The Australian Women have led the way for the men’s side, retaining the Women’s Ashes last night.
After winning the One Day International series 2-1 and drawing the one-off Test, Australia made it official by winning the first Twenty 20 International at North Sydney Oval, giving them an unbeatable 3-1 lead with two matches left.
Batting first, England made 9/132 off 20 overs, with Danielle Wyatt scoring 50 from 36 balls and pace bowler Megan Schutt taking 4/22 off four overs. Beth Mooney’s unbeaten 86 from 54 balls got Australia (4/134) home with four overs left.
Unlike the men’s Ashes, the women’s series comprises three ODIs, the one-off Test and three T20Is, with the overall leader securing the Ashes.
The Ashes began in late October with the ODIs in Brisbane and Coffs Harbour. Australia won the first ODI at Allan Border Field by two wickets and the second – at Coffs Harbour International Stadium – by 75 runs. England won the third match at Coffs by 20 runs.
Australia could have won the Ashes in the historic four-day day-night Test at North Sydney Oval, but it wasn’t to be. Ellyse Perry dominated the game, taking 3/59 and then scoring 213 not out. Trailing by 168, England reached 2/206 (Heather Knight 79 not out), settling for the draw.
Canberra host the remaining T201s on the 19th and 21st of November.