Recent Match Report – Australia Women vs England Women Only Test 2022

England 297 and 23 for 0 need 234 more runs to beat Australia 337 for 9 dec and 216 for 7 dec (Mooney 63, Brunt 3-24)

Meg Lanning‘s bold declaration kept all four results in play at tea on the final day in Canberra as England need 234 runs to win in 42 overs in the final session after openers Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield-Hill started briskly in pursuit of 257.

Australia’s captain called her team in after 63 from Beth Mooney and important contributions from Ellyse Perry (41), Ash Gardner (38) and Tahlia McGrath (34) put the home side in a position to declare having been perilously placed at 12 for 2 overnight.

It gave Australia six overs before tea and 48 in total to take 10 wickets but Beaumont made England’s intentions clear striking three boundaries to race to 18 not out from 20 balls as the total remained well within reach.

Earlier, Katherine Brunt added Lanning to her collection of eight wickets for the match, taking 3 for 24 in the third innings, while Charlie Dean took her first two Test wickets to keep Australia in check. But they could have been chasing far fewer if not for three dropped catches and a missed stumping, with keeper Amy Jones responsible for three of the errors.

Brunt broke through after lunch finding Lanning’s outside edge with a beautiful outswinger as skipper Heather Knight pouched it with ease at first slip. Gardner then took the game by the scruff of the neck smashing five fours in a run-a-ball 38. There were some loose strokes with edges sailing into gaps but she hit some elegant lofted drives down the ground as she played without fear.

Gardner and McGrath combined in a 48-run stand to push the lead beyond 200 before Gardner holed out at fine leg trying to hook Nat Sciver. McGrath, having survived a missed stumping, picked up the slack and launched Dean down the ground but the debutant got her revenge next ball ripping an off-break through the gate to clean bowl the allrounder for 34. Jess Jonassen was sent out with a licence to swing and struck three boundaries in six balls to allow Lanning the option of sending England in prior to tea.

In the morning session, Mooney and Perry combined for a much-needed 91-run stand to help Australia’s lead swell after beginning the day just 52 ahead. The pair did have two huge slices of luck though with Jones dropping both players off the bowling of Kate Cross.

Mooney, who had played fluently throughout the morning and deserved her second test fifty, edged Cross on 40 driving at a good length delivery that nipped off the seam. It was a very simple catch to Jones’ left but the keeper closed her gloves too soon and it bounced off her gloves and ran away for four.

Perry was on 30 four overs later when she attempted a booming drive on the up and got a thicker edge that flew towards first slip. Jones flung her right hand across infront of Knight but the ball didn’t stick and was parried away for two runs leaving Cross to slump to her haunches in disbelief at her misfortune.

Mooney and Perry played positively despite the errors. Mooney picked off anything straight or wide while Perry continued to drive in spite of the sideways movement from the seamers and was rewarded with the two best shots of the morning off Cross, one a sumptuous straight drive past the umpire and the other a glorious drive threaded between cover and mid off.

Australia had some other nervy moments with a few edges going to ground while England burned two reviews as Sophie Ecclestone caused some problems with her left-arm orthodox spin.

Ecclestone was finally rewarded for an excellent spell, trapping Perry lbw with one that slid on straight after pitching in the perfect spot. Umpire Michael Graham-Smith made another outstanding decision and Perry did not debate it.

Dean picked up her maiden Test wicket with the final ball before lunch. Mooney missed a full toss attempting an ill-advised sweep and was hit flush on the toe infront of middle and leg. She reviewed but the DRS confirmed the umpire’s decision.

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