Ellyse Perry spoke to press after her century
A century to Ellyse Perry (116) was the highlight on a wet second day of Australia’s Ashes Test match at Taunton.
Perry and Rachael Haynes (87) built on their partnership from yesterday, showing good patience to take Australia’s total past 300.
Perry finally fell for 116 having passed 100 for the second time in as many Tests, with Laura Marsh (2-68) getting the important breakthrough for England.
Haynes was lucky not to be dismissed by Natalie Sciver following a dropped catch by Sophie Ecclestone, and looked like she would go on to record her maiden Test century before being judged leg-before painfully short of the milestone.
With Beth Mooney (7*) and Jess Jonassen (4*) at the crease the rain began to fall, the weather allowing just 32 overs to be bowled before play was abandoned for the day with Australia 5-341.
A draw in the Test will be enough for Australia to retain the Ashes, while a win will earn an outright Ashes series victory. England need to win the Test and the following three Twenty20 Internationals to reclaim the Ashes.
The Ashes is awarded to the team that accrues the most points across the multi-format series, with each ODI and T20 win worth two points, and a Test win worth four points.
Commonwealth Bank Ashes Tour of England – Australia squad
- Nicole Bolton, WA
- Nicola Carey, TAS
- Ashleigh Gardner, NSW
- Rachael Haynes, NSW
- Alyssa Healy, NSW
- Jess Jonassen, QLD
- Delissa Kimmince, QLD
- Meg Lanning, VIC
- Sophie Molineux, VIC
- Beth Mooney, QLD
- Ellyse Perry, VIC
- Megan Schutt, SA
- Elyse Villani, VIC
- Georgia Wareham, VIC
- Tayla Vlaeminck, VIC
Commonwealth Bank Ashes Tour of England - Australia A squad
Maitlan Brown, ACT
Erin Burns, NSW
Maddy Darke, NSW
Josie Dooley, QLD
Heather Graham, WA
Sammy-Jo Johnson, QLD
Tahlia McGrath, SA
Georgia Redmayne, QLD
Molly Strano, VIC
Rachel Trenaman, NSW
Belinda Vakarewa, TAS
Amanda-Jade Wellington, SA
Women’s Ashes Fixtures
26 June – England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough - AUS won by six wickets
28 June – England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough - AUS won by 68 runs
11-13 July – England Women’s Academy v Australia, Marlborough College, Swindon - AUS won by 240 runs
2 July – 1st ODI, England v Australia, Grace Road, Leicester - AUS won by two wickets
4 July – 2nd ODI, England v Australia, Grace Road, Leicester - AUS won by four wickets
7 July – 3rd ODI, England v Australia, St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury - AUS won by 194 runs
18-21 July – England v Australia, The County Ground, Taunton
26 July – 1st T20I, England v Australia, County Ground, Chelmsford
28 July – 2nd T20I, England v Australia, The County Ground, Hove
31 July – 3rd T20I, England v Australia, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Australia A Fixtures
29 June, England v Australia A, Loughborough
3 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough
5 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough
8 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough
Three-day tour match
12-14 July, England v Australia A, Millfield School, Street
17 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Millfield School, Street
19 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Millfield School, Street