Monday, July 27th, 2015

England Women And Australia To Try Again Today (Monday) To Stage Odi After New Road Wash-Out

England Women and their Australian counterparts must try again today (Monday) to resolve their third Ashes Royal London ODI after rain washed out play yesterday at Worcestershire's New Rpad ground.

Umpires Martin Saggers and Alex Wharf called off play for the day at 1.45pm on Sunday after no let-up in the weather.

Play would have needed to start by 3.55pm for a 20 overs a side contest to take place but the constant rain which had fallen since early morning showed no signs of relenting.

The sides are locked at 1-1 in the series after England won the opening clash at Taunton and Australia replied with victory at Bristol.

England pace bowler Kate Cross said: "We had a chat about what happened at Bristol. We haven't tried to reinvent things because we beat them at Taunton.

"We knew they would come back hard at us and they did exactly that and fair play to them, that's what the Ashes is about, and we weren't expected to take the Ashes easily this summer.

"We didn't bowl well enough, we gave too many 'four' balls and we let a lot of pressure off at crucial times. We didn't turn up on Thursday and the Australians did and that's credit to them.

"We knew it would be very hard fought. But we've not become a bad team overnight and we know this series is going to be played that way."

Cross admits England have put in a lot of work to try and combat the threat of Meg Lanning who fell cheaply at Taunton but made a century at Bristol.

She said: "It is difficult we know. She is a world class player. We have done a lot of work on analysing her and how we can get her out early because that's the best way to do it.

"We did that on Tuesday but obviously didn't do that on Thursday but that just shows what a class player she is that she bounced back and came and won her team the game.

"You have got very small margin of error with her but it's a good challenge and all the team are up for that challenge."

Australian opener Jess Jonassen said: "The more overs we get to play the better. You'd like to see the full game and that's the benefit of having a reserve day option up your sleeve.

"It is always hard to say whether there is momentum with either side. The last two games were evenly contested for periods of the game.

"You've got to play each game as it comes and if you get too far ahead of yourself, it can turn around quite quickly against you. It is a matter of wating to peak at the right time."