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Women's Ashes | Ashleigh Gardener Registers Historic Figures As England Crumble at Trent Bridge

image-ljcyro74Gardener claimed 12 wickets at Trent Bridge (Twitter)

Australia Women's retained their Ashes trophy after defeating England Women by 89 runs on the 5th day of the only Test match. Ashleigh Gardener was adjudged the player of the match for her tremendous bowling performance with a record-setting figure of  8/66 in the second innings as England Women's were bowled out for 178.

In a breathtaking display of skill and determination, Ashleigh mesmerised the cricket world with her extraordinary performance in the one-off Test. Her name will now forever be etched in Australian cricket history, as she claimed a staggering 12 wickets, surpassing all previous records. 

The first innings alone saw her effortlessly dismiss four opponents, leaving a lasting impression on her rivals.

England's debutant, the promising Danni Wyatt, showcased her immense talent by emerging as the top-scorer with a remarkable 54 runs. However, even her brilliance couldn't shield her from the exceptional prowess of Ashleigh, who skillfully trapped her lbw. The intensity of the match reached its climax as Australia masterfully wrapped up the game, conquering their opponents in a mere 21 overs on the final day of play.

The world of cricket was left in awe, witnessing the Australian all-rounder's commanding performance, as she single-handedly dismantled the opposition. Her display of skill and finesse was nothing short of a spectacle, and fans around the globe couldn't help but marvel at her prowess on the field. 

The records shattered, the boundaries conquered, and the spirits lifted, this match will forever be remembered as a testament to Ashleigh's remarkable talent and her unwavering dedication to the sport.

Best figures for an Australian Woman in a Test match

  1. Ash Gardner - 12/165 vs England W in June 2023*
  2. Annabel Sutherland - 5/131 vs England W in January 2022
  3. Tahlia McGrath - 4/52 vs England W in June 2023
  4. Ellyse Perry - 4/85 vs England W in January 2022
  5. Sophie Molineux - 3/68 vs India W in September 2021

In a remarkable display of bowling prowess, Ashleigh has etched her name in women's cricket history. She joined an elite club, becoming only the second bowler ever to claim eight wickets in a single innings in women's Tests. 

The first to do so was India's Neetu David, who achieved this feat against England back in 1995. 

Ashleigh's exceptional performance didn't stop there. Her overall match figures of 12/165 rank as the second-best in the history of women's Tests, narrowly trailing behind Pakistan's Shazia Khan, who recorded an astounding 13/226 against West Indies in 2004.