Women's Ashes 2017: Sarah Taylor scores 93 in clinical England T20 victory

Sarah Taylor
Sarah Taylor has scored 2,054 Twenty20 runs for England since making her debut in 2006
Tour match, Drummoyne Oval, Sydney
England 146-5 (20 overs): Taylor 93 not out, Fazackerley 2-13
Governor-General's XI 56 (15.5 overs): Stalenberg 20, Brunt 2-12, Hartley 2-15
England won by 90 runs

Wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor's unbeaten 93 helped England to a 90-run victory in a Twenty20 tour match against a Governor-General's XI.

Captain Heather Knight was out to the first ball of the match but Taylor hit 10 boundaries as England posted 146-5.

Nicole Bolton was also out for a golden duck in the home side's reply and the inexperienced side could not rebuild.

Reduced to 35-5 after eight overs, they were dismissed for 56 with 4.1 overs remaining in Sydney.

Taylor struck all-but two of England's 12 boundaries as the Governor-General's bowlers took the pace off the ball.

In response, England were clinical in the field.

Katherine Brunt (2-12) took early wickets and was well backed up, with Alex Hartley (2-15) in particular bowling with accuracy.

The first of three Women's Ashes Twenty20 matches takes place on Friday in Sydney. The match starts at 08:10 GMT and there will be live radio and text coverage on the BBC Sport website.

Australia currently lead the series 6-4 after the drawn Test match, and need eight points to retain the Ashes.

The T20 matches are worth two points each, with one point each if the match is tied.

"We've got to look at it like every game's almost a final, or almost a quarter-final and semi and then a final," Taylor told BBC Sport.

"We just know we've got to win every single game and be ruthless in that. We want to go home victorious."


Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special commentator

In the space of three days, England have had to make the leap from a Test-saving two runs an over, to a format where power hitting is the key to victory.

It is a tough ask made easier by weak opposition, but the match did give an indication of how England may line up for the first T20.

Sarah Taylor showed how much England need her to fire over the next week, but the one note of concern is the fitness of Anya Shrubsole.

The vice-captain has a troublesome hamstring, and England will be desperate for her to be involved on Friday.

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