England captain Heather Knight hailed her “clinical” side yesterday after holding on to defeat Australia by three runs.
England batted first and posted a score of 259, but were made to sweat when Australia needed 16 heading into the final over.
However, the host nation held their nerve and Knight was pleased with the performance.
She said: “I always knew we batted deep, our line-up is firing at the moment. It was a frustrating batting display, we got the momentum then would lose wickets. [Katherine] Brunt and [Jenny] Gunn batted well for us today.
“It was probably about a par score, we knew how deep Australia bat. It was our best bowling display, we were clinical. It was a brilliant game but a hard one to captain.
“We have two big games coming up [against New Zealand and the West Indies], when you’re in the habit of winning you want it to carry on.”
Player of the match Brunt added: “It’s always a show with England and Australia and I’m glad we could put on a performance today. “I had fun, us girls down the lower order have had a lot of practice and I back us to do that.”