Netball: England earn record win against Australia
England v Australia, International Netball Series
Venues: Bath, Wembley, Birmingham
Date: 20-26 January
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
England beat Australia for only the third time in their history to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.
Anna Mayes' team recorded a 58-53 victory at the University of Bath despite a late comeback from the world number ones.
England dominated early on and a run of 11 unanswered goals took England to a 33-22 half-time lead.
Australia closed to within two goals but a determined fourth quarter saw England hold on for a famous win.
England wins against Australia
January 2013, Bath: England 58-53 Australia
February 2010, Liverpool: England 41-40 Australia
June 1981, Sydney: England 41-34 Australia
England, ranked three in the world, went into the game only ever having beaten the Diamonds twice in their 59 previous meetings, once in 1981 and once
on home soil in 2010.
The two sides met in a quad-series in October, with England heavily beaten, but the hosts were handed a confidence boost before the game when Australia captain Natalie von Bertouch was ruled out through injury.
And watched by a sell-out crowd, England's strong starting line-up took advantage, winning the first quarter 17-12.
Goal shooter Joanne Harten dominated the circle for England, while Ama Agbeze produced a strong performance at goal defence to limit the game of Diamonds goal attack Susan Pratley.
The world champions pegged England back to 22-22 in the second quarter but England's goal glut in the run-up to half-time - with Pamela Cookey at goal attack supporting Harten - gave the home side a strong lead at the half-way mark.
Australia coach Lisa Alexander changed her centre at the end of the first quarter and switched her shooting partnership at half time to try and counter-act England's first-half supremacy.
The tactics worked, as replacement goal shooter Caitlin Bassett, the tallest player on court at 6ft 3in, began to pull back the deficit.
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