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Australia stun England to clinch netball series 2-1

Australia's netball team
Australia recovered from 1-0 down in the series

Australia came from behind to beat England 45-43 at the O2 Arena in London and clinch the Test series 2-1.

Australia goal shooter Kate Beveridge shot 23 from 32 attempts as the Diamonds recovered from a nine-goal deficit in the third quarter.

England, who dominated for most of the game, also led 23-17 at half-time.

The hosts won the opener 41-40, the first time they had beaten Australia in a Test since 1981, before Australia levelled the series with a 53-48 win.

"It's incredibly disappointing because I think this is the first time that the whole squad have really believed we can take Australia," said England co-captain Karen Atkinson.

England head coach Sue Hawkins added: "When we were nine goals up we should have built from that margin.

"We have to go back and look at what it was: was it that they stepped up? Or that we allowed them to step up? My feeling is we allowed them to step up."

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see also
Netball results
24 May 06 |  Netball
Australia set up series decider
21 Feb 10 |  Netball
England hold on to beat Australia
20 Feb 10 |  Netball
Harten excited by Australia test
14 Jan 10 |  Netball
Australia gain revenge on England
11 Oct 09 |  Netball
Historic England stun Australia
10 Oct 09 |  Netball
Harten out for Loughborough glory
31 Jan 08 |  Netball

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