Australia's Alex Blackwell looks on after playing a shot in the Women's Ashes.
Australia's Alex Blackwell looks on after playing a shot in the Women's Ashes. DAVE HUNT

Aussies wary of England bouncing back

AUSTRALIA lead the Women's Ashes four points to nil and team veteran Alex Blackwell says it's important the side celebrates each victorious step on its quest to retain the Ashes.

Speaking after the team posted a massive 75-run win over England in the rain-reduced second ODI in Coffs Harbour, Blackwell said the Aussies would enjoy their 50-over triumph but were wary of the world champions' ability to come back.

"We've won a series within a series, the ODIs within this Ashes series," Blackwell said.

"I guess they (England) won't be very pleased about that but it's a long way to go and we know that they respond very well, they'll bounce back.

"I wouldn't suggest that they're down and out at all. We'll be wary of them and looking forward to the next match here in Coffs Harbour, hopefully we can make it 3-0, which sounds a lot better than 2-1."

Sunday's final one-dayer will be a special one for Blackwell, if she takes the field, as it will mark her 250th match for the national side overall.

It's not the first milestone she's racked up this series, though, with the stalwart passing Karen Rolton's record for most ODIs played for Australia in the opener in Brisbane.

Blackwell said it was sometimes hard to keep track of how many matches players have played but admitted both she and her teammates were aware of the importance Sunday's match holds for her.

"We do try to recognise milestones but there's obviously the three formats of the game and my personal milestone of 250 games is across all three formats," she said.

"I know the team will be very happy for me on that day and will be hoping to get a win."

It's been nearly 15 years since a then-19-year-old played her first match for Australia and Blackwell said a key to her longevity in the game was the tremendous amount of support she'd had around her.

While her coaches have her back in any situation, Blackwell said there was one former teammate who she would always be able to rely on.

"The biggest influence in my cricket career is my twin sister Kate," said Blackwell, who with Kate became the first set of identical twins to play for Australia.

"She's a constant form of support, always on the phone and encouraging me even when it's been a bad game for me or a good game, she's always there."

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