Australian Gardner struggled with a finger injury during the record blitz

My finger apparently bent backwards where it probably shouldn’t have. It almost sprained the ligament a little, Gardner said.

Adrenaline does funny things, and I completely forgot about it once the ball was in my hands.

So as soon as I stopped bowling (at Trent Bridge), I immediately put a splint on to protect it, because there’s a higher chance of getting hit on the field.

It was pretty frustrating, but because I didn’t get game practice before the test.

Gardner, who removed key players Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight and Natalie Skiver-Brunt on the penultimate day, said she spent an almost sleepless night imagining how she was going to remove the remaining five England batters.

I was up at 3 a.m. thinking about bowling, which was a little tragic, Gardner said. I was awake, literally thinking about how I was going to get the batters out, and I’d never done that before.

Australia scored four runs in the multi-format series trying to keep the Ashes. The teams will next meet in a three-game Twenty20 International series starting July 1 in Edgbaston.

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