London - Australia's women restored some national pride on Friday as they
thrashed England by 161 runs in the lone Test of the multi-format female
After Australia's men surrendered the Ashes last week with
a fourth Test defeat that left them 3-1 down in the five-match series
against England, it was left to their female counterparts to show them
how to do it.
They won the women's Test at Canterbury in emphatic
fashion, bowling England out for 101 in the second innings to secure the
victory that leaves them on the verge of winning the Ashes.
already taken a four points to two lead after the one-day international
leg of the series, they now lead 8-2 and need to win or draw just one
of three Twenty20 internationals to take the urn.
"This Test match
was massive for us. We knew it would put us in the box seat," Australia
captain Meg Lanning told Test Match Special.
"Winning the Ashes is the one thing that we haven't been able to do in the last five years. We came here really confident."
been set an improbable victory target of 263 from 89 overs - which
would have been a women's world record pursuit - England's tough task
became nigh-on impossible after the loss of two wickets in six balls
just prior to lunch.
Opener Heather Knight departed lbw after
pushing outside the line of a Sarah Coyte inswinger, then Sarah Taylor
bagged a pair when dragging a lavish drive against Ellyse Perry on to
her off stump to make it 12 for two.
Charlotte Edwards survived a
huge second-ball appeal for leg before by Perry but England's demise
gathered momentum immediately after lunch when the home captain chased
the first ball of the session from Perry to edge to the 'keeper.
lost two more wickets before they had 30 runs on the board, then Lydia
Greenway and Georgia Elwiss briefly delayed the hosts' defeat with a
32-over partnership worth 51 as England reached tea on 76 for five.
However, England lost their last five wickets for 23 runs in the space of 61 deliveries.
chief destroyer was pace bowler Perry, who returned Test-best figures
of six for 32 as England capitulated to the lowest all-out fourth
innings score in any women's Test.