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Villani, Aussies Look To Retain Ashes

16 November 2017

Elyse Villani will be hoping to help Australia regain the Ashes // Getty Images

Perth Scorchers captain Elyse Villani will tomorrow ply her Twenty20 talents for Australia, as the hosts look to wrap up the Women’s Ashes Series at North Sydney Oval in the first of three T20 matches against England.

Australia drew its first ever day-night Test Match last weekend, maintaining a two point series advantage over England.

Player of the Match Ellyse Perry amassed the highest ever score by an Australian woman in a Test match, finishing on 213 not out.

Perry’s Ashes knock was also the third highest of any player in women’s Test history, the highest unbeaten total and also the highest on Australian soil.

A win on Friday will be enough to ensure Australia retains the Ashes, while England needs to win all three T20s to claim the series.

“Last weekend’s match was really exciting to be a part of and it was disappointing we couldn’t come away with the win, but I think we put on a really good show and hopefully it was a memorable first day-night Test,” Villani said.

“I think it’s going to be a really interesting part of the tour; we need to win one out of the three and they need to win all three to take the Ashes away from us.

“It’s going to be a really fiery contest and it’s going to be really aggressive rounds of cricket. It’ll be pretty exciting to watch and there will be some pretty big scores.”

The Women’s Ashes T20 match will get underway Friday 17 November at North Sydney Oval at 4.10pm AWST.


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