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Aussie women’s Ashes hopes hinge on Hove match

THE good news is the Australian women's team will have a second chance to regain the Ashes when it takes on England at Hove tonight.

The bad news is a repeat of the opening T20 loss at Chelmsford would make the hosts hot favourites to win the final game at Cardiff on Monday night, a result that would see the Ashes stay in England.

Having been put into bat, the Aussies could only manage 8-122, with Ellyse Perry (30, pictured) and captain Mel Lanning (22) leading the way. England then chased down the target with seven wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare.

Lanning admitted her team would need to improve in every aspect to change the result tonight.

"England outplayed us in all departments," she said.

"Their opening bowlers really set the tone in the first six, and we just couldn't get going with the bat."


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