Women's Ashes: England holds on for draw against Australia

Women's Ashes: England holds on for draw against Australia

Women's Ashes: England holds on for draw against Australia

Ball limped out of England's second tour match, a 192-run win over a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide completed on Saturday, with ankle ligament damage, prompting selectors to summon Sussex youngster George Garton from the Lions squad as cover.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes appear to be England s front-line pace attack heading into the series but Ball and Craig Overton are pressing their claims.

No one, however, could credibly argue this performance was anything more than broadly efficient from Joe Root's men - and one too that fostered doubt and qualified optimism in equal measure.

"We're not used to playing multi-innings games but batting with Georgia was brilliant".

England lost their last five first-innings wickets for 22 runs and then buckled from 93-2 to 124-7 in their second.

"I'd like to think so but I've still got a bit of work to do", Overton told reporters.

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There has been particular criticism of Alastair Cook - the opener made just 15 and 32 in Adelaide - with former Australia bowler Ryan Harris saying he looked "rusty", a description that Bayliss didn't dismiss.

"There could be a possibility he would be right for the next game but we will probably let him go there and make sure he is right for selection for the first Test", Bayliss told reporters in Townsville.

The Somerset bowler is now the favourite to take the fourth seamer spot for the first Test ahead of Ball.

"It's been a concern for us for a little while", said the Australian. "He should be right in seven to 10 days".

"It would be great if we could have some hundreds, that's for sure".

England's off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali is expected to recover as previously indicated from the side strain, which ruled him out of the first two tour fixtures, in time to play in Townsville on Wednesday.

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