Brunt To Miss Second Ashes ODI

Katherine Brunt
Katherin Brunt will miss the second Women's Ashes ODI in Melbourne as she battles a back injury
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England fast bowler Katherine Brunt will miss the second Women's Ashes One-Day International in Melbourne due a lower back injury.

Brunt was ruled out of the opening match, which England won by seven wickets, with the injury, and she is still recovering.

England are 8-0 up in the multi-format series and the Melbourne Cricket Ground hosts the third game in the series tomorrow (23rd January).

"She won't be available tomorrow," England captain Charlotte Edwards told the media in Melbourne. "We are constantly monitoring her and seeing where she's at.

"Her back has flared up again. This has been an ongoing problem for Katherine for five years now. It's unfortunate it's flared up again but the one thing is she can recover quite quickly from it.

"The great thing is we have a good pool of bowlers now. Although it's obviously disappointing for Katherine, it's a huge positive for us that we have replacements like Katherine Cross to come into the team."

After winning the Ashes Test and the opening ODI, England are one win away from retaining the Women's Ashes.

With Brunt unavailable, Anya Shrubsole and Kate Cross are expected to lead the bowling attack as they did in the opening ODI.

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Current Scoreline Australia 8-10 England England have retained The Ashes Fixtures & Results
10th-13th January: Ashes Test, Perth
ENG 201 & 190 beat AUS 207 & 123 by 61 runs
19th January: 1st ODI, Melbourne
ENG 210-3 beat AUS 209-3 by 7 wickets
23rd January: 2nd ODI, Melbourne
AUS 266-7 beat ENG 240 by 26 runs
26th January: 3rd ODI, Hobart
AUS 269-6 beat ENG 268-4 by 4 wickets
29th January: 1st T20I, Hobart
ENG 151-1 beat AUS 150-3 by 9 wickets
31st January: 2nd T20I, Melbourne
AUS 99-3 beat ENG 98-6 by 7 wickets
2nd February: 3rd T20I, Sydney
AUS 102-3 beat ENG 101-8 by 7 wickets