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    England determined to sign off series with a win

    A look at the factors that will have a big bearing on England concluding their Women's Ashes tour with a win.

    England have one game left of their Women's Ashes tour – can they win it to tie the overall points score at 8-8?

    It may not have been enough to win the Ashes, but a drawn series would be quite the consolation for Mark Robinson’s side. 

    The toss

    England have batted first on both occasions in this IT20 series with two different outcomes.

    Opener Beth Mooney, with her unbeaten 86, took the first game away from the visitors, while the second saw England’s bowlers strangle the life out of the Australia chase – replicating the best of their ICC Women’s World Cup form. 

    There’ll be eyes on the toss again tomorrow, not least because it’s a day-night match.

    England were criticised for choosing to bowl first in the day-night 50-over game at Coffs Harbour but the logic of the pitch getting better under the lights was borne out in the opening IT20, at the North Sydney Oval.

    The same thinking most likely applied when Australia skipper Rachael Haynes decided to field on Friday night.

    There’ll be a big decision for either captain should they win the toss tomorrow, and it could be the difference between an Australian victory or a drawn series.

    I predict a Wyatt

    Danni Wyatt has had to be patient on this Ashes tour but she immediately made her mark when given the nod in the first IT20.

    She posted her maiden international half century in a superb outing at North Sydney Oval, which led to a spot at the top of England’s order for Sunday’s second IT20.

    Continuing in the same vein as Friday's performance, Wyatt got England off to a flier to set up proceedings for the 40-run win.

    Do that again and she may help England tie the series at eight points apiece.

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    Field of dreams

    It’s not all that often an Australian team is out-fielded but despite the IT20 series currently being tied at 1-1, it’s fair to say that England have been the better fielding side in both games.

    Australia dropped five catches in the first match – despite cantering to victory – and they weren’t quite at their best for Sunday’s fixture.

    England, on the other hand, have been tidier in the field and will need to continue that if they’re to win on Tuesday.

    Ellyse Perry

    Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry has time and again shown her brilliance with the bat, just not in the IT20 series – to date.

    After two IT20s – admittedly a small sample size – she’s yet to go big, having been dismissed by Danielle Hazell at North Sydney Oval and Katherine Brunt at Manuka Oval for a smaller score than she would have liked.

    She’s one of the world’s best batters so England will have been delighted to keep her quiet. They’ll want the same thing in this final IT20 series outing.

    Which England?

    England may be on the brink of drawing this series but they’d be the first to admit it hasn’t been ideal.

    They will point to the first ODI as one game they could well have won and there were also moments in the Test match that contributed to this Ashes now being beyond them.

    That said, as the scoreline suggests, it has been no walkover and England will want the final series tally to read 8-8 – not 10-6.

    That does, however, depend on which England team turns up.

    At their best they’re imposing, aggressive and on top. When they’ve not been at that level, Australia have capitalised.

    That is epitomised by Brunt, who fought back so supremely to dominate with bat and ball in Sunday’s second IT20.

    If she can do that again – or inspire some of her teammates to follow in her footsteps – we could be looking at 8-8.

    A full scorecard will be available for the final game.

    Keep up to date with all of the team news in our dedicated England Women section.

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