England looking to be ‘aggressive’ ahead of only Test match in women’s Ashes series

England captain Heather Knight has urged her side to force the match forward as they prepare for a Test clash with Australia in Canberra.

The women's team will be looking to do something the men failed this winter - that is to beat Australia in their own back yard.

The men capitulated against the Aussies, losing the Ashes series 4-0 and avoiding a complete whitewash by the skin of their teeth.

As things stand, the women are 4-2 down in their own series after losing the opening T20 match and facing two subsequent washouts.

Umpires talk to the Groundsman during rain Delays in the third T20

Speaking ahead of the only Test match in the series, Knight said: "It's been nice to get down to Canberra, it's obviously been a bit of a rush for both teams, two days of prep for a Test match is quite short.

"But the players have been having a long bit in the nets today and yesterday and are feeling really good and excited, it's always special to pull on the whites and play a Test match for England and we're really pumped for that.

"[We're] obviously desperate to win the game and put ourselves in a really good position to win the series."

The Test match is worth four points in the multi-format series and England have to avoid defeat to remain in with a chance of winning back the coveted trophy.

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The last four women's Test matches have all ended in draws, while England have not won a Test since their last victory over Australia - in the 2013-14 Ashes - but Knight is confident her side can force a result in the only Test of the series.

Knight added: "We want to go out and be aggressive and force the game forward but we have to earn the right to do that.

"Whether we bat by scoring big first-innings runs or whether we bowl, we can be really disciplined and not try and hunt for wickets, but obviously when you're trying to take wickets, sometimes you're searching.

"But we've spoken about that as a side and have a really clear plan for how we want to force this Test match."

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