England captain Charlotte Edwards says regaining the Ashes is one of the highlights of her cricketing career.
The hosts claimed an unassailable 10-4 lead in the multi-format series when Lydia Greenway's brilliant innings of 80 not out secured a five-wicket win over Australia in the second NatWest Twenty20 International at the Ageas Bowl.
The hosts had trailed 4-2 after losing the opening one-day international but have subsequently reeled off a series of victories to secure the Ashes with one game (at Chester-le-Street on Saturday) to spare.
Edwards said: "It's possibly one of my proudest moments in cricket.
"After the winter we had, a disappointing winter, to come back in the way we have done and beat the world champions on home soil as convincingly as we have done is really pleasing for us.
"I'm incredibly proud of all of the team and the way that they have bounced back."
Greenway happy to contribute
Greenway's score was the highest by an England player in women's Twenty20 internationals.
Asked if it was the best innings of her career, she said: "Yes, I think it probably is.
"As Charlotte said, the Ashes were there to be won and we didn't want to leave it until Durham. It's great to have contributed."
Australia captain Jodie Fields missed a chance to stump Greenway on 10 and was left to reflect on further disappointment for her country's sport fans.
"I'm pretty gutted to sit here and have lost the Ashes, particularly after the men lost," she said.
"We saw it as our responsibility to work hard to bring it home and now both Australian teams will go home without the Ashes."