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“We’d love to win 5-0”
Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that “the boys deserve all the credit in the world” after the baggy greens managed to regain the Ashes after five long years.
However, Clarke also praised England all-rounder Ben Stokes for his magnificent knock of 120 on the final day of the third Test in Perth.
“The boys deserve all the credit in the world for all the work we’ve put in over the time,” Clarke 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.”
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, who has claimed 23 victims at an impressive average of 15.47, was ecstatic to have taken the last wicket in the third Test that sealed the series for the baggy greens.
“I came back from injury and I had a lot of doubters there,” Johnson said. “I knew I’d done a lot of hard work, I just had the opportunity and grabbed it with both hands.
“This team that we’ve got here, we’ve just performed so well as a unit, everyone’s just done so well and we all deserve it.
“It means a lot. To finally win the Ashes for the first time after being a part for a couple that we’ve lost is very special.
“I want to just thank the crowds that we’ve had around Australia. Friends and family supporting us, that’s been the big difference as well, just having all that support, so this is for everyone.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to win the Ashes. Three-nil up and an opportunity to go 5-0 – it’s amazing.”
Clarke echoed Johnson’s comments about wanting to whitewash England 5-0, saying: “Our goal is to get back to being the number one side in the world. 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.”