Women's Ashes: Australia v England as it happened

England take a big step towards retaining the Women's Ashes after winning the one-off Test by 61 runs in Perth.

13 January 2014 Last updated at 02:26

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  1. 0425: 

    And we're going to leave it there - after a winter of much discontent down under, finally England cricket fans have the chance to wake up to an Ashes Test victory in Australia. Well done to Charlotte Edwards and the team - now on to Melbourne, and I hope you'll join our coverage of the ODIs and T20s. Bye for now.

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    Martyn, Essex: Maybe Cook and Flower should look at adding Shrubsole to the men's bowling attack. They need a finisher. Great performance.

    Peter in Durham: Absolutely marvellous!

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    So, England take a 6-0 lead in the Women's Ashes series by winning the Test. There are six limited-overs games to follow - three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals, with two points available for a win in each game. As Ashes holders, England need only win two of the six games to retain the trophy, while Australia must win five out of six.

    After a warm-up game on Friday, the Women's Ashes series continues with the first ODI in Melbourne on Sunday (which starts at 2300 GMT on Saturday evening for UK-based fans), and you can hear commentary on the whole series on the BBC, via 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website.


    Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "I think everyone's really disappointed to lose such a tough Test match like that, the match turned and twisted, and those six points will go a long way in the Ashes but now we've got the limited-overs games. I think we've learned a lot from this game, but it would have been lovely to have won. Sarah Elliott played some great shots this morning, they brought Jenny Gunn on and she dried things up a bit, but unfortunately I picked out a fielder. Kate Cross bowled brilliantly on debut and was well supported by their other bowlers. We've got some time now to recover before the first one-dayer in Melbourne."

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

    "Perry performed outstandingly, taking eight wickets and scoring 71 and 31."

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "Thinking of the player of the match, even in a losing cause, I think it should be Ellyse Perry."

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    Australia captain Jodie Fields on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It was a great Test match to be a part of, but unfortunately we didn't come out on top. We've got a great team and I didn't think we played to 100% of our ability but hopefully we can bounce back."


    England captain Charlotte Edwards on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "The last four days have been a rollercoaster, but I'm really proud of the girls. This is not the Ashes won, we've got to win more games now. We had some great performances - Arran Brindle's knock in the first innings, Natalie Sciver on debut, Kate Cross on debut... I'm so proud of them. We have to keep working hard and hopefully will take the Ashes home."

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

    "Australia will be gutted, they gave it everything but a tremendous effort by England, who now go six points ahead. That exceptional last delivery from Brunt rewarded her captain for sticking with her."

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    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That was a great delivery, which would have caused a lot of batsmen problems. A tremendous Test match."

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    WICKET- Elliott b Brunt 29 (Aus 123 all out)

    Brunt bowls Elliott with a peach of an inswinging yorker which hits the leg stump - England win the Test by 61 runs!

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    Mike, York: Elliott is being frustrated by the bowling here, just like Bell, Root and Pietersen were for England's men. What price a rash hole-out to the boundary before lunch? Come on England!

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    Aus 123-9 (target 185)

    Elliott gives Shrubsole the charge, lofting the ball to long-off, but they only manage a single - leaving Ferling on strike. Finally she middles one, but Shrubsole fields well off her own bowling, and almost makes to throw the stumps down... but doesn't release the ball. Ferling, with a high backlift, plays and misses, then edges one just short of Heather Knight at first slip.

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    Kieran, Leicester: Hate to be a killjoy but can the ladies wait until I've finished my last minute essay to win? The only thing that is pushing me through this essay on Classical and Hellenistic Greek houses right now.

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    Aus 122-9

    Yorkshire pace bowler Katherine Brunt returns to the attack - and the field is very deliberately spread for Elliott, with only two fielders saving one, and the rest back on the boundary. Elliott plays and misses, then evades a bouncer from the fiery Barnsley quick. Elliott clubs a full toss to long-off - but she's hit it too well and turns down the single, realising she would never have got back for two, even though Ferling is halfway down the pitch. Two balls left, but only one fielder is brought up. Elliott dabs a single down to third man, so Brunt will have one ball at Ferling. Will one be enough? "Fast, full and straight" should be the order of the day... but Ferling digs out the yorker and Australia live to fight another day (well, another over).

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "Just think, if England had opened up with Anya Shrubsole, we could have been on the golf course by now."

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    CLOSE!- Aus 121-9 (target 185)

    Holly Ferling is Australia's last batter - she only turned 18 just before Christmas. Her first ball is edged towards the slips... but flies between the solitary slip and the two gullies for four through third man. Then a leading edge flies into the air... but safely as it just evades sub fielder Danni Wyatt running round. The Aussie pair scamper a single - "perhaps she ought to try using the middle of that bat," notes commentator Charles Dagnall. Elliott whacks a two and a four through mid-on, but she may need to farm the strike here if Australia are to survive... this time she only takes a single off the last ball of the over.

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    WICKET- Farrell b Shrubsole 0 (Aus 109-9)

    If it were a gamble, it failed, as Farrell is bowled by the first ball of Shrubsole's over - delight for the Somerset quick as the ball comes back in and shatters the number 10's stumps. Another duck symbol for the Waca scoreboard...

    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That's the Steve Waugh method, batting with the tail - if there was a single there, he would take it, as it would instil confidence in the tail-ender. Almost ran me out a couple of times, mind you."

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    Aus 109-8

    Elliott, who has taken 99 balls to score 18, faces Gunn, with Taylor standing up to the stumps. She steers the last ball for a single, and decides to come back for two - a calculated gamble to leave Farrell exposed to Shrubsole?

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    Aus 107-8 (target 185)

    There's a cover sweeper on the boundary for Sarah Elliott, upon whom so much now depends for Australia. Shrubsole has just the one slip, and Elliott dinks a single down to third man. England bring in a gully and a short leg for tail-ender Farrell, and she has a wild swing at one outside off stump but doesn't connect. Not the sort of shot skipper Jodie Fields would probably want her playing given the match situation...

    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I think the turning point of the game was Charlotte Edwards's injury, which forced her to come in down at number seven - but her innings turned the game."

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    Aus 106-8 (target 185)

    Sydney-born seamer Rene Farrell is Australia's number 10 - with a modest batting record in international cricket, although her highest ODI score was an unbeaten 39. She negotiates the rest of the over from Gunn.

    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I'd like to be in England's shoes now. After two wickets falling on 99, Australia drastically need a partnership. I think the blazing has been done this morning, but Elliott needs to take the initiative, and she's going to need some support. It's a runaway train now, 185 looks a long way away."

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    WICKET- Coyte lbw b Gunn 7 (Aus 106-8)

    Coyte is hit on the pad, the umpire shakes his head, but then Gunn traps her in front again, and this time the finger is raised.

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    David Brewington: Not a great day for Eng women in Oz so far today with Robbo/Watson losing in Melbourne. Still, hopeful here though. Win by 17 runs.

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    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 106-7 (target 185)

    A helmeted short leg is brought in, but after a long spell without a boundary, Coyte breaks the shackles, driving Shrubsole for four past mid-off. But it's hearts in mouths for the Southern Stars as Coyte jabs one just wide of Greenway, who's England's best fielder and normally patrols the covers, but is in at short leg as Arran Brindle is off the field. Coyte pushes a quick single into the covers, Danielle Wyatt's throw hits the stumps... but Coyte makes her ground. Time for drinks. Australia need 79 runs, England need three wickets.

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    Martyn, Essex: Let's hope , unlike our men's team , the women will polish off the Aussie tail now. Restore some pride back into English cricket. Come on the girls!

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    Aus 101-7 (Elliott 17*, Coyte 2*)

    A helmet and some shinguards are brought on - Lydia Greenway dons the shinguards but the helmet is kept behind keeper Sarah Taylor for now. Taylor is standing up to the stumps for the medium-fast Gunn, Just a single from the over.

    I can highly recommend a look at the Cricket Australia website - not only for the live video streaming, but you can watch a terrific legside stumping by Taylor to remove Aussie captain Jodie Fields yesterday.

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    Aus 100-7 (target 185)

    Sarah Coyte is the new batter, she comes from a cricketing family as her twin brother Adam has played for New South Wales' junior teams, while their elder brother Scott has played first-class cricket for NSW and also turns out for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash Twenty20 competition. She's off the mark with a single which brings up three figures for Australia.

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    WICKET- Osborne c sub (D Wyatt) b Shrubsole 0 (Aus 99-7)

    Australia seem stuck on 99 as Osborne is beaten by a quick delivery from Shrubsole. And the Somerset star strikes again as Osborne gets a leading edge with an attempted on-drive and is caught at mid-off by substitute fielder Danielle Wyatt, who's on for Arran Brindle (who, you may remember, injured her hand earlier).

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    Aus 99-6 (target 185)

    Gunn, buoyed by that catch, begins a new over to Sarah Elliott, who hit the headlines in England last summer with that Test century at Wormsley, not long after returning to cricket after giving birth to her son. Another maiden over.

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    David, Spain: Last year's Test in England resulted in a draw, so the six points were split. This one looks like yielding a result, which will mean one team going six points down. A pretty daunting prospect facing the losers then!

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    Aus 99-6

    Erin Osborne is the new batter, she made 40 from 127 balls in the first innings but suddenly it looks an uphill task for the Southern Stars with the talisman Perry back in the pavilion.

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    WICKET- Perry c Gunn b Shrubsole 31 (Aus 99-6)

    Single from Elliott, but Shrubsole makes the breakthrough as Perry knocks the ball up in the air and is caught well by the diving Gunn at square leg! Big, big, big wicket.

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    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 98-5

    Gunn has changed ends in place of Cross, there's a big appeal for lbw against Perry... though I think that was sliding down the leg side. Maiden over.

    And I know it's the middle of the night back here in Blighty... but it's been a bit quiet from you lot. You can text in on 81111, tweet via #bbccricket or email tms@bbc.co.uk - can England pull it back here to win? And what do you think of the multi-format Ashes?

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    Aus 98-5 (Elliott 16*, Perry 31*)

    Elliott is on the defensive against Shrubsole, who bowls a brute of a leg-cutter which hits a crack and turns a foot from leg to off, and is only just taken at first slip! Another maiden over.

    And in Countdown/Letters and Numbers news... it turns out both the UK and Aussie versions were, ahem, based on the original French version.

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    A reminder of the format of this series - it's the same as it was in England, with the winners of this match taking six points (or two for a draw), with two points for a win available in each of the three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals. So, with England holding the Ashes, if (and it's a big if) they won the Test today - Australia would need to win five of the six limited-overs games to regain the trophy.

  39. 0303: 
    OUCH!- Aus 98-5

    Perry dabs a single past the slips, Elliott rotates the strike and there's a brief hold-up while it looks as though Arran Brindle has injured her hand while diving to stop the ball, and the England physio trots on.

    Meanwhile, Charles Dagnall and Isa Guha discover that Australia has its own letters-and-numbers-based game in the style of the UK's "Countdown". It's called... "Letters and Numbers".

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "Excellent over by England. Though it was 25 minutes too late. It's a good old-fashioned scoreboard here, except if you're Jess Cameron or Alex Blackwell, instead of a zero next to your name, you have a little painted duck."

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    Aus 96-5 (target 185)

    As if by magic, it's going to be Anya Shrubsole, the right-arm quick, replacing Gunn at the Lillee-Marsh End. And there's some early swing for the Somerset player as Elliott - a centurion in last summer's Test at Wormsley - plays and misses. Suddenly there's a more confident air about the England fielders at the Waca as they bowl the first maiden over of the day.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "You've got to go with your best bowlers first up. I would have started with Anya Shrubsole."

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    Aus 96-5

    Perry threads a two through the covers, Lydia Greenway gives chase and they run two. Cross has 3-33 from 13 overs.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "Any danger of them bowling at the top of off stump? It's not been a good morning for England."

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    Aus 94-5 (target 185)

    A tighter over from Gunn, just a single from Perry.

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

    "Charlotte Edwards has a dilemma now - she can't be too attacking as she only has 93 runs to play with."

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  47. 0247: 
    Aus 93-5 (Elliott 15*, Perry 27*)

    Two slips in for Cross, but Perry moves to 26 from 31 balls with another off-driven four. A single takes her to 27.

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    Aus 88-5 (target 185)

    England make an early change as Brunt is replaced by fellow right-arm seamer Jenny Gunn at the Lillee-Marsh End, but Perry continues her assault on the England attack, cutting a four and adding another two to reduce the deficit to under 100. As Perry keeps the strike with a single, England need to put the brakes on somehow...

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    Aus 81-5

    The runs continue to flow as Perry - a dual international who has represented Australia at football as well as cricket - adds a three, and Elliott powerfully hammers Cross for a four past mid-off, before threading two more through the covers.

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

    "England need to be patient here. Maybe they should have gone with Anya Shrubsole, who's been threatening throughout the match. Brunt relieved a bit of pressure there."

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  51. 0236: 
    Aus 72-5

    Australia's rapid start continues - pace bowler Katherine Brunt is handed the second over of the day, and Ellyse Perry - a player of the match contender after taking eight wickets in the game, and top-scoring with 71 in the first innings - smashes her first two deliveries of the day for four, either side of the wicket. A two and a single means it's an expensive first over for Brunt as Perry moves to 12.

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    Aus 61-5 (target 185)

    Lancashire right-arm seamer Kate Cross takes the first over, and Sarah Elliott - who came in at number three but took 55 balls to score five runs - gets Australia going with a four through third man.

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    You can listen to commentary - a joint BBC/ABC production - on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, while live video coverage is available on the Cricket Australia website.

    Looks like we're ready to start a minute or two early...

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

    "I'm expecting some exciting cricket and a lot of drama, as we've seen throughout the match. Both teams will be up for this."

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    Morning, everyone. If you'd written to Santa hoping he'd bring you an Ashes Test going into the final day with all results possible, then look no further.

    Our attention today is on Perth, where England and Australia's women are set to do battle, with the equation very simple - Australia, needing 185 to win, begin the day on 57-5 after an enthralling Test.

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