The victory is worth six points to England in the three-format series, meaning two wins out of the six limited overs matches – three 50-over and three Twenty20 – and they retain the Ashes after winning them in England last year. 

Australia were struggling on the final day on 5-57 chasing 185 for victory. Perry backed up her first innings 71 with a spirited series of boundaries taking the score to 99 but when she went for 31 it was always going to be an uphill battle. 

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Anya Shrubsole, who took four wickets in the first innings, took the dual sport international’s wicket and finished with 3-48 as she finished off the tail to secure the win. 

Perry was also Australia’s best with the ball taking 4-41 in the first innings and 5-38 in the second to win player of the match in the losing side. 

The first of the ODIs will be played on Sunday in Melbourne.

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