England head coach Tracey Neville preferred to look at the positives despite her side falling to a 3-0 series loss to world champions Australia.

The Red Rose headed into Sunday’s third match knowing the series had already slipped through their fingers following 58-52 and 60-44 defeats earlier in the week.

There was still plenty of pride to play for though in front of the home fans and they were level after the first quarter.

However the hosts were unable to keep touch with their opponents and eventually went down 55-41 on the day, with captain Sara Bayman also sent off late on in what was a physical contest.

For England, ranked third in the world behind Australia, the series had been a chance to blood a number of younger players.

And it was the experience gained which had Neville optimistic going forward.

"The aim of this series was to expose players and see where they are at, and I think everyone did what they could," she said.

“The team has improved so much. It’s so frustrating that they can’t reward themselves.

"It's really good experience for me as a coach. It's hard to step away from the winning mentality to look at the long-term aim.

"I now have to look at how I keep the energy up when they go back to their respective clubs.”

Sportsbeat 2016