Australia crush England in second ODI to take command of Women’s Ashes

  • Australia Women 296-6, England Women 209 all out
  • Australia won by 75 runs (D-L-S method) and lead series 4-0

Team-mates of Rachael Haynes call her “Dessy” – derived, in the best traditions of monikers, from the legendary opener Desmond, with whom she shares her surname. Usually, that’s where the comparison ends, the new Australia captain more an accumulator than a muscular machine.

On Thursday, she did the nickname justice, pounding an unbeaten 89 in 56 balls, leading her charges to a 296 for five total. The target was always going to be too much for England after losing early wickets, even when it was reduced to 285 after a burst of hail, then another of rain.

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