Despite the disappointment of realizing that her team can no longer secure the Ashes victory, England captain Heather Knight acknowledges that the gap between her side and the formidable Australian team has significantly narrowed. Knight believes that this series has served as proof of the reduced disparity between the two teams.

"It's got to be the best series that there's ever been in the history of the women's game," Knight said.

"Two sides going toe-to-toe, fighting it out and every game has been pretty close.

"Obviously (feeling) disappointment but real pride as well over the fact we got so close.

"Overall, we've put in another thriller of a performance, but the Ashes are gone which is disappointing."

Australia has now retained the Ashes for the fifth consecutive time

Australia showcased a clinical performance on Sunday, resulting in their retention of the Ashes for a remarkable fifth consecutive series. The outstanding contributions from experienced all-rounders Ellyse Perry and Ash Gardner played a significant role in this achievement.

Perry led Australia's batting charge with a well-paced innings of 91 runs from 124 deliveries. This helped the visitors post a competitive total of 282/7. Despite a brilliant unbeaten knock of 111* from Sciver-Brunt, England fell agonizingly short in their pursuit.

Australia's spinners proved to be the difference-makers, with Gardner impressively claiming three wickets in addition to her valuable contribution of 33 runs with the bat. Leg-spinner Alana King, who was recalled for the match, also made an impact with her own three-wicket haul, finishing with figures of 3/44. These collective efforts from the spinners prevented England from successfully chasing down the challenging target.