By Michael Stafford-Jones
- England and Australia draw the only Test to leave the Women’s Ashes poised at 6-4 in the hosts’ favour ahead of the T20s.
- Ellyse Perry scores a superb unbeaten 213 to give Australia 168-run first-innings lead and a chance of victory.
- Lauren Winfield, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight and Georgia Elwiss bat with admirable discipline and concentration to save the game.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Heather Knight scores a fifty in each innings to guide England to an encouraging draw in the Women’s Ashes Test after Ellyse Perry’s brilliant 213 sets Australia up to push for victory.
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Lauren Winfield – 6/10 – Made up for her first-innings failure with a dogged innings of 34 from 145 balls in the second innings which went a long way to helping her side save the game.
Tammy Beaumont – 8/10 – Looked comfortable at the crease in her third Test match and batted with impressive fluency at times. The only disappointment is that she did not convert her first innings 70 into a maiden Test hundred.
Heather Knight – 9/10 – Superb captain’s performance with the bat. Picked up where she left off in the Third ODI with 62 in the first innings and a match-saving unbeaten 79 from 220 balls in the second. Dropped a catch in the field and erred by choosing Sophie Ecclestone to open the bowling on day three.
Georgia Elwiss – 7/10 – Fully justified her inclusion with a promising 27 in the first innings a mature 45 off 190 balls in the second which demonstrated impressive technique and concentration. Also took the wicket of Tahlia McGrath.
Natalie Sciver – 4/10 – Yet to hit her stride in the series. Only made 18 with the bat in the first innings and rarely threatened with the ball. Should have had a wicket when she trapped Alyssa Healy lbw plumb in front but the umpire did not give it out. Took two catches in an ever-reliable fielding display.
Sarah Taylor – 6/10 – Made a classy start (29 off 58 balls) to her innings and was a bit unlucky to get out when her drive hit Ellyse Perry’s arm and popped up for an easy catch. Kept well and took a superb catch to dismiss Elyse Villani.
Fran Wilson – 3/10 – Struggled for form and fluency against accurate Australian bowling during her innings of 13 from 53 balls.
Katherine Brunt – 6/10 – Bowled with heart and discipline on a flat pitch that offered her very little assistance. Trapped Rachael Haynes lbw and only conceded two runs per over as she took 1-44.
Anya Shrubsole – 5/10 – Struggled to trouble the Australian batsmen on many occasions but took one wicket when Taylor caught Villani. Struck some eye-catching boundaries during good cameo of 20 with the bat.
Laura Marsh – 7/10 – England’s best bowler in the match. Impressive accuracy, good changes of pace and she occasionally went round the wicket to vary the angle. Rewarded with the wickets of Nicole Bolton, Alyssa Healy and Jess Jonassen as she took 3-109 in 44 overs.
Sophie Ecclestone – 6/10 – Encouraging debut from the 18-year-old. Raised hopes of an England victory on Day Two when she dismissed Beth Mooney and Alex Blackwell, but suffered an early barrage from Perry and Healy on Day Three. Recovered well to take a third wicket.
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Nicole Bolton – 3/10 – Made a decent start but fell to Marsh for 24 before she could make a significant impact on the match.
Beth Mooney – 3/10 – Laboured to 27 off 102 balls and then became Ecclestone’s first Test victim when she was caught be Sciver.
Alex Blackwell – 2/10 – Missed a straight one from Ecclestone early in her innings and was out for 6. Took an important catch to dismiss Beaumont in the first innings.
Ellyse Perry – 10/10 – Magnificent double hundred (her first-ever score of 100+ in an international) that completely eliminated England’s hopes of victory and would have been worthy of winning any game. Also bowled well to take 3-59 in the first innings.
Elyse Villani – 2/10 – Dismissed for 14 by Taylor’s excellent catch before she could make an impact with the bat. Took a good catch to end Shrubsole’s cameo.
Rachael Haynes – 5/10 – Looked good during her 33 before Brunt trapped her lbw. Rotated bowlers and set fields intelligently in the first innings but could not do much about the lifeless pitch in the second.
Alyssa Healy – 6/10 – Took the attack to the England bowlers in style with her innings of 45, made during an excellent 102 partnership with Perry.
Tahlia McGrath – 8/10 – Impressive debut. Bowled well in both innings (2-45 and 1-12) and showed her considerable skill with the bat to make 47. Lucky to be dropped first ball by Knight.
Jess Jonassen – 7/10 – Good all-round contribution. Took key wickets of Knight and Sciver in first innings as well as a catch, and made a useful 24 with the bat. Bowled tidily without success in the second innings.
Amanda-Jade Wellington – 7/10 – Took vital wicket of Beaumont in both innings – clipped the England opener’s off-stump with indisputably the best ball of the match in the second – and bowled with admirable control throughout her 57 overs in a promising debut.
Megan Schutt – 5/10 – Looked curiously out-of-sorts in both innings, except for a short spell on day two when she dismissed both Wilson and Shrubsole with short balls.
The First T20I between England and Australia begins at 8.10am GMT on Friday 19th November 2017.
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