Australia retain Women’s Ashes as only Test ends in draw

Ruben Hill
July 22, 2019

"It's a really exciting time for English cricket". Both Australia and England were awarded two points each after the draw in the match and consequently, Australia retained the Ashes as they have an 8-2 point lead.

Australia won The Ashes convincingly in 2017/18 but buoyant England will be hoping to take a revenge.

And, with the door firmly shut on any chance of any result other than a draw - Lanning declared to close the match with the star of the series Perry the last to walk off the pitch.

"We realise the dangers that the Australian team bring to Test cricket, so we're going to have to be fully focused on that", Anderson added.

Australia had an impeccable start to the only Test match as they declared the first inning after scoring 420 runs for the loss of eight wickets.

With 19 needed to avoid the follow-on, Nat Sciver played on off the bowling of Jess Jonassen for 88 before Laura Marsh and Sophie Ecclestone combined in a ninth-wicket partnership which saw England over the line.

Australia batted out the final day to finish on 230 for seven, with player of the match Perry ending unbeaten on 76. "I think it was an fantastic final and the reaction to it has been phenomenal", he said.

"We meet up on Monday and at the moment I feel good".

The champion leg-spinner also included uncapped wicketkeeper Alex Carey in the squad following his World Cup heroics and young batting sensation Will Pucovski.

Even if England win the three remaining short-form matches and tie the series with two points coming for each victory, Australia will retain the Ashes as holders.

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