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England stay alive in Women’s Ashes series by forcing draw in Test

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Dig in was the instruction and dig in England did. It mattered little that Heather Knight’s side tallied just 166 runs at a glacial run rate of 1.89 on the final day of the Women’s Ashes Test. What they had achieved by losing just two wickets in their second innings was save the game, split the available points and keep their dreams alive of regaining the trophy.

After forgoing any chance of victory on a disastrous third day, it was the best they could have hoped for. The degree of difficulty remains high in the shortest form, needing to sweep the three T20s beginning on Friday, but had they capitulated again on Sunday it was all over.

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