Women’s Ashes Test match, day three: Australia v England – live! | Sport

8.28pm EST


As David Brooker notes by e-mail, the Knight-Ecclestone partnership was (narrowly) England’s highest Ninth-wicket stand in ladies’s Assessments. Precisely 100 runs, going previous the 99 placed on by Janet Tedstone and Suzanne Kitson in 1992.

It was very practically the very best all time. Taniya Bhatia and Sneh Rana placed on 104 for India final yr within the Bristol Test, and Maureen Payne and Beverley Botha placed on 107 for South Africa in opposition to NZ in Cape City in 1972.


8.22pm EST


Ramaswamy emails in. “Making an attempt to learn my tea leaves right here, however India managed a 100-run stand each at Lord’s and on the Oval. And what odds on Healy copping a pair, in similar dismissals? Knight ended up with 56.565656% of the entire, and assuming she doesn’t spend day without work the sphere within the third innings, can have seen motion for all however 13 balls of this Test within the first 3 days. Hell of an endurance check…”

8.21pm EST



Okay, I lied. The rain has settled in. We’re on the fringe of an enormous entrance. If it does cross it can in all probability take a few hours. So if you happen to’re staying up all night time within the UK, it may be bedtime.

7.59pm EST



Lunch – Australia 12 for two, main by 52 runs

A little bit of rain begins to fall with 4 minutes to go till lunch, so the umpires head for shelter earlier than Ellyse Perry has to face a ball. Simply as properly for Australia, these final minutes might have been bushy. The rain ought to cross shortly, it doesn’t look too darkish on the market. Hope we get again on, this has simply develop into very spicy certainly.

7.57pm EST


WICKET! Haynes c Beaumont b Brunt 7, Australia 12-2

One other one earlier than lunch! Brunt will get some motion in, takes the within edge into thigh pad and spits off it sharply. Beaumont at quick leg has little time however will get her left hand to it and hangs on. Good from England!

7.53pm EST


4th over: Australia 10-1 (Haynes 4, Mooney 6) Shrubsole is making Mooney play with virtually each supply. Final ball of the over Mooney drives fluently, beating the dive of mid off for 4.

7.51pm EST


third over: Australia 6-1 (Haynes 4, Mooney 2) Brunt booming one other inswinger into the pads of Haynes, however there was bat on that. The bowler virtually talks Knight right into a assessment however not fairly. Haynes defends properly, gentle palms into the bottom to get by means of the over.

7.49pm EST


2nd over: Australia 4-1 (Haynes 2, Mooney 2) Anya Shrubsole sharing the brand new ball after all, discovering swing instantly. Haynes and Mooney decide up a few runs with little drives but it surely appears fraught.

7.41pm EST


1st over: Australia 1-1 (Haynes 1, Mooney 0) One other belter beats Mooney two balls after she arrives. Will or not it’s the Brunt present once more?

7.40pm EST


WICKET! Healy c Jones b Brunt 0, Australia 1/1

What a begin! A pair for Alyssa Healy, and it’s Brunt who will get her once more. Within the first innings Healy chased one. This time the ball is angling in, Healy has to play, then it swings away and leaps off the floor to take the sting by means of to the keeper. Not a lot Healy might do about that.

7.29pm EST


Australia lead on the primary innings by 40 runs

So ends a really exceptional efficiency by Heather Knight. Cross runs off the sphere, leaving Knight to stroll off solo and benefit from the highlight on 168 not out, over 56% of her group’s runs. Sophie Ecclestone with 34 at No10 was the one different participant to make over 15. Knight didn’t give an opportunity, barely made a mistake, and stored her calm by means of 103 overs of batting, taking the deficit from 333 when she walked in to 40 when she walks off. Properly performed.

7.26pm EST


WICKET! Cross c Brown b Perry 11, England all out 297

It’s throughout! Unsure why Cross feels the necessity to tackle a pull shot from Perry, particularly simply after clipping a excessive full toss by means of the leg aspect for 4. However that’s what Cross does. High edge to deep backward sq.. And right here’s Darcie Brown once more, so good throughout the bottom. Dives ahead and takes a belter of a catch.

7.22pm EST


one hundred and fifth over: England 292-9 (Knight 167, Cross 7) Apparently Cross was dropped within the earlier King over. Edged a reduce shot that Healy put down. She’s missed a couple of possibilities on this match. Knight on this over is seeking to assault. Performs the reverse however straight to deep third and turns down the one. Tries to loft however hits it to mid on, after which mis-hits over quick cowl for a run. Cross says, I’ll present you the way it’s achieved. Clatters a reduce shot for 4.

7.16pm EST


104th over: England 287-9 (Knight 166, Cross 3) McGrath to Knight, with Mooney standing at a really quick straight mid-off, about midway down the pitch. Unsure I might need Mooney standing in entrance of the bat like that with a damaged jaw and no helmet. Knight cuts the second ball for a single. The sector closes in for Cross, who wafts, then drives solidly for none. Ignores the ultimate large drag-down. The deficit is 50 runs.

7.13pm EST


103rd over: England 286-9 (Knight 165, Cross 3) Knight going through King, 5 within the deep defending the boundaries. Knight tries to drop it softly sufficient in direction of deep midwicket that she will get again for 2, however Gardner’s arm is a rocket and the throw lasers again to the keeper. Would have been a run out for positive. Cross on strike survives the final 4 balls although.

7.09pm EST


102nd over: England 285-9 (Knight 164, Cross 3) Knight takes on one other huge drive to the deep, fielded on the duvet boundary. Two runs, then a single. McGrath will get 4 balls to work at Cross, two slips and a gully with a brief cowl and quick midwicket catching. Can’t get her out. The sector spreads for the sixth ball to supply her a single, however she misses a ball that goes off the thigh pad to slide. England path by 52.

7.03pm EST


a hundred and first over: England 282-9 (Knight 161, Cross 3) Alana King comes on to bowl her leg-breaks, and Knight appears like she’s altering modes a bit right here. Late reduce all the way down to deep third, the place Sutherland fumbles over the rope. Steps down and lofts two runs over mid-off, then performs an aggressive sweep but it surely’s fielded within the deep. Drinks.

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7.00pm EST


a hundredth over: England 273-9 (Knight 152, Cross 3) Pretty begin from Cross, clipping her first ball out by means of midwicket for 3 runs, simply saved by a slide on the rope. Knight fortunately takes a single subsequent ball. It might properly be in England’s curiosity to get bowled out right here. Get bowling in these situations. The nearer they get to Australia’s rating, the longer Australia must bat earlier than setting a goal.

6.55pm EST


WICKET! Ecclestone lbw McGrath 34

McGrath delivers! Straight ball, cannons into the pad and Ecclestone critiques in faint hope however is wandering off the sphere earlier than the choice is upheld. Hitting center stump, three reds.

6.54pm EST


99th over: England 267-8 (Knight 151, Ecclestone 34) Knight squeezes a single from Jonassen by means of the leg aspect, then Ecclestone cuts, off the underside edge, and the ball ought to bounce again onto her stumps however the spin she imparts from the sting of the bat makes the ball flip previous off. She nonetheless appears dicey. Will get a single to boost the hundred partnership although.

6.51pm EST


98th over: England 267-8 (Knight 150, Ecclestone 33) Tahlia McGrath comes on, having not bowled since early within the day yesterday, and she or he has Ecclestone dropped at slip. Lanning once more. That was a tricky probability although, diving full size to her proper. Can’t reel it in. No run from the over.

6.49pm EST


97th over: England 267-8 (Knight 150, Ecclestone 33) There’s the 150 up for Heather Knight, who enjoys it however solely briefly acknowledges it. Clobbers Jonassen’s spin over large long-on with the slog sweep. Two Test tons for Knight, each over 150.

6.45pm EST


96th over: England 262-8 (Knight 146, Ecclestone 32) Knight and Ecclestone reduce the deficit all the way down to 75 now, Knight hooking Perry down by means of fantastic leg earlier than a few singles.

6.37pm EST


ninety fifth over: England 255-8 (Knight 141, Ecclestone 31) One other first-ball single, this time Knight glancing Sutherland, who follows up with a large. One other Ecclestone prod outdoors the stumps evades an edge. Then one other. Cease fishing!

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94th over: England 254-8 (Knight 140, Ecclestone 31) Knight will get a single away, and Ecclestone performs a couple of swishes outdoors off stump. Trying a bit dicey, Knight would possibly need to settle her down.

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6.29pm EST


93rd over: England 253-8 (Knight 139, Ecclestone 31) We’ve seen a number of properly timed reduce pictures this morning, however they’ve all gone behind level and been properly stopped within the cordon. Sutherland finishes the over by slicing the ball into Ecclestone, banged on the entrance pad and the Australians ship it upstairs. Seems an opportunity for sliding all the way down to me, and the assessment says umpire’s name on leg stump.

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6.24pm EST


92nd over: England 253-8 (Knight 139, Ecclestone 31) Ellyse Perry taking it again to the traditions of Test cricket, bowling an eight-ball over. A large and a no-ball in there, in addition to Ecclestone dropping a ball into the large hole on the leg aspect to scamper by means of.

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6.19pm EST


91st over: England 250-8 (Knight 139, Ecclestone 30) Sutherland isn’t discovering the skin edge per se, however retains discovering the skin half of Knight’s bat. A few pictures sliced away behind level. Ecclestone spices issues up through the use of the within edge for a run.

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6.15pm EST


ninetieth over: England 246-8 (Knight 136, Ecclestone 29) Perry’s in, with that particular sure of hers. Three slips, gully, seeking to power one other mistake. Knight drives a single, Ecclestone survives the straighter ball.

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6.09pm EST


89th over: England 244-8 (Knight 135, Ecclestone 28) Sutherland now, and Knight is overwhelmed once more twice on the trot. The second supply prompts a little bit of curiosity after a noise is heard. Lanning doesn’t assessment – good resolution, there’s a niche between bat and pad. Knight then finds the boundary for the primary time as we speak with an exquisite cowl drive and this partnership is now value 75.

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6.05pm EST


88th over: England 240-8 (Knight 131, Ecclestone 28) Right here we go then. Lanning leads Australia onto the pitch below overcast skies at Manuka earlier than Perry takes the ball and play resumes. Knight takes guard and there’s instantly two, properly performed off her legs into the hole on the on aspect. A single by means of the off aspect follows earlier than Ecclestone is dropped within the slips by Lanning, who may be distracted by Mooney diving throughout her. A mistake from the Australians who’ve been superb thus far. Perry then delivers a magnificence to beat Knight all finally ends up. An action-packed opening over.

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5.32pm EST


And right here is the day by day podcast with me and Isabelle Westbury if you happen to’d like some extra element for quarter of an hour about how the day panned out. Must say, we’ve had two excellent days of Test cricket. Actually hope the rain has much less affect than projected from right here.

5.27pm EST


The climate

A lot of conjecture about day three, beginning some days in the past. Sure, there BoM forecast nonetheless says there’s a excessive probability of thunderstormy rain as we speak. It additionally says that it ought to be a day factor. It rained a bit right here in Canberra final night time, however this morning is rain-free and humid and cloudy, similar to yesterday morning when the swing bowlers went so properly. There may be rain on the radar but it surely’s in patchy bits right here and there, so who is aware of what’s going to or received’t discover Manuka. For now it appears just like the day ought to begin on time.

5.22pm EST



Hiya world. It’s day three of the ladies’s Ashes Test, and we’ve got a contest on our palms. England regarded achieved and dusted yesterday at 120 for six in replay to 337 for 9 declared, however Heather Knight performed her most interesting Test innings to achieve 127 by stumps. She’ll resume this morning with Sophie Ecclestone on 27, and two wickets in hand, to attempt to slim the deficit from its present 102. Don’t get me unsuitable, it’s nonetheless a dominant place for Australia. However as an alternative of England being blown away wanting the follow-on mark, the guests might now at the very least push the hosts to make some troublesome selections about the best way to play the match from right here.

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