Aussies have to wait longer for Ashes urn after England cause boilover in nail-biting finale

Australia's Alyssa Healy reacts after being dismissed during the second Vitality IT20 match at The Kia Oval, London. Picture date: Wednesday July 7, 2023. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

Australia will need to wait a little longer to retain the women’s Ashes after England claimed a first win over their arch-rivals in three-and-a-half years with a three-run Twenty20 defeat.

Chasing 187 for victory at The Oval in London, Ellyse Perry gave Australia hope with an unbeaten 51 from 27 balls but it came too late as the tourists finished 8-183.

The result marked England’s first win over Australia in any format in 10 games, and the first time any team has beaten them without a super over since September 2021.

It also means the multi-format series is still alive, with England needing to win the last T20 match on Saturday at Lord’s and all three ensuing ODIs to regain the Ashes.

Otherwise, victory for Australia in any of those contests will ensure they retain the trophy.

Alyssa Healy reacts after being dismissed. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

“We’re allowed to lose games of cricket,” Australia’s captain Alyssa Healy said.

“England also came out at the start of the series and said this is their strongest format.


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