19th June, England v South Africa, 09:30 GMT
Australia Women 271-7 (Fields 139, Brunt 5-55) v
Ashes Test, Worcester, day one
Australian Women's captain Jodie Fields led from the front today against England Women to save her side from humiliation on the first day of the only Ashes Test at Worcester.
Australia suffered a terrible start as they fell to 28 for five, with Katherine Brunt taking four early wickets. Hoever, when Fields was joined at the crease by debutant Rachel Haynes, there were glimmers of hope for the tourists. Fields started very aggressively striking a number of boundaries on her way to 139 as the pair put on 229 for the sixth wicket.
She was dropped three times and England were made to pay heavily for their missed chances and the pair's effort of 229 runs for the sixth wicket was a world record in women's Test match cricket.
Fields was then removed by Brunt to become her fifth wicket of the day. Haynes fell two short of a debut century when succumbed late on to the bowling of Laura Marsh. England’s late strikes will no doubt buoy them for tomorrow’s play, however the day belonged to Jodie Fields who has saved her team to finish on 271 for seven.
England hold the Ashes having regained them in 2005 and retained them in 2008 in Australia.
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