The match was abandoned on Friday as wet conditions made the outfield unplayable.

Women's Ashes: England's third T20 against Australia abandoned because of rain

A general view of the Adelaide Oval as rain falls on the coversAdelaide was drenched all day.

Third Twenty20 Women’s Ashes, Adelaide Oval
Australia leads the series 4-2.

Because of rain in Adelaide, England’s third and final Twenty20 match versus Australia in the Women’s Ashes was called off without a ball being played.

As each team earns one point, Australia currently leads the multi-format series 4-2.

The first T20 was won by the hosts by nine wickets, however the second T20 was also called off due to rain.

The two teams will next meet in a one-off Test in Canberra from the 27th to the 30th of January, with four points on the line for the victor.

The holders will retain the Ashes if Australia wins the Test, since England would only be able to earn an 8-8 tie at most if they lose.

Following the Test, there are three one-day internationals, each earning two points.

“It’s quite irritating,” England captain Heather Knight told Test Match Special, “but we’ll just have to prepare as best we can for the Test.”

“We’ve got some very terrific Test cricket preparation in the previous couple of years, but it’s a relatively rapid turnaround, so it’ll be challenging.”

The four-day Test at the Manuka Oval begins on January 26 at 23:00 GMT.

Three of the five Tests have been drawn since the initial multi-format series in 2013, with England and Australia each winning one.

“In the past, when we haven’t been at our best, we’ve gone into our shells a little bit,” Knight said. “So we’ve spoken about how to defeat the Aussies is to be aggressive.”

“We have to be optimistic in the Test and have a strategy to win it.”

The Women’s Ashes have no reserve days, and the series has been pushed back a week to enable both sides to quarantine before the World Cup in New Zealand.

“Reserve days in the Ashes and World Cups would be beneficial – the scheduling is really tight this year, so there is no wiggle space, but it would be beneficial in future series if they could be built in,” Knight added.

“A five-day Test would also benefit the players and spectators, ensuring that you do not miss cricket.”

The last series, which took place in Australia in 2017-18, ended in an 8-8 tie, with the hosts holding the Ashes after winning them back in England in 2015.

In the 2019 Ashes, Australia trounced England 12-4.

Vlaeminck has been knocked out of the Ashes and the World Cup.

Australia fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck bowls against England in the first T20 of the Women's AshesSince her debut in 2018, Tayla Vlaeminck has only made 24 appearances for Australia in all forms due to injuries.

With another stress fracture in her right foot, Australia fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck has been ruled out of the remainder of the Women’s Ashes and the forthcoming 50-over World Cup.

Vlaeminck, 23, was unable to compete in the 2020 T20 World Cup, which Australia won, due to a similar injury.

Vlaeminck bowled with a blistering speed in the first T20, but was unable to participate in the second, which was rained out.

“It’s really upsetting for her and for the entire squad to happen so early in this Ashes campaign,” Australia head coach Matthew Mott told Channel Seven.

“Last night’s dressing room was a little gloomy.”

“She understands what’s going on because she’s been here before. We’ll wrap our arms around her and do all we can to help her recover her strength.”

The Women’s World Cup begins on March 4 in New Zealand.

Georgia Wareham, Australia’s leg-spinner, is already out for the Ashes and the World Cup due to injury, while Sophie Molineux, Australia’s slow left-armer, is also out for the Ashes but is anticipated to be healthy in time for the World Cup.

Despite undergoing surgery on Tuesday for a broken jaw, batter Beth Mooney might make a surprising comeback in time for the one-off Test.

Mooney was reportedly ruled out of the whole Ashes after suffering an injury in training when she was struck behind the grille of her helmet.

However, the 28-year-old has already resumed light training in the nets, where he has been facing under-arm deliveries.

“She’s in terrific shape,” Mott said. “We’ll definitely look at her for the Test match.”

“Everything is pointing in the right direction. She’s a fighter. She’s a difficult cookie. We’re looking forward to having her back in our group.”

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