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  1. Australia lead multi-format series 4-2
  2. 4pts for Test win, 2pts for draw

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By Marc Higginson and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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We're going to leave it there - unless the players return to the field, of course. It's not looking likely though.

Look out for a report and analysis on today's play shortly, and we'll be back tomorrow for the final day's play. Thanks for your contributions today.

Night all.

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#bbccricket Why isn't the Women's Ashes series the same as the men's?. I think this test is entertaining. Give me four more of them please.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"Australia can't afford to lose. If England were set 196 to win and chased it down, the last thing Australia want is to go behind in the series. They don't want to surrender their lead and 25 more runs would give them a little more confidence."

The rain is getting heavier. Looks like we may be off for the night. Australia will be the ones sleeping better, with a lead of 196.

Rainy delay

Rain stops play

It's mizzling, according to Jim Maxwell. That's mist-like rain to me and you.

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Favourite left-handers

Brian Lara, Justin Langer, Stephen Fleming, Kumar Sangakarra, Shiv Chanderpaul ... The list goes on and on. #lefthandersday #bbccricket

Jim Maxwell

BBC Test Match Special

"Australia would have been keen to keep going, but England less so. It feels like heavy rain is coming."

Bad light stops play

The players are being hauled off by the umpires. Bad light stops play.

England players leave the field
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Izzy Westbury

Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I don't know why England are still keeping Marsh bowling. She is not taking wickets and she is not being threatening."

Aus 90-4 (Blackwell 15 off 81)

As the dark clouds gather, Australia decide it's time to put the foot on the gas - Alex Blackwell swiping Laura Marsh over cow corner for four.

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Can you help with the missing names? Picture below (17:34).

1st 2 known; others guesses 1 Edwards 2 S'sole 3 Brunt 4 Taylor 5 W'field 6 Elwiss 7 ? 8 ? 9 Cross 10 Marsh 11 Knight? Help! #bbccricket

appeal - not outAus 84-4 (lead by 190)

Alex Blackwell, winning her 200th cap for Australia, survives a lively leg-before appeal when Anya Shrubsole runs one back into her. Maiden.

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Autographs of England XI yesterday. But can anyone say which is which?#bbccricket

Autographs of England XI yesterday. But can anyone say which is which?#bbccricket

Aus 84-4 (lead by 190)

Jess Jonassen
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Have that! Jess Jonassen walks down the track and belts Laura Marsh for a six back over her head. First six of the Test, and second in this year's Ashes. Incidentally, if you catch a six in the crowd you will win £1,000. Now I've told you, you owe me a pint if you grab a grand.

Aus 74-4 (Shrubsole 13-8-12-1)

Anya Shrubsole is round the wicket to Jess Jonassen, cramping the left-hander for room. Wiping the sweat from her brow, she delivers another tight over - just the one from it.

Weather update

Now, we don't want to spoil anyone's fun. But BBC weather presenter Helen Willetts has just told us that another storm may be heading across the Channel and towards Canterbury.

Let's hope it holds off until at least 19:30 BST. But you have been warned.

Aus 73-4 (lead by 179)

Laura Marsh
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Laura Marsh is a skillful bowler - going round the wicket and capable of bowling both left-arm darts and giving the ball air and inviting spin. She has 16 Test wickets to her name. One from the over.

Aus 72-4 (Jonassen 17 off 22)

Anya Shrubsole has figures of 1-11 from 12 overs - miserly stuff. England are going to have to chase a stiff target at some point, but they might as well make Australia bat as long as possible if it's going to be a survival mission.

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at Canterbury

"With the sky brightening up the crowd have found their voice and are urging the England bowlers on.

"Despite it getting colder outside the ice cream truck is still doing sterling work from the many kids at Canterbury. Even a few of the members in the Pavilion have indulged."

Aus 72-4 (lead by 178)

Thanks Michael. England have bowled well here, Laura Marsh spinning the ball past the outside edge of Jess Jonassen. It's the type of delivery which your batters hate to see ahead of the fourth innings. Jonassen, as she did in the first innings, is playing a blinder - sitting back in her crease and cutting Marsh for four.

It is time for me to pass you back over to the safe hands of Marc Higginson to guide you through the rest of the day.

not-outNot out - Australia 68-4

Anna Shrubshole

Australia call for a review, saying the ball touched the ground before Knight could grasp it at first slip. The video replays are inconclusive and the umpires give Blackwell the benefit of the doubt. She survives. England are not happy.

Umpire review

Alex Blackwell
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Drama at Canterbury. Heather Knight takes a low catch at first slip that appears to dismiss Alex Blackwell and give Anya Shrubsole another wicket.

But wait just a moment. Australia are not happy. We have a review.

Australia 68-4 (lead by 174 runs)

Jonassen on the attack again. She dances down the track and launches her shot away, with the ball bouncing just inside the rope. England need to dismiss the dangerwoman. And do it quickly.

Australia 64-4 (Blackwell 9, Jonassen 9)

Alex Blackwell
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A full delivery from Kate Cross, but a well-timed drive from Alex Blackwell and the ball races away for four. Australia will not need too many more runs before the task will look too steep for England.

Will a batting collapse on Thursday cost England the Ashes?

Well, it won't be all doom and gloom, but a defeat at Canterbury means England would need to win all three T20 matches to retain the Ashes.

Australia 60-4

Mel Jones

Former Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

"You feel that the pace of the game has changed now that Jonassen has come in. She is the one who could take the game away from England."

Australia 60-4 (Blackwell 5, Jonassen 9)

Jess Jonassen's 99 in the first innings, before she narrowly fell short of a century on her Test debut, could well prove to be the decisive part of the match.

She does not take long to get off the mark in the second innings, sending one back past the bowler for two off her second ball. She then dispatches Laura Marsh away for four.

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#bbccricket Always remember my Dad calling me into living room to watch TV whenever Clive Lloyd came in to bat. Awesome power and technique.


Bolton c Brunt b Cross 25 (Aus 51-4)

Kate Cross celebrates
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England keep plugging away with the wickets - Kate Cross inducing Nicole Bolton into a loose drive and Katherine Brunt takes the catch at short cover.

Aus 51-3 (Bolton 25, Blackwell 5)

A short ball from Laura Marsh and Nicole Bolton latches on to it, pulling a single into the leg side. An otherwise tidy over.

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@BBCSport Tresco, a fixture for my beloved Somerset since 94 which has coincided with my membership & he's an England legend #bbccricket

Aus 50-3 (lead by 156)

Kent skipper Rob Key has popped his head round, all smiles, as Kate Cross induces a play and miss from Nicole Bolton. She's getting decent pace too, 75mph when she bends her back.  Just a single from the latest set of six.

Phil Long

TMS statistician

"We're now at the stage where England would need a record run-chase to beat Australia."

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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust; if Brunt don't get ya...Shrubsole must ! (As heard at Canterbury, possibly...)

Australia 49-3 (Marsh 0-1, Cross 0-1)

Kate Cross

We have fans of all ages who have braved the elements at Canterbury. A couple of youngsters are shown with tiny cricket bats working on their enthusiastic techniques.

Meanwhile, in the serious stuff out in the middle it is another tight over from Kate Cross. Her 18 deliveries so far have only cost one run.

Australia 49-3 (lead by 155 runs)

Mel Jones

Former Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

"Trying to chase down anything over 200 tomorrow will be a tough ask for England."

Australia 48-3

As Alison says, with every run Australia score it just adds to what is already a difficult task for England.

Nicole Bolton scores the first run in three overs as she finds a gap through extra cover, to the right of mid off for a single.

Australia 47-3

Alison Mitchell

BBC Test Match Special

"Charlotte Edwards has to keep her attacking options on. She can't let Australia run away with it by scoring runs. It's about containment too."

Charlotte Edwards
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Australia 47-3 (lead by 153 runs)

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"I think Anya Shrubsole could come round the wicket to Blackwell. She's clearly uncomfortable with that line and would ask a different question."

Anya Shrubsole
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Australia 47-3

It is a crucial phase in this match, as England do not have many runs to play with after being bowled out for only 168 yesterday.

Anya Shrubsole continues with a probing line and length and claims a maiden. Her 10 overs this innings have seen figures of 1-11. A great effort. But will she be celebrating a victory tomorrow?