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Wolverhampton's Georgia Elwiss out for 27 in Ashes Test

By Russell Youll | Cricket | Published:

WOLVERHAMPTON’S Georgia Elwiss scored 27 in the opening day of England’s inaugural day-night Test match in the women’s Ashes in Australia.

Georgia Elwiss

Elwiss, batting at number four for England, was caught off the bowling of Ellyse Perry after spending two hours at the crease and facing 95 balls in Sydney.

It is the only Test match of the multi-format series in which England are trailing on points after losing two one-day internationals but winning the third.

Three T20 internationals complete the series.

Tammy Beaumont hit a maiden half-century and captain Heather Knight made 62 to help England women reach 235 for seven as Australia produced a late recovery in the inaugural day-night Ashes Test at the North Sydney Oval.

England, who won the toss and decided to bat, went into the final session at 157 for three, with Beaumont having produced a recovery alongside Knight to score 70 in a partnership of 104 after fellow opener Lauren Winfield was earlier out for just four.

However, once Knight was trapped leg before by Jess Jonassen, Australia produced a late rally in what is a first Test match either team has played since 2015.

All-rounder Natalie Sciver could only add 18 before left-arm spinner Jonassen claimed another lbw dismissal.

England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor was caught and bowled by Perry for 29 - albeit only following a fortunate ricochet off the Australian's left arm and chest, much to her amusement.

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Katherine Brunt then lasted just four deliveries, out for one to debutant Tahlia McGrath, despite claiming it was a bump ball, before Fran Wilson, unbeaten on 11 in her first England appearance, and Anya Shrubsole, yet to score, saw out the closing overs.

All-rounder Perry, Jonassen and McGrath each finished with two wickets, giving Australia hope of finishing off the England tail before the tourists can edge their first-innings total up towards 300.

The hosts - who lead the multi-format points-based series 4-2 – will retain the Ashes if they win in Sydney.

Russell Youll

By Russell Youll
@russyoull_star

Group Sports Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star

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