`Sole` women`s Ashes Test between England, Oz ends in `tame` draw

Sydney: The Australian women`s cricket team`s has drawn the only women`s Ashes Test in Wormsley with England and has to win the one-day and Twenty20 matches in the series in order to retain the urn.

According to News.com.au, although Australia set England 249 to win off a minimum of 45 overs on the final day, the game however, ended in the 34th over with England at 2-93 as the Ashes hosts feared to chase down the total at the risk of going six points down in the series.

The report added that the Southern Stars now play England in three ODIs and three T20 matches, with the first 50-over game to be played at Lord`s on Tuesday.

According to the report, Australia took a lead of 170 at lunch despite England making an aggressive start to the final day, although the hosts took the wickets of Australian batsmen Meg Lanning and Sarah Elliott in the fourth and fifth overs of the day as Australia moved to 3-76.

However, the report said that Australian captain Jodie Fields played an aggressive innings, making 78 off 122 balls to lead Australia to 5-231 declared off 86 overs.

The report added that Australia had entered the final day of the match overnight with a lead of 81 after bowling England out for 314 and reaching stumps at 1-64, adding that a win in the Test match was worth six points while teams collected two for the draw.

There are 12 points up for grabs in the remaining six games (three ODIs and three T20s) of the Ashes series, the report added.


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