Women's Ashes 2017: Australia's Ellyse Perry holds England up as Sophie Ecclestone stars on debut


Ellyse Perry made her Test debut in 2008
Women’s Ashes Test, North Sydney Oval (day two of four):
England 280 all out: Beaumont 70, Knight 62, Perry 3-59
Australia 177-5: Perry 70*, Haynes 33, Mooney 27, Ecclestone 2-51
England lead by 103 runs

Ellyse Perry starred with bat and ball for Australia on a closely fought second day of the day-night Women’s Ashes Test against England in Sydney.

Perry (3-59) took a wicket and a catch as England, who resumed on 235-7, were bowled out for 280 within an hour.

Australia started cautiously before teenage spinner Sophie Ecclestone (2-51 on debut) reduced them to 61-3.

However, Perry then took charge, finishing unbeaten on 70 as the Aussies reached 177-5, trailing by 103.

She lost a useful ally late in the day when captain Rachael Haynes (33) was trapped lbw by Katherine Brunt in the first over of the second new ball.

But with England trailing in the points-based multi-format series, and needing to win the Test to retain a realistic hope of regaining the trophy, Perry is the immovable object standing in their way.

BBC Test Match Special commentator Charles Dagnall said: “I think Ellyse Perry is the wicket which could decide the Ashes, one way or the other.”

More to follow.

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