Women's Ashes: Urn not won yet, warns Charlotte Edwards after Test triumph


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England's women won their only Ashes Test against Australia by 61 runs in Perth and put six valuable points towards their bid to retain the trophy.

Set a target of 185 to win, Australia were all out for 123 with Kate Cross and Anya Shrubsole each taking three wickets for England at the Waca.

England captain Charlotte Edwards had passed the half-century mark on day three to score 56 before becoming one of five victims for Australian bowler Ellyse Perry, while Jenny Gunn made 44.

Perry's all-round performance – 71 and 31 with the bat, along with bowling figures of 8 for 79 – earned her the player of the match award.

Following the victory, Edwards said: "The last four days have been a roller-coaster, but I'm really proud of the girls. This is not the Ashes won, we've got to win more games now.

"We had some great performances... I'm so proud of them. We have to keep working hard and hopefully will take the Ashes home."

Three one-day international meetings and three Twenty20 games remain, with two points available for a win for each game. England need only win two of the six games to retain the trophy while Australia must win five games from six.

Perry said: "Everyone's really disappointed to lose such a tough Test match like that. The match turned and twisted, and those six points will go a long way in the Ashes but now we've got the limited-overs games. I think we've learned a lot from this game, but it would have been lovely to have won."

After a warm-up game against a Representative XI on Friday, England play the first one-day international in Melbourne on Sunday.