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Tight opening victory for Australia against England


“It seemed to flatten out as the night went on and slide on nicely. There are certainly things to work on but it’s nice to get a win. World Cups are about winning. Sometimes you don’t play your best but it’s nice to get over the line.”

Experienced spinner Jess Jonassen had bowled just two expensive overs but was chosen to deliver the last of the match with England needing 16 for victory.

She conceded just three runs, including a leg bye, and claimed two wickets, one of which was a remarkable one-handed caught-and-bowled off Katherine Brunt (24 from 21 balls).

“She wanted the ball,” Lanning said. “She’s bowled big overs for us before and delivered so I had full faith in her to bowl well at the end there.

“To be honest, she probably could have bowled a few more overs looking back on it. It was clutch at the end there really. She knew what she was doing with a clear plan.”

Leg-spinner Alana King continued her solid start to an international career by being Australia’s leading wicket taker with three.

“She bowled beautifully. She changed the game for us,” Lanning said.

It was Australia’s second-highest score of all time in a World Cup match, bettered only by 412 against Denmark in 1997.

Haynes scored 118 in her only other one-day international hundred.

On Saturday, she added 196 for the second wicket with captain Lanning (86).

Alyssa Healy made a bright start in the conditions with 28 as Haynes batted cautiously.

But having set the foundation with Lanning, Australia added 208 in the last 25 overs, cashing in on having wickets in hand.

Australia finished off the innings well, with Beth Mooney scoring an unbeaten 27 from 19 balls and Ellyse Perry making 14 not out from five balls.

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Lanning said she could not remember Haynes batting better.

“The control with which she batted today was impressive. She took good risks at the right time and then was able to absorb some pressure as well during the innings,” Lanning said.

Australia were forced to make a change, replacing dynamic all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner, who is currently isolating with COVID-19, with Annabel Sutherland.

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