England fightback to draw Sydney Test and keep Ashes hope alive

Heather Knight scored her second half century in the game
Heather Knight scored her second half century in the game
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England Women 280 & 206-2 (Knight 79no) v
Australia Women 448-9 dec (Perry 213no)
Match Drawn
Only Test, Women's Ashes, day four

England led by an unbeaten 79 run determined knock from Heather Knight managed to bat out the final day's play during which they scored 206 for two as the only Test in the Women's Ashes series ended in a draw.

The result also means Australia have a 6-4 lead in the points table of the multi-format Ashes and considering they won the series last, a win in any of the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series will be enough for them to retain the title.

The final day of the first ever day-night Test in the Women's game kicked off with England at 40 for naught, still trailing Australia by 128 runs.

The openers Lauren Winfield (34) and Tammy Beaumont (37) continued to press on and added 31 more runs, while negating 14 more overs in the process.

Amanda-Jade Wellington (1-69) produced an absolute ripper to get the initial breakthrough as she castled Beaumont while few overs later Tahlia McGrath (1-12) trapped Winfield LBW as England were put in a spot of bother at 89 for two.

However, that was the last of the success hosts managed as Knight (79 not out) and Georgia Elwiss (41 not out) batted 63 overs between them to keep the Aussie attack at bay.

Skipper Rachael Haynes tried out as many as eight bowlers but all went in vain and with 30 minutes left in the game, both the captains decided to end the game in a draw.

Ellyse Perry was declared the player of the game for her record breaking double century in Australia's first innings.

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