England skipper Heather Knight showed her class playing a lone hand for the tourists with the bat, reaching her second test century on Day 2 in the Women’s Ashes Test in Canberra.
Australia added 10 runs to their overnight score, declaring at 9/337 as Katherine Brunt completed her third five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Her first in 16 years.
England lost wickets all throughout the afternoon with three Australian bowlers claiming their first wickets in Test match cricket, as only one other batter scored more than 15 runs to go along with Knight with the bat in hand.
Here are the moments that mattered from Day 2 in Canberra:
Brunt submits entry for ball of the summer, claims third test five -for
The experienced England seamer had her tail up yesterday right from the word go when she dismissed the dangerous Alyssa Healy in her second over of the Test match to get England off and running.
After taking three wickets on Day one, Brunt submitted her entry for ‘ball of the summer’ when she bowled Annabel Sutherland to give her her fourth wicket of the innings.
The perfect outswinger. Pitched on middle and seamed away to hit the top of off-stump.
Two overs later, Brunt found the edge of Jess Jonassen which was comfortably taken behind the stumps by Amy Jones, her sixth catch for the innings, giving Brunt her third Test five-wicket haul. All three coming against Australia.
Brunt finished with figures of 5/60 off 21.1 overs as Australia declared at 9/337.
Brown on the board in Test cricket
Meg Lanning threw the new ball to her teenage tearaway Darcie Brown, hoping that the star South Australian’s raw pace would be able to rattle the cage of the English openers.
After a wayward start in the whites against India in October, with a season and a half of WBBL and WNCL of growth in between Tests, Brown’s opening over, after conceding a boundary off the first ball after a ball went between slips and gully, bowled a probing first over as she slowly cranked up the speed gun.
On the first ball of her second over, Brown found the edge of Lauren Winfield – Hill which carried to Beth Mooney at second slip. Giving Australia the perfect start with the ball and delivering Brown her first Test wicket.
Sciver, Knight see England to lunch as Perry strikes
Ellyse Perry bowled an extended first spell sharing the new ball with Brown from the Manuka end.
Pitching the ball up and getting it to swing away from the right-handers, Perry got a length ball to nip back and trap Tammy Beaumont in front which was adjudged out LBW on field. Beaumont reviewed hoping that with some of the inconsistencies with the ball-tracking yesterday that might have sailed over the stumps. Despite it hitting her back leg.
Ball tracking showed the ball pitching in line and hitting the top of middle stump, giving the Australian champion her first wicket of the match.
The wicket brought the vice-captain Nat Sciver to the middle to partner with the captain Knight. The pair seeing England through to the long break at 2/38, with work to do to make inroads into a big total.
Sutherland opens Test account removing Sciver after lunch
After bowling so well on Test debut against India for no reward, and after being on the receiving end of a Katherine Brunt seed while batting, Annabel Sutherland was hopeful of adding a milestone to her growing list of early career milestones.
She did just that when she collected her first test wicket not long after the luncheon break when she found the inside edge of Nat Sciver which flew through to Alyssa Healy behind the stumps.
Operating on a tight fourth-stump line, Sutherland got one to nip back and cramp Sciver for room, catching a faint inside-edge through to Healy.Embed from Getty Images
She continued to attack that line when the new batter Sophia Dunkley came to the crease and almost had a second wicket not long after, if not for a matter of inches with the ball just sailing over the top of the stumps.
Perry continues rising up the charts as Dunkley chops on before drinks
Ellyse Perry continues to re-write the record books almost every time she steps out onto the playing field.
After missing the T20 leg of the multi-format series and after a rare misfire with the bat yesterday, Perry continued to make her mark on this Ashes series when she picked up the wicket of rising England star Sophia Dunkley.Embed from Getty Images
The back of a length delivery, outside off-stump was wide enough for Dunkley to go searching with an angled bat which she dragged back onto her stumps. Bowled for 15, right before the drinks break in the afternoon session.
Perry’s second wicket took her Test match tally to 35 wickets, moving her into equal sixth place with Miriam Knee on the list for most wickets for an Australian in Women’s Tests.
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Knight raises her bat, continues lone hand and Brown blinder removes Jones
Much like Joe Root was the lone hand for England’s men all summer with the bat, Heather Knight was playing the lone hand for England at Manuka Oval on Day 2. With wickets falling all around her in the afternoon, Knight continued her classical strokeplay, getting herself to her fourth Test half-century.
A classic cover drive bringing up the milestone, Continuing Knight’s recent form and affinity with the ground in Australia’s capital.
She wasn’t smiling for long after she raised her bat as she saw another teammate fall after another score in the teens.
Angling the ball into Jones, Sutherland cramped her for room which saw her sky a miscued pull to mid-on. Quick off the mark, Darcie Brown set off, backing back hauled in a fantastic diving catch.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
King joins the party trapping Brunt for first Test scalp on stroke of tea.
It’s been a day for maiden Test wickets for the Australian bowlers and Alana King was sure to add her name to the list of Australian bowlers to open their account at test level.
Just before the tea break, King flighted one up which forced Brunt back into her crease to defend. Pitching in line, Brunt missed the ball which struck her high up on the pad which was given out on field by umpire Michael Graham-Smith.
Ball tracking confirmed it was pitching in line and showed ‘umpires call’ on hitting the wickets, handing King her first Test scalp.
Brunt’s wicket was a body blow for England as they went to Tea 6/120, needing a further 68 runs to avoid the follow-on in the first innings.
Ecclestone partners Knight for long enough to raise her bat for three figures
When it look as if she would run out of partners, out came Sophie Ecclestone at number 10 to help see Heather Knight through.
The England skipper had been the lone hand with the bat all day keeping her head and her cool while her teammates fell around her, Knight looked like she was a class above all the other England batters as she crossed over for her second Test match century, four and a half hours after she first strode to the crease.
Having taken a liking to Alana King, the bowler who she had scored the majority of her runs off, Knight drove one past the diving cover fielder and set off to the other end.
The skipper added her name to the list of women who have now scored Ashes Test hundreds both home and away, with her maiden hundred coming back at Wormsley in 2013.
It was the personification of a gritty captain’s knock from Knight. After her brilliant century, the next highest score was 15, once again showing her class and guiding her team past the follow-on.
Ecclestone and Knight frustrate Australia, making it to stumps intact
As Australia continued to hunt for wickets and wrap up England’s first innings, the Ecclestone/Knight partnership frustrated Australia as the pair made it to stumps unscathed having added 66 runs for the ninth wicket.
Knight started to free her arms after she passed three figures, Ending the day unbeaten and will resume tomorrow on 122*. In a marathon effort, Knight has been off the field for just 13 deliveries of this Test match.
Sophie Ecclestone, after a sub-par performance with the ball on Day 1, showed that she should have a promotion up the order for the second innings, making it to stumps on 27*. England’s second-highest individual scorer of the innings.
England finished 8/235, only trailing by 102 runs, setting up an intriguing day tomorrow with rain forecasted in Canberra.
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