A drop behind the stumps by Sarah Taylor earned Lanning a reprieve on 72 as she went on to complete her sixth ODI century – just three behind counterpart Edwards, who has played 149 more matches.
Lanning, who fell for a duck in the first ODI, came to the crease with her side well set on 103-2, and looked every bit the batting talent that earned her the accolade of women’s cricketer of the year in May.
After Australia’s top order failed in Taunton, Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton made slow but steady work of the first powerplay, reaching 38-0 after 10 overs.
“England will look at this one in depth. They’ve got a couple of days before Sunday, they’ll look to train hard and come back with real intent at Worcester. Amy Jones was an odd choice for me at four, Lauren Winfield has been doing brilliantly in the Championship and averaging 200, although she’s been opening the batting there.”
Having lost the first of the seven-match multi-format Ashes series in Taunton on Tuesday, the Southern Stars fought back impressively to claim the two points and draw themselves level.