Bowlers Prosper On Opening Day
England 201 (Brindle 68, Farrell 4-43) v
Australia 9-2 (Shrubsole 2-4)
Women's Ashes Test, Perth, day one
12 wickets fell on the opening day of the Women's Ashes Test in Perth as Australia closed on nine for two after bowling England out for 201.
Rene Farrell marked her return to international cricket with four wickets and Ellyse Perry took three as England were dismissed in 91.1 overs.
Arran Brindle top scored with 68 and Natalie Sciver made 49.
However, England hit back through Anya Shrubsole taking a brace of wickets to leave Australia with work to do on day two to get on terms.
England won the toss and chose to bat but failed to make much progress with Australia taking early wickets.
Sarah Coyte had captain Charlotte Edwards trapped in front for 17, Heather Knight was caught by Jess Cameron off Holly Ferling for 14 and Sarah Taylor made one before she was out leg before to Perry.
Lydia Greenway (22 in 78 balls) then joined forces with Brindle, whose 68 came off 126 deliveries, to steady the ship with a 64-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Greenway was bowled by Perry after which Brindle and Sciver (49 in 142) put on 58 for the fifth wicket.
Then, from 154 for four, England lost their last six wickets for 47 runs as Farrell took control with the ball.
She bowled Brindle, had Jenny Gunn caught by Erin Osborne for nought, Danielle Hazell caught by Elyse Villani for 15 and Katherine Brunt caught by Alex Blackwell for one.
Sciver became Coyte's second wicket when she offered wicket-keeper Jodie Fields a catch behind and the innings was wrapped up when Perry trapped Shrubsole in front for three.
Farrell finished with four for 43, Perry three for 41, Coyte two for 23 and Ferling one for 46.
England hit back almost immediately when Shrubsole had Villani caught by Knight for four with the 11th ball of Australia's innings.
As the home side battled to see things though until stumps, Shrubsole struck again in her third over to have Meg Lanning caught by Taylor for five, leaving Sarah Elliott unbeaten and yet to score.
The one-off Test is the opening game in the multi-format Women's Ashes series. Six points are on offer for an outright win with two points each for a draw.
The two teams will then play a series of three One-Day Internationals (two points for a win, one for a tie/no result) and three Twenty20 Internationals (two points for a win, one for a no result) with the first to 10 points winning the contest.
As reigning champions, England need to reach nine points to retain the Ashes.
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