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Ellyse Perry bags seven wickets as Australia take 6-0 lead in Women's Ashes

Ellyse Perry enjoyed a wonderful day with the ball Getty Images

Australia 269 for 7 (Lanning 69, Healy 68) beat England 75 (Perry 7-22) by 194 runs

A stunning performance with the ball by Ellyse Perry handed Australia a thumping 194-run victory over England and a commanding lead in their Ashes contest.

Perry claimed a career-best 7 for 22 in a brilliant display, which saw her surpass assistant coach Shelley Nitschke's 7 for 24 against England in 2005 as the leading ODI bowling figures for an Australian woman and also claim fourth spot on the all-time list.

Australia's victory means they lead England by six points to nil and the hosts must win the four-day Test match, worth four points, starting on July 18, and then win at least two of the remaining three T20s - and lose none - in order to wrest the Ashes from the tourists.

Perry's devastating opening spell, in which she claimed 5 for 12 off six overs, including two wickets in as many balls and two maidens, ruined any hopes England had of pulling off a record chase of 270 to better their previous best of 243, achieved against New Zealand in 2008. Instead, England found themselves merely clinging on to avoid their worst defeat. It ended up being their second-heaviest loss in women's ODIs, by margin of runs, as they posted their lowest total against Australia, and third-lowest ever.

England's top order, which - with the exception of Tammy Beaumont's glittering century in the previous match - came into the match under some pressure, and they crumbled again in the face of Perry's onslaught.

She struck with her third ball of the day, an away swinger that tempted Amy Jones to send a leading edge straight to substitute fielder Nicola Carey at mid-on. Jones had shown good form during the recent series against West Indies, twice threatening to score a maiden century, but her returns so far this summer against Australia have been 0, 5 and 0.

Beaumont could not reprise her previous innings when she fell plumb lbw to Perry, who then had Sarah Taylor out for a duck on the next ball, an excellent outswinger which drew an edge to wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy. Megan Schutt chimed in with the wicket of Nat Sciver, another dead-on lbw dismissal.

England captain Heather Knight became Perry's fourth wicket, caught behind as the hosts fell to 18 for 5. England were 21 for 6 when Perry struck again with another solid lbw to dispose of Danni Wyatt for just 1.

Schutt clean bowled Fran Wilson, who arguably carried significant hopes of an England recovery having scored 91 against Australia in a warm-up match the weekend before the series started.

Jess Jonassen snared the last wicket, trapping Laura Marsh lbw, but Perry had done the rest, accounting for Anya Shrubsole - one of only three England batsmen to reach double figures - and Sophie Ecclestone.

Australia's total of 269 for 7 was set up by Meg Lanning, who scored 69, and Healy's 68. Sciver took 3 for 51 for England, who went into the match a bowler down after experienced quick Katherine Brunt was forced out with an ankle injury suffered while celebrating a wicket in the previous match, and did well to keep Australia's score below 300.

Despite needing a mammoth effort and many of their batsmen going into the match under some pressure to score runs, England had no reason to doubt their ability to take the battle to Australia, but Perry knocked the fight out of them.

Knight acknowledged there was now a lot riding on the Test, with England needing to "restart the series".

"We can't feel sorry for ourselves," she said. "Obviously it will hurt a lot but we'll have to turn this around very quickly to prepare for the Test match and try to restart the series because we're still a chance. We need to have honest conversations about why things haven't worked for us. Not sure why that is, but credit to Australia. They played brilliantly today and were too good for us.

"The last two games were more frustrating, today we were blown away. First two, we competed for long period of time. Today hurts more. We'll reassess where we're at and where we need to take it. We've got to go out there and be positive, a change of format will be good for us."

Australia captain Meg Lanning was pleased with her side's performance, which was yet another improvement on their previous two victories.

"All-round we were even better than the last game," Lanning said. "With the bat we were in a position to get a few more but England came back at us. But the bowling performance was excellent, Ellyse Perry leading the way."

ENG Women 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0TT BeaumontAE Jones
2nd5TT BeaumontHC Knight
3rd0SJ TaylorHC Knight
4th5HC KnightNR Sciver
5th8HC KnightFC Wilson
6th3DN WyattFC Wilson
7th19A ShrubsoleFC Wilson
8th5LA MarshA Shrubsole
9th12LA MarshS Ecclestone
10th18LA MarshKL Cross