Australia vs England: Women’s Ashes Test – Day 1, live scores, blog

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    Australia hold the lead in the Women’s Ashes and have the potential to wrap it up, but Test cricket is a different challenge and England will be desperate as the teams head to North Sydney Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of Day 1 from 2:30pm (AEDT).

    The Aussies won two of the three one-day matches and lead the Ashes by four points to two.

    With a series total of 16 points up for grabs, the Test match is worth four, with three T20s rounding it out worth two apiece. As the holders, Australia need to reach eight points to retain the Ashes, so a win in the Test will seal the series. England need to rack up ten points for a series victory – or nine in the event of a draw.

    The hosts’ form was superb during the second one-day match in particular. While the first was a scrappy win, Australia were utterly dominant in the second as they clinched a 4-0 lead in the series.

    It was Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes who led the way in that match with the bat, although batting for long periods of time in Test cricket is a different challenge.

    Beth Mooney, who will open the batting, is coming off a century in their warm-up game against an ACT XI, so there are plenty of positive signs for the Australian line-up. With Megan Schutt in fantastic form and spinner Amanda Wellington also bowling well, England’s batting order will need to stand up.

    England’s batting wasn’t good enough in the first two one-day matches, although it was better in the third thanks to Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor and Heather Knight, all of whom will have to be at the top of their game against the pink ball for the tourists to succeed.

    The trio struggled in the first innings of their tour game against a Cricket Australia XI, although Taylor bounced back with 85 in the second dig. Lauren Winfield also hit some form, scoring 82. What was pleasing was the way Katherine Brunt got the new ball to swing, picking up four wickets in the first innings.

    She troubled Australia during the limited overs fixtures and will be the key for England to limit scores here.

    Prediction
    Australia have been the more dominant of the two teams, and with Alex Blackwell, Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry leading the charge, as well as the bowling of Schutt, it’s hard to see England winning away from home.

    Australia to retain the Women’s Ashes.

    Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of the first day’s play in the Women’s Ashes Test from 2:30pm (AEDT) and don’t forget to add a comment in the section below.

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    • 1:10am
      Doctor Rotcod said | 1:10am | ! Report

      Thanks for that Scott,
      Shrubsole did some good work for the Scorchers last season and five for against India in the World Cup final.
      Her bowling is better than her batting…

      • Roar Guru

        11:34am
        Scott Pryde said | 11:34am | ! Report

        Cheers mate,

        Yeah Shrubsole is going to be lethal with the pink ball.

    • Roar Guru

      9:42pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:42pm | ! Report

      Right then, that’ll be that for our live coverage of the first day’s play of the Women’s Ashes Test right here on The Roar. Thanks for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed the coverage.

      I’ll be back here on The Roar tomorrow, live with Day 2 from 2:30pm (AEDT).

      Enjoy the rest of your evening and it’s goodbye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      9:40pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:40pm | ! Report

      BOWLING SCORECARD

      Bowler name Overs Maidens Wickets Runs
      Megan Schutt 19 7 33
      Ellyse Perry 18 2 2 48
      Tahlia McGrath 14 5 2 35
      Jess Jonassen 31 7 2 52
      Amanda-Jade Wellington 18 1 56
    • Roar Guru

      9:38pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:38pm | ! Report

      BATTING SCORECARD – England 1st innings

      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 Not Out 11 38
      8 Katherine Brunt Caught Jonassen, Bowled McGrath 1 4
      9 Anya Shrubsole Not Out 0 15
      10 Laura Marsh
      11 Sarah Ecclestone

      Extras – 13 (B 3, LB 8, W 0, NB 2)

      TOTAL: 7/235 (100)

    • Roar Guru

      9:35pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:35pm | ! Report

      Roarers, thoughts on the first day of this Test match?

    • Roar Guru

      9:35pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:35pm | ! Report

      STUMPS ON DAY 1
      The final ball of the day then. Wellington tosses it up outside the off stump, it turns away into the gloves of Healy and that, will be that.

      Great day’s play at North Sydney Oval. It’s ebbed and flowed, but in the end, you’d have to think honours are reasonably even between the sides.

      Australia will be quite happy though given the situation of the game. England were at one point 2 for 130 with Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight plugging along well. They both went past half centuries, but the wickets fell regularly after that with Georgia Elwiss, Natalie Sciver and Sarah Taylor all managing to get starts. In the end, Fran Wilson and Anya Shrubsole saw it through to stumps.

      Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry bowled well early without luck, before Tahlia McGrath picked up the opening wicket. Amanda-Jade Wellington and Jess Jonassen got through plenty of quality work in the middle of the day before Perry came back wih the new ball under lights and did a superb job of grabbing a few wickets.

      Big day’s play to come tomorrow. Australia need to get in early, but first they will have three wickets to get. England will want as many runs as possible, but need to keep the game moving.

      England 7/235 (100)

    • Roar Guru

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

      Wellington gets her line a bit straighter this time and Wilson is forward in defence, just pushing it out to cover.

      The next is shorter, on that good line again and Wilson again cuts through point for a couple.

      England 7/235 (99.5)

    • Roar Guru

      9:31pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      Wilson tosses this up on a very full length and it turns away outside the line of off stump. The next is just a bit shorter but again left alone.

      England 7/233 (99.3)

    • Roar Guru

      9:30pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:30pm | ! Report

      Fielders under the helmet on either side for Wellington. That little delay probably assures this to be the last over, so plenty of pressure on Fran Wilson right here.

      The first ball of this over is outside off, turning and there’s plenty of width. Wilson hits the cut shot behind point and they grab a couple for it.

      England 7/233 (99.1)

    • Roar Guru

      9:28pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:28pm | ! Report

      Amanda-Jade Wellington back into the attack. This will be a one over spell, because there certainly isn’t time for three overs.

    • Roar Guru

      9:28pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:28pm | ! Report

      Shrubsole defends one off a length just outside the off stump, before she goes with a half volley length ball outside off stump. Shrubsole misses it and Healy does the keeping.

      There may well be time for 2 overs here. McGrath flew through that, but the English batters aren’t in any hurry to get back in position.

      England 7/231 (99)

    • Roar Guru

      9:27pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:27pm | ! Report

      That really ducked in off the pitch there from McGrath. Right into the hips of Wilson who adjusts well and gets a single through square leg. Nice ball that, but well dealt with by Wilson.

      England 7/231 (98.4)

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