Delighted England captain Charlotte Edwards said retaining the Women’s Ashes in Australia was one of her "most treasured moments" in cricket after she led her side to a nine-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international at Hobart.
The 34-year-old hit an England format-best 92 not out, from 59 balls, as she batted through a successful pursuit of 151 with 13 deliveries to spare.
Edwards, who took the match award, said: "This means everything to us. To win in England was really special but to come out here and win the Ashes in Australia in the multi-format is something really special.
"I love playing cricket for England and I love leading this team - and this is probably one of my most treasured moments to date."
Edwards, who combined in a game-winning, unbroken stand of 114 with half-centurion Sarah Taylor, struck the winning runs when she lofted Erin Osborne for four to midwicket.
It sparked joyous celebrations, Edwards raising her arms above her head as her team-mates rushed on to the Bellerive Oval pitch to congratulate her.
Edwards, whose side lost the second and third one-day internationals as Australia kept the series alive, added: "It was emotional.
“The last two games we haven't played as well as we'd have liked so I was pretty determined this morning that I wasn't going to give up the Ashes without a fight.
"I knew it was important that we played well here today - and we did that.
"This has been a real team effort over the Test match and the one-dayers and I'm so proud of these girls, what they've done and how they've stood up over here. It's a pretty special win."
With several injuries in the squad, including Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole today, Edwards revealed her satisfaction with the performances of the less experienced bowlers.
She said: "I've had a few sleepless nights. When you've got Anya Shrubsole gone down and Katherine Brunt's not here (it's a worry), but the young bowlers have stood up brilliantly on a really good wicket out there.
"And then to bat the way we did on a really good pitch - obviously a quick pitch which suits me - was just fantastic."
Edwards, who has now won five Ashes series, explained this one was the most rewarding because of the different formats involved.
She added: "(This one is) the best by far because the multi-format really tests us in every discipline and to win the Test match in Perth was fantastic - and the way we've played throughout this whole series, we've got a lot to be proud of."