By Michael Stafford-Jones
- England are 4-0 down in the Ashes after losing the 2nd ODI to Australia by 75 runs (D/L Method)
- Rachael Haynes’ brilliant 89 and Megan Schutt’s outstanding bowling (4/26) propel the hosts to victory
- Katherine Brunt scores maiden ODI fifty and Jenny Gunn takes 4/55 to give England some encouragement
COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA – England Women turn in a poor all-round performance and are hammered by a very impressive Australian team in the 2nd ODI. The hosts now lead the series 4-0.
Lauren Winfield – 1/10 – Missed a straight delivery early in her innings and was out lbw for 2.
Tammy Beaumont – 2/10 – Struck one ball sweetly to the leg-side boundary but was out lbw for 8. Dropped Rachael Haynes on 61.
Sarah Taylor – 5/10 – Made another good start (27 off 41 balls) but failed to go on to a significant score for the second match running. Out edging to the keeper. Made a sharp stumping to dismiss Ellyse Perry.
Heather Knight – 7/10 – Very unlucky to be given out when she under-edged a straight ball from Amanda-Jade Wellington onto her pad. She was on 36 from 53 balls and looking well set to make a real captain’s knock. Let down by some of her bowlers in the field but took a superb catch at point to dismiss Elyse Villani.
Natalie Sciver – 0/10 – Awful day for England’s premier all-rounder. First she went for 40 runs in the five overs she bowled, then she played a big shot early in her innings and was out caught for just 5.
Fran Wilson – 7/10 – Looked in good touch during sensible innings of 37 off 43 balls. Dismissed by an excellent catch by Perry in the deep when she tried to increase the run rate.
Katherine Brunt – 7/10 – Batted superbly during fast-paced fifty but was left too much to do by her teammates. Struggled with the ball as she went for 55 in eight overs.
Jenny Gunn – 8/10 – Excellent bowling performance to take 4 for 55. Came out to bat in a virtually impossible situation and was bowled by Kristen Beams for 9.
Sophie Ecclestone – 6/10 – Figures of 1 for 49 in her first Ashes match represents an encouraging start for the 18-year-old slow left-armer.
Anya Shrubsole – 4/10 – Uncharacteristically ineffective with the ball (0 for 55 in 10 overs) but showed some spirit with the bat, hitting four boundaries in her quickfire 21.
Alex Hartley – 5/10 – Threatened at times with the ball and got the wicket of Nicole Bolton, but also quite expensive (1 for 40 in 7 overs). Took an excellent catch to dismiss Tahlia McGrath.
Alyssa Healy – 8/10 – Excellent, fast-paced opener’s knock (56 off 55 balls) that set up everything that came after her. Very good catch behind the stumps to dismiss Taylor.
Nicole Bolton – 7/10 – Slow-paced but important 66 off 100 balls that provided good support for the bigger hitters she was batting with. Unable to take hard chance in the deep.
Ellyse Perry – 7/10 – Her terrific attacking innings of 67 off 76 balls was exactly the kind of contribution Australia wanted from her at number three. Had only bowled 2.4 overs before she was banned from bowling any more in the match after bowling two successive beamers.
Elyse Villani – 1/10 – Out for just 1 after playing a loose shot. Brilliantly caught by Knight at point.
Rachael Haynes – 9/10 – Stunning, swashbuckling innings of 89 off 56 balls (including 9 fours and 3 sixes) propelled Australia to their high total of 296/6.
Alex Blackwell – 8/10 – Showed great intent at the crease with two early drives for four and never lost that intensity throughout her match-winning innings of 67 from 86 balls. Was lucky to be dropped on 35.
Tahlia McGrath – 7/10 – Looked impressive during her first proper international bowling spell. Caused problems for all of England’s top order and was rewarded with the wicket of Taylor.
Amanda-Jade Wellington – 6/10 – Not as economical as in the first game but almost as threatening. Got the important wicket of England captain Knight.
Jess Jonassen – 7/10 – Ensured England did not make Australia too nervous by dismissing Sciver and Shrubsole. Perhaps a little expensive but an important part of her team’s bowling attack.
Megan Schutt – 9/10 – Outstanding fast bowling (4 for 26 in 8 overs) eliminated the slim chance England had of winning the match. All four wickets were major players: Winfield, Beaumont, Wilson and Brunt.
Kristen Beams – 8/10 – Impressive return to the team gives Australia a selection headache when Ashleigh Gardner is back. Dismissed Gunn and Ecclestone and was the most economical spinner in the attack.
The 3rd Women’s ODI between England and Australia begins at Coffs Harbour at 00:15 GMT on Sunday 29th October.
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