England's women have retained the Ashes after beating Australia in the first Twenty20 international to give them an unassailable lead in the series.
The new points system for the series, which began in England last summer, has proved to be a success and captain Charlotte Edwards' side now lead 10-4 with two games remaining. Each Twenty20 game is worth two points for a win so even if the hosts with both remaining games, the tourists can't be caught.
Edwards finished on 92 not out and Sarah Taylor (50 not out) saw England home to a comfortable nine wicket win in Hobart. Prior to this match, England had won the only test match of the series (worth six points) and one ODI compared to Australia's two one-day victories.
This victory no doubt will give English cricket a huge lift after the woeful performance of the men this winter, after only winning one ODI and losing nine other games.
It is certainly a special achievement for Edwards, who has now won four Ashes series' as captain of the England women's side. Alastair Cook take note...
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