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England ladies retain the Ashes
England women have retained the Ashes by completing a whitewash victory over Australia in a one-off test series in Bowral.
With only a draw needed to hold onto the Ashes many doubted England’s motivation to go for the win. But with Claire Taylor and Captain Charlotte Edwards sealing a record partnership of 159 runs to confirm a first innings win, the visitors arguably started how they meant to go on.
On the final day Australia declared shortly before lunch on 291 for nine in a bid to force a result. However, having been set a target of 194 to win, England took to the crease and after a slight hiccup losing Caroline Atkins for eight, a winning partnership of Taylor and Edwards saw out the remaining runs.
Captain Taylor was thrilled with the result and couldn’t praise her team enough for their efforts. “I’m so proud of all my players. We have played some fantastic cricket to continually have the upper hand over Australia. It’s the hardest place to win in cricket and it shows the strength and depth we’ve got.”
Isa Guha was named player of the match after finishing the second innings with figures of four for 60 and nine for 100. Guha said,” It was brilliant playing at the Bradman Oval and it was an extra special win because we knew people were saying we had only come out for a draw. But we always knew we were going for a win and it’s great to be part of such a special occasion.”
Harriet Edkins, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine