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Women’s Ashes: settled England primed to pick apart Lanning-less Australia | Geoff Lemon

The series gets underway with Australia’s tower wobbling and a buoyant England team in a good position to knock it over

For English women’s cricket, Australia represents a special kind of angst. Clare Connor speaks of a career being tormented by flint-eyed Antipodeans until the drought-breaking Ashes of 2005. Some 2013 World Cup players grumble that Australia blocked them from the final by losing to the West Indies. Then there is the 2015 Test humiliation at Canterbury, and the calamity when finals-bound at the last World Twenty20. There have been successes too, but they’ve remained in shadow.

Ahead of what should be an intimidating tour Down Under, though, England are coming in on a high. Bubbling over following a joyful and fearless World Cup triumph in July, they’ll begin the Women’s Ashes in the same 50-over format, against an Australian team that looked out of sorts and was dumped in the semis.

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