Draw Likely Despite Knight Century
Australia 331-6 (Elliott 105) v
England 314 (Knight 157)
Women's Ashes Test, Wormsley, day three
A draw remains the most likely result in the Women's Ashes Test at Wormsley despite Heather Knight reaching her century on a rain-interrupted third day's play.
Knight made 157 in 338 balls and Laura Marsh 55 in 304 to get England to a score of 314 all out in reply to Australia's 331 for six declared.
The tourists then reached 64 for one in their second innings either side of a rain delay to close the day 81 runs ahead.
Knight and Marsh began the day together with England on 172 for six and looking in danger of ceding a big first-innings lead but the pair defied everything Australia had with a determined stand.
Knight reached three figures in 263 balls and Marsh passed her previous highest score in Tests to reach a maiden half-century, eventually falling to Megan Schutt.
By then, Knight had first gone past 150 and then reached the 17th best score in Women's Test history before departing, run out by Rachael Haynes as her marathon innings came to an end.
Among English players, only Janette Brittin (167), Claire Taylor (177), Rachael Heyhoe-Flint (179) and Betty Snowball (189) have scored more in one innings.
Together, Knight and Marsh had put on 156 runs in a touch more than 74 overs to haul England back into contention and prevent Australia from taking complete control.
Once the partnership was broken, England's lower order succumbed rather quickly, Erin Osborne wrapping up figures of four for 67 and Sarah Coyte (1-39) having Katherine Brunt trapped in front for four.
Australia had reached 22 without loss with both openers Haynes and Meg Lanning on 11 when rain interrupted and in the hour that was possible when it drifted away, Haynes was caught by Tamsin Beaumont off Jenny Gunn for 23, Lanning made 29 not out and Elliott an unbeaten 10.
Given the pace of the game so far, although the draw remains the most likely result, it is possible that one team will gamble on the final day in a bid to gain an early lead in the series.
A Test match victory is worth six points with a draw good enough for two points apiece while the remaining six limited overs matches offer a maximum of two points for a win.
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