England captain Heather Knight made an unbeaten 127 however didn’t get sufficient assist to cease Australia from strengthening its grip on day two of the Ashes Take a look at on Friday.
England prevented the follow-on due to a spirited unbeaten 66-run ninth-wicket partnership between Knight and tailender Sophie Ecclestone at Manuka Oval in Canberra. It was 235 for eight at stumps in its first innings, 102 runs behind Australia, which earlier declared at 337 for 9.
Knight’s knock impressed Australian tempo bowler Ellyse Perry (2 for 35).
“That was an extremely gutsy innings and she or he very a lot led from the entrance,” Perry stated.
“I don’t assume she gave us an opportunity. Additionally, Sophie Ecclestone offered a reasonably powerful problem for us.
“It regarded like we received a bit weary by the top of the day however all in all it’s been a constructive day for us and hopefully after a very good night time’s sleep we come again and get these two wickets we want.”
Two days stay in the one Take a look at of the combined format collection.
Australia leads the collection 4-2, and can retain the Ashes if it wins the Take a look at. The groups can even play three one-day internationals.
England had already misplaced eight wickets when No. 3 Knight introduced up her second Take a look at century with a single to cowl, elevating her bat within the air in celebration earlier than hugging Eccleston. Knight combined even handed defence with a wealthy show of shot-making on either side of the wicket as she picked off 13 fours and a six.
However the 31-year-old didn’t get a lot assist aside from Ecclestone (27 not out), the one different batter to make greater than 15.
The Australian bowlers shared the spoils, six gamers claiming no less than one wicket.
Teenage tempo bowler Darcie Brown, in her second Take a look at after a wicketless debut, lastly collected her first wicket when she had opener Lauren Winfield-Hill caught at second slip, and she or he later took a wonderful catch at mid-on.
England 235 for 8 in 87 overs (Knight 127 batting) trails Australia 337 for 9 in 104.1 overs (Lanning 93, Haynes 86, Gardner 56, McGrath 52, Brunt 5 for 60) by 102 runs