Australia women retain Ashes after drawn Test vs England

first_imgAustralia women retain Ashes after drawn Test vs EnglandAshes Test: Australia retained the Ashes after securing a draw in the only Test against England in Taunton on Sunday. Meg Lanning’s women had dominated the ODI series, winning it 3-0.advertisement India Today Web Desk TauntonJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 22:48 IST Australia women retained the Ashes after a dominant performance in the only Test. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia retained the Ashes after a dominant performance in the only TestAustralia had won Ashes ODIs 3-0 against EnglandEllyse Perry and debutant Sophie Molineux shone for the visitorsAustralia women retained the Ashes even before the T20 leg of the 3-part series began by securing a draw in the only Test at the County Ground in Taunton on Sunday.Women’s Ashes is a point-based series and the team that earns the most points at the end of the series will clinch the trophy. A team will be entitled to earn two points on winning an ODI or T20I. If the match is tied or abandoned, both teams will receive a point each. The only Test had 4 points up for grabs and England needed nothing less than a win to keep their hopes alive.Australia dominated the ODI series against England winning it 3-0 and the drawn Test has helped them retain the Ashes. England and Australia will play three T20Is, starting July 26.Australia were holders of the Ashes as they won it in the backyard of England in 2015 and then retained the trophy in Australia in 2017.Led by Ellyse Perry’s hundred, Australia posted 420/8 declared in their first innings that extended to 3 days after a rain interruption on Day 2. Australia were 230/7 in the second innings on Day 4 before players shook hands, signalling the end of a drawn Test.Ellyse Perry remained unbeaten on 76 as the senior Australia batter dominated the English bowling attack in the only Ashes Test. Ellyse Perry scored her 2nd successive hundred-plus score in an Ashes Test as her 116 in the 1st innings gave Australia the early control.Notably, Ellyse Perry was dismissed after 329 runs, 655 balls, 3 years, 11 months and 6 days in Test cricket as the Australia star fell after making a hundred on Day 2.advertisementAll-rounder Sophie Molineux scored a quickfire 41 to cap off a memorable Ashes debut. The 21-year-old will be the one to watch out for in future as she demolished the England batting unit, finishing with figures of 4 for 95 in 37 overs.Molineux got the big wickets of Heather Knight, Amy Jones and Sarah Taylor on Day 3 to dent the England reply.Natalie Sciver put up a valiant fight for England as she hit 88 to make sure England’s middle-order didn’t collapse. Amy Jones’ 64 set a good platform for the hosts but they failed to build on it.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Australia womenFollow England Womenlast_img

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