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Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener and Adam Lanigan

All times stated are UK

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    So, after four days of blood, sweat and toil (and a fair bit of rain) at Taunton, the Ashes will stay with Australia.

    But both sides have said they want to treat the T20s like its own mini-series - and we'll be right here to guide you through all three games, starting at "Fortress Chelmsford" on Friday evening at 19:15 BST.

    Before then, there's plenty of T20 Blast commentaries to come - plus, on Wednesday, Ireland's first Test visit to Lord's as England look to fine-tune their Test XI before the men's Ashes next month.

    Many, many thanks if you've stuck with us through the last four days - I bid you good night.

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    The last couple of overs then brought a bit of entertainment from Ashleigh Gardner - who hit Gordon for the first six of the game, before she holed out to Knight (who returned her best Test bowling figures of 2-25).

    And that was the cue for the players to shake hands on a draw.

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    Sophie Molineux, who had an impressive all-round game, also showed us why she looks to have a very bright future in cricket with a breezy 41 from 55 balls before being bowled by Kirstie Gordon:

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    With Katherine Brunt (and keeper Sarah Taylor) off the field, and no sign of Australia declaring to set up a run chase, we saw some part-time bowling after tea - and though Georgia Elwiss was expensive at times, captain Heather Knight did pick up the wicket of Jess Jonassen:

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    However, there was no stopping Ellyse Perry who added an unbeaten half-century to her first-innings ton:

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    Beth Mooney added a busy 25, but was then spectacularly caught by Tammy Beaumont at short leg:

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    But Lanning did fall - in spectacular fashion - when a ropey full toss from Kirstie Gordon was hit straight to Georgia Elwiss:

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    So England had declared, still 145 runs in arrears - and got off to a flier after lunch as Marsh took two wickets in the first over after the interval, while Meg Lanning nearly chopped onto her stumps:

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    But the experienced Laura Marsh not only withstood some chin music from the pace of Tayla Vlaeminck, she hit some important boundaries to get England over the line - and Heather Knight declared when Marsh fell for 28:

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    Natalie Sciver had a maiden Test century in her sights, but fell for 88 when England were still 19 away from the follow-on target:

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    SMS Message: Sorry. After so much great sport this entire game has just been a bore fest. The Ashes format meant Australia only needed a draw and when a day was lost to rain that became an inevitability. from Richard MK
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    Right, time to take you through the day's highlights...

    After a rather sluggish final session yesterday, England did come out with more positive intent first thing this morning, with the target of 271 for avoiding the follow-on in their sights. Anya Shrubsole hit some early blows before being stumped:

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    Dave: Lost because of a disastrous ODI series rather than this game. Needed to win their strongest suit and ultimately lost all three!

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    More from Heather Knight on TMS: "It was a pretty bad toss to lose, we weren't able to take wickets in the first innings and there was a bit of sloppiness in the field. But we want to move on quickly and treat the T20 series like its own series. We've not been quite where we want to be - they're ahead of us and we want to catch up. But the gap's not as big as people have been saying. We've not played as well as we could, not played to our standards and we've got a lot of work to do. We've competed, we've just not done it for long enough periods."

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    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    You have to draw a line under the ODIs, draw a line under this Test. You've got three T20s with a World Cup coming up in Australia - there's a certain number of games to build up to it. They can test themselves, as they'll be playing an Australia side very likely to be very similar to the one which will play the World Cup.

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    The final moment...

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    Isabelle Westbury

    Former Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Australia's big guns outperformed England' big guns. Heather herself hasn't had a great series perhaps, Sarah Taylor hasn't performed with the bat and Anya Shrubsole maybe hasn't bowled well. But the ramifications of this Test match will take a little more time to sink in.

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    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    England still have some good talent coming through - look at Sophie Ecclestone and Amy Jones in this game. Australia are the better side at the moment, but my worry is about the gap between these sides in the future. England could bounce back in the T20s but this is a very well-drilled Australian side who will want to come back and win all three games.

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    England captain Heather Knight on TMS: "It's always nice to pull on the whites, we love playing Test cricket, I was disappointed for Nat Sciver not getting what would have been a well-deserved hundred but we attacked well - we tried to force a result but ultimately there was too much to do. We thought we'd be batting again, and there might be a chance of a chase, I was a little bit surprised,. But they've outplayed us and congratulations to them."

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    Isabelle Westbury

    Former Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    From the press box, you want to see an exciting contest set up for a result. We've had some good cricket, if you look at the way Amy Jones came back after the ODIs, Nat Sciver was outstanding and Laura Marsh was class with the ball.