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Women's Ashes: England holds on for draw against Australia

13 November 2017, 01:40 | Andy Ferguson

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England dug deep to force a draw in the Test match against Australia, keeping alive their hopes of securing the Women's Ashes.

The 23-year-old looks nearly certain to play in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba given Jake Ball, his rival for the fourth seamer's position in the team, is now nursing an ankle injury that looks likely to see him miss the Townsville match. The CA XI resumed at 70/7 but lost their last three wickets in 30 minutes.

"At least he will be available for the first Test".

But the fragile batting before that raised serious concerns ahead of the start of the Ashes in Brisbane on Thursday week. It was attritional at times but that's the game we had to play.

'That's definitely what we will need throughout this Test series'.

The England coach's debrief after the tourists completed a 192-run win over a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide did not shy away from more evidence of familiar frailties. We are slowly getting there.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes appear to be England s front-line pace attack heading into the series but Ball and Craig Overton are pressing their claims.

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"It would be great if we could have some hundreds, that's for sure".

Both teams struggled to take wickets in the daylight hours across the Test, as the abrasive North Sydney Oval pitch made it hard for bowlers to get much out of the pink ball once the shine was gone.

Bayliss also played down doubts over former skipper Alistair Cook s form, saying he had looked better each time he had batted on tour.

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"I m sure he would have preferred to have scored a few, but a guy with that experience has been through periods (like that) before", he said.

Cook began his tour with a second-ball duck against a WA XI and made only 15 in the first innings in Adelaide.

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