Smith delighted to get his hands on the urn

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Australia skipper Steve Smith has described reclaiming the Ashes as an amazing feeling after his side walloped England in Perth.

England were bowled out for 218 on day five to allow Australia to record an innings and 41 run victory and a 3-0 series lead.

The triumph was Smith's first Ashes win as Australia skipper in his first attempt.

The skipper played an integral part in all three victories so far holding something of a makeshift top order together at times seemingly by pure force of will. 

Man of the match and winning skipper Smith said after the match ended: "Captaining an Ashes winning side is an amazing feeling. 

"It's a moment we've been looking forward to, so much has gone into the preparation, the way we've gone about it was spectacular, 400 is a pretty good total but we come out and got a massive score and only had to bat once."

Smith praised his bowlers for their effort singling Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood out for special praise.

He said: "The bowlers have done a massive job, Nathan Lyon has been exceptional. So many emotions coming out, the boys are going to celebrate hard tonight. 

"Josh Hazlewood was exceptional, he hit really good areas and got Bairstow early. To win an amazing Ashes series, to be 3-0 up and get that urn back, I'm really proud."

Australia will be keen to send England back home with a whitewash for all their troubles with Tests in Melbourne (Boxing day) and Sydney (New Year's) to come.