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Women's Ashes: Aussies look to bounce back in first ODI

The women's Ashes series is still alive after England beat Australia in the third T20 clash and now all focus turns to the One Day Internationals.

England won the match by five wickets and now Australia only lead the Ashes 6-4 with three crucial One Day Internationals, which are worth two points each, still to come.

In a rain-affected match at Lord's, England were set a target of 119 to win the third T20 clash, and they got there in dramatic circumstances with just four balls to spare.

That is now back-to-back defeats for the once all-conquering Australian side and England will have taken heaps of confidence from the victories.

The Ashes is now set up for a thrilling climax and the Aussies will need to bounce back and stop the rot.

They still remain in the box seat to win the Ashes, but the first ODI at Gloucestershire Cricket Ground is now huge.

WhatEngland v Australia
WhereGloucestershire Cricket Ground
WhenWednesday 12th July 2023
How to watchNine
OddsEngland Women 2.37, Australia Women 1.57

Australia are missing Lanning

After losing the last two T20 internationals, it is clear that Australia are missing their influential captain Meg Lanning.

Lanning is of course a great leader, but she also does her talking with the bat and is Australia’s all-time leading run-scorer.

Those runs have been badly missed for the Australians but they will need to find a solution during the three One Day Internationals.

Lanning is missing the series due to medical reasons, but coach Shelley Nitschke says Australia should have enough strength-in-depth to cope without her.

Nitschke admits that Australia have been off their game during the three T20 matches and says they were even lucky to win the first clash at Edgbaston.

It is a quick turnaround before the first One Day International, but the Aussies do have time to assess their recent performances and see where they went wrong.

Australia hint at changes

Coach Nitschke has hinted that changes will be made for the One Day Internationals and it is something they will look at in the lead up to the game.

Beth Mooney (32 off 27), Ash Gardner (32 off 25) and Ellyse Perry (34 off 25) made the main contributions with the bat in the third T20 match, but there is plenty of room for improvement.

Australia named the same side in all three T20 matches, and although no-one under-performed in all three games, only Mooney was consistent with the bat.

Mooney was the only player to make double figures in each of her three innings. The same can be said for the bowlers, where Darcie Brown was the only player to perform consistently.

It means there maybe one or two anxious players fearing for their place in the side before it is named ahead of Wednesday’s game.

Aussies have edge in ODI’s

Australia can take plenty of heart from the fact they have won the last 15 One Day Internationals between the two sides.

England no doubt have the momentum heading into the ODIs and they also have a huge home support backing them all the way. All three ODIs are sold out.

However, Australia will be confident they can get the momentum swinging back in their favour.

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