Women’s Ashes Test match, day three: Australia v England – live! | Sport
WICKET! Cross c Brown b Perry 11, England all out 297
It’s all over! Not sure why Cross feels the need to take on a pull shot from Perry, especially just after clipping a high full toss through the leg side for four. But that’s what Cross does. Top edge to deep backward square. And here’s Darcie Brown again, so good across the ground. Dives forward and takes a belter of a catch.
105th over: England 292-9 (Knight 167, Cross 7) Apparently Cross was dropped in the previous King over. Edged a cut shot that Healy put down. She’s missed a few chances in this match. Knight in this over is looking to attack. Plays the reverse but straight to deep third and turns down the single. Tries to loft but hits it to mid on, and then mis-hits over short cover for a run. Cross says, I’ll show you how it’s done. Clatters a cut shot for four.
104th over: England 287-9 (Knight 166, Cross 3) McGrath to Knight, with Mooney standing at a very short straight mid-off, about halfway down the pitch. Not sure I would want Mooney standing in front of the bat like that with a broken jaw and no helmet. Knight cuts the second ball for a single. The field closes in for Cross, who wafts, then drives solidly for none. Ignores the final wide drag-down. The deficit is 50 runs.
103rd over: England 286-9 (Knight 165, Cross 3) Knight facing King, five in the deep protecting the boundaries. Knight tries to drop it softly enough towards deep midwicket that she can get back for two, but Gardner’s arm is a rocket and the throw lasers back to the keeper. Would have been a run out for sure. Cross on strike survives the last four balls though.
102nd over: England 285-9 (Knight 164, Cross 3) Knight takes on another big drive to the deep, fielded on the cover boundary. Two runs, then a single. McGrath gets four balls to work at Cross, two slips and a gully with a short cover and short midwicket catching. Can’t get her out. The field spreads for the sixth ball to offer her a single, but she misses a ball that goes off the thigh pad to slip. England trail by 52.
101st over: England 282-9 (Knight 161, Cross 3) Alana King comes on to bowl her leg-breaks, and Knight looks like she’s changing modes a bit here. Late cut down to deep third, where Sutherland fumbles over the rope. Steps down and lofts two runs over mid-off, then plays an aggressive sweep but it’s fielded in the deep. Drinks.
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100th over: England 273-9 (Knight 152, Cross 3) Lovely start from Cross, clipping her first ball out through midwicket for three runs, just saved by a slide on the rope. Knight happily takes a single next ball. It could well be in England’s interest to get bowled out here. Get bowling in these conditions. The closer they get to Australia’s score, the longer Australia will have to bat before setting a target.
WICKET! Ecclestone lbw McGrath 34
McGrath delivers! Straight ball, cannons into the pad and Ecclestone reviews in faint hope but is wandering off the field before the decision is upheld. Hitting middle stump, three reds.
99th over: England 267-8 (Knight 151, Ecclestone 34) Knight squeezes a single from Jonassen through the leg side, then Ecclestone cuts, off the bottom edge, and the ball should bounce back onto her stumps but the spin she imparts from the edge of the bat makes the ball turn past off. She still looks dicey. Gets a single to raise the hundred partnership though.
98th over: England 267-8 (Knight 150, Ecclestone 33) Tahlia McGrath comes on, having not bowled since early in the day yesterday, and she has Ecclestone dropped at slip. Lanning again. That was a tough chance though, diving full length to her right. Can’t reel it in. No run from the over.
97th over: England 267-8 (Knight 150, Ecclestone 33) There’s the 150 up for Heather Knight, who enjoys it but only briefly acknowledges it. Clobbers Jonassen’s spin over wide long-on with the slog sweep. Two Test tons for Knight, both over 150.
96th over: England 262-8 (Knight 146, Ecclestone 32) Knight and Ecclestone cut the deficit down to 75 now, Knight hooking Perry down through fine leg before a couple of singles.
95th over: England 255-8 (Knight 141, Ecclestone 31) Another first-ball single, this time Knight glancing Sutherland, who follows up with a wide. Another Ecclestone prod outside the stumps evades an edge. Then another. Stop fishing!
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94th over: England 254-8 (Knight 140, Ecclestone 31) Knight gets a single away, and Ecclestone plays a few swishes outside off stump. Looking a bit dicey, Knight might want to settle her down.
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93rd over: England 253-8 (Knight 139, Ecclestone 31) We’ve seen several well timed cut shots this morning, but they’ve all gone behind point and been nicely stopped in the cordon. Sutherland finishes the over by cutting the ball into Ecclestone, banged on the front pad and the Australians send it upstairs. Looks a chance for sliding down to me, and the review says umpire’s call on leg stump.
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92nd over: England 253-8 (Knight 139, Ecclestone 31) Ellyse Perry taking it back to the traditions of Test cricket, bowling an eight-ball over. A wide and a no-ball in there, as well as Ecclestone dropping a ball into the big gap on the leg side to scamper through.
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91st over: England 250-8 (Knight 139, Ecclestone 30) Sutherland isn’t finding the outside edge per se, but keeps finding the outside half of Knight’s bat. A couple of shots sliced away behind point. Ecclestone spices things up by using the inside edge for a run.
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90th over: England 246-8 (Knight 136, Ecclestone 29) Perry’s in, with that distinctive bound of hers. Three slips, gully, looking to force another mistake. Knight drives a single, Ecclestone survives the straighter ball.
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89th over: England 244-8 (Knight 135, Ecclestone 28) Sutherland now, and Knight is beaten again twice on the trot. The second delivery prompts a bit of interest after a noise is heard. Lanning doesn’t review – good decision, there’s a gap between bat and pad. Knight then finds the boundary for the first time today with a wonderful cover drive and this partnership is now worth 75.
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88th over: England 240-8 (Knight 131, Ecclestone 28) Here we go then. Lanning leads Australia onto the pitch under overcast skies at Manuka before Perry takes the ball and play resumes. Knight takes guard and there’s immediately two, nicely played off her legs into the gap on the on side. A single through the off side follows before Ecclestone is dropped in the slips by Lanning, who might be distracted by Mooney diving across her. A mistake from the Australians who have been very good to this point. Perry then delivers a beauty to beat Knight all ends up. An action-packed opening over.
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And here is the daily podcast with me and Isabelle Westbury if you’d like some more detail for quarter of an hour about how the day panned out. Have to say, we’ve had two outstanding days of Test cricket. Really hope the rain has less influence than projected from here.
Lots of conjecture about day three, starting some days ago. Yes, there BoM forecast still says there is a high chance of thunderstormy rain today. It also says that it should be an afternoon thing. It rained a bit here in Canberra last night, but this morning is rain-free and humid and cloudy, just like yesterday morning when the swing bowlers went so well. There is rain on the radar but it’s in patchy bits here and there, so who knows what will or won’t find Manuka. For now it looks like the day should start on time.
Hello world. It is day three of the women’s Ashes Test, and we have a contest on our hands. England looked done and dusted yesterday at 120 for 6 in replay to 337 for 9 declared, but Heather Knight played her finest Test innings to reach 127 by stumps. She’ll resume this morning with Sophie Ecclestone on 27, and two wickets in hand, to try to narrow the deficit from its current 102. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a dominant position for Australia. But instead of England being blown away short of the follow-on mark, the visitors could now at least push the hosts to make some difficult decisions about how to play the match from here.