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Australia v England, 1st women's Test, Sydney, 4th day

Elliott and Blackwell regain the Ashes for Australia

Australia hold the women's Ashes for the first time in six years after the debutant Sarah Elliott and the captain Alex Blackwell held their nerve to secure a seven-wicket victory

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Women's World Cup 2009

Kate Blackwell dropped for World Cup

Kate Blackwell, the Australian middle-order batsman, has been dropped from the squad for next month's Rosebowl Series in New Zealand and the World Cup in March

Alex Blackwell

Textbook opener

Australia's Alex Blackwell juggles playing cricket with a career as a university lecturer. "It's nice to have an outlet to take my mind off the cricket," she says

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New Zealand v Australia, 1st women's ODI, Lincoln

New Zealand overwhelmed in first Rose Bowl clash

Australia hit back after losing the Twenty20 on Thursday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match Rose Bowl Series in Lincoln

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Australia v England, one-off women's Test, Bowral, 4th day

Taylor sews up Ashes glory

England retained the Ashes in style thanks to Claire Taylor, whose second fifty of the match drove them home to a stylish six-wicket win in the final session after Karen Rolton's daring declaration backfired

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Australia v England, one-off women's Test, Bowral, 3rd day

Solid Sthalekar gives Australia hope

Lisa Sthalekar played the Test innings of her life, and she's not done yet, to hold off a strong England threat in Bowral and leave Australia with a 105-run lead heading into a prospectively thrilling final day

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Australia v England, one-off women's Test, Bowral

Guha's five-wicket haul floors Australia for 154

England's defence of the women's Ashes started spectacularly and they had Isa Guha to thank as Australia were dismissed for 154