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Women's Ashes Test review: Aussie depth had England in a spin

Australia Women drew first blood in the Ashes series on Monday, wrapping up an 89-run victory over England Women in the one-off Test at Trent Bridge. 

That win gives Australia a 4-0 lead on points after the first game of the multi-format series so England will need to come back strongly when the Twenty20 series starts at Edgbaston on Saturday. 

Australia are 1/5 to win the three-match T20 series with England 7/2 and the teams will also play three ODIs.

WhatEngland Women v Australia Women - 1st Twenty20 Match
WhereEdgbaston, Birmingham
When18:35, Saturday 1st July
How to watchSky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket
OddsEngland Women 11/5, Australia Women 4/11

Spinners turn on the style in entertaining Test

After a run of draws in women's Test matches, a decision was made to expand the Ashes Test at Trent Bridge to five days and the series opener did not disappoint.

Australia Women, hot favourites to win the Ashes despite the absence of legendary captain Meg Lanning, racked up 473 in their first innings, but England responded with 463 and set up an exciting finale by bowling out the Aussies for 257 second time around.

Chasing 268 for victory, England reached 55 before losing their first wicket, but Australia spinner Ash Gardner claimed the key wickets of Tammy Beaumont, captain Heather Knight and the dangerous Nat Sciver-Brunt to derail the run chase.

Gardner saw off the England tail on day five at Edgbaston, finishing with 8-66 in the second innings and taking 12 wickets in a match that was dominated by spin bowlers.

The Aussie had picked up only four wickets in her first three Test appearances, but she was superb in the second innings, just eclipsing England left-armer Sophie Ecclestone, who took 5-129 and 5-63 in an excellent display.

It was a valiant effort in a losing cause from Ecclestone and Australia will be wary of her threat in the Twenty20 internationals at Edgbaston, The Oval and Lord's.

Ecclestone is number one in the ICC's T20 bowling rankings, having taken 97 wickets in 70 games with an impressive economy rate of 5.76 runs per over. 

Brilliant Beaumont punishes Australia bowlers

England opener Tammy Beaumont warmed up for the Ashes with a double-century against Australia A in Derby and, incredibly, she repeated the feat in the Nottingham Test.

She batted beautifully for her 208, standing firm against the Australia bowlers for more than eight hours on her way to England's first double-ton in a women's Test.

Beaumont had a slice of luck when she was on 61 and Australia failed to review a catch that would have seen her dismissed, and she made the most of that reprieve to post the highest individual score in England's history.

The opener's stunning start to the series bodes well for the white-ball contests. 

She was dropped from the T20 squad for last summer's Commonwealth Games but has an excellent ODI record, scoring nine centuries in 95 innings including an unbeaten 168 against Pakistan in 2016. 

Wyatt impresses on belated Test debut

Beaumont became only the second England Women player to score centuries in all three formats and teammate Danni Wyatt also showed her versatility on her Test debut.

A stalwart of the England white-ball teams, Wyatt had made 102 ODI appearances and played 143 T20 internationals before finally getting a Test call at the age of 32.

Perhaps inspired by the success of 'Bazball' for the England Men Test team, Wyatt played a couple of positive knocks in the middle-order, making 44 off 49 balls in the first innings and top-scoring with 54 second time around.

She made a T20 century against Australia in Canberra in 2017, but has a poor ODI record against the Aussies, with a top score of just 30 from 15 innings, and she would love to put that right when the 50-over series starts on 12th July.

Aussies' batting depth is a worry for hosts

Australia are blessed with a brilliant crop of all-rounders including Gardner, who scored 40 at number seven in the first innings as well as taking 12 wickets, and Ellyse Perry, dismissed for 99 on the first day at Trent Bridge.

Tahlia McGrath made a punchy 61 and the depth of Australia's batting talent was on show as number eight Annabel Sutherland scored an unbeaten 137 to take them from 238-6 to 473 all out.

Sutherland then removed opener Emma Lamb early in England's first innings and Australia's batting depth and vast array of bowling options mean it may be tough for the hosts to overturn the early 4-0 points deficit.

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