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Age, inexperience no hurdle for Sutherland

Emerging allrounder Annabel Sutherland says she felt right at home trying to bowl Australia to victory against England in a dramatic drawn women’s Ashes Test match.

Sutherland, 20, defied her age and relative inexperience to produce a stellar late spell on the last day of the Test, triggering an English batting collapse with her 3-69.

England held on, finishing at 9-245 chasing 257 to win at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

“It was so much fun. There was no place I’d rather be than charging in and trying to do a job and almost get a win,” she told reporters in Canberra.

“I feel like I’ve always wanted to take an opportunity when it’s thrown at me. The nature of this Australian team is that it doesn’t happen that often because of the depth we’ve got.

“Just being able to play that role and take the ball after Meg threw it at me, I feel like I’ve been ready to do that for the last year or so.”

But while her heroics almost pulled off an unthinkable comeback in a classic Test match, Sutherland and her teammates’ focus turns to limited overs cricket ahead of Thursday’s first one-day match at the same venue.

It is a simple equation for Australia ahead of the three 50-over games – if they win one match they retain the Ashes.

But Sutherland said the side’s mindset could not afford to change.

“I don’t think much changes to be honest,” she said.

“We’ve had a lot of success in one-day cricket over the last few years. We’re pretty confident in our cricket to get the job done.

“We’ve got two rest days which is good and I think everyone will enjoy these couple of days before we head in to the one-dayers.”

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