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Women’s Ashes Test, day four snapshot

AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, ASHES TEST, DAY FOUR:

Score: Australia 9(dec)-337 and 7(dec)-216 drew with England 297 and 9-245.

SUMMARY: Australia set England a target of 257 from 48 overs after declaring at 7-216 in their second innings. England went after the win, with all bar one of their top-five going at a strike-rate above 80. The tourists looked in control with Heather Knight (48) and Nat Sciver (58) at the wicket, before Sophia Dunkley raced to 30 off 15 to leave the target at 45 from 10 overs. However Australia hit back with a flurry of wickets, taking 6-26 before the thrilling match ended in a draw with England 12 runs short with one wicket in hand

WOMAN OF THE MOMENT: Heather Knight. The England captain backed up her first innings 168no with 48 from 54 to set the tone in their pursuit of victory. In total she spent all but 31.1 overs of the Test match on the field.

KEY MOMENT: Annabel Sutherland’s ball to get rid of Sciver. England were well in control before Australia made the call for the Victorian pace bowler to go around the wicket. She tightened Sciver up, built pressure and had her caught on the pull shot. It prompted a collapse of 6-26 and left England fighting to survive the last 13 balls after at looking the only team who could win the game.

STAT OF THE DAY: The draw was the closest in terms of runs, while it marked just the third time a women’s Test finished with a team nine wickets down in the fourth innings.

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