Published: 13th November, 2017
England Women secured a draw in the Women’s Ashes Test, after Australia’s Ellyse Perry put the travelling side on the backfoot with an unbeaten 213.
Tammy Beaumont’s first innings score of 70 got England off to a positive start in the Womens’ Ashes Test in Sydney. The only Test of the Series was played under floodlights, in the first day-night Test between the two sides. Despite the early loss of Lauren Winfield, Surrey Star’s opener Beaumont shared a XX-partnership with captain Heather Knight to give England promise on the opening day.
The top scorer in the innings, Beaumont fell 30 runs short of her first Test century when she was caught at slip trying to nudge a ball into the offside. Surrey Stars teammate Nat Sciver contributed 18 to England’s innings total of 280, and was trapped LBW by Jess Jonassen as she looked to be settling into her innings.
England then made a fantastic start with the ball, restricting Australia to just 95/4 and the first wicket of the day falling courtesy to Surrey Stars Laura Marsh. A phenomenal innings from Ellyse Perry (213*), then guided Australia to 448 before the home side declared 168 runs ahead. Taking three wickets in total, Laura Marsh removed Alyssa Healy as the Australian keeper looked set to be pushing towards a half-century. The Surrey Stars spinner bowled 11 maidens in her 44 overs.
On the final days play, England had to stay patient with the bat to force a draw and did so excellently. Tammy Beaumont contributed 37 from 81 balls before being the first batter to fall, and Heather Knight and Georgia Elwiss guaranteed the drawn result.
England Women taken on Australia in Sydney on the Friday November 17th in a T20 starting at 08:10 GMT.