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Women's Ashes: Australia in total control

Australia are well-placed to extend their hold on the Women's Ashes to a decade, having claimed victory in the sole Test match and the opening T20 international against hosts England.

Those two wins have given the tourists a 6-0 lead in the Ashes standings, meaning that England have to win all five remaining matches to regain the Ashes they last held back in 2014.

Since then, in four series Australia have won three and drawn one and they have put themselves in a strong position to extend their domination, despite the absence of regular captain Meg Lanning.

Still to come are two more T20s, before a three-game programme of one-day internationals and the first of the two 20-over clashes comes on Thursday when the two sides meet at The Oval.

WhatEngland Women v Australia Women, second T20I
WhereThe Oval, London, England
When03:00 (AEST), Thursday 6th July 2023
How to watchNine
OddsEngland Women 3.00, Australia Women 1.40

Australia being tested to the full

Despite being in charge of the ongoing Ashes series, Australia have not had it easy in England so far, with the Test match between the two sides being a closer-run encounter than the 89-run margin of victory suggested.

A superb unbeaten 137 from number eight Annabel Sutherland in the Aussie first innings was crucial to the outcome, while off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner's 12 wickets in the match made certain of the win.

The first of the three T20 matches at Edgbaston was also on the line until the penultimate ball of the game, with Australia getting home by four wickets after seeing a strong position almost go begging.

Gardner smacked 31 from 23 balls in the victory in Birmingham, while Beth Mooney was there at the end to make sure of the win, ending not out on 61 from 47 deliveries.

Spin to the fore at Edgbaston

Left-arm spin proved to be the main weapon for both sides in Birmingham, with Jess Jonassen taking 3-25 from her four overs for the tourists, before Sophie Ecclestone claimed 2-24 for England and almost engineered a win for the home side.

Ecclestone had also taken 10 wickets in the Test match, while her latest T20I outing took her overall record to 99 wickets from 71 matches at an outstanding average of 15.17 and an excellent economy rate of 5.77.

She is certain to be key for England at The Oval, where she is 3.25 to be Team - Top Bowler, while Jonassen is 4.75 to lead the way for Australia.

Seamers Darcie Brown and Megan Schutt were economical on the first Twenty20 clash and Schutt is 4.75 to be Team - Top Bowler on Thursday, having removed both England openers at Edgbaston.

Lauren Bell is another seamer to watch for the hosts, having taken the wickets of Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry in Birmingham and she is 5.00 to be Team - Top Bowler for England on Thursday.

Mooney leading the way with the bat

Experienced left-hander Mooney made the difference at Edgbaston and she has been in superb form in T20I cricket in recent times, having made eight half-centuries in her last 16 innings and four 50s in her last five.

She is 3.00 to be Team - Top Batter on Thursday, while captain Healy is 4.50 in the same market.

For England, Sophia Dunkley has been consistently delivering in the shortest form of the game and she made 56 from 49 balls at Edgbaston, with the all-rounder 4.33 to Team - Top Batter at The Oval.

Wicketkeeper Amy Jones also impressed by blasting 40 from just 22 deliveries and she is a longer shot in the same market at 11.00.

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