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Mark Mitchener

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  1. Australia in the ascendancy

    That's about it from us with Australia taking a 4-2 lead on points into the Women's Ashes Test, which begins at Canterbury on Tuesday 11 August with full coverage on TMS and here on the website again. I hope you'll join us then.

    Until then, our attention turns back to the men's Ashes which resumes at Edgbaston on Wednesday. For a taster, a little later tonight, Graeme Swann presents an Ashes Roadshow on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:30 BST. Thanks for your company and good night.

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  5. Captain's view

    Quote Message: Our natural style is being really aggressive, we were a bit timid in the first game but the whole team has contributed in the last two games. I'm in a good position at number three to bat for a long time and always like to contribute to the team. Our bowlers did a fantastic job, Ellyse set the tone with two wickets up front and every other bowler chipped in. Any Test match we play gets the players excited, hopefully we can put on a good show. It's important to celebrate victory - we'll celebrate a little but we'll be ready to go when the Test comes along. from Meg Lanning Australia captain
    Meg LanningAustralia captain
  6. Captain's view

    Quote Message: We were simply outplayed in all three departments. We can't drop and miss chances off world-class players. The opening bowlers set the tone but we haven't carried it on, didn't take our chances, and we've not batted well enough. I don't think the toss made any difference. Hopefully we can come back well in the Test - but we're going to have to play a lot better than we did in these last two games. from Charlotte Edwards England captain
    Charlotte EdwardsEngland captain
  7. Player of the match (and the series)

    Quote Message: It's been a wonderful series, hugely competitive across the three games and really nice to come away with the points today. Charlotte and Sarah are huge threats for them, but I thought we were clinical as a bowling unit and batted well too. We played some great cricket across the three games. from Ellyse Perry Australia all-rounder (now wearing two medals)
    Ellyse PerryAustralia all-rounder (now wearing two medals)
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    Presentation coming up.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I'm not sure Jenny Gunn will be in the Test side - they've got to get Kate Cross in to swing the red ball.
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  12. Bowling figures

    Australia's bowling figures all bear closer scrutiny, you can't find a weak link there:

    • Perry 7-0-16-2
    • Schutt 7-0-25-0
    • Farrell 9-1-29-0
    • Jonassen 6-1-23-1
    • Coyte 10-0-38-2
    • Beams 4.1-0-13-3
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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Katherine Brunt has only conceded 37 runs from her 10 overs, and contributed 31 runs with the bat - I think she may be a little irked at the lack of support today.
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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Ellyse Perry should be player of the match - scoring 67 at more than a run a ball, and then taking those two key wickets of Edwards and Taylor. Athletic in the field, she's had a great all-round game - and just as on Thursday, she and Lanning contributed 152 runs combined.
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    The Southern Stars have also won the ODI element of the series 2-1 - apparently there will be an award for player of the series, while Australia will receive an ODI series trophy (but just to be clear, they haven't won the Ashes yet).

    What is good news if you're an Aussie is that if Australia now win the Test, that would put them 8-2 ahead on points - and England would need to win all three Twenty20 internationals to square the series and retain the Ashes.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This has been really good for women's cricket. This was a sell-out yesterday, it would have been full if it hadn't rained.
  18. Champagne moment

    Australia team celebrate

    AUSTRALIA BEAT ENGLAND BY 89 RUNS - TAKE TWO POINTS AND LEAD WOMEN'S ASHES SERIES 4-2

  19. WICKET

    Shrubsole b Beams 3 (Eng 152 all out)

    Anya Shrubsole is bowled out

    Shrubsole fails to pick Beams's googly and is bowled heaving across the line - Beams has three wickets and Australia have won.

  20. Eng 152-9 (target 242)

    Megan Schutt back into the attack, Shrubsole plays and misses, while I'm sure that's the sound of a car being started I can hear in the background at New Road. A couple of singles push England's score past 150, but the game has been up for a while.

  21. Eng 149-9 (target 242)

    Anya Shrubsole "isn't really a number 11" according to TMS's Izzy Westbury, "she's better than that" - but both sides are rather going through the motions here as Shrubsole takes a single off her first ball.

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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: She had to get on with it, and was bowled aiming a wild yahoo to cow corner.
  23. WICKET

    Elwiss b Beams 7 (Eng 148-9)

    Elwiss goes out in a blaze of glory - a big slog is high, wide and not particularly handsome, and she's bowled by Beams.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Brunt and Shrubsole bowled economically, but if you look at the Australian seamers, their four all bowled well. And this series hasn't really been one for the spinners.
  25. Eng 146-8 (target 242)

    Coyte continues, this is her last over, she'll be the first Aussie to finish her spell today - Elwiss drives to extra cover where the ball bounces just in front of the diving Alex Blackwell, who's an excellent fielder. Coyte finishes with 2-38 from her 10, and England need a theoretical 96 from 54 balls.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia have just been better in all departments today.
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    In by a mile. But if you have a third umpire, you might as well use him!

  28. Umpire review

    A quick single from Elwiss, Bolton throws to the stumps, Healy takes the bails off and they go upstairs...

  29. Eng 142-8 (Elwiss 5*, Gunn 3*)

    Elwiss drills Beams to long-off for a single, the leggie is still bowling quite fast and flat, and a couple more singles mean England need a round 100 from 10 overs to pull off one of the most unlikely victories of the year.

  30. Eng 139-8 (target 242)

    Jenny Gunn, with an ODI average of nearly 20 from 125 ODIs, is probably too good to be batting number 10 (having batted the majority of her career between five and eight), but that's her job today. She's off the mark with a single. England need 103 from 66 balls.

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    Holly Colvin

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I don't blame her for trying that. I prefer to see people getting out like that than sweeping or hitting round the corner.
  32. WICKET

    Marsh c Blackwell b Coyte 0 (Eng 138-8)

    Sadly for England, this is becoming a procession - Laura Marsh, needing to force the pace, hits the ball straight to extra cover and is out without scoring.

  33. Eng 137-7 (target 242)

    Elwiss nudges a single to steal the strike from new batter Laura Marsh, and ends a pretty sorry powerplay for England, in which they scored 23 runs and lost three wickets.

    There's a delay between overs - it looks like a pushchair being moved from behind the bowler's arm? Now, it's the ground staff being summoned - umpire Wharf is concerned about footmarks and summons some sawdust. A gigantic wheelbarrow is brought out, containing all sorts of equipment, to effect repairs.

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    Holly Colvin

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I'm not sure sweeping is the right option on this track. One of Sciver's strengths is hitting down the ground and I would have liked to see her hit straighter.
  35. WICKET

    Sciver c Farrell b Beams 2 (Eng 136-7)

    Sciver sweeps at the leg-spinner, gets a top edge and is easily caught at short fine leg. The most relieved woman on the field is Beams, who had just dropped a fierce caught-and-bowled chance a couple of deliveries before.

    Duckworth-Lewis? England are about 60 behind. Safe to say rain can't, and won't, save them.

  36. Eng 135-6 (target 242)

    Georgia Elwiss is in at eight - England have two new batters in. Just a couple of singles from Coyte's over - though it finishes with four byes - and I'm already fearing the game might be up for England. They need 107 from 78 balls.

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    Holly Colvin

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: They've been a little frantic with their running, England. They might have made it if they'd just kept going.
  38. WICKET

    Brunt run out 31 (Eng 129-6)

    Katherine Brunt

    ...and just about anything does happen. Brunt hits the ball to point, sets off for a run, Sciver starts and then stops, Brunt is stranded halfway down the track and it's an easy run-out as Coyte's throw is gathered by keeper Healy.

    A mixed bag of an over from Beams finishes. Her figures will say 1-0-5-0 but won't tell half of the story.  

  39. Eng 126-5

    Speak the leg-spinner's name and she'll be brought on! Kristen Beams, who didn't have the best of games at Taunton (taking 1-52) but is back in the side today, comes on for the 36th over. Her first ball is driven for two by Brunt, and her second flies out of her hand and lands at cover point! It's called as a no-ball. Just about anything could happen here...

  40. Eng 124-5 (target 242)

    New batter Natalie Sciver has to jam her bat down on a yorker from Coyte, the ball hits her back leg and nearly bowls her. But she survives for now.

    And I've just realised, leg-spinner Kristen Beams hasn't bowled at all yet... will it be too late to bring her in now? On the evidence of that four she let through earlier, I don't think she's in the side as a specialist fielder...

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    Holly Colvin

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: You can't blame Greenway. She was eyeing up the straight boundary, Lanning kept her mid-on and mid-off up and it's paid dividends.
  42. WICKET

    Greenway c Jonassen b Coyte 45 (Eng 123-5)

    A tame dismissal for Greenway, with a fifty on the horizon, as a thick edge spoons up into the air and it's a straightforward catch for gully.

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  44. Powerplay

    Eng 123-4 (Greenway 45*, Brunt 27*)

    What's this? England have taken the batting powerplay a full two overs before they're obliged to do so - there will be a maximum of three fielders outside the circle for overs 34-38. Greenway steers Farrell for two twos and a single to move to 45, Brunt cuts two more, before a powerfully-struck two to cow corner means that's not only the fifty stand - it's Brunt's highest ODI score (27).

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  46. Eng 114-4 (target 242)

    More busy accumulation from England's fifth-wicket pair against Coyte - this stand is now worth 42 and they need 128 from 102 balls

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    Holly Colvin

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This is a very crucial point. If England can get to the batting powerplay without losing a wicket, they can really use it to get the run rate down. If Australia take another wicket, it will be difficult for England to explode.
  48. Eng 109-4 (Greenway 38*, Brunt 20*)

    Australia need to regain a bit of control after that last Jonassen over, so the spinner's off and Rene Farrell returns for her eighth over. There's an appeal for lbw against Brunt, but umpire Saggers isn't interested... Farrell strays with a wide, while England keep chipping away with some ones and twos - and fortune favours Greenway as she reverse-sweeps and the ball lofts just over short third man for two. 12th man Rebecca Grundy comes on with a drink for the two batters between overs.

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    Holly Colvin

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It's nice to see England getting a wriggle on. Brunt won't die wondering and it's good that she's been given the licence to have a go here.
  50. Eng 102-4 (target 242)

    Katherine Brunt blasts a quick single to mid-on to bring up the hundred for England, while she and Sarah Coyte both end up in a heap as they collide while the bowler attempts to take the ball. Just two more singles from the over - the equation for England is 140 from 114 balls.

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  52. Six for Brunt

    Eng 99-4 (Greenway 33*, Brunt 16*)

    Brunt swipes a two to third man - then we have the  first six of the series as she slog-sweeps Jonassen over mid-wicket for a maximum. Greenway then unleashes an Eoin Morgan-style reverse sweep for four. Seven and a half an over? Pah. England managed 14 off that one!

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  54. Eng 85-4 (target 242)

    Greenway angles her bat to ramp Coyte for a single over short fine leg, Brunt can only rotate the strike, and Australia continue to be rewarded for disciplined seam bowling as Grreenway can't beat the inner ring. A single to third man leaves the required rate around seven and a half an over.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I see what they're doing by sending Brunt in, but Nat Sciver can play an intelligent innings - and hit the ball out of the park too.
  56. Eng 82-4 (Greenway 26*, Brunt 6*)

    Finally the Brunt experiment starts to bear fruit as she smacks Jonassen for four wide of extra cover - it's England's first boundary since Greenway hit that trio of fours six overs ago. But a tidy, rapid over from Jonassen, considering it contained a boundary.

  57. Eng 78-4

    Captain Meg Lanning rotates her bowlers with Coyte replacing Perry. After a single from Greenway, Brunt tries to go big again but possibly connects too cleanly - it's a single straight to the cover sweeper.

  58. Eng 76-4 (target 242)

    Brunt comes down the track and heaves a full toss to deep mid-wicket for a single to get off the mark. Greenway adds a single, she has 25 from 45. England need 166 from 24 overs (or 144 balls if you prefer). But they've only added nine runs in five overs, for the loss of one wicket.

  59. Eng 74-4

    Greenway knocks Jonassen for a single - now, how long before Brunt goes big against the spinner? Well, first ball, she tries to cut a half-volley and nearly chops onto her stumps. This should be entertaining at the very least.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I would prefer to see Sciver promoted above Brunt - she can give it the long handle too, but I wonder if she might offer a bit more longevity. She's got a more rounded game.
  61. Eng 73-4 (target 242)

    An interesting promotion by England - that wicket means they're now 49 behind on Duckworth-Lewis if it rains again, so the big-hitting Katherine Brunt - described as a "gladiator" by TMS's Lizzy Ammon - is in at number six, no doubt under instructions to give it the long handle. But for now, it's Greenway having to defend against Perry - just a single from the over, Brunt playing her first ball back to Perry. Australia were 83-1 at this stage.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Knight was looking for the sweep, and she's completely done herself. She'll be very cross with herself. It was well bowled by Jonassen, she knew that England had to get the ball moving.
  63. WICKET

    Knight b Jonassen 38 (Eng 72-4)

    Heather Knight is dismissed

    A disappointing end for Knight - spinner Jess Jonassen switches to the Diglis End, and as Knight steps well across to the off side, she can't connect with her nudge to leg and is bowled.

  64. Eng 71-3 (target 242)

    Knight defends against Perry, jamming her bat down on the ball which bounces on the ground and spins back in a curious arc, leaving the Berkshire opener momentarily flummoxed as to where it is... but she's all smiles after that. Another two through the covers takes her to 38, but she has to dig out another yorker to survive the over. As we mentioned, the D/L par at this stage is 99.

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    A little brighter as Perry gets ready to resume her over. But there's a little delay... do we have to wait for exactly 16:20? No. Back under way.

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    Again, we've not lost any overs. Good.

  67. Restart

    We're going to restart at 16:20 BST.

    Heather Knight has had a quick chat with Charlotte Edwards, and is now going through a few stretches on the boundary while the umpires re-emerge.

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    This could be a rather short interruption. The umpires' umbrellas are coming down, if that's a good sigh. The pitch is still covered, but they've not bothered to cover the rest of the square.

    I'm starting to learn that the most obvious portent of rain at particular cricket grounds is the ground staff's body language. I was in Grenada earlier this year watching England play West Indies, and as soon as the ground staff donned their yellow trawlermen-style sou-westers, rain was definitely on the way.

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    As before, we can lose a small amount of time before overs start being reduced.

    The Duckworth-Lewis par score for the end of this over, with three wickets down, is 99, so England are still a little adrift of where they would want to be.

  70. Rain stops play

    Eng 69-3

    As the song goes, it's raining again...

    Ellyse Perry had returned to the attack but only managed the first ball of her over (hit for two by Knight) before the rain returned. Knight has 36 from 67 balls, Greenway has 21 from 33, this stand is worth 39.

  71. Eng 67-3 (Farrell 7-1-13-0)

    Knight, so strong through the covers, is being kept under wraps by some accurate bowling from Farrell, who's into her seventh over, and a ring of off-side fielders. A single to fine leg takes her to 34 from 66 balls, but that's the only scoring shot from another tight over from the New South Wales seamer.

  72. Eng 66-3 (target 242)

    Greenway moves into double figures, whacking Coyte through mid-wicket for four - it even evades the fleet-footed Ellyse Perry patrolling the square leg boundary, as does a flick off her legs for four more. A firm on-drive brings the Kent left-hander her third successive boundary - having taken 28 balls to score nine, she now has 21 from 31.

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  74. Eng 54-3 (Knight 33*, Greenway 9*)

    Farrell goes close with an lbw appeal when Greenway is caught on the back foot and struck on the back pad by a full toss. Would be interesting if we had DRS, but we don't.

    And we now have a match, with the 20-over landmark reached. If the heavens opened now and we had no more play, Australia would win by 39 runs on Duckworth-Lewis.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Nicole Bolton isn't the tallest figure but has a hell of an arm in the deep. And I've been impressed by Rene Farrell's bowling with the control she's had today.
  76. Eng 50-3 (target 242)

    Medium-pacer Sarah Coyte into the attack for her first over, and having played herself in for a few overs, Lydia Greenway tries one of her trademark reverse sweeps but can't make contact. A more orthodox shot brings her four when she flicks the ball under the diving Beams at short fine leg and it's the left-hander's first boundary. 50 up for England.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    What will Charlotte Edwards be thinking now?

    Quote Message: Something I find hardest as captain [of Middlesex] is trying to hide your own disappointment when you're out as your demeanour will affect the rest of the team.
  78. Eng 46-3 (Knight 31*, Greenway 3*)

    Knight steers Farrell through backward point, some good team-work by Sarah Coyte and Kristen Beams turns a likely four into three. Greenway pinches the strike with a single.

  79. Eng 42-3 (target 242)

    We're inching towards the minimum 20 overs for a contest here.. Knight is going OK but Greenway, who hangs her bat out to bunt a single to third man, is very much digging in - she has scored two from 12 balls.

    Heather Knight
  80. Eng 39-3 (Farrell 4-1-4-0)

    Knight plays and misses at Farrell, but thankfully for England, had kept her back foot in the crease as Alyssa Healy whips the bails off. Knight moves on to 26 with a single Farrell is more than justifying her selection today, having only conceded four runs in four overs.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This Knight-Greenway partnership is important for England. It doesn't matter if they take a little longer to get in, as long as they stick around.
  82. Eng 38-3 (target 242)

    Seamer Megan Schutt returns in place of Jonassen, and after a single from Greenway, Knight opens the face well to dab a four through third man. There's a stifled lbw appeal as Knight is hit on the pad by one sailing well down the leg side, and a single takes the vice-captain to 25. Five overs until we have a game.

  83. Eng 32-3 (Knight 20*, Greenway 0*)

    The required rate is up to 5.72 - but a worrying sign is that the New Road ground staff are still hovering next to the covers, as if they sense more rain ahead. Heather Knight gets England back up and running with a lovely cover drive for two. Her 20 has come from 47 balls.

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  85. Eng 30-3 (target 242)

    Jonassen finishes off her rain-extended over with three dot balls to the left-handed Greenway.

  86. Ready to go

    Ready to resume - as we said, no overs have been lost, so Lydia Greenway is waiting to face her first ball from Jess Jonassen after that wicket fell on the last ball before the rain came.

    If England are still three wickets down after 20 overs (for a game to be constituted), the D/L par score is 93.

  87. Who to pick for the Test?

    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Sonia Odedra has been on the county circuit for yonks. She played in the Test last year, for me it was 'right time, right place' with Brunt injured. But my gut feeling is that she's a good county player, I can't see her coming back into the [Test] squad, she didn't even play in the England Academy side against Australia.
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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Heather Knight's looked good in this series, she was run out spectacularly by Meg Lanning in the last game when she was going well.
    Heather Knight
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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: England have a lot of experience under their belts but haven't always performed. I think Amy Jones is a very good batsman, would you have her in the side over the likes of Greenway?
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  91. Pitch inspection

    Play to resume at 15:35 BST. No overs lost.

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  93. Pitch inspection

    Umpires coming out to have a look, and a chat with the New Road ground staff. One or two of the side covers have been removed, but the main covers are still on. Australia are laughing and joking by the boundary, as well they might.

    While the playing conditions for women's ODIs aren't quite the same as the men's, I think we can still lose a little more time before Messrs Duckworth and Lewis get involved and start chipping off overs.

    And as I write that... the side covers are being reattached. Bad times.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: If I were Australian, I'd be running up and down by the pitch saying 'let's play'.
  95. Why we need 7.3 more overs

    An important point to note - as England have not yet faced 20 overs, we do not yet have a game constituted.

    So in the (hopefully unlikely) scenario that the players don't get back on the field, it would be a "no result" and both teams would take one point.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I love Ian Bell-type cricketers, I could watch Meg Lanning all day, and Sarah Taylor falls into that category. She's almost on her own in terms of talent, but we've not seen it fulfilled. She's a very good player but could be so much better.
    Sarah Taylor and Ian Bell
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    Izzy Westbury on TMS thinks this could be a "short, sharp shower" - short, sharp or not, the rain is now heavy enough that the rest of the square is now being covered, in addition to the pitch - while both teams have retreated from the dug-outs to the dressing-room.

  98. Rain stops play

    And on that note, before play can resume, the rain is now beating down strong enough that the players have to go off as the covers are brought on.

    Umbrellas at Worcester New Road
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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: She had gone too far forward in anticipation of the run, and she couldn't turn and go back. She could maybe have put the dive in.
  100. WICKET

    Winfield run out (Bolton) 7 (Eng 30-3)

    Oh, no... Winfield sets off for a single which was never there, is sent back and Nicole Bolton's direct hit means it's all over for the Yorkshire opener.

  101. Eng 30-2

    Decent shout for lbw from Farrell, with Knight in front of her stumps - but there's no DRS in this series and so the vice-captain remains. Maiden over.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Sarah Taylor is an expressive player, and I wonder whether she might be better off going back up to opener. If you have a player in the wrong place, you're always going to be disappointed.
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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This might just be a short, sharp shower.
  104. Eng 30-2

    Australia turn straight to spin with the compulsory powerplay concluded, with slow left-armer Jess Jonassen on at the New Road End. Just a Knight single from a rapid over.

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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia will be delighted, because they've got England exactly where they want them, thanks in no small part to a loose shot from the captain, and a shot of unspeakable awfulness from Sarah Taylor.
  106. Eng 29-2 (target 242)

    Four overs is all we'll see of Schutt at this stage - Australia turn to fellow right-arm seamer Rene Farrell, who's probably more medium-fast than fast-medium but has been preferred to teenager Holly Ferling today. There's a short extra cover catching, with a ring of four fielders behind her, and some tight bowling from Farrell restricts England to just a solitary single.

  107. Eng 28-2 (Knight 16*, Winfield 7*)

    Perry has a slip in, England help themselves to three singles as Elyse Villani is kept busy at mid-on - risk-free cricket is what's needed at this stage for the hosts.

  108. Eng 25-2 (Schutt 4-0-13-0)

    Winfield clips a single past square leg - Schutt has a big grin on her face, along with a thick stripe of sun cream over her nose and cheeks (which her new-ball partner Perry always has, come rain or shine). Knight moves to 14. At this stage, for what it's worth, Australia were 21-0.

    Heather Knight
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  110. Eng 23-2 (target 242)

    There may be rain in the air, but there's still a queue for ice creams at New Road (other food and drink is available). Perry to continue, it'll be interesting to see how long Lanning keeps her main strike bowler going. Winfield swishes and misses outside off stump, eventually managing to work a single.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: One thing I'd like to see introduced into the women's ODI game is the two new balls, one from each end, like the men have. We want to see more runs, and this might add more impetus to the innings.
  112. Eng 22-2 (Knight 13*, Winfield 4*)

    Knight turns a well-run two off her toes. That two takes England to 22-2 with the target 242. Clearly thinking of the late, great Richie Benaud with that score... Marvellous.

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    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport at Worcester

    Quote Message: The umbrellas are going up around New Road as spectators try and shelter themselves from the light drizzle coming down. There are plenty of cheers of encouragement for England from the younger fans in Worcester, despite the less then positive start.
  114. Eng 20-2 (target 242)

    Knight shows Perry a straight bat, pushing the score along with a single - Winfield is timing the ball well but keeps finding the fielders. No point in any silly singles in these circumstances. Looks a trifle parky out there, many of the fans are donning their hoodies.

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    Henry Moeran

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I can see some rain - it might not be the worst thing in the world for England to get to go off for 20 minutes or so and regroup. It's the sort of light rain through which you might carry on - but if you were off the field, you wouldn't be able to restart.
    Ellyse Perry celebrates
  116. Eng 19-2 (Knight 10*, Winfield 4*)

    Knight plays and misses at Schutt, who's not as quick as Perry but whose accuracy made a huge difference at Bristol and earned her four wickets (all lbw or bowled). A single takes her into double figures.

    Meanwhile, in the England dug-out, Jenny Gunn is biting her nails. As many of the team's supporters will be after that start to their innings.

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    Holly Colvin

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Winfield does open the batting for her county, so it's kind of the equivalent role here for her.
  118. Eng 18-2 (target 242)

    Lauren Winfield, preferred to Amy Jones today, makes a decent start as her first ball disappears for four leg byes and she guides her second coolly off her legs for four.

    Lauren Winfield
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    Taylor b Perry 1 (Eng 10-2)

    The nightmare continues as Taylor plays across the line and is comprehensively bowled by Perry, the ball hitting middle stump fairly high up. Australia jubilant, England disconsolate. It would be just their luck if it rained now and they got slaughtered on Duckworth-Lewis...

    Australia women celebrate taking the wicket
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  122. Eng 10-1 (Knight 9*, Taylor 1*)

    Megan Schutt, who bowled so well at Bristol, provokes an edge from Knight... but that's past the solitary slip for four runs. Another wideish delivery is more carefully guided through third man for four more.

  123. Eng 2-1 (target 242)

    Sarah Taylor is the new batter, she guides her first ball to extra cover for a single, she's a third of the way down the track for a second before being sent back by Heather Knight, who's also off the mark with a single.

    Sarah Taylor
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    Holly Colvin

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It was a hint of early movement from Perry, perhaps helped by the overhead conditions, and Charlotte chased it a little.
  125. WICKET

    Edwards c Healy b Perry 0 (Eng 0-1)

    Nightmare start for England - captain Charlotte Edwards falls tamely, edging the fourth ball of the match to the wicketkeeper to give Ellyse Perry an early wicket.

    Charlotte Edwards is caught behind
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    Holly Colvin

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: 241 looks a lot of runs on the pitch, I think Australia have the bowlers to defend this total.
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    Henry Moeran

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I just saw the ground staff looking up at the sky. There's the ominous hint of moisture in the air - we've waited a day and a half to watch England bat, it would be nice to see what they can do, as we've yet to see Charlotte Edwards hit her straps in this series. If she does, England shouldn't be daunted by this target.
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    England's opening pair Charlotte Edwards and Heather Knight are on their way. 242 is the target.

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    Jesse Hogan

    Australian cricket writer on TMS

    Quote Message: I was surprised in the last game when they didn't bring Heather Knight on until the 29th over, and she was the fifth bowler, so she would have to bowl right through, no matter how she went. They then had to bring Natalie Sciver on for the 46th over.
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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Now England are under the microscope, their bowling changes can get a bit predictable - they'll bowl Brunt and Shrubsole for five overs each st the start, then usually two others for five overs.
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    Australia are in a huddle with coach Matthew Mott in front of their dug-out. Who will be taking a 4-2 lead on points into the Test?

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  135. Half a century, twice as fast

    Australia really did take advantage towards the end of the innings.

    Statistic showing Australia's half century
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    Jesse Hogan

    Australian cricket writer on TMS

    Quote Message: Cricket Australia have taken a lot of notice of the way this Women's Ashes series has been run, and what a positive effect it's had on the game. The last time England came to Australia, there were one-dayers in Hobart and Melbourne but they want to replicate the atmosphere they've had here.
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    BBC Test Match Special

    On dealing with his current run of poor form:

    Quote Message: When I was younger I probably put too much pressure on myself. At the moment I'm relaxed - I had a great round of golf with Brendon McCullum the other day and that's how he talks, just go out there and enjoy it. from Ian Bell England batsman
    Ian BellEngland batsman
    Ian Bell
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    BBC Test Match Special

    On batting at number three:

    Quote Message: You look at world cricket and great players like Ponting have batted at three. When you're out of form, I'd actually prefer to get out there and get scrapping earlier. from Ian Bell England batsman
    Ian BellEngland batsman
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    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I've got a home Test match against Australia coming up, and if I can't get excited about that, what can I get excited about? Hopefully with a bit of luck up front I can get a score. from Ian Bell England batsman
    Ian BellEngland batsman

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It's going to be important for England to run those twos and threes - and make sure they don't make mistakes.