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WICKET! Haynes c Jones b Shrubsole 4, Australia 13-1





























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As we head into the three 50-over matches to end this multiformat series, the women’s Ashes contest is well balanced. Which seems strange given we’ve only had a result in one match. A solitary T20 at the start of the series. The next two were washed out, and the Test was a draw, but a draw that could not have been more thrilling, and one that has left everybody who follows women’s cricket feeling energised and optimistic.

The players have had a couple of days to decompress, and now have to get their heads in the one-day game. Right after this is the one-day World Cup, too, so it will all be 50-over cricket through the next couple of months. What to expect? England batted really well in the first T20 but were overwhelmed by Australia’s superior firepower. England batted really well for a while in the fourth innings of the Test match but fell away. If they’re to challenge here, they’ll have to go one step better.

Bearing in mind the Australians recently ended a record four-year winning streak of 26 one-dayers in a row.



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