Women's Ashes: Australia v England, second ODI, Melbourne, as it happened

England lose the second ODI by 26 runs in Melbourne - and are made to wait to retain the Women's Ashes.

23 January 2014 Last updated at 03:00 GMT

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  1. 10:50: 

    That's about it from us - England will head to Hobart on Sunday hoping to clinch the series, while Australia will hope this is the start of a five-game winning streak. You can listen to Sunday's ODI here on the BBC Sport website, while there will be regular Women's Ashes updates during Test Match Special's coverage of the men's ODI in Perth, and during our live text commentary on that game.

    Hope you've enjoyed a closely-fought game, even if it didn't bring the result England wanted - and thanks if you've been loyally following us since the early hours. TTFN.

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  3. 10:42: 

    To recap on the series format, today's result means England now lead 8-2 on points in the Women's Ashes. There are four more games remaining - an ODI in Hobart on Sunday, then three Twenty20 internationals, with two points available for a win in each game. So Australia still need to win all four games to wrest the Ashes back from England, who will retain the trophy if they win any of the four.


    England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "The Aussie girls batted beautifully, we lost wickets at crucial times and the game got away from us. It was nice to get some runs, just a shame I couldn't continue. It was my call for the run-out, that was a crucial time leading up to the batting powerplay. Our fielding wasn't up to scratch, we dropped a few catches, but we're going to have to look at today as a bad day in the field."


    Australia spinner Erin Osborne on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "We got a bit tired at the end so we didn't clean it up as well as we should, but Nicole Bolton batted beautifully and it was great to get the win. It was good for the girls to get away after the last game, we enjoyed ourselves at the Allan Border Medal night. But we've got nothing to lose, we've got to win four out of four and we're playing with a lot of hunger."

    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Nicole Bolton batted beautifully - you don't dream of playing like that on your international debut in a day-nighter at the MCG. She will remember that as long as she lives, and she was probably the difference. These sides are pretty evenly matched - Sciver played a superb knock at the end and England only finished 26 short. If they had built a few more partnerships, this would have gone right to the wire."

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  7. 10:30: 

    So, Australia live to fight another day - England still lead the series 8-2 on points.


    Australia batter Nicole Bolton on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It was really exciting to get the call-up and get the win so the series is still alive. I had a good hit this morning and when you're batting with Meg Lanning, the nerves can ease. The wicket was a bit quicker today but we had a good total and defended it well."



  10. 46.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Sciver c Ferling b Osborne 57 (Eng 240 all out)

    Osborne back on, a misfield hands Sciver two off the first ball, but her brave innings ends as she tries to force the ball through square leg and is caught.

    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "You wonder, what if some of the middle order had hung around with Sciver and built partnerships, rather than trying to hit boundaries..."

  12. 46 overs: 
    SCIVER FIFTY- Eng 238-9 (target 267)

    It's all on Natalie Sciver now - and she may have been watching Jos Buttler play, stepping across and ramping Perry for four! A powerful drive brings her two to long-on, scattering some seagulls, then she ramps another four over fine leg to bring up her fifty from 38 balls. A great innings by the Surrey youngster, even if it may be in a lost cause. (Remember James Faulkner, patron saint of lost causes?!) Perry strays with a wide, Sciver shovels a two through mid-wicket, and a single off the fifth ball brings number 11 Kate Cross on strike for the first time. Cross defends, so 14 off the over, so 29 needed from 24. And Sciver on strike.

  13. 45 overs: 
    WICKET- Shrubsole st Healy b Jonassen 6 (Eng 224-9)

    Hunter off, Jonassen on for her final over - Sciver sweeps the first ball for four, then gets a top edge over mid-wicket but captain Lanning can't hold on to the catch running backward. A hard chance under the lights, but still a chance. Sciver drills a single to long-on, Shrubsole guides a single into the covers. Sciver rotates the strike but Shrubsole is stumped looking to hit over the top - 43 needed from 30 balls with the last pair together, time to start the car?

  14. 44 overs: 
    Eng 215-8 (target 267)

    Perry bowls a no-ball to new batter Shrubsole, who guides it for two and will have a free hit. An agricultural swipe from the Somerset tail-ender sails past backward point for four, but England shouldn't get too many more freebies like that. 52 needed from 36 balls.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Ellyse Perry

    "The lengths Perry is bowling now is what she needed to bowl in her first spell, when she was making it too easy for the batters to hit singles."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  16. 43.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Hazell b Perry 11 (Eng 208-8)

    Ferling's off, can Perry finish it for Australia? There's a large squadron of seagulls flying around the MCG - and it's all over for Hazell as she is yorked by the Australian speedster going for a big drive.

  17. 43 overs: 
    Eng 207-7 (Sciver 33*, Hazell 11*)
    Julie Hunter

    Julie Hunter returns to the attack, Sciver shovels a loose delivery for four trough fine leg before pushing a single through the covers which brings a a small round of applause for England's 200. Hunter strays with another wide - both teams have been guilty of bowling too many wides today - and Hazell goes for the big one, hoisting the ball over mid-wicket where it bounces and rolls into the rope for four. Some more great fielding by Bolton nearly brings Australia another run-out as Hazell chops a quick single, Sciver adds another, but a good over for England brings 12 runs - 60 needed from 42 balls.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Looking at this series, and the series in England, I've been impressed by Sciver. She's batting extremely well and Hazell can be a good partner, so I'm not going to put the mockers on Australia yet."

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  19. 42 overs: 
    Eng 195-7 (target 267)

    Hazell tries to tap Ferling for a single, keeper Healy runs to collect the ball and falls flat on her face. Literally. Sciver smacks a four through cow corner, before dabbing a single backward of point where debutant centurion Nicole Bolton chases and sends in a smart return. 72 needed from 48 balls.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is good play from England, I wonder why they didn't do this during the powerplay, when they could easily have scored six or seven an over."

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  21. 41 overs: 
    Eng 188-7 (Sciver 23*, Hazell 4*)

    Interesting that Australia stuck with spin for most of that powerplay... Hazell and Sciver aren't giving up on this, they race through for a second run to the cover sweeper, prompting Lanning to switch a couple of her fielders around. Four singles and two twos from the over, so eight from it - 79 needed from 54 balls.

  22. 40 overs: 
    Eng 181-7 (target 267)

    Australia turn back to the pace of Holly Ferling. Sciver and Hazell manage to work the singles and twos, while some brilliant fielding by stand-in skipper Lanning at mid-on nearly runs Sciver out at the bowler's end as she gives Ferling the charge. Eight from that over, 86 needed from the last 10 overs - I may need your help to work out the required rate...

  23. 39 overs: 
    Eng 173-7

    Danielle Hazell is the new batter. She negotiates her first ball - England need 94 from 66 balls.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It seems like England are trying to get the run rate up in the powerplay, but that's the wrong strategy, as they've lost two wickets. They just need to keep finding the gaps as there are singles there to be taken."

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  25. 38.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Gunn c Lanning b Osborne 5 (Eng 173-7)

    Sciver and Gunn try to work it around against Osborne, Sciver goes for a big hit down the ground and connects well but hits it straight back at the bowler. And when Gunn tries the aerial route again, she's caught at mid-on and England are on the rack.

  26. 38 overs: 
    Eng 170-6 (target 267)

    Gunn joins Sciver at the crease as Jonassen, fresh from taking that catch, begins her ninth over. Gunn is off the mark, she and Sciver manage a few singles and Gunn finds the boundary with a fluent sweep shot, but England will need plenty more like that. She has five, Sciver has 10, and the required rate is up to 8.08.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Bad decision-making there by Danni Wyatt. Jenny Gunn's in next, she has plenty of experience and in Sciver, Gunn, Hazell and Shrubsole, they have some big hitters who can give it a big whack, but there's still pressure on Australia as if they lose this they're out of the series."

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  28. 37 overs: 
    WICKET- Wyatt c Jonassen b Osborne 1 (Eng 164-6)

    After a couple of singles, Sciver goes for a big hit against Osborne, it beats the diving Jonassen at mid-off and sails through for four. A single brings Wyatt back on strike, but this time Jonassen holds on.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England just need to keep turning the strike over. Even if it still gets to 10 an over needed, they'll still be confident they can get these runs."

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  30. 36 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 157-5 (target 267)

    Danielle Wyatt is England's new batter, so they have two new players in and the pendulum (of doom) has swung firmly back to Australia. Wyatt survives an lbw appeal first ball (albeit a rather optimistic one), and Jonassen completes a wicket maiden. 110 more needed with only 84 balls remaining.

  31. 35.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Brindle lbw b Jonassen 19 (Eng 157-5)

    The Batting Powerplay of Doom strikes first ball - Jonassen has Brindle leg before attempting a sweep, and England are five down.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England will have four more bites of the cherry if they don't win this game, but they're a ruthless team and they will still want to win today."

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  33. 35 overs: 
    Eng 157-4

    There's a lot of pressure on Arran Brindle here, having played the supporting role to Taylor, she now has to be the senior partner - and she's been in for 12 overs without hitting a boundary. Four singles from the over - and the Batting Powerplay of Doom awaits...

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  35. 34 overs: 
    Eng 153-4

    A hammer blow for England, that, with Taylor going so well before being run out, Her replacement is Surrey's Natalie Sciver, Brindle guides Farrell for a single to square leg, Sciver is off the mark with a gentle single into the off side. The required rate is up to 7.13.

    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Nicole Bolton

    "Nicole Bolton looks like a librarian in those glasses, but she's a serious find for Australia, with this batting and fielding performance."

  37. 33 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor run out (Bolton direct hit) 63 (Eng 151-4)

    Erin Osborne returns to the attack, Brindle manages a single, then Taylor chips the ball carefully over mid-wicket for one. Brindle moves to 16 with a single, Taylor smashes a full toss to mid-off and sets off for a single, but Jonassen's throw is just wide. But England's luck runs out when Brindle cuts and attempts another quick single, centurion Nicole Bolton's throw runs Taylor out at the striker's end with a direct hit.

    Nicole Bolton and Alyssa Healy
    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The trouble with the field Meg Lanning is setting for Taylor is that with everyone back on the ring, there's a single there every ball."

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  39. 32 overs: 
    MISSED STUMPING- Eng 147-3 (target 267)

    Farrell looks like one of the bowlers England should be targeting - and this is some good running by Taylor and Brindle, scampering singles at will as their partnership passes 50. But Alyssa Healy misses a stumping chance as Taylor tries to force the ball away, misses but Healy can't take the ball cleanly.

  40. 31 overs: 
    Eng 143-3 (Taylor 59*, Brindle 12*)

    The field is back for Taylor, who Australia know is England's danger player - and she fluently guides Perry for four through square leg, despite Ferling putting in a dive on the boundary. Taylor moves to 58 with a two to the same area, and adds a single to keep the strike. Perry takes her cap from the umpire with a smile on her face after conceding seven from the over, she has 1-33 from six.

  41. 30 overs: 
    Eng 136-3 (target 267)

    Seamer Farrell replaces spinner Jonassen, Brindle is nearly cut in half by an inswinger, but the next ball swings too much and is called as a wide. When she finally manages to beat the infield, Brindle guides one through backward point and comes back for a second to keep the pressure on the fielders.

    Farrell, by the way, is wearing a plaster on her right hand - presumably after she stopped that hard Taylor drive off her own bowling in the 12th over. The one for which we put the "ouch" graphic up.

  42. 29 overs: 
    TAYLOR FIFTY- Eng 133-3
    Sarah Taylor

    Brindle is doing well to work Perry for singles to give Taylor as much of the strike as possible - Taylor unleashes a brutal straight drive for four, taking one hand off the bat as she does so. And that's her 13th ODI fifty, from 64 balls.

  43. 28 overs: 
    Eng 126-3 (target 267)

    Jonassen in for her seventh over. After a couple of singles, Taylor unleashes a lovely late cut for two, then steps forward to flick a four over mid-wicket. She's always worth watching when she's in this form... and has 47 from 60 balls.

  44. 27 overs: 
    Eng 118-3 (Taylor 40*, Brindle 7*)

    Ellyse Perry replaces Hunter in the arrack and after a single from Brindle, Perry bowls a bouncer which is signalled as a wide - the Aussies in the crowd didn't like that. Taylor drills a two through wide mid-on which the tumbling Hunter stops just inside the rope. A single ensures the Sussex stumper keeps the strike.

    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Australia only took three wickets in the last game, and only have three today - their ability to take wickets when the ball is older is a concern. England have two good players in who are fit enough to run lots of twos. and chase this target down"

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  46. 26 overs: 
    Eng 113-3 (target 267)

    Brindle and Taylor exchange singles, before Brindle gets tied down for a couple of deliveries but then tips-and-runs a quick single. The required rate is 6.42.

  47. 25 overs: 
    Eng 110-3 (Taylor 36*, Brindle 4*)

    Hunter begins her seventh over, having taken 1-18 from her first six. Brindle knocks a quick single, Alex Blackwell's throw to the striker's end is accurate but Taylor had made her ground well. Hunter flings a wide down the leg side, from which England also manage to run a couple,., and Hunter then bowls another wide, this time out of Taylor's reach outside off stump. England live dangerously briefly as Taylor, aiming for mid-on, gets a fortunate thick edge for a four to third man. Taylor has 36 from 51 balls at the halfway point of the innings.

  48. 24 overs: 
    Eng 101-3

    Brindle and Taylor work themselves a trio of singles against Jonassen as England's total passes 100. But Lanning is keeping the field in tight to dry up the runs.

    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "A couple of tight overs put the pressure back on the English girls, and that was a rash shot by Knight - she was batting beautifully and she didn't need to do that."

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  50. 23 overs: 
    Eng 98-3 (target 267)

    New batter Arran Brindle is off the mark with a single.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That wicket was definitely created through pressure - but it was a good stumping by Alyssa Healy. Arran Brindle was England's heroine in the last game - she will know exactly what's needed now."

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  52. 22.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Knight st Healy b Hunter 55 (Eng 97-3)

    Knight is tucked up for room as she tries to force Hunter through the leg side - then tries to force the pace and is smartly stumped.

    Julie Hunter
  53. 22 overs: 
    Eng 97-2 (target 267)

    Plenty of chat from the Aussie fielders about how "one wicket" will change the game - and they're right. Jonassen is quickly through her over, and England can only manage a couple of singles as the required run rate creeps over six an over for the first time.

  54. 21 overs: 
    Eng 95-2 (Knight 54*, Taylor 30*)

    After that expensive last over from Ferling, Aussie captain Meg Lanning turns back to seamer Julie Hunter. But Taylor and Knight seem to be finding the gaps well - Isa Guha compares one Taylor shot to Kevin Pietersen as she flicks the ball towards mid-on with one foot off the ground. But just three runs from the over.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The England girls pride themselves on how they play spin - Jess Jonassen had the measure of a few of them last summer, but Sarah Taylor seems to be coming down the track more against her."

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  56. 20 overs: 
    Eng 92-2 (target 267)

    Jonassen has changed ends in place of fellow spinner Osborne but Knight and Taylor are happy to chip away with singles.

  57. 19 overs: 
    KNIGHT FIFTY- Eng 87-2

    Ferling begins her fifth over, Knight pulls a bouncer for four before helping herself to two more through the covers to move to 48. Another well-run two brings up her fifty from only 53 balls. A single allows her to keep the strike, that's nine from the over, and England's tails we be up the way this stand is going.

    Heather Knight
    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Having done a bit of work with Erin Osborne, I think she needs to keep flighting the ball as she is now, but her deep mid-wicket and cover fielders need to be a little straighter."

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  59. 18 overs: 
    Eng 78-2 (target 267)

    Osborne to continue after drinks, Knight carefully pulls a shorter delivery for four. This stand is now worth 65.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I'd say it's pretty evenly poised when you think Australia were 72-1 at this stage and England are 72-2, but this partnership will be the key. Sarah Taylor is striking the ball well, and Heather Knight was a thorn in Australia's side during the last Ashes."

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is a good move by Meg Lanning, bringing back Ferling who's a wicket-taking bowler, as they need to break this partnership."

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  62. 17 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 72-2 (Knight 37*, Taylor 25*)

    With Australia needing a wicket, they turn back to opening bowler Holly Ferling, which momentarily slows the scoring rate, but Ferling stays with her line a little, slipping down the leg side which allows Taylor and Knight to help themselves to a couple of singles through backward square leg. Time for a drinks break.

  63. 16 overs: 
    Eng 69-2 (target 267)

    While Australia's spinners managed to stifle England 's men in that ODI the other night, Knight and Taylor are doing a great job of manoeuvring the ball around for singles against the spinners, Six balls, six singles, that'll do nicely with the required rate just under six at this stage.

  64. 15 overs: 
    Eng 63-2 (Knight 33*, Taylor 20*)

    With spinners on at both ends (and much better over-rates in women's cricket than in men's), Australia are on course to rattle through a few overs at top speed here - although Jonassen sends down a wide, Taylor and Knight are happy to plunder a few singles to bring up the fifty partnership.

  65. 14 overs: 
    Eng 58-2 (target 267)

    In fact, it's spin at the Southern End as off-spinner Erin Osborne replaces Farrell. Again, Taylor and Knight start off with a couple of singles before Knight goes aerial, lofting the first six of the match over long-on. Boom! Two more singles round off another profitable over.

  66. 13 overs: 
    Eng 47-2 (Knight 22*, Taylor 16*)

    Australia turn to spin for the first time as slow left-armer Jess Jonassen is into the attack, having earlier entertained the few hundred fans inside the MCG with an attractive batting cameo. Taylor and Knight take a look at the spinner, taking three singles from the over, but no fireworks as yet.

  67. 12 overs: 
    OUCH!- Eng 44-2 (target 267)

    Taylor gets a flashing edge past the keeper for four - it would have been a regulation slip catch for a first or second slip. Taylor punches the next ball back towards the bowler, Farrell gets her right hand down to stop a likely four but then wrings her hand in pain. Ouch indeed. A single takes the England keeper to 14, and after a nightmare start, this is turning into a good little stand for England.

  68. 11 overs: 
    Eng 39-2 (Knight 21*, Taylor 9*)

    With the fielding restrictions lifted, the field can go back as Taylor and Knight help themselves to some ones and twos., while keeper Alyssa Healy can't reach a ropey wide from which England run another.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I wasn't sure about the decision to send Lydia Greenway in ahead of Sarah Taylor, as Lydia is a really good 'finisher', she does well against the spinners once the shine's off by moving the ball around and you want her to be batting towards the end of the innings."

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  70. 10 overs: 
    Eng 33-2 (target 267)

    Rene Farrell replaces Hunter, their bowling's not too dissimilar but Taylor greets her first ball with a fluent, classy off-driven four, while a single takes her to eight. Knight has 18.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Isa Guha and I played against each other from about 2005 so we've got a bit of history between us. We even get mistaken for each other as we're similar in size in stature, even my boss mistook me for her once. But I never wanted to get out to her, as she'd carry on a lot when she got you out."

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  72. 9 overs: 
    Eng 28-2

    Taylor, whose glovework today was as slick as we've come to expect, pushes a two to get off the mark, before guiding a single to the cover boundary. Knight ends the over with a careful glide for four past slip.

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  74. 8 overs: 
    Eng 21-2 (target 267)

    Knight chips Hunter for a four over mid-wicket before a powerful cover drive brings the Plymouth-born opener four more.

  75. 7 overs: 
    Eng 13-2

    Sarah Taylor is the new batter, facing a rebuilding job here. She sees off Perry's over.

    To remind you of the context of this match, if you're just joining us - if England wi todayn, they retain the Women's Ashes. But if Australia win, they still need to win all four remaining games (an ODI and three T20s) to prevent England from retaining the trophy.

  76. 6.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Greenway lbw b Perry 4 (Eng 13-2)

    Australia make an early bowling change as Ellyse Perry replaces fellow right-arm pace bowler Ferling at the Members End, looking for some success with the ball after bagging a golden duck earlier today. And after starting with a wide, Perry makes the breakthrough - Greenway prods forward but is hit on the knee-roll and looks surprised to be given out lbw.

    Ellyse Perry
  77. 6 overs: 
    Eng 12-1 (target 267)

    While Katie Gornall updates BBC News Channel viewers live from the MCG, Hunter begins her third over - she has a gully and a short cover as her two compulsory static catchers. Just a leg bye and a Greenway single from the over.

  78. 5 overs: 
    Eng 10-1 (Knight 6*, Greenway 3*)

    Greenway scampers a leg bye, Knight latches onto a a high-ish full toss and helps it to fine leg for a single, while Greenway flicks a well-run two backward of square leg. No boundaries yet.

  79. 4 overs: 
    Eng 6-1

    Knight adds a single, and Greenway is off the mark with a careful nudge. If you didn't see - or hear about - the first ODI, Greenway and Arran Brindle gave a very good lesson in how to perfectly pace an ODI run chase. Knight laces a two through the covers - and let's not forget, she was England's player of the series in the home Ashes last summer.

    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That was an excellent over from Ferling - bowling just as Brett Lee might do, with a bumper followed by a length ball."

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  81. 3 overs: 
    Eng 2-1

    Ferling, arms and legs pumping, charges in to Knight, who evades a bouncer and then plays and misses at the Aussie speedster. Knight pulls a single to square leg.

  82. 2 overs: 
    Eng 1-1 (Knight 1*, Greenway 0*)

    Austrralia keep Ellyse Perry up their sleeves for now as the medium-fast right-arm seamer Julie Hunter takes the second over, and Heather Knight gets England under way with a single. Hunter, who hails from the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill, keeps it tight against Greenway and the Aussie fielders are buzzing after removing England's captain so early. England are 1-1 - or, as they say in Australia, 1-1.

  83. 1 over: 
    Eng 0-1 (target 267)

    That's a lesson for anyone who may have taken their seat late after the interval... Lydia Greenway is the new batter, joining Heather Knight who's yet to face a ball. The left-handed Greenway negotiates the rest of Ferling's over as the 18-year-old pace bowler completes a wicket maiden.

  84. 0.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Edwards b Ferling 0 (Eng 0-1)

    Wow! Teenager Ferling bowls England skipper Charlotte Edwards with the first ball of the innings, off an inside edge! Big, big wicket.

  85. 07:15: 

    Right, ready to get under way. Holly Ferling taking the new ball for Australia.

  86. 06:49: 

    Right, we're going to take a quick break between innings (while I nip upstairs to see if the canteen's open) - keep listening to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra for some interviews, first up is former England one-day captain Adam Hollioake, who's recently reinvented himself as a cage fighter.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England will be very disappointed with their performance in the field. Nicole Bolton could have been run out for a duck but it cost them 124 runs, and they missed a few runs so that's an area they need to lift if they are to win the Ashes."

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  88. 06:48: 

    So, a late flurry of wickets prevented Australia from posting a gargantuan score of 280+ which Lisa Sthalekar had anticipated - but I think 266 is a competitive score, and as old cricketers will tell you, you don't judge a pitch until you see both teams bat on it.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Australia have seven options with the ball, so you may see something similar to England with the way they rotated their bowlers. Bolton has had a great day so far, but she bowls some useful off-spin and picked up a couple of wickets against England in a warm-up match. If I were captain I'd throw her the ball. I had said earlier that 280 was possible with Bolton and Cameron in, so England will be happy with 266, I'm sure their batters will be confident. Charlotte Edwards is going well, and Sarah Taylor is due a big score, which is scary for Australia, while Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle are great in the middle order."

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  90. 50 overs: 
    Aus 266-7 (Osborne 7*, Farrell 2*)

    New batter Rene Ferrell is off the mark, giving Osborne the strike with two balls left. Osborne square-drives and pushes for a third run - the throw comes in to the striker's end when Osborne would have been run out by half the pitch if it had gone to the bowler's end. Two more quick singles mean England will need 267 to win this match - and retain the Women's Ashes.

  91. 49.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Blackwell c Brindle b Shrubsole 56 (Aus 260-7)

    Just when Blackwell was in full cry, after whacking another four through the leg side, she perishes in the last over as Arran Brindle takes the catch at extra cover.

  92. 49 overs: 
    BLACKWELL 50- Aus 256-6 (Blackwell 51*, Osborne 3*)

    Blackwell is closing on a half century as she clubs Gunn through mid-wicket, but despite the attention of two fielders it sails through for four as neither manages to stop it. A single brings up her 17th ODI fifty which has taken only 43 balls.

  93. 48 overs: 
    Aus 248-6

    Erin Osborne is Australia's number eight, she's off the mark with a single.

  94. 47.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Jonassen st Taylor b Shrubsole 13 (Aus 247-6)

    The reprieved Blackwell nudges Shrubsole for a single, Jonassen squeezes a well-run three between backward point and short third man. Blackwell aims an aggressive slog-sweep but the ball squirms away for a single. Jonassen whacks another four through mid-wicket but her entertaining cameo is ended as she swings, misses and is smartly stumped by Taylor. So smartly, in fact, that I - and the commentators - initially thought she'd been bowled.

  95. 47 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 238-5

    250 was looking a little distant for Australia after that burst of wickets, but not now as Blackwell tucks into the recalled Jenny Gunn, sweeping a two to fine leg before whacking a four through extra cover. A single takes her to 43, Jonassen rotates the strike and Blackwell launches one into the air... but is dropped by Natalie Sciver at long-on. Not a day in the field to remember for the Surrey all-rounder, who dropped centurion Nicole Bolton early in her innings.

  96. 46 overs: 
    Aus 229-5 (Blackwell 36*, Jonassen 5*)

    Shrubsole returns in place of Cross. Blackwell and the left-handed Jonassen run some singles before Jonassen (who we can expect to see bowling some left-arm spin later) powerfully hoists a four over mid-off. Four overs left.

  97. 45 overs: 
    Aus 220-5

    Blackwell, on 33, manages a leg bye to steal the strike from new batter Jess Jonassen, who's yet to face.

  99. 44.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Healy c Wyatt b Sciver 4 (Aus 219-5)

    Sciver to continue after making that breakthrough last over, and after the Southern Stars plunder three singles, Healy is nearly stumped as she tries to force the pace. And Sciver picks up another scalp as next ball, Healy lofts the ball to the mid-wicket boundary and Danielle Wyatt dives forward to take the catch.

  100. 44 overs: 
    Aus 216-4 (Blackwell 31*, Healy 3*)

    The new batter is Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy - you may remember her uncle Ian chirping away from behind the timbers for much of the 1990s. She's off the mark with a two down to fine leg and a risky single through the covers. Blackwell guides a well-run two through the covers and knocks a single to long-on.

  101. 43.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Perry lbw b Cross 0 (Aus 210-3)

    So, a let-off for England with the centurion back in the pavilion. After a single from Blackwell, the new batter is the dangerous Ellyse Perry (who made an unbeaten 65 from 78 balls in the first ODI) - but she is trapped lbw first ball, playing across a straight ball from Cross. "One brings two", as the saying goes.

  102. 43 overs: 
    WICKET- Bolton b Sciver 124 (Aus 209-3)

    Sciver replaces Brindle, who was rather expensive in that last over - Australia keep plugging away, but Bolton's long vigil is finally ended as she attempts an unorthodox ramp shot and is bowled for 124 from 152 balls.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England will feel pretty pleased if they can pull this back and restrict Australia to under 250."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  104. 42 overs: 
    Aus 204-2

    Kate Cross returns to the attack, but it's business as usual for Bolton and Blackwell as they push Australia past 200 , finding the gaps to score ones and twos.

  105. 41 overs: 
    Aus 198-2 (Bolton 119*, Blackwell 21*)

    Brindle replaces Gunn for her third spell, but the runs keep flowing. After a single from Blackwell, Brindle strays with another full toss which Bolton gives the full treatment, bludgeoning it through mid-wicket for her 11th four - and she doesn't have to wait long for her 12th, helping one down the leg side for another four. Three more singles - 12 from the over, that may be the last we see of Brindle's bowling.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "From here, that looked out. Danni Wyatt has one of the strongest arms in the England side."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  107. 40 overs: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 186-2

    If you're just waking up and hoping to find out how England were storming towards victory, it's not quite been that easy (is it ever?). Shrubsole to bowl the final over of the batting powerplay, Bolton and Blackwell are busy between the wickets, but Blackwell is nearly run out when Danielle Wyatt's bullet-like throw from the cover boundary shatters the stumps at the bowler's end. England appeal for a run-out against Blackwell, the umpire ahs a good long look... but shakes his head. Bolton heaves another single off the last ball, and she'd have been run out if Greenway's throw had hit.

    Katie Gornall, BBC Sport at the MCG

    "I've gone to sit in the control room at the MCG. It's where they play out the music from, make announcements and update the scoreboard. The temptation to push something is overwhelming."

    The MCG control room
  109. 39 overs: 
    Aus 178-2

    Gunn replaces Brindle, still operating round the wicket to the left-handed Bolton who adds a single to bring Blackwell on strike, and Blackwell uses all her experience to guide a four through the covers and force a single wide of mid-on. This stand is already worth 44, even though it only seems like Blackwell came in five minutes ago.

    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Her celebration was very subdued there, if you think of David Warner leaping around when he gets a century for the men's team. She raised her bat but didn't even take her helmet off. She had her birthday last week, what a milestone for her with a century on debut."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  111. 38 overs: 
    BOLTON 100- Aus 171-2 (Bolton 101*, Blackwell 12*)

    England recall Anya Shrubsole to the attack, with Bolton on 99, and she reaches her debut century from 133 balls with a single to fine leg. The Somerset seamer sends down another wide, and Blackwell is swiftly moving up through the gears, clipping another four to move into double figures.

    Alex Blackwell and Nicole Bolton
    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Bolton is playing with confidence, her footwork has been a highlight of her innings as she's short in stature - about five foot two - but she's really nimble, and that's been a problem for England."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  113. 37 overs: 
    THAT'S A RECORD- Aus 163-2

    Bolton, on 94, gets a gift of a waist-high full toss from Brindle - and at medium pace, that's an absolute gift for the left-hander to pull for a first-bounce four through square leg, just a couple of feet away from bringing up her century in the grand manner. A single takes her to 99 - she now has the highest score by an Australian woman on ODI debut.

  114. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Aus 158-2

    Just as in the men's game, it seems the tradition remains that the batting powerplay is taken as late as possible (from overs 36-40). It's wicket-taker Hazell to bowl her last over, Bolton moves into the (nervous?) nineties as with the fielding restrictions in place, she and Blackwell help themselves to a few ones and twos as Bolton moves to 94. Hazell finishes her spell with figures of 10-0-44-2.

  115. 35 overs: 
    Aus 151-2 (Bolton 89*, Blackwell 5*)

    England take pace off the ball with Arran Brindle keeping it tight against Blackwell, who nudges a single wide of mid-on. Another wide - England have let a few go today - extends a few, but the Aussie commentators are still purring about Sarah Taylor's wicketkeeping. As they should. Bolton moves to 89 with a single.

  116. 05:34: 

    A quick look at the England bowling figures while the players take drinks:

    Shrubsole 4-0-17-0, Cross 5-0-19-0, Hazell 9-0-37-2, Gunn 6-0-27-0, Wyatt 3-0-19-0, Brindle 3-0-13-0, Sciver 4-0-15-0.

  117. 34 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 148-2

    Single from Bolton, Blackwell rotates the strike well, then there's a moment of hesitation from Bolton - she's on 87, a score traditionally unlucky for Australians - as she thinks about a suicidal single to short mid-wicket but thinks better of it. But two more singles are added as the Southern Stars reach the drinks break in fine fettle.

  118. 33 overs: 
    Aus 144-2

    Gunn strays with a legside wide, the right-handed Blackwell dabs a single past the keeper and Bolton earns the crowd's applause with an attractive cover drive which beats Wyatt's dive to the cover boundary. England's fielding is getting a bit ragged as a couple of misfields allow Bolton to take a second run to third man, and a quick single to mid-wicket from another fumble.

  119. 32 overs: 
    Aus 135-2 (Bolton 79*, Blackwell 1*)

    The very experienced Alex Blackwell, playing her 105th ODI since her debut in 2003, is the new batter. She's off the mark with a single.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "We saw a reverse sweep and some good boundaries from Cameron, but I think she was eyeing up the boundary too much rather than trying to rotate the strike, and that cost her wicket in the end."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  121. 31.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Cameron c Greenway b Hazell 44 (Aus 134-2)

    Cameron's luck runs out as she tries to take on Hazell and is pouched at mid-on by Lydia Greenway. One of the best fielders in women's cricket, how England could do with 11 Greenways in the field.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I've often thought cricket's like chess - the fielding captain is trying to think two, three or four overs ahead. But it's the same for the batters - the reverse sweep Cameron played, for instance, is very much a premeditated shot."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  123. 31 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 133-1

    Captain Edwards continues to rotate her bowlers, Sciver's off after four overs as Jenny Gunn returns to the attack at the Members End but the singles continue to flow. Cameron tries to make room for another blast through the off side and is dropped by Anya Shrubsole at mid-off. Another chance goes begging, and Cameron drills the last ball for two past Shrubsole to move to 44.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Nicole Bolton has been starved of the strike lately - she should speak to Jess and ask her to rotate the strike a bit more."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  125. 30 overs: 
    Aus 130-1

    England turn back to the spin of Danielle Hazell, who's taken the only wicket to fall today. After a single from Bolton, Cameron tries an aggressive cross-batted swing but can't make contact - then gets the reverse sweep out of her locker for a four through third man. A single takes her to 42, Bolton moves to 77 with a gentle dab off hte last ball.

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    Matt in Birmingham: If England keep up the bowling changes we could end up with Sarah Taylor turning her arm over. In reply to Marshall (24th over), not sure if Sir Geoffrey's mum is playing but the way Nicole Bolton is batting I reckon she could borrow Mrs Boycott's stick of rhubarb and still find the boundary. Come on ladies you've been England's only real bright patch in this disappointing winter of cricket.

  127. 29 overs: 
    Aus 123-1 (Bolton 75*, Cameron 37*)

    A glimmer for England as Bolton steps forward to drive and keeper Sarah Taylor, standing up to the stumps to Sciver's medium pace, has the bails off in a microsecond but Bolton had grounded her back foot just in time. (If you can still find a video clip on Cricket Australia's site of Taylor stumping Jodie Fields in the Test... WATCH IT. Brilliant glovework). Two singles and a wide are the only blemishes on a pretty tight over.

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    Adam in Somerset: I'm reading the live text while patrolling my fishing lakes in Somerset for pesky mink! Come on girls, show the guys how it's done!

  129. 28 overs: 
    Aus 120-1

    Cross keeps a tight line and length, Cameron drills a single to the cover sweeper but that's the only blemish on the young Lancastrian's over.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Jess Cameron has 35 from 54 balls, by comparison in the first ODI she was 21 off 50. She looks like she's staying leg side and eyeing up that cover boundary. But she somehow always has a knack of being run out, or being hit by the ball as non-striker - she never seems to be able to get out of the way. Cameron and Meg Lanning play together here for Victoria, but despite having played so many games together, there's always a run-out chance with them."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  131. 27 overs: 
    Aus 119-1 (Bolton 74*, Cameron 35*)

    Bolton and Cameron plunder six singles from Sciver's third over. Not too much to cheer about for England, those early dropped catches are starting to look a little costly.

  132. 26 overs: 
    Aus 113-1

    England keep Hazell's last four overs up their sleeves and turn back to Kate Cross, the 22-year-old who will now be staying with the squad for the rest of the series. Cameron pushes a quick single into the off side, Bolton moves to 71 with a dab past cover, and that's a better over for England - but they really need a wicket.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Jess Cameron's not been in form so far in this series, but Nicole Bolton hitting the boundaries and rotating the strike has taken the pressure off her. She's shown the selectors she was ready to go."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  134. 25 overs: 
    Aus 111-1

    Australia reach the halfway point in their innings as the Bolton-Cameron stand keeps on going remorselessly. Three singles from Sciver's over.

    Alistair Bruce-Ball, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have held the Ashes for four of the last five series, but a win in Australia would be great for England because it's such a difficult place to come and win."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  136. 24 overs: 
    Aus 108-1 (Bolton 69*, Cameron 29*)

    Hazell begins her sixth over, Cameron and Bolton rack up the singles to push Australia past 100 before another lofted drive brings Cameron four.

    Jess Cameron
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    Marshall Worthington: It has been a nightmare first half of the summer for an expatriate Englishman who lives 10 km from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and who plays cricket with Australians. However, the ladies have so far done us proud, haven't they? Two questions: 1. Is Sir Geoffrey's mum playing or not? 2. If she is, will she be using a bat? (Not much rhubarb in Melbourne...)

  138. 23 overs: 
    Aus 99-1

    Another double change in the bowling as England's seventh bowler Natalie Sciver replaces fellow right-arm seamer Arran Brindle. As if England needed any motivation to get rid of the dangerous Bolton, it was Sciver who dropped her in the sixth over... Three singles mean this second-wicket stand is now worth 60.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I think the outfield's a lot quicker than in the first ODI, and the conditions are slightly different as it's a day-night match."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  140. 22 overs: 
    Aus 96-1

    England switch their spinners again as Danielle Hazell replaces namesake Wyatt - Hazell has been England's most economical bowler so far, and just two singles from the over mean she has 1-15 from five overs.

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    David, Spain: In the first ODI we frustrated even Blackwell and Perry with accurate, astute bowling and fielding tactics that turned many potential boundaries into singles. So why can't we strangle Bolton?

  142. 21 overs: 
    Aus 94-1

    A better over from Brindle, but Bolton forges ahead with a two and a single to move to 65 from 79 balls.

    And a news update from the ECB - pace bowler Katherine Brunt is ruled out of the rest of the series and will shortly be flying home for treatment on her back injury, while Kate Cross, who was originally not picked for the Twenty20 leg of the tour, staying for the T20s.

  143. 20 overs: 
    Aus 90-1

    Bolton pulls Wyatt for a single, the right-handed Cameron rotates the strike and Bolton square-drives two more. The debutant powerfully sweeps her eighth four which evades the dive of Heather Knight on the deep backward square leg boundary. Wyatt has 0-18 from three overs.

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    Matt sitting at work in Birmingham: Just another night enduring a terrible Australia v England winter. Hopefully this one will put a smile on some English faces. Come on ladies you can do it!

  145. 19 overs: 
    Aus 82-1

    Cameron gets after Brindle, lofting a four over mid-off, two more singles are added. By comparison, in the first ODI, Australia were 49-2 at this stage of their innings, also batting first.

  146. 04:31: 

    While the players take drinks, here's another MCG photo from BBC Sport's Katie Gornall. This is the BBC commentary position.

    View from the commentary box
    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I thought Bolton would have played in the Test match, she's scored a bucketload of runs in the warm-up matches as well as in domestic cricket, so naturally she's full of confidence and it's taken a lot of pressure off Meg Lanning and Jess Cameron."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  148. 18 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 76-1 (Bolton 53*, Cameron 13*)

    Bolton goes down the track to Wyatt, has a big swing and that's over mid-on for a single. Cameron is momentarily denied by some great fielding off her own bowling by the Stoke spinner, but two more singles are added. The players have earned some drinks - as ever, the women's over-rate is putting the men to shame, with 18 overs bowled in an hour and seven minutes.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's really good to see Nicole Bolton taking her opportunity here. There's a noticeable shift in the way Australia have come out and played their cricket, they've taken on some pretty ordinary bowling from England."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  150. 17 overs: 
    BOLTON FIFTY- Aus 72-1

    For the second time in the innings, Charlotte Edwards has opted for a double bowling change as Gunn takes a rest and medium-pacer Arran Brindle is on as England's sixth bowler. Her second delivery is a wide, but the change of pace, with Taylor standing up to the stumps, keeps Bolton becalmed for a while until she brings up her fifty from 65 deliveries with a careful single past extra cover. Despite having rode her luck a little, it's been a terrific debut innings. Two more singles added - Bolton has 51, Cameron has 11.

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    Violet Cook: Looks like the catches are going down for England, that's two that have hit the grass, England should have had sticky buns for lunch.

  152. 16 overs: 
    Aus 68-1

    New bowler, same action, same first name, as Danielle Hazell is replaced by fellow right-arm off-spinner Danielle Wyatt. But Cameron and Bolton are busy between the wickets, and the opener is within one run of a half century on her maiden international appearance. Six from the over.

  153. 15 overs: 
    Aus 62-1 (Bolton 47*, Cameron 6*)

    As if feeling the need to up the tempo after that last over, Bolton and Cameron plunder some quick singles against Gunn. Four from the over.

    Bryce McGain, Former Australia spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "What helps keep the runs down here is having the keeper Sarah Taylor standing up. She's got fantastic hands, we saw that in the first one-dayer."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  155. 14 overs: 
    Aus 58-1

    Hazell whistles through her fourth over, a single from Bolton before the off-spinner from Durham, bowling in sunglasses, keeps Cameron tied down for five dot balls.

  156. 13 overs: 
    Aus 54-1 (Bolton 43*, Cameron 5*)

    Gunn gives Bolton a bit too much width and Bolton edges it for four past the keeper - third man will stay back on the rope now. A single takes her to 43 from 53 balls - Cameron guides the last ball for two.

    Nicole Bolton
    Katie Gornall, BBC Sport at the MCG

    "Beautiful sunny day here in Melbourne. There's a few hundred fans rattling around the MCG. Most are here supporting Australia and they'll certainly be enjoying watching Nicole Bolton find the boundary."

  158. 12 overs: 
    Aus 50-1

    Bolton thrashes Hazell for four through mid-wicket, a two takes her to 37 and a single brings up the fifty for the Southern Stars. She's taking to international cricket like a duck to water.

    Bryce McGain, Ex-Australia leg-spinner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England are fighting their way back into this, reining things back in after Nicole Bolton hit some lovely boundaries early on, showing a lot of confidence."

  160. 11 overs: 
    Aus 43-1

    Alistair Bruce-Ball is joined by former Australia spinner Bryce McGain (remember him?) on commentary duty as Gunn sends down a tight over - just two singles from it.

  161. 04:00: 

    Another photo from BBC Sport's Katie Gornall at the MCG - England preparing for their pre-match team photo, with keeper Sarah Taylor adjusting the hockey shin pads she wears to keep wicket.

    England team photo
  162. 10 overs: 
    Aus 41-1

    Jess Cameron is the new batter - Hazell spins down a wide, but Cameron pinches the strike with a single.

  163. 9.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Lanning b Hazell 5 (Aus 39-1)

    And Hazell makes the breakthrough - Lanning comes down the pitch, misses with an expansive on-drive and is bowled. Mind you, she was so far down the pitch, had the ball not hit the stumps, keeper Sarah Taylor would have whipped the bails off in an instant. Not sure how Wisden would record "bowled, but would have been stumped anyway"...

  164. 9 overs: 
    Aus 39-0

    A double change in the bowling as the medium-fast Jenny Gunn replaces Shrubsole at the Members End, bowling round the wicket to the left-handed Bolton who moves to 31 with a single. Lanning, for once, manages to keep the strike with a quick single to square leg.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Nicole Bolton rang me just after Christmas and I was really humbled that she asked me if I minded that she wanted to take my number 12 shirt, rather than having the number retired."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  166. 8 overs: 
    Aus 37-0 (Lanning 4*, Bolton 30*)

    Yes, it's off-spinner Danielle Hazell coming on from the Southern End to bowl to the left-handed Bolton, with a slip and a short cover in, which is moved to short mid-wicket halfway through the over. Bolton tucks a single off her legs, Lanning guides a two through mid-wicket. But a good first over from the spinner.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "When the openers aren't going well, Charlotte [Edwards] tends to turn to spin, and Danielle Hazell's coming on."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  168. 7 overs: 
    Aus 34-0

    Shrubsole in for her fourth over. A rare chance at the strike for Lanning, who doubles her score with a single. England need to tighten up their lines today, as Bolton guides a single down to fine leg. But just those two runs from the over.

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    Douglas Norton: Sat at work in Sydney hoping and praying for some revenge on my Australian colleagues. All the hardships I have endured recently. Come on girls!

  170. 6 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 32-0 (Lanning 1*, Bolton 28*)

    The catches aren't falling for England at the moment - having edged Cross for four and added another two, Bolton is put down by Natalie Sciver at mid-wicket, that's her second life. Really should have taken that one. Bolton is still farming the strike - having scored 28 from 32 balls, Lanning still only has one from four.

    Lisa Sthalekar, Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Nicole Bolton has adapted really well to international cricket, playing her shots - we haven't really seen that from Meg Lanning and Jessica Cameron."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  172. 5 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 25-0

    After a legside wide, Bolton straight-drives, Shrubsole sticks out a foot but can't prevent the ball scooting to the boundary. Then there's a big appeal from the Somerset seamer... was that going down the leg side? England need a breakthrough.

  173. 4 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 20-0

    A big appeal from Cross as Lanning gets a good stride down the pitch - umpire unmoved, and no DRS in this series. A leg bye brings Bolton on strike, and she guides her third boundary of the day through backward point. A single takes her to 17 from 20 balls, having dominated the strike - Lanning has one from four.

  174. 3 overs: 
    Aus 14-0 (Lanning 1*, Bolton 12*)

    Shrubsole strays onto left-hander Bolton's pads and she continues to punish anything loose, on-driving for four. Bolton adds a couple more, while Shrubsole strays with a wide. A decent start by the Southern Stars.

  175. 2 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 7-0

    Young Lancashire seamer Kate Cross takes the second over, a smearing of sun cream over her nose and cheeks, her first ball is too short and dismissively pulled for four by Bolton - who then gets a let-off as a thick edge is dropped by Jenny Gunn at gully. A single take the debutant to six.

  176. 1 over: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 2-0

    Acting captain Meg Lanning forces Shrubsole's first ball off her legs for a single, bringing Nicole Bolton on strike for the first time in international cricket. Bolton is a 25-year-old left-hander from Western Australia who also bowls a bit of off-spin. She's off the mark, pushing a quick single into the covers as Arran Brindle's throw just misses the stumps at the bowler's end - she'd have been struggling if it had hit. (For those of you who follow the men's game, that was a bit of a Kevin-Pietersen-must-get-off-the-mark-ASAP single).

  177. 03:19: 

    With no Brunt in the line-up, it's Anya Shrubsole taking the new ball for England. Here we go...

  178. 03:18: 

    Right, there's the teams. As England take the field, I want to hear from you - where are you following the game? Tucked up in bed with the digital radio you got for Christmas, or hunched over a coffee somewhere? And more importantly, can England get the win they want?

    You can email tms@bbc.co.uk (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), text 81111 if you're in the UK, or tweet via #bbccricket - I look forward to hearing from you.

  179. 03:15: 

    Australia: Meg Lanning (capt), Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Alex Blackwell, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Erin Osborne, Rene Farrell, Julie Hunter, Holly Ferling.

    England: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor (wk), Lydia Greenway, Arran Brindle, Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross.

  180. 03:14: 

    You can listen to full commentary on the game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - it's a join production between the BBC and the ABC, so don't worry if you hear a few Aussie voices - or via the BBC Sport website and app. You can also watch the match live - for free - on the Cricket Australia website,

  181. 03:11: 

    Australia's stand-in skipper Meg Lanning has won the toss and elected to bat first.

    A bit of team news - Australia make one change, with the uncapped left-hander Nicole Bolton replacing Ellyse Villani at the top of the order. Unchanged England are still without injured pace bowler Katherine Brunt, who is suffering with the back injury which ruled her out of the first ODI.

  182. 0308: 

    Here's England warming up, courtesy of BBC Sport's Katie Gornall who's at the MCG for us:

    England warm up
  183. 0305: 

    Yes, the Ashes - the Women's Ashes - are on the line today as Charlotte Edwards's England side face Australia in the second ODI of the points-based multi-format series. Having won the Test and the first ODI, England lead 8-0 on points, and Australia must win both remaining ODIs - and all three Twenty20 internationals - to prevent the tourists from retaining the trophy.

  184. 0300: 

    Morning, everyone - and welcome to a potential Ashes-clinching day. The Aussies are on the rack, and dominant England can not only take an unassailable lead in the series by winning at the MCG today, an Ashes whitewash is still very much possible.

    Apparently the men have been playing a few games in Australia too?

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Live Scores - Australia Women v England Women


  • Australia Women beat England Women by 26 runs
  • Australia Women: 266-7 (50.0 overs)
  • England Women: 240 (46.2 overs)
  • Venue: Melbourne

England Women Innings

All out
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Edwards b Ferling 0
Knight st Healy b Hunter 55
Greenway lbw b Perry 4
S Taylor run out (Bolton) 63
Brindle lbw b Jonassen 19
Sciver c Ferling b Osborne 57
Wyatt c Jonassen b Osborne 1
Gunn c Lanning b Osborne 5
Hazell b Perry 11
Shrubsole st Healy b Jonassen 7
Cross not out 0
Extras 1nb 14w 3lb 18
Total all out 240

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