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Ellyse Perry keeps Australia afloat on day two

Ellyse Perry showed a lot of determination
Ellyse Perry showed a lot of determination

England Women 280 (Beaumont 70) v
Australia Women 177-5 (Perry 70no)
Women's Ashes, Only Test, day two

Ellyse Perry showed a lot of determination with an unbeaten 70 run knock to help Australia overcome a stern challenge from England as they went on to post 177 for five at stumps on day two of the only Test in the Women's Ashes in Sydney.

Earlier, England resumed their first innings with a score of 235 for seven. In the sixth over of the day, Fran Wilson (13) fell to Megan Schutt (2-52).

Anya Shrubsole (20) looked positive hitting four boundaries in a span of 10 deliveries but her cameo was cut short by Schutt and soon England were bowled out for 280 runs with Perry (3-59) claiming the final wicket.

Australia openers Nicole Bolton (24) and Beth Mooney (27) ensured the home side did not lose any wicket in the 14 overs of play before tea while scoring 22 runs in it.

The grinding from both Mooney and Bolton continued in the second session as well before Laura Marsh (1-28) dismissed the latter, ending the 48-run opening stand.

A double strike from Sophie Ecclestone (2-51) put Australia in a spot of bother as they lost both Mooney and Alex Blackwell (6) in quick succession but Perry (70 not out) along with Elyse Villani (14) took the hosts to 84 for three at dinner break.

England continued to apply the pressure on the Australian batsmen in the final session as well. As a result, Shrubsole (1-21) removed Villani but Perry along with skipper Rachael Haynes (33) counterattacked the English bowlers during their valiant 73 run stand.

Perry, who looked the best Australian batsman on display went on to complete her half-century with a boundary in the 75th over and just when Australia were looking to ease out, Katherine Brunt (1-26) trapped Haynes LBW.

Australia went on to reach 177 for five at stumps on day two, still trailing England by 103 runs.

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