Australia win Women’s Ashes series after miserable batting display in England | Ashes of women

Australia clinched victory in the Ashes Women’s second one-day international, winning the overall series with one game to spare after retaining the trophy in the previous outing. England had provided a good contest up to that point, but at Melbourne’s Junction Oval they were rolled for a paltry 129 after being sent at bat and knocked out in 42.5 overs. Australia chased the score five wickets with almost 15 overs to spare.

It was the Ashes’ first Australian win at home in the multi-format style which combines 50-over, 20-over and Test cricket. Charlotte Edwards led England to victory in 2013-14, and Heather Knight’s side in 2017 tied: Aussies celebrated in droves after retaining the trophy, only for England to win the final two matches. The same scenario was possible this time, with England trailing 4-8 on points with two games to go, but none of the Australian players or coaching staff last time out had forgotten that frustration. History has never sought to repeat itself.

England started well enough, scoring four points into the top 10 and only losing Tammy Beaumont after getting past Ellyse Perry. This wicket also fell into a blinder – goalkeeper Alyssa Healy diving to her right to nestle the ball at the end of the strap of her glove, turning in the air to land on her left arm and protect the right, and stop the shocking capture free.

But new leg spinner Alana King again had influence belying her experience, taking her first ODI wicket by trapping Lauren Winfield-Hill for 28 with a straight ball in the 11th. Thanks to King and left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, the score dried up, 17 runs in seven overs before Nat Sciver lost patience and tried to launch Jonassen. Not on the court, she aimed for the midwicket but delivered a superior advantage to cover. England’s most damaging striker had taken eight balls from 25.

Heather Knight followed two overs later, Jonassen’s front leg for 18, and as the innings went on England players remained mired in the crease. On slower pitch that made the ball sticky and grippy, big hits were rarely viable, and no one made the adjustment to drop the ball into the gaps and run as needed. Australia’s bowlers relentlessly hit a good length, taking advantage of their targets’ lack of confidence. Out of 272 deliveries, England scored runs on 80 of them.

Three wickets fell in successive overs from 24th to 26th: Perry hit Sophia Dunkley in front of the middle stump and gloved Charlie Dean a short ball behind, while Annabel Sutherland’s Danni Wyatt flying edge allowed Meg Lanning to take a plunge. -hander which could have been better than Healy’s. Four balls after halftime, England had worked out 68 for seven.

England keeper Amy Jones had 28 and spinner Sophie Ecclestone had the top score with 32, starting very slow but gradually widening their range, Jones notably with the pulling shot and Ecclestone running to Jonassen for a loft six. The pair put in 39 to at least take the heats from the abyss to perhaps the mid bathypelagic zone.

But Australian all-rounder Tahlia McGrath has the golden bat and the golden arm this season, and having been held off with the ball until 40th place, she has caught up. She had Jones lbw third ball, Kate Cross the same sixth ball, although missing a leg stump with England having used their two critics, and Anya Shrubsole behind: McGrath had three wickets for four runs in 3.2 overs . King’s 10 overs returned one for 23, Perry took three for 12 of seven and Jonassen two for 25 of nine.

Perry at bat is made for plays like this, anchoring the innings with a smooth 40. A bright spot for England was the work of Cross, who started Lanning after beating her with a sewing move for the second game in progress, and used a similar ball. dismiss McGrath. Cross also bent his right wrist horribly while diving down the field, but eventually continued bowling and produced a direct hit to miss Perry.

But even though five Aussie wickets fell, the chase was so modest that it was never a problem. Again, England wonders what their bowlers might have accomplished if their batters had come to the party. This time around Australians can celebrate wholeheartedly.

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