Rain dominated proceedings on Day 3 of the Women’s Ashes Test in Canberra with one session of play possible on a gloomy day in the nation’s capital.
Earlier, Heather Knight continued on her way, notching her highest Test score, finishing unbeaten on 168 as England finished 40 runs short of Australia.
Katherine Brunt removed Australia’s opening pair before the rain set in.
Here are the moments that mattered from a breif day three in Canberra.
Crucial early chance not taken
With the game becoming more balanced towards the end of the second day, and the Canberra weather looming, Australia would be desperate to collect the two remaining wickets.
Australia would have been off to a flyer on day three had they held onto a chance with the third ball of the day.
Ellyse Perry delivered a good length delivery to Sophie Ecclestone that caught a genuine outside edge that carried nicely to the slips only for the opportunity to go begging.
With England’s captain, Heather Knight, appearing completely comfortable at the crease after recording her second test century on day 2, Australia is targeting the wicket of Ecclestone who is becoming more comfortable with every ball faced.
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It was the rearguard that made sure that the Test match wouldn’t fizzle out into a predictable result.
Heather Knight continued to break new ground as she ticked over her highest test score, moving past her 157 at Wormsley 2013.
As they reached the 100 run stand for the ninth wicket and whittle down the lead further and further, Tahlia McGrath struck Ecclestone on the pad straight in front which was adjudged out.
It brought the spinner’s innings to a close on 32 – England’s second-highest individual scorer of the innings coming from the number 10. Bringing the partnership to a close just seven runs short of the all-time record for the ninth-wicket partnership.
Kate Cross joined Knight for the final partnership of the England innings before Ellyse Perry claimed the final wicket, her third, dismissing England for 297, holding a slender 40 run lead.
Openers depart before lunch, Brunt notches another milestone as the rain arrives
With the lights coming on and the clouds rolling in, fresh off a five-wicket haul in the first innings, the conditions were tailor-made for Katherine Brunt to continue taking wickets and prevent Australia from growing their lead significantly.
She struck immediately when she removed Alyssa Healy with the third ball of the innings, edging behind for a two-ball duck to Amy Jones. Her first pair in her Test career.
Brunt was in the action yet again as England continued to strike blows as Australia tried to move the game along. Brunt swung a ball into Rachael Haynes who inside-edged onto her pads which ballooned up to Tammy Beaumont at short leg.
It brought Ellyse Perry to the crease with Australia in early trouble at 2/12 before the forecasted rain interrupted play, spelling a premature end to the Day 3 action.