Knight Guides England After Elliott Ton

Heather Knight hits out during her battling half-century at Wormsley
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Australia 331-6 dec. (Elliott 104, Blackwell 54) v
England 172-6 (Knight 85no)
Women's Ashes Test, Wormsley, day two

England opener Heather Knight stroked an unbeaten 85 to help her side close day two of the Women's Ashes Test on 172 for six in reply to Australia's 331 for six declared.

Sarah Elliott completed her century in the morning session, making 104, before Australia declared and put England under pressure with the ball.

Erin Osborne took three wickets but Knight, playing in her second Test, stood firm, occupying the crease for 225 balls to keep England in touch.

Elliott's fairytale return to international cricket after giving birth nine months ago continued as she reached three figures but failed to last much longer. She was finally dismissed, for 104 in 276 balls when she was caught by Lydia Greenway off Anya Shrubsole.

Jodie Fields was then bowled by Katherine Brunt for six and Alex Blackwell (54) trapped in front by Laura Marsh but Australia powered past 300 thanks to some lusty blows from Ellyse Perry (31 not out in 24 balls) and Osborne (10 not out).

Perry was quickly into the action after the declaration as she took the new ball with good effect, trapping Arran Brindle in front for five.

Sarah Taylor then added 44 with Knight for the second wicket, the wicket-keeper making 33 in 40 balls before becoming the first of Holly Ferling's victims.

Ferling (2-40) struck again to land the huge wicket of Charlotte Edwards when England's skipper was trapped in front.

With Australia firmly in charge, Osborne chipped in to remove Greenway (4), Tamsin Beaumont (1) and Jenny Gunn (6) to end the day with figures of three for 31 in 16 overs.

Knight, meanwhile, hit 10 fours and found a willing ally in Marsh, who closed unbeaten on 13 in 114 deliveries as England managed to frustrate Australia towards the end of the day.

© Cricket World 2013

Final score: England 12-4 Australia

Fixtures & Results

11th-14th August: Only Test, Wormsley
AUS 331-6 d. & 231-5 d. drew with ENG 314 & 93-2
20th August: 1st ODI, Lord's
AUS 203-8 beat ENG 176 by 27 runs
23rd August: 2nd ODI, Hove
ENG 256-6 beat AUS 205 by 51 runs
25th August: 3rd ODI, Hove
ENG 204-5 beat AUS 203-4 by 5 wickets
27th August: 1st T20I, Chelmsford
ENG 146-4 beat AUS 131-5 by 15 runs
29th August: 2nd T20I, Southampton
ENG 128-5 beat AUS 127-7 by 5 wickets
31st August: 3rd T20I, Chester-le-Street
ENG 92-3 beat AUS 91-7 by 7 wickets