Australia v England, Only women's Test, Perth, 4th day January 13, 2014

Shrubsole bowls England to 61-run win


England 201 (Brindle 68, Sciver 49, Farrell 4043) and 190 (Edwards 56, Perry 5-38) beat Australia 207 (Perry 71, Shrubsole 4-51) and 123 (Shrubsole 3-48) by 61 runs

Australia Women were left 61 runs short of their 185-run target as England Women took the five wickets they required for victory for the addition of just 24 runs, thereby sealing only their fifth Test win in Australia.

Anya Shrubsole, strangely not brought into the attack until the eighth over of the morning, struck in only her second over to remove the key wicket of Ellyse Perry, caught at square leg for 31 hitting out at a ball she could so easily have left. Perry had hung around for 54 balls, but without her at the crease, victory for the hosts looked increasingly unlikely.

Shrubsole, following her successful performance in the first innings, was once again the most dangerous England bowler today, as she bowled in tandem with Jenny Gunn on a pitch with inch-wide cracks and the two routed Australia's tail. Shrubsole followed up the wicket of Perry in her very next over, removing Erin Osborne for a four-ball duck after she chipped one straight to Danielle Wyatt (substituting for the injured Arran Brindle) at extra-cover. Gunn, brought into the attack to stem the flow of runs after a wayward few overs from Katherine Brunt and Kathryn Cross, was the next to strike, trapping Sarah Coyte lbw for 7. Australia were left at 106 for 8, on the verge of defeat.

Three overs later, Shrubsole struck again, removing Rene Farrell for a five-ball duck, with a fuller ball that went straight through and bowled her. That left Australia with the inexperienced Holly Ferling at the crease and Sarah Elliott attempting to retain the strike. The England fielders successfully put Elliott under pressure throughout her innings; she had a lucky escape on 17, just making her ground running to the striker's end after a direct hit from Wyatt.

Soon after, Brunt was brought back on to bowl and in her second over finished the job for England, bowling Elliott off an inside edge to the leg stump. Elliott was out for 29 and Australia were bundled out for 123.

Resuming this morning on 57 for 5, the day had started well for the Australians, as Brunt and Cross, opening the bowling, struggled to find the right length. Brunt's first over went for 11, including two fuller balls which were driven to the boundary by Perry. She was lucky, in fact, not to be called up for another waist-high full toss, and was removed from the attack after just one over. With the first three overs going for 24 runs, it was an ominous start for England, until Shrubsole put England into a winning position.

Thanks to the new format, the Ashes are not in England's hands just yet, with three ODIs and three T20s still to play. All the same, England are now 6-0 up on points, and it will take a monumental effort from Australia if they are to come back and win this series.

Raf Nicholson is a PhD student, an England supporter, a feminist, and fanatical about women's cricket. She tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Perry dominated completely. she top scored in both innings. took 8 wickets. i'm shocked to see the stats of this match. the concern is australia dont value their talent well due to internal politics. she was over-bowled(42 overs). more than any bowler in the match. batted 250 balls(300 min with bat). she's a human, not a robot. it only looks like they r trying to injure her. Its same with shane watson. I can see future watson.

  • C on January 13, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    Cricinfo should take the initiative and provide bowl by bowl proper commentary. Cricinfo can do to womens cricket what ipl did to 20-20!!

  • Paul on January 13, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Perry is definitely the superstar of the women's game but don't be fooled into thinking Australia are totally reliant upon her performing in order for them to win. She was injured during their successful World Cup campaign last year, which saw them fight back from lost causes to take back the crown from England.

    The ODIs and T20s will be very different, as Tests are very rare in women's cricket these days, with ODIs considered the main format now for women's internationals. Australia's biggest loss recently is all rounder Lisa Sthalekar, who retired after the World Cup, whilst England will have to cope without little Holly Colvin's left arm spin, as she has just retired at the age of 24.

    Looking forward to some more great cricket from the two best sides in the world.

  • Bob on January 13, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Ellyse Perry is a phenomenal sportsperson and a lovely person to boot, judging by her humility and grace in her interviews. Apparently when the NSW women were training alongside their male counterparts she was clocked bowling at 125 kmh, which was faster than Trent Copeland at the time.

  • Mark on January 13, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @Bradmanbestever The question remains why, if she is the best bat by far in the side, why she bats so far down the order. In this case the damage was done by the time she got in, in both innings and she was reduced to batting with the tail. People tended to ask the same of Ian Botham, Derek Randall and Peter Willey, who launched many rescue acts for England from #7 in late '70s and early '80s, usually with only the tail for company.

  • Zainab on January 13, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Wish the game was on Sky Sports. Looks like Anya Shurbsole did really well and so did all of the women and Lottie led well. This means six points for England Women! Yipee! Aussie Women did well but in the end, Anya was stunning!!!!!! ^^

  • Adam on January 13, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Why is this not the main site headline?

  • Peter on January 13, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Well done Aussie ladies for making a good fist of the game. You showed the Aussie spirit of never giving up with the result that the team did not get flogged by the opposition.

    How refreshing it was to see a close contest between the Australia and England.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    The game was lost with the Australian Top order 5-37 and 5-55 is not going to win you many test matches. Match figures of 8-79 and 102 runs for the amazing Ellyse Perry was deserved WOM

  • Mark on January 13, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    @Junran Cao 6 points for a win, 3 for a draw in the Test. ODIs and T20 worth 2 points to the winner. 10 points guarantee the win in the series, but 9 would be enough for England to retain the trophy. So, if England were to win the first ODI, Australia would have to win every remaining match to re-gain the Ashes.

    @jmc Yes, Ellyse Perry is the Australian "go to" player. She had an awful tour in the summer, both with bat and ball and it was one of the main reasons why England won so comfortably. There seems though to be an unhealthy element of "leave it to Ellyse" in the Australian side so, when she does not perform, others tend not to step up. Here, the tactic in the chase was, apparently, to hold up an end while she scored the runs: fine when it works, but a risky strategy.

    Incidentally, you must have missed the comments (from Australian fans) prior to last summer's series that if Australia had picked Ellyse Perry for the mens' team they'd have won that series 5-0 too!