BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 22: Australia's Alex Blackwell plays a shot as Sarah Taylor looks on during the Women's One Day International between Australia and England at Allan Border Field on October 22, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

Alex Blackwell and Ash Gardner have propelled Australia to a stunning ODI win in the first game of the 2017 Ashes series.

A steady and controlled 67 not out from Blackwell combined with the power hitting of Gardner saw Australia chase down England’s 9-228 in the final over as the hosts took a two-point lead in the multi-format series.

After Australia won the toss and sent England in to bat, the visitors got off to a hot start with Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont putting on 47 for the first wicket.

All of the English top six were able to get a start as they built their innings nicely before a flurry of wickets late in the innings halted their progress towrds a big total.

Winfield top scored with 48 as Natalie Sciver chipped in with 36 in the middle order.

Australia’s chase got off to a rocky start as the wickets of opening pair Alyssa Healy and Nicole Bolton left the home side at 2-20 in the fifth over.

Ellyse Perry and Elyse Vilani steadied the ship along with Rachael Haynes before Blackwell came to the crease with the score at 4-87.

Haynes and Blackwell combined for a 63-run stand with the Aussies needing a run-a-ball from the final 10 overs to take out the opening game.

A quick-fire 27 off 18 balls from Gardner ensured Australia would start off on a winning note as the series moves to Coffs Harbour for the remaining two ODIs before the day-night Test commences.

Gardner claimed three wickets with the ball as she capped off a brilliant game however it was Blackwell’s match-winning knock that earned her player of the match honours.