Skip to content
GO TO bet365 Sports
  1. Cricket
  2. International Cricket

Women's Ashes: Series win remains up for grabs

A thrilling three-run victory in the second ODI has ensured that Australia retain the Women's Ashes, but there is still much to play for in the series finale at Taunton on Tuesday.

The series currently stands at 8-6 in favour of the tourists, meaning that a victory for England would see the spoils shared overall, which would represent something of a major positive for the hosts.

Three of the last four Ashes series have been won by Australia, with England earning a draw Down Under in 2017/18.

WhatEngland v Australia, third ODI
WhereCounty Ground, Taunton
When22:00 (AEST), Tuesday 18th July 2023
How to watchNine
OddsEngland Women 2.30, Australia Women 1.61

Close contests all the way

Just as the men’s Ashes Test series has served up thriller after thriller, so too has the women’s series spread across all three formats of the international game.

Victories in the lone Test and the opening T20I seemed to herald the start of another dominant series for Australia, however England have hit back in style, showing that they can get the job done when the pressure is on.

The home side won the second T20I by three runs before going on the seal a 2-1 Twenty20 series success and then ramping up the pressure further with a two-wicket victory in the opening ODI in Bristol.

Had they got over the line at Southampton on Sunday, England would have been in with a chance for an overall series success, but a win in Taunton on Tuesday would mean that they have taken the honours in both limited-overs formats.

Aussie skipper Alyssa Healy said after the win at the Rose Bowl: "We still haven't played our best cricket."

Now they have one last chance to do so and are 1.61 to finish off the series with a win.

Spin remains key for both sides

As was predicted by most pundits before the action on Sunday, spin proved to be the difference between the two sides, with Australia going in with no less than four slow bowlers.

Offie Ash Gardner backed up 3-42 in the first ODI with 3-54 at Southampton, while leggie Alana King excelled on her first appearance since the Test match.

She took 3-44 and all three of her victims were key performers for England - captain Heather Knight, the in-form Tammy Beaumont and Alice Capsey.

Georgia Wareham took the other wicket to fall, meaning that all seven England batters dismissed were victims of spin.

For England the always impressive left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone claimed three wickets of her own, just as she did on her only previous ODI appearance at Taunton, against India in June 2021.

Ecclestone is 2.87 to again be Team - Top Bowler for England on Tuesday, while King is 5.00 to do likewise for Australia and Gardner is available at 5.00 in the same market.

Beaumont consistently impressive

While Australia ultimately came out on top at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, the hosts had two star performers with the bat in Beaumont and centurion Nat Sciver-Brunt.

Opener Beaumont made 60 to add to her 47 in the opening ODI and a double century in the Test match, while Sciver-Brunt came within one hit of guiding England home to a win which would have left the hosts on the verge of a sensational series triumph.

Sciver-Brunt made an unbeaten 111 off just 99 balls and is 4.50 to be Team - Top Batter on Tuesday, with Beaumont 4.33.

For Australia, skipper Healy continues to struggle for runs, but Ellyse Perry registered a crucial 91 to continue her fine form, having made 41, 34 and 51 not out in her previous three knocks.

She is 4.50 to be Team - Top Batter on Tuesday, while Annabel Sutherland is worth keeping an eye on at 15.00 in the same market.

The all-rounder made 50 from 47 balls in Southampton, with lower-order runs proving crucial as Australia narrowly defended a target of 283.

That was Sutherland's first major contribution with the bat in the limited-overs matches, but she did start the series with a century in the Test match at Trent Bridge.

Related Articles

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy