Women's Ashes: England crumble in second ODI to give Australia series win

The win pushed Australia to a 10-4 lead in the series and sealed an Ashes series victory with just one ODI remaining on Monday.

Australia have retained the Women's Ashes after defeating England in Melbourne by five wickets in the second ODI.

The win pushed Australia to a 10-4 lead in the series and sealed an Ashes series victory with just one ODI remaining on Monday.

Australia won the toss and sent England to bat first. The tourists, who dropped star bowler Katherine Brunt from the team for the day, only racked up 129 runs.

England's lacklustre batting left them with the top score of 22 off 35 from Amy Jones.

The target was an easy one for Australia to chase and, despite the locals losing wickets quickly early on, they clinched the victory in the 36th over.

Elyse Perry was awarded player of the match, having taken three wickets and becoming top scorer with 40 runs from 64 balls.

Perry said: "To win the Ashes with a game to spare is lovely. There were some really great performances today."

Mindset needs to be adjusted

England all-rounder and vice-captain Nat Sciver said: "I think as a batting group we probably need to adjust our mindset a little bit and make sure everyone is the best prepared they can be.

"It was tricky (on that pitch). One ball bounced, another didn't. It was hard going but when a batter gets in on that surface it gets easier.

"Sophie Ecclestone showed that if you spend 50 or 60 balls on there and get your eye in, it becomes a lot easier.

"We just didn't do that as a batting group. One of our top five or six needs to take responsibility a bit more often and make sure they are there at the end of the innings and marshalling the troops a little bit."

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