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Tammy Beaumont double-century helps England warm up with 500 runs in a day

England in control against Australia A while Lauren Winfield-Hill, Paige Scholfield post tons against Test side

Valkerie Baynes
Valkerie Baynes
Tammy Beaumont made a double-century before retiring, England vs Australia A, Women's Ashes warm-up match, Derby, June 16, 2023

Tammy Beaumont made a double-century before retiring  •  ECB via Getty Images

Tammy Beaumont scored a double-century as England Women piled on 510 runs in a day to build a huge 390-run lead against Australia A Women during a three-day warm-up for the Women's Ashes Test at Trent Bridge next week.
Beaumont retired out on 201 from 238 balls in Derby with England 611 for 7 in response to 221 all out by an Australia A side captained by left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, the only member of Australia's Test squad to move into the A side for the build-up game.
Beaumont and Emma Lamb, who fell for 10 on Thursday when she was caught by Tahlia Wilson off the bowling of Maitlan Brown, are England's incumbent Test openers, having done the job in last year's draw with South Africa at Taunton. Heather Knight, Nat Sciver-Brunt and Sophia Dunkley all scored half-centuries and Amy Jones cruised to 88 off just 65 balls before Jonassen had her caught by Brown.
Jones was full of praise for Beaumont's knock, which resumed on 65 on the second morning with England 120 runs behind with nine wickets in hand. She shared a 170-run partnership with captain Knight for the second wicket and 148 with Sciver-Brunt, Knight's deputy, for the third.
"Five hundred runs in a day is a great effort and Tammy set that up brilliantly," Jones said. "I thought it was an incredible innings really. I don't remember any chances. She just looked really free flowing and soaked up pressure in the harder moments of the game as well, so she was brilliant and we had some good partnerships throughout which is good to see."
But an intriguing sub-plot was developing in Leicester, where England A, led by captain by Lauren Winfield-Hill, took a lead of 278 runs after two days of their three-day warm-up against Australia's Test players. Winfield-Hill, who lost her England central contract ahead of this season amid a nine-month period of being overlooked for the senior side, reached 106 from 148 deliveries batting at No. 4 before legspinner Alana King had her caught by Georgia Wareham.
Meanwhile Danni Wyatt, who is part of England's Test squad but moved to the A side this week, scored 37 off 43 balls at No. 5 before she was trapped lbw by Australia pace spearhead Darcie Brown. Wyatt had moved to the top of the order in the shorter formats last year when Winfield-Hill lost her place during the 50-over World Cup and Beaumont was dropped from the T20 side ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Winfield-Hill made a return to T20Is during England's winter tour of West Indies, twice batting at No. 3 below Wyatt, who has played 245 white-ball internationals but is yet to make her Test debut.
Paige Scholfield, the leading run-scorer in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy so far this season, also scored a century, while Bess Heath and Grace Scrivens, who led England to the Under-19 T20 World Cup final earlier this year, scored a half-centuries against the Australians.
Ashleigh Gardner, the Australian allrounder named Player of the Tournament after helping her side lift the T20 World Cup in February, didn't bowl as a precaution after being hit on the right index finger while catching before play on Thursday. While there was some swelling, the injury didn't trouble her while batting or fielding and she was expected to be fit for the Test starting on Thursday.
England A closed on 562 for 9 in reply to Australia's first-innings 284, which was built on opener Beth Mooney's century. Kim Garth was the pick on a "tough day" for Australia's bowlers, with 4 for 69, and King claimed three wickets.
"There is a lot of positives to come out of it though," Garth said. "I think we actually did quite well on a wicket that's not offering much for the bowlers. Credit to them as well, they did bat very well. If you asked the coaching staff upstairs, I think they probably would have wanted a game like this rather than just cruising through three days of cricket so I think there's plenty to take out of it into next week."

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor, women's cricket, at ESPNcricinfo