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Sixers star as Aussies retain Ashes

22 July 2019

Sydney Sixers trio Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Ash Gardner played key roles as the Southern Stars drew their one-off Test match with England to retain the Ashes.

Gardner was handed her Test debut as Australian skipper Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to bat.

The Sixers allrounder became just the 3rd Indigenous player to represent Australia in the Test arena and was presented her Baggy Green by fellow Indigenous cricketer Dan Christian.

Following a promotion to the top of the order, Healy wasted no time making the most of the opportunity.

The Sixers wicketkeeper blasted 12 boundaries on her way to 58, setting a superb platform for the rest of the Australian batting line-up to build on.

As Healy departed, Perry strode to the crease and set about compiling a typically flawless innings.

The Sixers captain was eventually dismissed for 116 – her second century in as many Test innings following her stunning double-hundred at North Sydney Oval against England two years prior.

Following Australia’s declaration at 8/420, Perry made an immediate impact with the ball, dismissing Tammy Beaumont for a duck en route to figures of 1/44 from 13 overs.

Gardner was also extremely economical with the ball, picking up her first Test wicket and finishing with figures of 1/36 from 18 overs, as England declared at 9/275 desperately chasing victory.

Needing only a draw to retain the Ashes, the Southern Stars set about batting their opposition out of the game, with Perry again top scoring with 76 not out.

The teams eventually shook hands late on day four as the Aussies had built an unassailable lead with 7/230 in their second innings.