Women's Ashes: Australia thrash England with 6 wkts win to retain trophy
Australia retained the Women's Ashes with an emphatic six-wicket victory over England in the first Twenty20 international in Sydney.
Victory gave the holders an 8-4 lead in the points-based series, meaning England can only draw 8-8 if they win the final two T20s.
England lost Heather Knight second ball and were 16-4, but Dani Wyatt's maiden fifty helped them to 132-9. Beth Mooney hit 86 not as Australia raced home with 25 balls to spare.
Having won the 50-over World Cup in fine style at Lord's in July, England's preparations for the Ashes were hampered by the two warm-up matches being washed out and they found themselves 4-0 down in the series after losing the first two one-day internationals.
A draw in the one-off Test kept the series alive into the T20s, but there was a bizarre start at the North Sydney Oval after Australia chose to field.
Knight edged to wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, who also took off the bails, but was temporarily reprieved as the umpires consulted, only to be sent to the pavilion again when the method of dismissal had been determined. Key batter Sarah Taylor was adjudged lbw in the next over, with no review process in place to question whether the ball might have gone over or missed leg stump.
Ellyse Perry, international footballer and double centurion in the Test, was on a hat-trick in the fifth over after two more catches from Healy, with one outstanding effort millimetres from the turf at full stretch. But Wyatt gave the innings much-needed impetus with some clean hitting down the ground.