The Australian Cricketers’ Association today paid tribute to the Southern Stars, who secured the Women’s Ashes with a thrilling 20-run win over England at Hove overnight.
Despite posting a modest 7/107 from their 20 overs, the Southern Stars fought back brilliantly with the ball and in the field to bowl England out for 87 in the final over.
The win reversed the result of the first T20 encounter and has given the Australians an unassailable lead of 10-4 in the multi-format series. They won the ODI series 2-1 and overcame a tough Day One to claim in the one-off Test. The final T20 match will be played at Cardiff and televised on the Nine Network’s GEM channel on Monday night from 9.00pm.
ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson said:
“The Southern Stars have proven that they are a formidable team and I congratulate them on an outstanding and sustained group of performances in a hard-fought series.
“Having dropped the opening matches of the ODI and T20 series, and being under enormous pressure early in the Test, they showed terrific resilience in responding so strongly to these challenges.
“The spread of contributors throughout each of the formats highlights the depth of talent and what a tight-knit group they have become. The challenge of overcoming England on their home turf has been a tough one in recent times so the win is a memorable and well deserved one.
“The leadership provided by captain Meg Lanning, vice-captain Alex Blackwell and coach Matthew Mott has been instrumental in this achievement, and the mountain of work put in by all the players in the lead-up to the tour speaks volumes for their commitment and the sacrifices they’ve made along the way. I’m sure they will celebrate and savour this fine achievement.”
Having reclaimed the Women’s Ashes the team now holds the three major trophies in women’s cricket as reigning champions in both the 50-over and T20 World Cups.