Australia beat England by five wickets in second ODI to win Women’s Ashes – as it happened

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Right, that’s it from me. I’m going to try and get a couple of hours sleep before morning. Thanks to anyone out there for tuning in, and to Ravi for his tweets! A disappointing game for England, who are yet to win a match this series, but a pleasing one for Australia, who WIN THE ASHES and can delight in seeing Perry back to her best with bat and ball. We’ll be back late on Monday night.Have a lovely day.

Well, that wasn’t a box-office thriller. Australia used their innings to safely row towards the shore rather than try any fancy detours. England’s bowling was adequate, did the job , but without much ballast from the batters. A few problems for England at the top order, they’re so reliant on Heather Knight which puts a huge responsibility on her shoulders. We wait, incidentally, to hear any news on Kate Cross’s injury - who took two wickets.

They’ve already rattled through the media presentations - the player of the match is Ellyse Perry; Heather Knight is disappointed in what might have been on a slow pitch; Meg Lanning would have liked to finish a little bit better with the bat but is very happy, says Perry is bowling better than she’s seen her bowl for a long time.