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Australia draw first blood in Women's Ashes series

Australia won the first match of the Women's Ashes. Credit: PA

Ashleigh Gardner starred with ball and bat as Australia drew first blood in the Women's Ashes by beating England in a tense series opening one-day international in Brisbane.

The 20-year-old followed up figures of three for 47 with a superb cameo of 27 from 18 balls, while Alex Blackwell underpinned Australia's chase of 229 with an unbeaten 67 from 86 deliveries.

Blackwell was at the other end when Jess Jonassen creamed the first ball she faced for four which sealed a nervy two-wicket victory with five balls to spare for the Southern Stars at a sold out Allan Border Field.

England had earlier been restricted to 228 for nine after being put in to bat and it seemed they had done enough after Australia slipped to 181 for six in the 43rd over.

But Gardner marked her introduction to the crease with back-to-back fours off England's World Cup hero Anya Shrubsole in the next over before clearing the rope twice to tilt the contest in Australia's favour.

By the time Gardner departed the equation was down to nine from 16 and although Amanda Wellington was run out, there was to be no late twist as Australia took the two points on offer in this multi-format series.

Teams announced for England - Australia ODI Old Trafford decider

Eoin Morgan will lead England against Australia on Sunday as they chase a comeback series win Credit: PA

Teams for the fifth Royal London Series one-day international between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday, starting at 10.30am:

England (from): EJG Morgan (Captain), JJ Roy, AD Hales, JWA Taylor, BA Stokes, JM Bairstow (wkt), MM Ali, AU Rashid, DJ Willey, LE Plunkett, ST Finn. MA Wood.

Australia (from): SPD Smith (Captain), JA Burns, AJ Finch, GJ Bailey, GJ Maxwell, MR Marsh, MS Wade (wkt), MP Stoinis, JW Hastings, MA Starc AC Agar, PJ Cummins, JL Pattinson.

Umpires: R Bailey (Eng) and J Wilson (WI)

Third umpire: K Dharmasena (SL)

Match referee: J Crowe (NZ)


Rogers retires due to 'sudden dizzy spell'

Chris Rogers had to retire unwell. Credit: PA

Chris Rogers had to retire unwell on the fourth morning of the second Ashes Test at Lord's after experiencing a "sudden dizzy spell".

Rogers was hit on the helmet by the first ball of the second day, a delivery from James Anderson, having made 158 at that point of his first-innings 173.

The opener also had to miss both matches in Australia's recent series in the West Indies after suffering concussion in net practice.

But there was no suggestion from the Australia camp of any connection between those incidents and the reason for Rogers retiring not out on 49 this time.

He appeared to suffer some disorientation in the middle after the second over of the morning as he and David Warner were extending Australia's huge lead, having resumed on 108 for none in their second innings.

After sitting down for a few moments, he decided to go off - one run short of what would have been a ninth half-century in his last 10 Test innings.

A team spokesman later said: "He felt fine (before batting) this morning, but then felt a sudden dizzy spell."

Rogers did not go to hospital but, after consulting Australia's team physio, instead rested at the ground.

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