15/04/2024

Heather Knight was the star on day two of the Women's Ashes Test. (Photo: cricket.com.au)

Australia is in the box seat at stumps on day two of the Women's Ashes Test, however a brilliant century from England captain Heather Knight has kept the tourists in with a chance.

Australia is in the box seat at stumps on day two of the Women’s Ashes Test, however a brilliant century from England captain Heather Knight has kept the tourists in with a chance.

The day started off perfectly for England, who made light work of the Australian tail, with the home side declaring at 9/337. English veteran Katherine Brunt led the charge for the bowlers, picking up her first five wicket haul in 16 years.

“It was about coming out and making really short work of it this morning, not spending too much time out there,” Brunt said.

The 36-year-old bowled an early contender for ball of the series with her delivery to dismiss Annabel Sutherland, a beautiful out-swinger hitting the top of off-stump.

“She’s a very good batter and I know that from playing at the stars with her,” Brunt continued.

“It had to be a very good ball to dismiss Annabel.”

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England struggled in response with wickets falling at regular intervals for the tourists. Knight led the charge for England scoring an unbeaten 127 as they reached 8/235 at stumps.

“She [Knight] is resilient as ever,” Brunt said.

“If you want to lead by example that’s how you do it, we all believed that she can do it.”

Sophie Ecclestone was the only other batter to score more than 20, with the ninth wicket partnership currently standing at 64 runs between her and Knight.

“Unfortunately no one could back her up,” Brunt said.

However she has not given up hope on this Test, and still holds the belief England can win the only Women’s Ashes Test.

“I think you can win from anywhere… Not an ideal start with the bat, but the fight that we’re showing should be an example of it means to us and what we’re trying to achieve with this Test.

The England pace bowler has also praised the state of the pitch, in what has been a even battle between bat and ball over the first two days.

“We don’t often get to play on wickets that have a little bit of something in it for the bowlers. The pitch has been great for cricket, it’s a breath of fresh air,” she said.

“No one wants to play on a pitch where you don’t get a result, we want to be able to showcase our skills with bat and ball.”

England will resume play on day two trailing by 102 runs with two wickets in hand.

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