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Women's Ashes: Third T20 international preview

Australia saw their unbeaten streak against England come to an end on Wednesday and will be keen to bounce back in the third T20 International on Saturday.

Australia had not lost a game of cricket, in any format, against England since way back in February 2020, but that run came to an end at the Oval.

England won the match by just three runs in a thrilling game played in front of over 20,000 spectators, thus denying Australia the chance to retain the Ashes.

However, they can do that on Saturday and Alyssa Healy and her side will be more determined than ever to get the job done at Lord's.

It is all set up for a thrilling end to the T20 matches with three One Day Internationals still to come in this Ashes series.

WhatEngland Women v Australia Women
WhereLords, England
WhenSaturday 8th July, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo
OddsEngland Women 2.30, Australia Women 1.61

Australia still in the box seat

Despite the setback of losing the second T20 international to England, Australia still remain in the box seat to retain the Ashes.

There is the final T20 international to play on Saturday, followed by three One Day internationals, and England will need to win them all.

However Australia will be keen to dominate against England and will be fired up to bounce back at Lords.

The defeat at the Oval was just the second time in 35 white-ball fixtures that England have come out on top, and that will sting.

Australian captain Healy admits her side were not at their best in the second match, while their fielding also left a lot to be desired in the first match.

They may have won the opener, but they did not get away with it at the Oval. Australia also gave away 21 runs in extras, compared to England’s six, and it proved to be decisive.

There will be no-one reaching for the panic button in the Australia camp, however, with Healy defiantly stating their need to simply raise their game again.

That also involves their performance with the bat. Chasing a target of 187 to win at the Oval, Australia got off to a strong start and sat 0-58 before collapsing.

Openers Healy and Beth Mooney chipped in with 37 and 22 respectively but once they fell, Australia struggled to kick on.

Perry stars with the bat

Ellyse Perry was the star of the innings when smashing an unbeaten 51 runs off just 27 balls, but it was not enough to get her team over the line.

Perry can be backed at 8.00 to be Australia’s top batter in the match. Opening batter Mooney is the hot fancy at 2.87.

In the bowling department Annabel Sutherland took three wickets for 28 off her four overs at the Oval and is priced at 12.00 to be the top Australian bowler on Saturday.

England will have momentum on their side after their latest win, but they will be expecting Australia to come out with all guns blazing.

Teams

Australia: Alyssa Healy (c), Tahlia McGrath (vc), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham.

England: Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver-Brunt (vc), Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Danielle Gibson, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Issy Wong, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danielle Wyatt.

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