Complete performances from Ellyse Perry and Tahlia McGrath helped Australia defeat England by five wickets in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Junction Oval on Sunday. With this victory, Australia won the Women’s Ashes as the hosts took a 10-4 lead in the ongoing series. The third and final ODI will be played on Tuesday. Chasing 130, Australia got off to a rocky start when Rachael Haynes (10) was first ruled out by Anya Shrubsole and then Meg Lanning (0) was sent back to the pavilion by Kate Cross, with the hosts cut to 18/2 in the seventh on top.
Perry and Alyssa Healy then went on 31 runs for the third wicket, but Nat Sciver interrupted this position when he dismissed Healy (22).
McGrath then joined Perry in the middle and the duo ensured that Australia did not lose any wickets in a group. Both batsmen made 36 runs for the fourth wicket, but as soon as Australia started running with the game. England sacked McGrath (19) and this brought Ashleigh Gardner into the middle.
Ellyse Perry died after playing a 40-run hit, but in the end, Australia managed to cross the line by five wickets and 88 balls to spare.
Earlier, Ellyse Perry and Tahlia McGrath each took three wickets as Australia eliminated England 129 inside 46 overs. No England batsmen got going and only four batsmen reached double figures.
Sophie Ecclestone (32), Amy Ellen Jones (28), Lauren Winfield Hill (24) and Heather Knight (18) were the only ones to reach double digits and a lack of big scores meant England were left short of 129.
Short scores: England 129 overall (Sophie Ecclestone 32, Amy Ellen Jones 28; Tahlia McGrath 3-4); Australia 131/5 (Ellyse Perry 40, Ashleigh Gardner 35*; Kate Cross 2-46).