By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Lauren Winfield top scores with 48 as England post under-par score of 228/9
- Alex Blackwell’s 67 enables Australia to successfully chase the target in 49.1 overs
- Defeat in the opening ODI immediately puts England on the back foot in the seven-match series
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – England Women let themselves down with the bat and make a poor start to their Ashes campaign as they lose to Australia by two wickets in the 1st ODI.
Lauren Winfield – 6/10 – Batted well to reach 48 from 63 balls but England needed her to go on and make a big score. Was run out after a mix-up with Sarah Taylor.
Tammy Beaumont – 4/10 – Hit a couple of good shots to the boundary but struggled to get going during her 24 and eventually looped the ball up in the air to gift Megan Schutt an easy catch.
Sarah Taylor – 6/10 – Looked reasonably fluent during 34 off 44 balls but missed a straight delivery and was out lbw before she could go on and make a really significant innings. Sharp stumping to dismiss Ellyse Perry.
Heather Knight – 4/10 – Not her day. Never settled at the crease and then took out first slip a ball before Elyse Villani edged it through the slips when on 0. Her captaincy was otherwise decent.
Natalie Sciver – 7/10 – Made 36 from 52 balls and, like Winfield and Taylor, looked to be settled at the crease and ready to make a big score, only to get out at exactly the wrong time. Bowled with good control, took an excellent low catch and pulled off two smart run-outs.
Fran Wilson – 6/10 – Scored quickly during her 26 and looked in good touch, but got caught in the deep when she tried to increase England’s run rate in the last few overs.
Katherine Brunt – 6/10 – Used her variations well to entice two Australians to miscue and get out and looked threatening throughout her ten overs. Got out to an awful shot when England needed some runs from her though.
Jenny Gunn – 2/10 – Had a real day to forget as she went for 26 in her 4 overs and only managed 9 with the bat.
Laura Marsh – 5/10 – Tried hard with the ball but struggled to threaten the opposition batters. Did not contribute as much with the bat as she sometimes does.
Anya Shrubsole – 7/10 – Dismissed Nicole Bolton with an excellent delivery during a classy opening spell. Unlucky not to take any more wickets when she returned later on but her economy remained superb.
Alex Hartley – 7/10 – England’s best bowler on the day was perhaps unlucky not to take more than two wickets. However, if she had taken a relatively simple caught-and-bowled chance to remove Alex Blackwell when the Australian was on 35, the tourists may have won the match.
Alyssa Healy – 5/10 – Got the Australian innings off to a good start with a breezy 18 off 15 balls but played a loose shot to get out. Tidy keeping during England’s innings.
Nicole Bolton – 1/10 – Edged a good ball from Anya Shrubsole having scored just 2.
Ellyse Perry – 6/10 – Bowled accurately and at good pace to take 2-50. Held a good catch to dismiss Wilson and nearly took a stunning catch on the run. But she never really settled during knock of 20 with the bat.
Elyse Villani – 7/10 – Looked in great form with the bat and made 38 from 38 balls before she was run out by Sciver. One of very few batsmen who scored quickly on a slow pitch.
Rachael Haynes – 7/10 – Took calculated risks that paid off when she brought on her strike bowlers to take wickets when they were most needed. Also placed her fielders well and made some excellent stops in the covers. Provided good support for Alex Blackwell but scored quite slowly for 30 off 56 balls.
Alex Blackwell – 8/10 – Showed great intent at the crease with two early drives for four and never lost that intensity throughout her match-winning innings of 67 from 86 balls. Was lucky to be dropped on 35.
Talia McGrath – 1/10 – Hardly made any impact on the match as she scored just seven and bowled only one over.
Ashleigh Gardner – 8/10 – Bowled well in tandem with fellow spinner Amanda-Jane Wellington and took the key wickets of Taylor, Sciver and Wilson, then made a crucial late cameo of 27 off 18 balls to help Australia get over the winning line.
Amanda-Jade Wellington – 7/10 – Bowled with such accuracy that England found her impossible to score many runs against her. Unlucky not to be rewarded with any wickets during spell of 0-39.
Jess Jonassen – 7/10 – Demonstrated excellent control with the ball to take 1-38 and dismissed England captain Knight. Hit the winning boundary.
Megan Schutt – 7/10 – Produced a good opening spell and deservedly got two wickets in the closing overs to finish with 2-44.
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