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Women’s Ashes: England captain Heather Knight hails ODI series win as Australia’s Alyssa Healy rues ‘bittersweet’ outcome | Cricket News

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Women’s Ashes: England captain Heather Knight hails ODI series win as Australia’s Alyssa Healy rues ‘bittersweet’ outcome | Cricket News

England captain Heather Knight has hailed her side’s T20 and ODI series victories over Australia as “really special” despite the tourists retaining the Ashes.

England won the third ODI Taunton on Tuesday to take a 2-1 series victory, having triumphed by the same scoreline in a three-match T20 contest played earlier this month.

Australia’s victory in the June Test match worth four points, combined with their two limited-overs wins, was enough for the T20 and 50-over world champions to retain the Ashes as the series finished 8-8.

The T20 series defeat was Australia’s first since 2017, while the 50-over series loss was their first since 2013, with those records highlighting the scale of England’s achievement.

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England captain Heather Knight reflected on her team’s win over Australia in their third ODI and believes that they still have a lot of room for improvement

“I’m hugely pleased, it’s a draw isn’t it,” Knight said, referring to the 8-8 overall series score. “And we’ve got two trophies against the world champions, which is really special.”

England appeared to be heading for a potentially heavy defeat after going 6-0 down after losing the Test and first T20 match, but fought back to win four of the remaining five matches.

“I think the fact that we’d gone so close and gone toe-to-toe with Australia, in the Test and that first T20, I think it actually built more belief – even though we didn’t get the results,” Knight said.

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“I think it was just staying very level, obviously accepting we were in the situation, but that we could do a lot about it. We felt like we were really close, and we had the players to compete with this really good side.

“So credit to the girls for still believing, and I think the staff as well deserve a huge amount of credit for being able to keep us believing.”

Healy: It feels a little bit dirty | Gardner questions Australia’s ‘fighting spirit’

Australia were left with a “bittersweet” feeling as they lifted the Ashes trophy after defeat at Taunton, with captain Alyssa Healy admitting the situation felt “a little bit dirty”.

“We can tuck that little one away in the changing room, but it is a little bit bittersweet,” Healy said.

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Despite losing the T20 and ODI series, Australia captain Alyssa Healy was nonetheless pleased to retain the Women’s Ashes after a drawn series with England

“And it feels a little bit dirty in a way, but in saying that, we got the result we were after.”

Australia player of the Ashes Ash Gardner, who threatened to take the way from England with a brilliant 41 before being run out, questioned whether the tourists had shown enough “fighting spirit” throughout the series.

“It sucks. Of course we came over here to win the Ashes,” Gardner said. “Retaining it’s great, but I guess that’s probably a little bit negative, we wanted to come over here and win it. And of course, we were in positions to win the Ashes, and we probably didn’t show enough fight where we needed to.

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Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner admits there are some mixed emotions after regaining the Ashes, despite losing both the T20 and ODI series

“I think there’s plenty of things to work on and plenty of things to improve on for next series. Just little things, and probably finding that fighting spirit again, which we probably lacked throughout the series.

“We showed glimpses of it. I think England have outplayed us, they’ve played a pretty fearless brand of cricket and something that we should look at for our team as well, is making sure we keep on striving forward and taking the game on when it’s necessary.”

Sciver-Brunt: Limited-overs wins cement England belief

England were led to victory in the final ODI by their player of the Ashes, Nat Sciver-Brunt, who struck a second successive century to set up the 69-run victory.

The all-rounder says England’s limited-overs victories over Australia have “cemented belief” among the home side that they are up there with the world champions.

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After her brilliant 129 helped England beat Australia in the third ODI, Nat Sciver-Brunt hopes this summer’s enthralling Women’s Ashes has captured the imagination of the public

“Being able to win the T20 and ODI series has really, I guess, cemented that belief,” Sciver-Brunt said.

“It was probably there but not quite in the pressure moments probably, and that’s where we’ve really made a shift.

“We’re probably not at the top of where want to be, but we’ve certainly made big strides, and to have so many competitive games in this series shows that, I reckon.”

‘Extraordinary England have made enormous strides’

Sky Sports Cricket’s Charles Dagnall surmised England’s Ashes performance as “extraordinary” citing both the achievement of securing multiple wins against a dominant Australian side, and doing it from 6-0 down.

“It really is extraordinary, when you consider that for a decade Australia have been unbeaten in ODI cricket in bilateral series, this is the ICC 50-over world champs, this is the ICC T20 world champs, and England have beaten them in both series,” Dagnall said.

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After retaining the Women’s Ashes, Australia’s celebrations were cut short by the smoke generated from the fireworks!

“Now, 8-8 – they don’t regain the Ashes, do England, but I think they can look back on this with an enormous sense of satisfaction and achievement.

“Ok, they wanted to win the Ashes – it’s not easy. At 6-0, after the Test match and first T20 defeat at Edgbaston, all of us thought this could be a complete walkover.

“But the way that they’ve managed to come back. Ok, the last game, albeit by three runs, they were defeated in the second ODI, but goodness me, what a series we’ve seen.

“And I think England will feel that they’ve made enormous strides in levelling that gap between themselves and Australia.”

Women’s Ashes results (2 pts for white-ball win, 4 for Test)

Watch day one of the fourth men’s Ashes Test from Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Wednesday. Build-up from 10am, first ball at 11am. You can stream the men’s Ashes series on NOW.

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