Amy Jones struck out next, losing her wicket for four runs after she raced down the field and saw Gardener’s pitch go around the outside edge and into Alyssa Healy, who set the point despite the error.
Sophie Ecclestone was removed from the field for 10 runs before Gardener struck out Lauren Filer for a duck and completed the win by striking out Wyatt (54) for a duck and finishing the game with scores of 8 for 66 in the inning and 12 for 165 in the game, both records for Australian women’s cricket.
I wouldn’t dream of it, but I think it just goes to show that five days in a Test match is incredibly important, said Gardner, who was named player of the match.
As a bowling team, we were just saying keep the stumps in the game as long as possible. It was just great to get in front of the team.
The win earned Australia four points in the battle to keep the Ashes, and the teams now move on to a three-match Twenty20 International series that begins July 1 in Edgbaston.
I really thought we were going to do it this morning, so I’m really disappointed, Wyatt said. It was pretty hard to beat out there.
There’s a sense of missed opportunity, we’ll talk about it in the locker room. There are a lot of positives, so we have to try to dust it off and break it down in the white-ball game.
There are some tired bodies out there, and now we just have to shake off the dust and get ready for the next challenge.