Ashleigh Gardner took eight wickets as Australia beat England by 89 runs in the one-off Women’s Ashes Test in Nottingham on Monday. After setting England a target of 268 to win, Australia’s bowlers bowled the hosts out for 178 in the 49th over.
Gardner was the pick of the bowlers, taking 8-66. She was supported by Kim Garth, who took 1-32, and Tahila McGrath, who took 1-28. England’s top scorer was Danni Wyatt , who gathered 54 runs in the second inning. But she was the only England batsman to reach 50 in the second inning.
The win gives Australia a 1-0 lead in the multi-format Ashes series. The teams will now play ODI as well as T-20 series.
Australia’s Dominant Display
Australia were in control of the Test match from the start. Their batters amassed the mammoth total of 473 in their first innings, thanks to a century from Annabel Sutherland who scored 137 runs whereas Ellyse Perry missed her century by just 1 run as she was caught in the hands of Nat Sciver at 99.
However, England responded with a super performance as they gathered 463 runs in response, leaving Australia with a lead of mere 10 runs. Tammy Beaumont, the opener for England, clicked double hundred as she went on to amass 208 runs alone before being bowled out by Gardner.
In their second innings, Australia batted with confidence and scored 257. This gave them a lead of 267 runs, which was too much for England to chase down.
Gardner was the star of the show with the ball as she noted the best performance of her career, taking 8 major wickets. Gardner accumulated a total of 12 wickets in the match with 4 in the first and 8 in the second inning.
England’s Batting Struggles
England’s batting struggled in the second inning of the Test match. They were never able to build a partnership and were always under pressure from the Australian bowlers.
Beaumont was the only England batsman to score runs for England in the first inning. However, she could add only 22 runs in the second inning. Danni Wyatt scored the most for England in the second innings with 54 runs.
The rest of the England batsmen struggled to get going. Opener Emma Lamb made 28 in the second innings.
Australia in Strong Position
The win gives Australia a 1-0 lead in the multi-format Ashes series. They will be confident of winning the series, especially with their strong bowling attack. England will need to find a way to score more runs if they want to win the series. They will also need to improve their bowling, as they were not able to take enough wickets in the Test match.