Wickets Continue To Tumble In Perth
England 201 & 18-3 (Farrell 2-5) v
Australia 207 (Perry 71, Shrubsole 4-51)
Women's Ashes Test, Perth day two
A result, and six points to either Australia or England, is looking increasingly likely in the Women's Ashes Test in Perth after 11 wickets fell on day two.
England, who were bowled out for 201 on the opening day, fought back to dismiss Australia for 207, but then slipped to 18 for three in their second innings at stumps.
With Charlotte Edwards unable to bat in her usual position at the top of the order after suffering a knee injury in the field, England face a huge challenge to try to put enough runs on the board on day three - on a pitch that is not getting any more friendly - to give their bowlers a chance.
They can have no complaints about their bowlers on day two after Anya Shrubsole took four for 51 and Kate Cross three for 35 to limit Australia to a tiny advantage.
Ellyse Perry top scored with 71, Jodie Fields hit 43 and Erin Osborne 40 after England had made early inroads.
Sarah Elliott (13), was caught behind off Katherine Brunt after Cross had removed Jess Cameron for five and Alex Blackwell without scoring to reduce Australia to 37 for five.
Fields then added 55 with Perry for the sixth wicket before she became Cross's third victim and Perry, whose 71 came off 171 balls and included 10 fours, then put on 85 with Osborne before departing when she was bowled by Jenny Gunn.
Those two partnerships turned the game on its head and when Shrubsole dismissed Osborne and Sarah Coyte (9) with Natalie Sciver ending the innings with the wicket of Farrell for 11, the match was set up as a one-innings shootout.
In an almost identical situation to yesterday, England came out to bat late on hoping to get through to stumps - nine overs away - and lose no wickets but Australia hit back.
A brace of wickets for Rene Farrell (who now has six in the match) and one for Perry left the match very much in the balance.
Farrell bowled Heather Knight for one with her first ball and in her second over she had makeshift opener Sarah Taylor caught by Meg Lanning without scoring.
Perry completed her impressive all-round day by trapping Lydia Greenway in front for five and at stumps, Arran Brindle (3) and Sciver (6) were unbeaten.
Edwards will not be able to bat until England are five wickets down after leaving the field after lunch; England's task is an obvious one - make sure that she is kept waiting as long as possible before she does have to bat.
Australia, however, will feel that two more quick wickets will see them well on the way to victory with a captain struggling for fitness and the lower order left to dismiss.
12 wickets fell on the opening day of the one-off Ashes Test, which is the first of seven matches in the multi-format Women's Ashes. Three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals follow the Test match with the first team to 10 points (two points are on offer for a win in a limited overs match) will win The Ashes, although England need to make it to nine points to retain the trophy.
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