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Osborne helps Southern Stars to victory

ACT Meteors off-spin bowler Erin Osborne has helped the Australian Southern Stars to a victory in the Women’s Ashes Series overnight in Bristol.

The match was the second One Day International of the tournament, and a victory for the green and gold levels the series at one win apiece.

Osborne scored 1 not out with the bat in Australia’s total of 6/259, before taking the final wicket to dismiss England 196, finishing with figures of 1/22 off four overs.

Following a disappointing loss in Game One of the series, a century from Australia’s Meg Lanning propelled the side to a comprehensive victory.

Speaking before the game, Osborne said that the side were “obviously disappointed” with their start to the series, and were motivated to make amends.

“We came up against a very strong England team who just outperformed us on the day,” said the 26 year old.

Osborne said the side’s long break between internationals had a significant influence on the outcome of the first match.

“We haven’t played a competitive international match since November against the West Indies, so it has been quite a long period of time before our competitive matches.”

Osborne said England did not have the momentum going in to the second game, despite their strong start to the series.

“It’s one game in seven matches, so we’ll put that behind us and move on tomorrow, and come out and play a positive and attacking brand of cricket.

“I understand that we have the players capable of doing that.”

The former New South Wales Breakers star is no stranger to the big stage, having donned the Baggy Green in two test matches, and pulling on the colours in over 100 One Day and Twenty20 Internationals.

Crowds have flocked to the opening two games of the series in England, and that has the Southern Stars veteran thirsting for more.

“It’s fantastic playing in front of a big crowd. We don’t get that much at home, so even though they’re not really going for the Aussies, it is always nice to play in front of a crowd.”

The third ODI of the series takes place on July 26, followed by one Test match, and three Twenty20 internationals.

Canberra crowds will have the opportunity to see Osborne and the Southern Stars in action when they take on India at Manuka Oval on February 2, 2016.

(PHOTO: Getty Images)



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