Late wickets hurt England Women in opening day of Ashes Test

Heather Knight scored 62 runs for England
Heather Knight scored 62 runs for England
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England Women 235-7 (Beaumont 70) v Australia Women
Women's Ashes, Only Test, day one

After Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight scored fifties, Australia managed to make a late comeback to restrict England to 235 for seven at stumps on day one of the only Test in the Women's Ashes in Sydney.

England won the toss and decided to bat first on what is the first ever day-night Test between the two teams. The openers Beaumont (70) and Lauren Winfield (4) played extremely well to negate the Australian new ball attack.

Winfield was blocking one end during her 56-ball knock as she along with Beaumont added just 25 runs in 18 overs. Tahlia McGrath (2-35) ended the deadlock with the wicket of Winfield.

Knight (62) joined Beaumont and also showed a bit of urgency as England ended the first session with a score of 63 for one in 33 overs.

Beaumont completed a patient half-century while Knight kept sweeping the spinners as the visitors went on to post 122 for one by the 50th over mark.

Amanda Wellington (1-56) provided some respite for the home side when she accounted for Beaumont - it was also her maiden wicket in Tests. Knight too departed shortly after reaching her half-century after trapped LBW by Jess Jonassen (2-52). England went into dinner break with a score of 157 for three.

The pink ball did some damage in the final session with lights taking full effect and despite attacking innings from Sarah Taylor (29), England lost four wickets and added 78 runs to reach 235 for seven in the possible 100 overs. Jonassen, McGrath and Ellyse Perry (2-49) all picked two wickets for Australia.

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