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Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener and Adam Lanigan

All times stated are UK

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    So, England finished on 199-6. They trail Australia by 221 - and are still another 72 runs away from forcing the tourists to bat again. There is also a new ball available as soon as Australia want it.

    It may be 38 years to the day since Ian Botham's heroics at Headingley, but surely the chance of victory - and a chance of regaining the Ashes - has all but gone for England, barring an utterly extraordinary final day at Taunton.

    So we'll leave it there - but I hope you'll join us at 10:30 BST tomorrow. Australia have one hand and about three-and-a-half fingers on the Women's Ashes right now - we'll see if they can make it two hands by this time tomorrow. Bye for now.

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    But after a half-century stand for the sixth wicket, a late blow for England was when Katherine Brunt was bowled by Ash Gardner:

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    Natalie Sciver then took charge - and we had our third maiden Test fifty of the day:

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    But just when things were looking good, England lost three wickets for 21 runs as Elwiss, Jones and Taylor all fell in succession:

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    But the middle session belonged to Amy Jones, who became the second player of the day to rack up a maiden Test fifty:

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    England lost opener Tammy Beaumont for a duck, but captain Heather Knight looked in good touch before falling lbw for 28:

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    Molineux fell for a useful 21 but Mooney reached a maiden Test half-century before her dismissal prompted Australia to declare at 420-8:

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    We're just going to review the day with some highlights.

    Australia began the day on 341-5 and although they lost Jess Jonassen early, Beth Mooney and Sophie Molineux took the attack to England:

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    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    The pitch hasn't really suited Tayla Vlaeminck but the Australia spinners have bowled beautifully. This game is in their pockets, they've just got to try to take 20 wickets.

  10. It's T20 o'clock

    BBC Test Match Special

    TMS are signing off - on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra now it's over to the T20 Blast, where you can listen to Kent v Somerset (and Derbyshire v Yorkshire bnline).

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    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Amy Jones was just seen as a back-up wicketkeeper to Sarah Taylor for a long time, but she's worked hard on her batting and forced her way into the team as a specialist batter. She only scored three runs off her first 25 balls and didn't look comfortable early on, but attacked the poor balls, played some lovely shots and it was a much-deserved half-century.

    What do England do now? Just get to the follow-on, make Australia bat again and force them to make a decision. The game's moved past the point where they can challenge that score, but they should just be positive and then look at the T20 series as its own series - try to win that.

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    England opener Amy Jones on TMS: "Great to make my debut, I do enjoy playing the longer format. We don't play that many Tests but six years after my ODI debut was a bit of a wait - some of the girls didn't realise it was my debut. The pitch is pretty good, it's just started to turn which gives another challenge, and it'll be good to see our spinners bowl on it.

    "We're running out of time because of the rain yesterday, but we wanted to bat positively and play our shots, not just go out swinging. There's a lot that can happen tomorrow. The red ball's something totally different to what we do, we're not used to batting time."

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    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    You can tell she was itching to have a bat as she opens for the Melbourne Renegades, and it's unusual for her to have to wait such a long time to bat.

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    Australia spinner Sophie Molineux on TMS: "It's been a big day, we've got a lot to improve on but it's been a good three days and we've got a big last day to go. I really enjoyed watching the girls bat, I was keen to get out and have a hit at the end.

    "It was nice to get a few wickets but I think we can still go up another notch. We need 20 wickets to win, it was good to see Ash get her first Test wicket and we hope Tayla can tomorrow. Hopefully we can get those last 14 wickets.

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    Natalie Germanos

    BBC Test Match Special

    It's been an enthralling day's cricket - a good advert for the women's game. Proper, fighting Test cricket.

  16. How's stat?!

    Phil Long

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Shrubsole ends the day on one not out from 36 balls.

  17. Close of play

    Eng 199-6

    And it'll be Ash Gardner to spin down the last over of a long day. Sciver takes a single off the third ball - again, showing confidence in the "Somerset Granite" of Anya Shrubsole.

    Australia add to the drama by bringing out yet another fielding helmet (and set of shin pads) for the last ball of the day. Rachael Haynes is right under the nose at silly point. But the "Great Wall of Bath" stands firm - when Gardner pitches the last ball outside leg stump, Shrubsole kicks it away and stalks off.

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    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    My most shocking discovery today was that Ebony Rainford-Brent couldn't name all four Beatles. She's a drummer, and the one she didn't know was Ringo Starr!

  19. Eng 198-6

    Trail by 222

    And it looks as though we won't see the new ball tonight - as Sciver pushes Molineux for a well-run two. A single takes the Surrey Stars skipper to 61 - so the field surrounds Shrubsole for the last two balls. But she defends well.

    So Molineux is done for the day - with figures of 29-5-71-3. Last over coming up.

  20. How's stat?!

    Phil Long

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    In her last three Test innings in England, Shrubsole has scored two runs from 80 balls.