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  1. Australia regain Women's Ashes
  2. Visitors win 2nd T20 international by 20 runs
  3. Take unassailable 10-4 lead in multi-format series
  4. England were reduced to 10-3 and 28-5

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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So that's it. We head to Cardiff on Monday for the dead rubber which precedes the men's T20 international between England and Australia.

There's no doubt Australia deserve to win the Women's Ashes this summer. Well done to the Southern Stars and see you over the weekend for plenty more sport: football, cricket, rugby league, hockey... whatever takes your fancy really.


And now the Australians are putting their celebrations on hold to sign autographs for the few dozen still inside the ground. Fantastic.

Joe Wilson

BBC News sports correspondent

"If Charlotte Edwards is up for carrying on then I think she should be given all the support. She has unique experience and is a leader."

Charlotte still v skillful with the bat but wonder whether she might think it is time for a change. Been captain for a heck of a long time.

Time for a victorious team picture. I imagine that will be doing the rounds on Twitter shortly.

Player reaction

Player of the match Rene Farrell, who took 3-17 on her return to the team: "I was excited to get picked today and I felt I put my hand up today. It's been tough watching but the girls are in form. We knew we had a good bowling and fielding unit and the Australian way is to never give up. We proved that tonight."

Player reaction

Australia captain Meg Lanning on Ellyse Perry: "She delivers with bat and ball. She's just a genuine all-rounder. I am very happy she's on my side."

Player reaction

Australia captain Meg Lanning: "It wouldn't have been nice to head to Cardiff to win the final game.

"It's one of the best wins I've been a part of. Winning the Ashes is the only thing we haven't been able to do in the last five years.

"We didn't bat well tonight but our bowlers did a super job."

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Ian Bradley: Edwards has had a brilliant career but played some utter village shots all series, team needs new blood, complacent.

Player reaction

England captain Charlotte Edwards, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's bitterly disappointing but Australia have outplayed us. We've fought hard and did brilliantly with the ball but our batting has not been consistent and that's something we need to work on. We came here with hope and belief we could take it down to the final match but we weren't good enough tonight."

It appears Australia's team song of choice is 'Working Class Man' by Jimmy Barnes. They're belting it out while they stand together in a circle in the changing rooms. This party is going to run well into the night.

Izzy Westbury

Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

"If you could win by willpower alone, Charlotte would have it in the bag. I've never met anyone more determined. Meg Lanning made mistakes at the beginning, but learns so fast. We are looking towards a dynamic era of women's cricket. In the Test, Edwards did not trust anyone outside of her top two or three bowlers."

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

England players look dejected
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"Australia are a lot more aggressive in every single aspect of the game. They are building a future of aggressive players. They are investing in players who clear the ropes. Their top seven or eight look like they can hit every single ball out of the park.

"Charlotte has been inflexible, it doesn't look like she's been inventive. Meg Lanning has out-captained her all series. That's the first time it's been noticeable. She has been surpassed and she needs to think about freshening up."

There's scenes of sheer delight in the Australia changing room. They're singing, dancing, crying - every emotion you can think of.

"A ripping year" as Mel Jones says.

Player reaction

England captain Charlotte Edwards, on her future: "In the immediate future, I feel I have a lot to contribute to this team. This is not the time to walk away from English cricket. I don't think one bad series defines me as a player or captain."

Player reaction

England captain Charlotte Edwards: "The girls gave everything in the field and we were more than happy to keep them to 107. Our batting hasn't been good enough throughout the series. You're not going to win many games if you can't chase 107.

"There was poor shot selection. They came out hard and bowled well, but we should chase 107. Whether that's pressure, I don't know. There were couple of good catches and an unlucky run out.

"The best team have won the Ashes. We haven't put them under pressure enough. We have batted poorly and allowed their bowlers to bowl at us.

"Credit has to go to Australia, they have played much better over the three formats."

Just to recap, Australia won the game by 20 runs and the multi-format series is 10-4 in the tourists' favour with just one match to play.

Alison Mitchell

BBC Test Match Special

"Thoroughly deserved Women's Ashes series win for Australia. Winning away from home for the first time since 2001. Thrown away by England... they undid all the good work of restricting Aus to 107-7. Kudos to Meg Lanning for her astute captaincy again."

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Jack Beecroft: Just like the men's team, the women lack the ability to grind out performances when it really matters

Ellyse Perry has had a tour to remember - she is Australia's leading run-scorer (647) and wicket-taker (20). Incredible stats.

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Barry: With apologies to every Under 9s team in the land, this scorecard again looks like an U9 scorecard. From professional cricketers apparently.

Player reaction

Australia's Ellyse Perry, speaking to Sky Sports: "I'm really proud, it's fantastic. We all went in for a chat because we were well under par with the bat. We didn't want to take it to the next game. We knew we were capable of bowling them out and it's fantastic. It was a dream start to take five wickets in the first six overs. To win the game and the Ashes is a superb feeling."

I agree with Ebony. If we accept that Test cricket is the format in which we see who has the best skills, then Australia win hands down. They hammered England at Canterbury.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"The bottom line is that England have not been good enough again."

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Meg Lanning of Australia and Charlotte Edwards
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"Australia have deserved it, well done to them. They have outplayed England through the tournament, out-skilled and out-captained them. The Test was the crunch for England."

Australia win the Ashes

So, England surrender the urn they have held since 2011. While the Australians embrace each other, England stand glum-faced in the outfield. Not a word muttered, they stand alone. Some have tears in their eyes, others have their hands on their heads.


Greenway c Jonassen b Farrell 26 (Eng 87 all out)

The big shot had to come. It did. And it was straight to the fielder at long-on.

It is a pretty significant moment too, because it means Australia have won the Ashes.

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D: All the usual faces will keep their central contracts. Serious lack of accountability in the womens game.

Eng 87-9 (need 21 to win)

England know the game is up. Katherine Brunt is almost in tears, barely able to watch as the dot balls continue to mount. England need 21 to win from the final over.

Eng 86-9 (need 22 to win)

England haven't hit a boundary since the 14th over - Lydia Greenway gets a two but she doesn't seem to have the power to beat the infield.

Eng 83-9

Just four runs from the 18th over. England are spluttering to defeat. It's miserable at Hove now.

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Ian Bradley: Worst batting display I've ever seen chasing nothing, beyond pathetic, not acceptable

Eng 79-9 (target 108)

England's number 11 Rebecca Grundy has played 12 internationals in total and scored four runs. The numbers don't add up to anything other than defeat. But at least Lydia Greenway is on strike...

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"That's a criminal dismissal from Dani Hazell and now it's all on Greenway."


Hazell c Lanning b Coyte 1 (Eng 78-9)

Danielle Hazell leaves the field looking dejected
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The crowd begin to file out. They think it's all over - it probably is as Dani Hazell tries a ramp shot but the ball balloons to Meg Lanning at short mid-wicket.

Eng 77-8 (target 108)

Lydia Greenway is more about timing than brute power, but she needs to go for the big shots now. It's all down to her. She guides the ball down to third man for a single. It's not enough. But she does keep the strike.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"More elevation and Shrubsole would have picked up four. It's the small margins that have done for England today."


Shrubsole c Lanning b Schutt 1 (Eng 75-8)

Megan Schutt celebrates

Anya Shrubsole is the next to leave the action, trying to mow Megan Schutt through the leg side but picking out a leaping Meg Lanning at mid-wicket.