England captain Heather Knight admitted her disappointment after failing to regain The Ashes from Australia, however added she and the squad really feel they’re nearer than ever to difficult them.
Regardless of a heroic, unbeaten hundred from Nat Sciver-Brunt, Australia retained the Girls’s Ashes with an exciting three-run win over England within the second one-day worldwide on the Ageas Bowl.
England wanted a fourth-straight white-ball victory with a purpose to take issues to a decider on Tuesday, however Australia’s victory sees them lead 8-6 on factors and even when the hosts had been to triumph within the last ODI in Taunton to tie the sequence, Australia retain The Ashes as present holders.
Set one other file chase of 283 to win, Sciver-Brunt struck an impressive 111 not out off 99 balls however couldn’t fairly see England over the road with 15 wanted from the ultimate over.
“It was superb to get so shut. I assumed Nat was excellent the way in which she performed,” Knight informed Sky Sports activities. “I actually preferred our intent, I simply assume we have to execute a bit higher and get higher in these conditions.
“I assumed we had it ultimately, excellent combat by the ladies, however credit score to Australia. One other large battle, and two sensible groups preventing it out. There’s nonetheless an ODI sequence on the road.
“I used to be a bag of nerves within the dressing room. It is quite a bit simpler being on the market than watching. It has been an excellent sequence, it is received to be the most effective ladies’s sequence ever for my part.
“Sadly we’re on the flawed facet of the outcome however have to get again to get the ODI sequence.
“We most likely allow them to get a bit too many ultimately. I assumed after the way in which we pulled it again within the center, we let it go ultimately. (Georgia) Wareham batted excellent on the finish to show it of their favour. I assumed the rating was gettable however generally you have to settle for and study issues.
“I am disenchanted [the Ashes is going back to Australia]. We actually felt like we had the momentum and thought we might win. However that is the fact of the scenario. Finally, we are able to draw the sequence and win the ODIs which can be an enormous achievement in opposition to this group.
“We have performed excellent, Australia have performed effectively and we’re fairly evenly matched cricket groups I feel. It is a vastly optimistic effort. We really feel like we’re very shut.”
Beaumont: We utterly imagine in one another as a gaggle
England’s Tammy Beaumont, having scored 60 with the bat, informed Sky Sports activities…
“It was an unimaginable recreation of cricket. Should you’re a impartial and never us, you most likely actually loved as we speak.
“Ultimately it was fairly an imposing goal, it could have been one other file run chase if we might have gotten there. Vastly disenchanted however we received fairly shut.
“As a gaggle, we simply utterly imagine in one another. The Ashes are going house to Australia however let’s hope on Tuesday we ship it house with the phrase ‘draw’ on as an alternative of an outright win.
“On the finish of the day, if we win at Taunton, we’ll have gained two white-ball sequence in opposition to the most effective on the planet from the final six years. That would definitely be an achievement.
“As has been promoting out grounds like this, 12,000 right here as we speak. The environment has been unimaginable at each floor.
“Perhaps we have not come away with the prize however there’s an terrible lot to be happy with with the way in which we’re taking part in in the intervening time.”
Greenway praises Sciver-Brunt however questions fielding
Sky Sports activities Cricket’s Lydia Greenway stated afterwards…
“Figuring out Nat Sciver-Brunt, I do not assume that hundred will imply as a lot to her – as a result of she did not get the facet throughout the road.
“If England had gone on to win that recreation, that will have been an unbelievable innings – most likely the most effective she would have ever performed.
“She is such a wise cricketer. She’s highly effective and has an excellent method, however she will additionally do it below strain. She simply did not get the help she wanted as we speak sadly.
“My largest frustration has been England’s fielding, that is the massive space the place they’ve fallen quick persistently.
“No-one means to drop catches however I simply really feel you need to spend the correct quantity of time honing your expertise, and testing your self below strain, in any other case your method can be came upon.”