Women’s Ashes Test: Day three between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval, live blog

Ellyse Perry records a double century, as Australia declares its first innings at 9-448 for a lead of 168 runs over England on day three of the Women’s Ashes Test at North Sydney Oval. Follow our live blog for all the latest action.

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    ENG 0/25 – Winfield 5, Beaumont 19 (trailing by 143)
    There are cheers going around North Sydney Oval because Ellyse Perry has come into the attack. Unfortunately, this superstar all-rounder, has lost her mark. She’s laughing to herself trying to track down the start of her run-up. I think she’s got it now.
    FOUR! First ball from Perry and it’s clipped away by Beaumont and to the rope, aided by a McGrath mis-field.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    ENG 0/21 – Winfield 5, Beaumont 15 (trailing by 147)
    Jess Jonassen has been replaced by a seamer, but it’s not Perry. Tahlia McGrath comes on and bowls to Winfield.
    Winfield’s immediately tried to bash McGrath out of the ground. No bat on it and she really lost her shape on that one.
    A bit more controlled off her toes and that’s a single to fine leg.
    INSIDE EDGE! But it misses the off stump, running away off Healy pad for one.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Lisa Sthalekar is hoping the crowd increase we’ve seen each day will continue tomorrow.
    “You’d like to think that if Australia can pick up a couple of key wickets now that people will come along tomorrow to see Australia potentially win the match and retain the Ashes.”

    Brittany Carter 

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    ENG 0/19 – Winfield 4, Beaumont 14 (trailing by 149)
    The crowd is 3,932-strong. The biggest of the Test … so far.
    FOUR! Those nearly 4,000 people have just witnessed Tammy Beaumont cream a full ball from Schutt to the rope through wide mid-off.
    CARVED LIKE A BUTCHER! Big back lift, lovely flourish and Beaumont slash Schutt through cover like a bullet. Beautiful to watch.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    ENG 0/11 – Winfield 4, Beaumont 6 (trailing by 157)
    Jonassen continues despite the confusion of Charles Dagnall and Lisa Sthalekar.
    I was open to it, but this experiment doesn’t seem to be working. Both batters are defending Jonaassen very easily as we speak.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Charles Dagnall can’t understand why Perry wasn’t given the ball to open with SchuttLisa Sthalekaragrees it’s a strange decision.
    “Well I’m a little bit confused as well. Very strange that you’ve got a new pill… Why not give it to the player in form? Momentum is the key in cricket, but it’s also session by session. Everyone was hanging around to see her bowl.”

    Brittany Carter 

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    ENG 0/11 – Winfield 4, Beaumont 6 (trailing by 157)
    Schutt’s in-swing isn’t concerning the openers right now. Also, with Jonassen scuffing the ball up at the other end, I can’t imagine the swing’s going to be there for long, so she needs to make it work now.
    FOUR! Using Schutt’s pass, Beaumont late cuts and it races behind point and away to the rope.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • ENG 0/7 – Winfield 4, Beaumont 2 (trailing by 161)
    This pair is eager to run. They’re rotating the strike well out there and not hesitating to get out of the blocks.

    Jon Healy 

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    ENG 0/4 – Winfield 3, Beaumont 1 (trailing by 164)
    RUN-OUT CHANCE! Beaumont bunts to covers and Winfield’s slow to take off. Jonassen whipped it in very quickly and right over the stumps. Healy takes the bails tidily, but she’s not out. A direct hit would’ve had her.
    Schutt’s swinging it in to the right-handers, but it’s not troubling them yet.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    ENG 0/3 – Winfield 3, Beaumont 0 (trailing by 165)
    Interestingly, Ellyse Perry won’t take the new ball, nor will Tahlia McGrath. It’s Jess Jonassen bowling. As if this ball doesn’t get scuffed up quick enough already. Still a bit of natural variation could make things interesting for these openers.
    Winfield gets some width and cuts hard, getting through rapidly for a second run as Perry’s throw comes in. The crowd’s really into it now after narrowly avoiding sleep earlier today.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    ENG 0/1 – Winfield 1, Beaumont 0 (trailing by 167)
    Megan Schutt starts up and immediately a ball goes underground. Worrying signs for England’s batters.
    Schutt hoops a ball in at Winfield, who drives against the swing and charges through for a single.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • She’s pretty good, ey?

    Jon Healy 

  • Congratulations on 200 runs.

    Audience comment from Lorraine Ellis 

  • 200 Runs…Come on Girl

    Audience comment from Lorraine Ellis….. 

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    Australia declares at 9-448 – a lead of 168 runs

    A stunning dig by Ellyse Perry highlights an Australian innings that was at times glacial, but that 200 is one of the most memorable knocks you’ll see.
    She was comfortable from the opening ball, started scoring freely late yesterday and then today took what the bowlers gave her, which was a bucketload of singles. She has the third-highest score in a women’s Test innings, and now the poor sod has to bowl.
    She’s just spent 466 minutes at the crease over two days and will probably be opening the bowling. That’s just gross.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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  • The real 200* for Ellyse Perry! Crowd here fooled everyone. With their arms up, we all thought she’d hit a six to bring up the double ton. Doesn’t matter as the real total came shortly after. Before today Perry had never scored 100. Now she’s doubled it. 
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    AUS 9/448 – Perry 213, Schutt 1 (ENG: 280)
    The field’s been brought up for Perry to start Ecclestone’s over. Perry’s already done the full celebration, so I don’t no what she’ll do if and when she actually gets it. I imagine a sheepish grin will be the done thing.
    Ecclestone’s keeping it tight with a close field.

    A DOUBLE-CENTURY FOR PERRY!! (For real this time)

    After the false start, Perry this time belted a four back down the ground and made sure of it.
    WHACK!! Four more for Perry, this time over the head of the bowler.
    MAXIMUM! MAXIMUM!! She drills a six over cow corner and now has the highest score by an Australian woman.

    And there’s the declaration!

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 9/434 – Perry 199, Schutt 1 (ENG: 280)
    Here’s the list of women who have scored more than her in a Test innings as it currently stands…

    PERRY GOES BANG … but it’s not bang enough. It also doesn’t find anyone’s hands. I twas in the air for a while, but the fielders can’t pick it up in the air.
    And Schutt top-edges one, but the woman at 45 can’t get in to it in time. The crowd goes up.

    THAT’S A DOUBLE-CENTURY FOR ELLYSE PERRY!

    NO IT’S NOT!!

    The ball fell short. The crowd thought it was six, Perry thought it was six, but it was a four over mid-wicket.
    And then she takes a single to the leg side and there’s a hint at a second, but not this time.
    Megan Schutt needs to survive the end of this over.
    Massive cheers for two dot balls faced by Schutt. Everyone’s laughing out there.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 9/427 – Perry 193, Schutt 0 (ENG: 280)
    Sure, an off drive for a single to start. That’s new.

    WELLINGTON’S GONE!!

    She tried the sweep, but she was too early on it and swung over the top of the ball. It hit her in the ribs but it was adjacent and she’s got to go.
    BIG SHOUT! Schutt was hit on the toe on the full, but it was sliding down leg.
    Schutt negotiates the over. Now, Perry time!

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 8/426 – Perry 192, Wellington 2 (ENG: 280)
    Perry whips to long-on again and that’s another single. If she wants boundaries they’re going to have to be sixes.
    One more tight run with the prod to square leg. And then Perry absolutely creams a straight drive, but long-off gets around to keep it to one yet again.
    A dot ball ends the over and Perry will be on strike against Ecclestone.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 8/423 – Perry 190, Wellington 1 (ENG: 280)
    Big shout for LBW on Wellington, but the number 10 got herself outside the line and sneaks through for a leg bye.
    All the while, mum is up in the stands keeping the camera trained on her daughter.
    Another whip off the toes by Perry into the deep. The double-ton is now 10 runs away.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 8/421 – Perry 189, Wellington 1 (ENG: 280)
    Marsh bowls again and Perry almost chips her first ball straight back to the bowler.
    Charge, drive and another single.

    OUT!! Jonassen falls while trying to push the pace!

    The ball was wide and Jonassen swung hard at it, but her feet were going straight down the centre of the pitch. The top edge went straight up and down the throat of Lauren Winfield at point.
    Isa Guha: The interesting thing for me watching that replay was that Winfield was looking at [the ball] saying ‘As if you’ve been bowling with this!’.
    Amanda-Jade Wellington gets off the mark and keeps the strike, turning a ball to square leg to end the over.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Mel Jones says Perry scored her first ton with a new bat.
    “I noticed the first day that Perry had a brand new bat. The bat she’d been using for the World Cup had a lot of marks on it and you could tell it had a lot of use. She had been using it for a very long time. Everyone loves their favourite bat so you always wonder, will it be the same?”

    Brittany Carter 

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    AUS 7/419 – Perry 188, Jonassen 24 (ENG: 280)
    Another single for Perry as Ecclestone continues. This is her 34th over. How many times do you reckon this 18-year-old has spent this much time in the field? Not often, right?
    Jonassen shuffles and adds a single to long-on. Can’t force the issue too much.
    Perry tries to start something, charging and swinging aggressively, but again it’s straight to long-on and just one more run.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Mel Jones can’t stop smiling looking at the scoreboard.
    “Could they tease them and change into their whites… but just not declare?”

    Brittany Carter 

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    AUS 7/416 – Perry 186, Jonassen 23 (ENG: 280)
    FOUR! Jonassen’s on drive was strong but it really should have been cleaned up on the rope by Ecclestone. Maybe she was rushed by Jonassen and Perry pushing for the second and got ahead of herself, but that was sloppy. She looks zapped.
    One more cheeky single for Jonassen and Australia, stealing one to mid-on.
    And Perry beats mid-off on the charge to add another single.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 7/410 – Perry 185, Jonassen 18 (ENG: 280)
    FYI, Perry is now 11th all-time for women’s Tests, with time to third at least.
    These are the women who have better digs in Tests…

    She goes one run closer with a straight drive that Sophie Ecclestone can’t handle.
    FOUR!! Perfect sweep shot by Jonassen, hitting with whatever minimal spin there is and too powerfully for long leg to stop it on the dive.
    Then she gets up the other end with a whip to mid-on, and Perry takes one to the same part of the ground.
    Jonassen ends the over with a powerful pull shot. She’s trying to push the pace.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 7/402 – Perry 183, Jonassen 12 (ENG: 280)
    Jonassen gives Perry the strike with another bunt to leg.
    Clever stuff by Perry to use Marsh’s angle and width to push a couple of runs to the third-man region.
    Twice in a row. Exactly the same delivery and exactly the same result, taking Australia past 400.
    Sure. One more run to deep mid-wicket.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 7/396 – Perry 178, Jonassen 11 (ENG: 280)
    Elwiss starts with a short ball, but it barely gets off the ground and Perry almost throws her shoulder out trying to pull that away for a single.
    Once again Jonassen slaps a ball through the leg side, but the sweeper in the deep keeps it to one.
    FOUR! Perry gets a look at another short ball and it sits up into the zone – belted through mid-wicket.
    Then another single to long-on.
    Slashed through point by Jonassen and she’s almost run out as she tried to come back for an ill-advised second but Brunt threw to the wrong end. Brunt’s fuming because she didn’t get a call.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 7/388 – Perry 172, Jonassen 9 (ENG: 280)
    One more for Jonassen to point as Marsh resumes. Perry is still only scoring in singles for most part.
    BANG! A slight shuffle to create a half-volley and Jonassen bashes one back over Marsh’s head.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Mel Jones is wondering about England’s efforts in the field. They don’t look like they are really trying to get Perry out.
    “You actually wonder what England would prefer. Do they try and keep Ellyse Perry out there as long as they can, before she has to come out and bowl? [For Perry] I think the fitness side of things is fine, it’s the mental thing that’s probably more of the worry backing up.”

    Brittany Carter 

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    AUS 7/382 – Perry 171, Jonassen 4 (ENG: 280)
    Elwiss to Perry again. There has at least been some intent shown. Hopefully it continues. In saying that, the field’s still very defensive and Perry’s strong off drive earns her just one.
    Jonassen almost runs herself out, but eventually adds a single and keeps the strike for the next over.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 7/380 – Perry 170, Jonassen 3 (ENG: 280)
    Perry’s happy to take the runs on offer and not force the issue as Marsh continues.
    She’s in at Jonassen’s toes and that’s easy pickings for the all-rounder.
    WOOF! Big swing from Perry and the ball skies over mid-wicket but Sophie Ecllestone can’t get under it. That looked for all money like it would either go for six or be a wicket, but Ecclestone was very slow coming around.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 7/377 – Perry 168, Jonassen 2 (ENG: 280)
    OK. The teams are out on the field. Let’s hope for some action in this session.
    First ball after dinner and Perry does the same thing she’s been doing all day, driving down the ground for a single.
    Tidy stuff by Jess Jonassen to get off the mark, whipping beautifully off her toes as Elwiss angles in from around the wicket.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • -Clay Haynes

  • Not sure, Clay. Perhaps it’s a ground revenue thing but I’d only be guessing.

    Jon Healy 

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  • Charlotte Edwards wraps up the session as we head to dinner.
    “It’s been an unbelievable performance from Ellyse Perry. Just watching the England team walk off they look really tired. They’ve got to somehow pick themselves up. They’ve got a big 40 minute break now and I think the hour after this break is going to be very important. It will set the tone. If England can take some quick wickets, it’ll change the momentum.”

    Brittany Carter 

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    DINNER: Australia 7-374 (Ellyse Perry 167* and Jess Jonassen 0*)

    I’d be lying if I said that was an exciting session, but Ellyse Perry remains a sight to behold. She’s played a flawless innings and currently sits on 167 off 335 balls. It’s the sixth-highest Test score by an Aussie woman and tied for 14th overall.
    Tahlia McGrath also deserves some praise, nabbing 47 runs on debut and playing the occasional big shot to keep me awake there.

    .@RicFinlay notes Ellyse Perry & Tahlia McGrath partnership of 103 set an Australian Test record stand for the seventh wicket 

    England really had no intention of getting Perry out and look happy to draw this game, which is just a very boring way to play cricket.
    Now the tactics come into play. Will Australia declare? If so, when? Join me after the dinner break to find out.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 7/374 – Perry 167, Jonassen 0 (ENG: 280)
    Knight continues and Perry gives the strike to the new batter, Jess Jonassen, straight away.
    Knight will ball the last ball of the session and the fact Jonassen came out at all says to me that Australia won’t declare at dinner.
    Din-dins!!

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 7/373 – Perry 166, Jonassen 0 (ENG: 280)
    Elwiss steams in and Perry can take another single to long-on. I’m sorry I can’t say much more than that.
    You know who else knows how to do that? Tahlia McGrath.
    WOO! Four runs! Lofted over mid-wicket and bouncing over the rope by Perry.
    And then drop and run to the off side for a single.

    GONE!! McGrath falls short of 50!

    Elwiss tossed her one on the full and she tried to clobber it over the leg side, but skied it straight in the air and Sciver takes the catch at mid-wicket.
    Charlotte Edwards: Another poor delivery gets an Australian wicket. That’s probably been three throughout the innings. She’s just got straight under that and it’s straight up in the air. That’s Georgia Elwiss’ first Test wicket.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Charlotte Edwards says Perry will be happy to stay out in the middle as long as she can.
    “Thing is with Ellyse Perry, she doesn’t get bored. She is so patient. She loves ticking runs over.”

    Brittany Carter 

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    AUS 6/366 – Perry 160, McGrath 46 (ENG: 280)
    Perry charges Knight and steals another single and McGrath does the same, albeit to a different part of the ground.
    Another one to mid-off for Perry. That was a very tight one thanks to a Brunt dive.
    Meanwhile, McGrath wants to open up, but she can’t hit it cleanly, bouncing a single to long-on.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 6/361 – Perry 157, McGrath 44 (ENG: 280)
    The skipper and keeper have a chat about the state of the ball before chucking it to Georgia Elwiss and saying ‘See what you can get out of that’.
    Dueling singles for McGrath and Perry.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 6/358 – Perry 155, McGrath 43 (ENG: 280)
    Heather Knight to Tahlia McGrath.
    Watching this session like…

    McGrath manages to edge a single before Perry middles a cut shot to deepish cover.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 6/356 – Perry 154, McGrath 42 (ENG: 280)
    The batters are having a long chin-wag about something in between overs. And maybe it had an impact, because McGrath’s back to walking across her stumps and whipping for a couple from way outside off.
    And a mix-up! McGrath pushed to point and Perry took off again. No single there.
    Wide. Not even landing on the cut stuff there by Nat Sciver. McGrath wants to get after the bowler but she can’t get it in the middle right now.
    She’s got a big back lift but all she can do to that yorker is bunt it back down the ground.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Having been there before, Charlotte Edwards is empathising with her former England teammates. They must be feeling tired.
    “It’s been a tough day if you’re an England fan. I’m starting to feel for them now… you know, 144 overs. It’s a long time.”

    Brittany Carter 

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    AUS 6/352 – Perry 154, McGrath 39 (ENG: 280)
    Ellyse Perry, the sixth Australian woman to pass 150 in a Test, faces up to a new bowler – Heather Knight.
    Perry gets on the sweep straight away and she picks up two runs as Shrubsole tracks down a very slow ball near the rope.
    One more off the pads for Perry. She doesn’t seem to have the same intent as McGrath.
    Another single off the pads by McGrath. Well, they’re not attacking Heather Knight.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 6/348 – Perry 151, McGrath 38 (ENG: 280)
    Sciver to Perry but she strays down leg. She does get herself off strike. So, will we see more fireworks from McGrath?
    MIX-UP! McGrath’s on the walk across her stumps and whipping to leg. Perry takes off from the non-striker’s but she’s sent back and dives to make her ground.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 6/347 – Perry 150, McGrath 38 (ENG: 280)
    Perry gets one run closer to 150.
    YEEEEEEESSSS!! McGrath goes up and over mid-on, sending the ball bouncing over the rope. Excitement. Please be a sign of things to come.
    Straight away Ecclestone goes back onto the rope and McGrath takes that single.
    England’s bringing the field up a little bit to at least try and prevent Perry from reaching 150.

    150 for Perry!!

    Great stuff for this weapon. This third 50 has been slow going, but she’s there now, off 318 balls and maybe she can start hitting the accelerator now.
    Lisa Sthalekar: Wonderful innings by Ellyse Perry. They say [when you] score a 100, score a big one. They have fed her a lot of singles.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Lisa Sthalekar says the pitch hasn’t changed much over three days at North Sydney.
    “Though it has seamed a lot easier today to bat on. I don’t know if it’s the fact that England are a little bit tired from bowling a lot of overs yesterday. They managed to bowl a number of maidens… Laura Marsh being the main culprit.”

    Brittany Carter 

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    AUS 6/340 – Perry 148, McGrath 33 (ENG: 280)
    Can Sciver actually manufacture a maiden here?
    Nope. Perry drives for a single to long-off. We really need a short-hand for that.
    Let’s hope once she reaches 150 these two tee off.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 6/339 – Perry 147, McGrath 33 (ENG: 280)
    Another single to start the over? Sure, why not?
    And one to McGrath too? Great.
    A shuffle down the pitch and a drive to long-off and that’s a single. You wouldn’t read about it.
    Well hello, Tahlia McGrath. She dances down and belts a full toss at mid-on. It took a nasty bounce, but Ecclestone managed to rein it in. Signs of life.
    And Perry singles it up, taking what’s being offered.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Lisa Sthalekar ​would like to see Australia declare after dinner.
    “Australia needs to be the one to take the risks here. They are the only ones that can force a result. I think soon after dinner they should send England in.”

    Brittany Carter 

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    AUS 6/334 – Perry 144, McGrath 31 (ENG: 280)
    Nat Sciver starts her engine again Perry stretches to squirt a ball out for a single behind point.
    And then a bye sneaks through Sarah Taylor’s legs. McGrath hung the bat out at it again, but couldn’t get anything on it.
    One more for Perry to long-on.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

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    AUS 6/331 – Perry 142, McGrath 31 (ENG: 280)
    Marsh will bowl to McGrath, with fielders all over the place in her eyeline.
    McGrath gets herself up the other end with a neat prod to mid-wicket off the back foot.
    And Perry’s able to follow suit with a slapped drive to long-off. Good urgency by Fran Wilson to keep it to one run.

    Jon Healy (Updated: )

  • FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

    Lisa Sthalekar says England’s current tactics show they are hoping for a draw.
    “England are trying to eat into the time they have to bat. Australia are coasting and they’re not really forcing it either. England aren’t really trying to pick up wickets. So its likely England are trying to get a draw out of this game and it means Australia are the only ones that can try and force a result.”

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