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January 13, 2014
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 hereFeeds: Raf Nicholson
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