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Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener and Adam Lanigan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Gardner drives a six over the bowler’s head

    Here's the first and only six of the game...

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    Australia captain Meg Lanning on TMS: "England came out quite hard at us, but we were able to weather that storm, so we're pleased to retain the Ashes. Once we couldn't enforce the follow-on and lost those early wickets, it was difficult to set a target. Not a lot of wickets had fallen today anyway. We're not going to take our foot off the pedal - the T20 series is a mini-series for us."

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    Henry Moeran

    BBC Test Match Special

    You see some bizarre things on cricket fields - Georgia Elwiss is holding a sausage dog in one arm.

  4. Player of the match

    The Ellyse Perry Player of the Match award goes to... guess who.

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    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    What about Australia - where do they go from here?

    They will want to go one further. Last time the series was drawn - they can still win three more matches, stay undefeated, and take on this as a mini-series when they've got the T20 World Cup coming back in Australia early next year.

  6. Molineux bowled by left-arm spinner Gordon

    Just catching up with a few of the late highlights...

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    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    If Perry had scored quicker they might have stayed out there until she got her century, but there was no question as to what was going to happen. The idea of an Australian win went out when they lost those two quick wickets after lunch.

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    More from Mark Robinson on TMS: "You compromise as a batting unit as you're trying to be more aggressive than the wicket will allow you to. Not taking anything away from Ellyse Perry, but Nat Sciver's innings was as good as any in this match, having to shepherd the tail under pressure.

    "There's an incredible amount of effort that goes into this series. The players will be hurting tonight, as they were hurting after Canterbury. But that's sport, there has to be a winner and a loser."

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    Isabelle Westbury

    Former Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Australia didn't go for the jugular today, go for the result. But on the flip side, why should they.

    I accept that it's difficult to score at times. But it's almost a disservice to say his players can't rotate the strike, can't score a run. Australia bowled well, but I don't think [England playing] 33 dot balls is a fair reflection.

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    More from Mark Robinson on TMS: "You try and win every game, even from an impossible position, and it'll be the same in the T20s - trying to draw the series like we did in 2017. We'd played three ODIs in six days and lost them all, even though we were in good positions in the first two. Australia have more depth in their batting, and they are blessed with a few more athletes than we have. You always know you're going to get criticism when you lose like we did at Canterbury, but we couldn't settle quickly in this Test match. You have to congratulate Australia as after three o'clock on the first day, they shut the door on us. There were a number of umpire's calls, but that's cricket."

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    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    There was a lot of talk there about the conditions, about the ball, about things not going their way. He's going to defend his players, but I think he might have been listening to Isabelle Westbury's criticism of the players.

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    England coach Mark Robinson on TMS: "You can't fault the effort throughout the match. Today was always a long shot, we rather needed that Perry lbw. We had everything to lose last night, we knew it would be easier to score against a harder ball this morning. The results haven't reflected our effort and hard work as a team, we had three good days against Australia A but it was a big toss to lose and we needed a better first session. We beat the bat a bit, but put two catches down and Sophie did her shoulder which handicapped her for the rest of the innings."

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    Isabelle Westbury

    Former Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    We've just got to appreciate the dominance of Ellyse Perry in this format. She came into this game having taken seven wickets in an ODI - she's now got a century and an unbeaten 76.

    There's a little bit of disappointment as we heard so much from Australia about how they were here to win every game, here for the whitewash. But it was a reassertion of control from Meg Lanning.

  14. Champagne moment

    AUSTRALIA RETAIN THE WOMEN'S ASHES AFTER TAKING 8-2 LEAD IN POINTS-BASED MULTI-FORMAT SERIES

  15. WICKET

    Gardner c Beaumont b Knight 7 (Aus 230-7)

    Gardner holes out at deep mid-wicket going for another big hit, it's another wicket for Knight...

    ...and the players are shaking hands on a draw.

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  16. Aus 231-6

    Right, this really should be the last over. A single takes Perry to 75, will Gardner try to hit another six? She takes aim at mid-wicket but there's a fielder in place and it's only a single. Perry adds another, Gardner is hit on the back thigh as Knight finds a bit of turn.

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    Mel Jones

    Ex-Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Even Nat Sciver, standing at slip behind her, shrugged her shoulders at that.

  18. Aus 227-6

    Draw can be agreed in one over (now if Australia declare)

    Ashleigh Gardner to bat - but for how long? She gets an arm round the shoulder from Perry as she approaches the crease. She shoulders arms to her first ball - and then drives the next over the bowler's head for six!

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  19. WICKET

    Molineux b Gordon 41 (Aus 221-6)

    But there's going to be no debut Test fifty for Sophie Molineux - she comes down the track, as she's done a few times in this innings, and is bowled by left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon.

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  20. Aus 221-5

    Molineux now hits Gordon over the top, that's the fifty stand - and Molineux has made 39 of the 51 this pair have added.

    Make that 41 out of 53 - she helps herself to a two through the covers.