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Last Updated: Tuesday July 14 2009 10:45 GMT

England women keep Ashes crown

The England women's cricket team celebrate holding onto the Ashes

England's women have got plenty to celebrate after holding onto the Ashes for the third time in a row with a draw against Australia in Worcester.

England needed 273 runs to win but ran out of time as heavy rain reduced the innings to 53 overs.

Instead, captain Charlotte Edwards guided her side to 106-3 and the draw, after Australia were all out for 231.

As the current holders of the Ashes, England get to keep the trophy, even though the Test ended in a draw.

Keeping the Ashes tops off an incredible year for England's women cricketers, who also won the World Cup in March and the World Twenty20 title in June.

Afterwards, skipper Charlotte Edwards said: "It has been an amazing three or four months, all the hard work has paid off.

"The challenge for us now is to get better, we want to keep winning trophies."