Australia vs England: Women’s Ashes Test – Day 4, live scores, blog

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    As we enter the fourth and final day of the historic day-night women’s Test match between Australia and England, we will soon see whether Australia will retain the Ashes by day’s end. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2:30pm (AEDT) at North Sydney Oval.

    Ellyse Perry made history yesterday, hitting a magnificent 213 not out to not only give Australia the ascendency in the first ever day-night women’s Test, but also to break the record for the highest score by an Australian woman in international cricket.

    Previously held by Karen Rolton, who hit 209 not out against England in 2001, Perry batted with class and poise as she composed a brilliant double century to make sure the Australians gained a 168-run lead, as the Aussies declared on 9/448, in response to England’s 280.

    Perry was supported by the tail of Australia, as wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy (45) Tahlia McGrath (47) and Jess Jonassen (24) all put on big partnerships with the all-rounder to see the Australians to a formidable lead.

    England batted out the day as Australia declared not long after the dinner break, as openers Tammy Beaumont (25*) and Lauren Winfield (12) saw out the rest of the day.

    As the final day looms, a win for Australia would see the hosts retain the Ashes, as the four points up for grabs would grant the Australians 8 points, exactly what they need to hold onto the famous urn.

    A draw, however, looks the most likely scenario, which would split the points between both England and Australia, meaning the English would have to win all three T20Is in order to win back the urn. An English victory is almost out of question.

    Players to watch
    Australia: Amanda-Jade Wellington
    The South Australian leg-spinner, Wellington has looked dangerous this series, but hasn’t had the impact on the scoreboard she would have liked. However, she has everything she needs to take a bag of wickets, bowling in the third innings, on a fourth day pitch. If she fires, Australia could have retained the Ashes by days end.

    England: Tammy Beaumont
    The opening pocket-rocket, Beaumont put together a well-compiled 70 before she fell to Wellington. She will look for triple figures on the last day, her first of the tour, and steady the English ship by seeing out the day to a draw.

    Prediction: Draw

    While this is a fourth-day wicket, the pitch seems to be playing fairly well, with no true demons in the wicket. England should see out the day, clean their wounds, and prepare for the T20Is to try to win back the Ashes, as they will see out a draw on the final day of play.

    Can Australia break England to retain the Ashes? Or will the English hold strong and live to fight another day? Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2:30pm (AEDT).