Australia women avert whitewash
England women suffered a 52-run defeat at Canberra as they sought to inflict a 5-0 whitewash on their Australia counterparts in the Twenty20 series.
The tourists had to make do with a 4-1 margin of victory over the World Twenty20 champions, but can take great confidence from that into the one-off Ashes Test in Sydney that begins on Saturday.
Australia posted a competitive 153 for eight after winning the toss thanks to a team batting display in which the top eight reached double figures at the Manuka Oval.
In reply, England captain Charlotte Edwards and the in-form Lydia Greenway made swift thirties but their team-mates fell for single-figure scores.
Although Edwards’ side struck at regular intervals, twenties from Leah Poulton, Shelley Nitschke, Jess Cameron and Lisa Sthalekar took the hosts to their highest total of the T20 series.
Edwards’ innings of 37 launched a recovery from 11 for two but, after she became the second of left-arm spinner Nitschke’s three victims, England lost their remaining six wickets for 43 runs.
Only player of the series Greenway resisted, finishing on 32 not out as the tourists’ innings lasted just 16.2 overs.
Greenway said: “I’ve had a really good series but our success has been down to a great all round team performance.
"We have seen contributions throughout the order. The bowlers have bowled exceptionally well on these great batting tracks.
“We’ve had a successful Twenty20 series but we are now looking ahead to our Ashes Test in Sydney, which starts on Saturday.”
Edwards added: “I’m delighted with the series win. We’ve played our brand of cricket and it’s paid off in four out of the five matches.
“I’m really proud of the whole squad and thrilled with our achievement of beating the world champions with a relatively inexperienced side.
"It’s the first time we have won a limited-over series on Australian soil, so I’m very happy.
“We are all now looking forward to playing the Ashes Test in Sydney and hoping to follow the successful performance of the men out here this summer.”