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Australia Routs India to Win Test Series With Match to Spare

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Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Australia routed India by an innings and 37 runs in the third cricket Test in Perth to win their four-match series with a game to spare.

Ben Hilfenhaus led Australia’s fast bowling attack with 4-54 as India collapsed to 171 all out in its second innings after lunch on day three, losing its last four wickets in 20 balls after the interval at the WACA Ground.

Australia, which had taken a 208-run lead on the first innings after skittling the Indians for 161 on day one, reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar trophy contested between the teams after losing the past two series in India.

“It’s a wonderful feeling,” Australia captain Michael Clarke said at the presentation ceremony. “We want to win this series 4-0.”

It was India’s seventh straight away defeat in elite Tests after getting swept 4-0 in England last year. The final match in Adelaide starts Jan. 24. None of the first three lasted the full five days as the touring team only tallied more than 200 runs twice in six innings.

“The last couple of series we have not adapted well to the conditions quickly enough,” said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “Winning in Adelaide is the only motivation we have now. The bowlers have shown they can take wickets, we need to put the runs on the board.”

Dhoni will miss the final Test after being banned for one match by the International Cricket Council for his team’s slow over rate in Perth. It is India’s second offense within a 12-month period.

Man-of-the-Match

Hilfenhaus, recalled for the best-of-four series after almost 12 months out of the Australian team, finished with match figures of 8-97 after removing Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma in the third over after lunch today. Peter Siddle wrapped up the victory when he got Virat Kohli, on 75, to edge behind to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Australia batsman David Warner was named man-of-the-match after blasting 180 from 159 balls as Australia scored 369 in its first innings. Warner tied the record for the fourth-fastest Test century, reaching three figures in just 69 balls to record the quickest Test century by an opener.

“In that one session only he took the game away from us,” Dhoni added. “It has been a tough series. We have not batted to the kind of potential we have.”

Australia now has two wins and two draws from four Test series since Clarke was appointed as captain in March. South African Mickey Arthur was hired as the first non-native head coach of the team in November, completing a revamp of the national squad following a performance review.

“As a team in general we’re slowly taking steps and heading in the right direction,” Clarke added. “I want to see us continue to have success and I want to see us No. 1 in all three forms of the game and that’s our goal as a team.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Sydney at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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