England and Australia will meet for the final part of their Ashes series just a few days after one of the most thrilling Ashes test matches that has been seen for a while.
However, Australia’s Rachael Haynes dug in and in came captain Meg Lanning who steadied her side.
Australia pulled themselves back from 43/3 to 212/4 as Haynes made 86 and Lanning was just seven runs off another Test century before Sciver took another wicket.
Katherine Brunt shone for England as she took her first fifer on Australian soil but Australia still managed to rack up a score of 337.
England’s opening batters, Lauren Winfield-Hill and Tamsin Beaumont, did not exactly break into the game but it appeared of little matter when captain Heather Knight stepped up to the crease and ended her magnificent innings on 168 not out.
Unfortunately the 31-year-old was not significantly helped by any of her teammates and England were unable to quite reach 337, as they were all out for 297.
In Australia’s second innings, Katherine Brunt and newbie Charlie Dean shone for their side once more as they took three wickets and two wickets respectively.
Australia declared on 216 hoping to bowl England out on the final day’s play. This was not to be, however, as England’s openers found their rhythm before Heather Knight and Sophia Dunkley produced 48 and 45 respectively and Nat Sciver scored a half century.
Just 12 runs off the required total, the day’s play ended and a thriller of a test match was drawn.
With just the ODI series left, England must win by either a 2-1 or 3-0 margin if they are to regain those precious Ashes for the first time since 2013.
Here is all you need to know ahead of the final part of the Women’s Ashes series
When are the remaining matches?
- ODI series:
- Thursday 3 February, 3.10am GMT, Manuka Oval, Canberra
- Saturday 5 February, 23.05 GMT, CitiPower Centre, Melbourne
- Monday 7 February, 23.05 GMT, CitiPower Centre, Melbourne
How to watch the ODI series?
Every ball of the series is being shown on BT Sport.
BT Sport 1 (Sky 413, BT 408, Virgin 527, TalkTalk 408 and Plusnet TV 408) will have the rights to show the ODI series.
BT Sport contracts start at £15/month on a 24 month contract
Who is in the squad for the ODI series?
The squads are yet to be announced but it is unlikely that the squad will not differ too much from the T20 side.
Danni Wyatt will likely make a reappearance in the side after her 70 off 54 balls in the first T20 as Anya Shrubsole may see herself left out of the one day side.
England: Tammy Beaumont, Danni Wyatt, Nat Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Amy Jones, Sophie Dunkley, Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlie Dean, Freya Davies
Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tayla Vlaeminck, Megan Schutt
What are the pitches like?
The Manuka Oval is not usually a prime host for cricket matches which has made it hard to gauge what sort of wicket it is.
History has shown that based on the few matches played here, it is traditionally a very good batting wicket .
It has played host to 10 ODI matches with the side batting first winning eight times.
The CitiPower Centre, or Junction Oval, has been a firm favourite for many Women’s matches and has been home to both the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades.
This Oval has only hosted on WODI which was played by Australia and New Zealand. As it will be the first time England will play on this pitch, it will be hard to know how they will fare.
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