In a Player of the Match performance, McGrath delivered career bests with both bat and ball, collecting bowling figures of 3/26 before crunching an unstoppable 91* from 49 under lights as Australia reeled in the required 170 runs, their largest successful chase in T20I history, with time to spare.

A record-breaking display, and highlighting the limitless ability she possesses, McGrath became the first woman to take three wickets and score more than 75 runs in a T20I. The individual tally was also the second highest by an Australian in a run-chase, behind only Karen Rolton’s 96* in 2005.

Australia’s victory target could have much more were it not for spectacular bowling from McGrath at the death as she struck both Danielle Wyatt and Natalie Sciver’s stumps to bring their rapid 59-run partnership to an end. At one stage looking down the barrel of a score in excess of 180, McGrath produced several unplayable deliveries to restrict England to just 30 runs in the final four overs.

Fellow South Australian Megan Schutt, in her return to international cricket, was also instrumental with ball in hand, both opening and closing the innings to finish with 0/28 from her four overs.

Wyatt was the pick of the batters, belting 70 from 54 rocks as part of England’s 82-run opening stand before joining forces with Sciver to send the total towards historic heights. On debut, Alana King secured the opening wicket of the series when she removed Tammy Beaumont caught and bowled.

In pursuit, Australia lost the experience of Alyssa Healy early, but little did England know as McGrath strode to the crease to join skipper Meg Lanning, the game was about to be taken completely away from them.

The right-hander was simply sublime, asserting herself on the contest from ball one and never letting up. The tourists had no answers as McGrath punished the boundary rope from all angles, with the highlight being a huge pull shot that flew 15 rows back into the Eastern Stand.

On a warm Adelaide night, the heat was concentrated to the middle of McGrath’s bat even after the departure of the sun as the destruction only increased with each swing. 14 boundaries were recorded next to the Adelaide Strikers skipper’s name in the scorebook in one of the most definitive beginnings to a series in memory.

McGrath and Lanning’s unbroken partnership amassed 144 runs in 13 overs to finish the game early and commit the contest to history with immediate effect.

Australia and England will again do battle at Adelaide Oval on Saturday afternoon, with first ball scheduled for 1.40pm.