot of confidence from it.

"We've got to make sure we go to Melbourne, prepare well, and put in a really good performance."

Rain initially threatened the final day of play and Root was believed to be unhappy with a push to commence the action, though he stated after the match he was content with conditions.

He added: "When we got here this morning it definitely wasn't fit to play. It obviously dried up as the sun got to it and the wind got to it ... and I think by the end there it was probably fit to play."

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