Mooney: We want to bury them
THE Ashes may be retained but Australian opener Beth Mooney declared England's cricketers would receive no mercy from her side.
"We want to bury them,” Mooney said.
Mooney's comments came after she blasted an unbeaten 86 to lead Australia to a six-wicket victory on Friday night.
The left-hander and reigning Women's Big Bash League's Most Valuable Player smashed 11 boundaries and two sixes as her history-making knock ensured Australia retained the Ashes.
It was the first half-century in 14 T20I matches, and arguably the most important in her career to date.
Two games remain in the three-game T20I series, but England's attack should expect any favours when they arrive at Canberra's Manuka Oval on Sunday.
When asked if she or her teammates would relax now the series was sealed, Mooney answered emphatically.
"We want to win the T20 series, and I don't want them to leave here with anything,” the 23-year-old said.
It is that ultra-competitive, killer instinct that has helped make Mooney one of the hottest commodities in Australian limited overs cricket.
She belted 482 runs at an average of 43.81 during the WBBL, hitting five half-centuries and ending the season with a strike rate of 115.58.
But Mooney was overlooked for the three-game One Day International series which started this Ashes series.
She ran the drinks as Australia won that series 2-1.
Mooney was awarded her Test debut at North Sydney Oval last week, and scored 27 runs from 102 balls as they played out a four-day draw. Ellyse Perry was Player of the Match courtesy of her unbeaten 213.
"Credit where credit is due, England's bowlers bowled really well,” Mooney said.
"It looked slow, and weren't too happy about it, but they had some of the best bowlers in the world bowling incredibly well.”
Australia faces England in the second T20I at Canberra's Manuka Oval on Sunday.