Australia, England Draw Ashes Opener

Jodie Fields hits out during her unbeaten 78 on the final day of the Women's Ashes Test at Wormsley
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Australia 331-6 dec. & 231-5 dec. drew with
England 314 (Knight 157) & 93-2
Women's Ashes Test, Wormsley
Points: Australia 2, England 2

Australia and England drew the Women's Ashes Test at Wormsley after England closed on 93 for two having been set 249 to win.

Despite Australia captain Jodie Fields hitting an unbeaten 78 to set up a declaration at 231 for five, England saw out the day comfortably in the end.

Both sides claim two points from the fixture and the race to 10 points to win the Ashes outright will resume with the first of three One-Day Internationals at Lord's on 20th August.

Australia began the day on 64 for one - 81 runs ahead - but lost Meg Lanning (36) to Anya Shrubsole and first-innings centurion Sarah Elliott (10) to a run out within eight balls of one another.

Jess Cameron then made 24 in 31 balls and Alex Blackwell a circumspect 22 in 92 deliveries as the tourists steadily built their lead.

After Jenny Gunn had Cameron caught by Charlotte Edwards and Blackwell was trapped in front by Laura Marsh, Fields hit 13 fours in her innings of 78 not out in 122 deliveries to put Australia far enough ahead to try to tempt England with a declaration.

Alongside her was Erin Osborne, who had hit 28 in 69 balls when the declaration came.

Heather Knight struck a wonderful 157 to keep England in touch in their first innings but made just four in the second innings before she was run out by Ellyse Perry.

Opening partner Arran Brindle was caught and bowled by Elliott for 20 but England held firm, through Sarah Taylor's unbeaten 38 and 23 not out from captain Charlotte Edwards, ensured that the two sides would take an equal number of points from the four-day game.

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