Australia vs England: Women’s Ashes Test – Day 2, live scores, blog

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    With honours even after a back-and-forth opening day in the first Women’s Ashes Test, both Australia and England will look to push ahead on Day 2. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2:30pm (AEDT).

    England crawled their way through the opening day’s play, but the top order more or less did their job. At one point, they sat 2 for 119, but struggled following the departures of Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight.

    While Georgia Elwiss, Natalie Sciver and Sarah Taylor all got starts, wickets fell at regular intervals and a lack of positivity hurt the tourists as they went to stumps a disappointing 7 for 235.

    Even if they might have taken that score before the start of play, after looking to start building the run rate, it was a frustrating second half of the day.

    Full credit has to go to the Australian bowlers though, who toiled hard on a North Sydney Oval pitch which provided little.

    Ellyse Perry and Megan Schutt were good first up, but it was the spinners – Jess Jonassen and Amanda-Jade Wellington – who really applied the squeeze during the second half of the day. They bowled a majority of the second session, getting through 49 of the day’s overs between them.

    Jonassen was particularly good, bowling 31 overs and ending with figures of 2 for 52. She will be key early on Day 2 as Australia try to rip through the tail.

    What we did see was a pitch that, even if not providing much, had inconsistent bounce. There were enough balls keeping low during the day to give the batters plenty to think about. That’s only going to become more prominent as the pitch wears, make scoring tougher.

    Today’s first hour is critical. Australia need to be batting by the end of it, building a total before the night session. England will be looking to get through that hour, while keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

    If the swing Schutt was able to get is anything to go by, then Anya Shrubsole is going to be deadly under lights for the tourists.

    Day 2 prediction
    Australia should knock over the English tail pretty cheaply, then need to make hay while the sun shines, hang around during the night session, and start building a lead.

    England have some good swing bowlers though and that’s going to be easier said than done. I suspect the hosts might be on a similar score to England by the end of the day.

    Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of Day 2 at North Sydney Oval from 2:30pm (AEDT) and don’t forget to add a comment below.

    One of the mainstays of The Roar, Scott Pryde has written over 1,100 articles covering everything from rugby league to basketball, from tennis to cricket. You can follow him on Twitter @sk_pryde.

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    • Roar Guru

      9:44pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:44pm | ! Report

      Right then, that’ll do it here on The Roar for our live coverage of the second day of the Women’s Ashes Test as Australia and England head into tomorrow with the match still delicately poised.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage.

      That wraps up my involvement in this Test. The third day’s play will be live from 2:30pm (AEDT) with Andrew Costi tomomrrow, then Dylan Carmody will on for Day 4 from the same time.

      I’m live at 8pm (AEDT) tomorrow night with Australia and Lebanon in the Rugby League World Cup, and the Women’s Ashes T20’s start next Friday evening.

      Then, the men’s Ashes start on Thursday, November 23!

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      9:41pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:41pm | ! Report

      ENGLAND BOWLING – 1ST INNINGS

      Bowler name Overs Maidens Wickets Runs
      Katherine Brunt 12 5 1 26
      Anya Shrubsole 13 6 1 21
      Laura Marsh 23 8 1 28
      Sarah Ecclestone 17 3 2 51
      Natalie Sciver 11 2 33
      Heather Knight 4 1 9
      Georgia Elwiss 5 2 7
    • Roar Guru

      9:39pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:39pm | ! Report

      AUSTRALIAN 1ST INNINGS BATTING SCORECARD

      Pos. Batsman name How out Runs Balls faced 4’s 6’s
      1 Nicole Bolton Caught Shrubsole, Bowled Marsh 24 70 4
      2 Beth Mooney Caught Sciver, Bowled Ecclestone 27 102 2
      3 Alex Blackwell LBW, Ecclestone 6 35 1
      4 Ellyse Perry Not Out 70 174 10
      5 Elyse Villani Caught Taylor, Bowled Shrubsole 14 48 2
      6 Rachael Haynes LBW Brunt 33 74 5
      7 Alyssa Healy Not Out 1 7
      8 Tahlia McGrath
      9 Jess Jonassen
      10 Amanda-Jade Wellington
      11 Megan Schutt

      Extras – 2 (LB 2)

      TOTAL: 5/177 (85)

      Australia trail by 103 runs.

    • Roar Guru

      9:37pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:37pm | ! Report

      AUSTRALIAN BOWLING – 1ST INNINGS

      Wickets reasonably evenly spread around. Great work from Jess Jonassen yesterday and then Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry today.

      Bowler name Overs Maidens Wickets Runs
      Megan Schutt 24 7 2 51
      Ellyse Perry 21 2 3 59
      Tahlia McGrath 19 8 2 45
      Jess Jonassen 31 7 2 52
      Amanda-Jade Wellington 21 1 1 61
    • Roar Guru

      9:36pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:36pm | ! Report

      ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS BATTING SCORECARD

      England ended up all out for 280 at the end of their innings. Most of the damage was done up top, the final three wickets falling for 45 in 16 overs at the start of Day 2.

      Pos. Batter name How out Runs Balls faced 4’s 6’s
      1 Lauren Winfield Caught Bolton, Bowled McGrath 4 56
      2 Tammy Beaumont Caught Blackwell, Bowled Wellington 70 173 9
      3 Heather Knight LBW Jonassen 62 111 7
      4 Georgia Elwiss Caught Schutt, Bowled Perry 27 95 2
      5 Natalie Sciver LBW Jonassen 18 52 2
      6 Sarah Taylor C&B Perry 29 58 4
      7 Fran Wilson Caught Perry, Bowled Schutt 13 53
      8 Katherine Brunt Caught Jonassen, Bowled McGrath 1 4
      9 Anya Shrubsole Caught Villani, Bowled Schutt 20 47 4
      10 Laura Marsh Caught Healy, Bowled Perry 13 32 2
      11 Sarah Ecclestone Not Out 8 19 1

      Extras: 15 (B 3, LB 8, NB 4, W 0)

      TOTAL: 10/280 (116)

    • Roar Guru

      9:34pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:34pm | ! Report

      Australia trail by 103 runs with 5 wickets in hand at stumps on Day 2.

      Scorecards from the match so far to come.

    • Roar Guru

      9:34pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:34pm | ! Report

      STUMPS ON DAY 2

      Brunt attacks the pads of Perry, but she flicks it into the leg side. It won’t clear the field, but it simply doesn’t matter because Australia have survived to stumps five down.

      This has been a classy knock from Perry who goes to stumps on 70. Healy has done her job to get there, but Australia will be still disappointed with some cheap dismissals, including that of Rachael Haynes with the second new ball, just a few overs from stumps.

      Australia need to be more positive tomorrow. England have bowled well, but on a pitch providing nothing, this match is meandering long and could be headed for a draw if Australia don’t get going tomorrow. Of course, England could also wrap up the tail quickly, and that will be the plan with what is still a relatively new ball.

      Australia 5/177 (85)

    • Roar Guru

      9:32pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:32pm | ! Report

      Brunt goes just a fraction fuller this time, into the middle stump line and Perry is forward with a very solid defensive shot. Lovely technique.

      It should be the final ball of the day coming up.

      Australia 5/177 (84.5)

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