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England Women retain Ashes: team unity secured success in competitive series

Heather Knight blogs on the successful series, the multi-series format and her upcoming charity work...

England women return with Ashes

So, our tour of Australia has finally come to an end.

We did what we went there to do and I'm glad to say that the 'Big Urn' (as some people have christened it) is coming back to the UK with us.

It has been a long, old five weeks and I'd be lying if I didn't say it had tested us to the max. It's been a very competitive series and I think the difference between the two sides was ultimately that we won the key moments at the right times.

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What's been great, from our point of view, is that different players have stood up at different times and put in a performance for the team.

We're only the third women's team ever to retain the Ashes in Australia, something we can be extremely proud of.

We didn't quite finish the series the way we wanted to, losing the last two T20s, but credit to Australia who outplayed us in those games.

Changes

It's been our second experience of the new multi-format series and it's been a pleasure to be involved once again.

There have been some murmurings about potential changes to the points system in the future, and I agree with some comments that the weighting (of six points) towards the one Test match is a little too high.

From a player's perspective I would love to see two Tests, worth three points each for a win. But maybe that's just me being selfish, as I love playing Test cricket!

"What's been great, from our point of view, is that different players have stood up at different times and put in a performance for the team."

Heather Knight

Obviously an extra Test would mean that the series would have to be extended by an extra week or two, and whether there are the resources available to accommodate this is another matter.

It's up to the administrators to decide exactly what changes need to be made, if any. But whatever happens, the multi-format has been a brilliant introduction and I can't wait to hopefully be involved in another Women's Ashes series.

Difference

It was disappointing from a personal perspective to miss out on the T20s through a flare up of my hamstring injury - especially as I was going into the series having found a bit of form in the ODI's.

But that's the nature of the beast and it's nothing too serious so I should be fighting fit for selection for the ICC Women's World T20 in Bangladesh in March.

I'm staying in Australia, for a short holiday now, before heading back home to get stuck into preparations for T20 World Cup next month.

It's also straight back into work with Chance to Shine and the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.

I'm also getting involved in some charity work with the Rwandan Cricket Foundation, which I will be blogging about in the near future so watch this space!

Lastly, thanks to everyone who has supported us over the last month or so.

The media coverage and general encouragement has been top notch and it truly has made a massive difference, so thank you!