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England Women in need of a victory to keep Ashes hopes alive


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England Women must avoid defeat in Thursday's Test Match against Australia to have any hope of regaining The Ashes.

The multi-format series consists of three ODIs and three T20 internationals, both worth two points for a victory, as well as a single test match worth four points. (2 points each if the match concludes in a draw).

After losing the opening two ODIs and finding themselves 4-0 down in the series, England resiliently fought back, defeating the hosts by 20 runs in the third ODI last month, reducing the deficit to just two points.

The tourist, aided by captain Heather Knight's 88 off 80 balls, posted a score of 284-8, their highest total against Australia and could potentially lead the series with a victory in Thursday’s Test Match.

The four-day fixture in Sydney is also a day/night match, a first for Women’s international test cricket and the two sides will both play with a pink cricket ball.

"We don't get to play Tests that often, but we've put a lot of preparation into playing with the pink ball, so it's exciting," said England’s wicketkeeper-batsmen Sarah Taylor in an interview with BBC Test Match Special.

England will be wary of Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry who is in fine form taking four wickets and scoring 110 runs in the series so far.

Speaking ahead of the Test, Perry told ABC online "It's a little bit of history which is really exciting and I think everyone's extremely chuffed to be a part of it."

"I think it sets up the series really well that they won that last ODI game, it puts a lot of emphasis on this test and hopefully both teams will be pushing for a result."

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