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By Mark Mitchener and Adam Lanigan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Eng 195-6

    Trail by 225

    But the new ball is not taken - it's still Gardner from the River End (Perry's end). Sciver uses her feet, and a misfield by the bowler allows England a single.

  2. New ball available

    Eng 194-6

    Nat Sciver shows confidence in her batting partner by taking a single early in the over, although Shrubsole nearly pops a catch to silly point. And the second new ball is now available.

    Three overs left today - do you take the new ball on? Give Ellyse Perry a couple of overs tonight - then again when she's fresh in the morning and the ball's still new?

  3. WATCH: Brunt bowled by Gardner for 15

    Here's how Ash Gardner struck with the first ball of her new spell.

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  4. Post update

    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    If you had to describe the look on Shrubsole's face... it's Somerset Granite.

  5. Eng 193-6

    Trail by 227

    Gardner bowls her off-spin from around the wicket - allowing Shrubsole to thrust a front pad at anything pitching outside leg stump without any fear of lbw. Just a leg bye from the over, so it's a maiden.

  6. Eng 192-6

    Five overs left today

    If this were a limited-overs match, Australia would have all nine fielders inside the 30-yard circle as Molineux bowls to Shrubsole. A silly mid-on is the latest addition to the coterie of close catchers.

    We have five overs left today (we've just reached the official close-of-play time of 18:30 BST, but they have up to half-an-hour to bowl the overs) - the new ball is available in two more, should Australia wish.

  7. Post update

    Natalie Germanos

    BBC Test Match Special

    It's very difficult for England to push for any kind of a miracle win from here. They're six wickets down, still with a substantial deficit, and the weather forecast is good for a full day tomorrow.

  8. Eng 192-6

    Sciver 56, Shrubsole 1

    Anya Shubsole is off the mark from her 13th ball as she pulls a short ball from Gardner to fine leg for one.

    England need another 79 to avoid the follow-on.

  9. Sciver pulls a half-tracker for four

    A Nat Sciver boundary - back when England were trying to score boundaries...

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  10. Eng 190-6

    Trail by 230

    Sophie Molineux has really put in a shift for Australia this afternoon - this is her 26th over, and no other bowler has sent down more than 15. A single brings Shrubsole on strike. There's a slip, silly point, short leg in place, and Shrubsole nearly plays the ball into the hands of the latter.

    While Shrubsole bats higher up the order for Western Storm and in county cricket, she's usually employed by England to come in and whack a few boundaries in the last few overs. Not really what's required here.

  11. Post update

    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Having a turning pitch has actually provided some very entertaining cricket.

  12. Eng 189-6

    New ball available in five overs

    Anya Shrubsole replaces her fast-bowling colleague Brunt. She averages 6.37 with the bat in Tests, with her four-day batting career probably best known for a 47-ball duck in the last home Test at Canterbury in 2015. But she plays out a wicket maiden from Gardner.

  13. Post update

    Melinda Farrell

    BBC Test Match Special

    I'm really pleased for Ash Gardner. She has bowled brilliantly in her first Test. She has ripped the ball and turned it more than anyone. She has finally been rewarded with her first wicket.

    Ash Gardner
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    Brunt b Gardner 15 (Eng 189-6)

    Ashleigh Gardner replaces Schutt at the River End - and the first ball of her new spell brings a wicket. Having defended for so long, Brunt is bowled off a combination of bat and pad as the ball squeezes through.

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  15. Eng 189-5

    Trail by 231

    The run of 33 dots is ended as a shortish ball from Molineux wakes the scoreboard operator up, Brunt pulling a single to fine leg. Sciver, becalmed for a while on 52, picks up two more with a delicate paddle sweep.

    Katherine Brunt
  16. Eng 186-5

    Schutt 7-4-6-0

    The run of dot balls goes on - even when Sciver tries to hit out, it's straight to a fielder. Schutt is right on the money with her line and length, and has conceded just six runs in seven overs. Her last three overs have all been maidens.

    We're up to 33 successive dot balls in this game...

  17. Eng 186-5

    Sciver 52, Brunt 14

    The sun's still shining over Taunton as Molineux bowls her left-arm spin over the wicket to Brunt. Another maiden over.

    If England held the Ashes and it was all decided by this one game, you could understand them stonewalling like this. But given they need to win this game to have any chance of getting the Ashes back... it's a little curious, this approach.

  18. Post update

    Isabelle Westbury

    Former Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Are England playing for the draw?

    They shouldn't be allowed to. You can't just let the game drift. They're not even trying to score runs at the moment.

  19. Eng 186-5

    Trail by 234

    The canny Schutt keeps Sciver back in her crease, with keeper Alyssa Healy up to the stumps - it's another maiden. We've had six runs in the last five overs.