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Clarke targets series sweep

Australia captain Michael Clarke warned England "we'd love to win 5-0" after wrapping up the Ashes by the third Test in Perth.

Despite a defiant maiden century from all-rounder Ben Stokes, the tourists were eventually bowled out for 353 on the fifth and final afternoon at the WACA, consigning them to a 150-run defeat.

The result means Australia regain the urn in just 14 days of cricket in the series, a superb achievement considering they lost 3-0 to the same opponents earlier this year.

Clarke, the only member of the home team that has previously tasted Ashes success, was particularly quick to praise the efforts of his bowlers.

"The boys deserve all the credit in the world for all the work we've put in over the time," he said.

"As 'Hadds' (Brad Haddin) has just said to me - 'we've got them back'. It's a fantastic feeling.

"I think Ben Stokes deserves a lot of credit today. To come out and make a tough, hard-fought hundred, he deserves a lot of credit. But our bowlers did a fantastic job.

"It certainly wasn't given to us easy, but we expected that. Playing against England is always tough and they've got a lot of good players.

"The guys have done a fantastic job and that's why we stand here as winners today.

"It certainly wasn't given to us easy but we expect that. We've known from day one that playing against England's always tough. They've got a lot of good players and we've seen that throughout this series."

Yet while the series is already won Clarke insisted Australia would be looking to maintain their high standards for the remaining two matches, starting at Melbourne on Boxing Day.

"Our goal is to get back to being the number one side in the world," he added.

"No doubt we will celebrate hard tonight and enjoy it, we deserve that. But we have two more Test matches and we'd love to win 5-0."