Review - Day 2 | Ashes - Only Test | Heather Knight fights fire with fire
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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Katherine Brunt started the day well by getting rid of Sutherland (8 off 35) and Jonassen (2 off 12) quickly and completed her third 5-fer of her Test career. Australia just added 10 runs to their overnight score before declaring on 337/9.
Australia’s all-round bowling pins down the English batters
England started their innings in a bizarre fashion. Young prodigy Darcie Brown put Australia on the front foot by giving the early breakthrough by dismissing Winfield-Hill (4 off 7). Perry made things worse for England. She trapped Beaumont LBW for just 5 (33). At lunch break, England were 38/2 in 19 overs.
After the lunch, England’s line-up continued to struggle. Where Sutherland trapped the big fish Sciver, Perry bowled Dunkley out on 15 (34). From 79-4, Amy Jones joined Heather Knight in the middle and stitched together a partnership to take England to three figures. England reached 100 runs in 41.3 overs (257 balls). But, Brown took an amazing catch running backward off Sutherland’s bowling to get rid of Jones. Skipper Knight continued to sail through the innings and scored her fourth 50 in her last five test innings.
Debutant Alana King too joined the party and trapped Brunt with a flatter delivery in front of the stumps. England ended the 2nd session at 120/6. They required 67 runs to avoid the follow-on.
Manuka Oval witnessed The Knight Show yet again
In the final session, England batters needed to do something special. When every batter was falling around, skipper Knight propelled the innings. In her lone battle, low-order stood up and supported her well. Dean and Knight put up a partnership of 30 runs before Dean departed for 9. She faced 40 balls and provided a much-needed support to Knight. But, when Shrubsole threw her wicket away to Jonassen for 3 (21), England faced a threat of getting dismissed under 200. On 169-8, Sophie Ecclestone joined her captained in the middle who was in the nervous 90s.
However, Knight accomplished her maiden Test century as a captain. In the 81st over, Australia took the second new cherry and England also breached the 200-mark. the duo put up a fifty-plus partnership for the 9th wicket and avoided the follow-on. After 87 overs, umpires called it a day.
England batters Heather Knight and Sophie Ecclestone left the field holding the head high. Where Knight remained unbeaten on a brilliant 127 (249), Ecclestone finished unbeaten on 27 (70). This exhibition of gritty batting took the visitors to 235-8 at stumps, trailing by 102 runs.
Day 2 summary:
Australia (1st inn) - 337/9 d (104.1), M. Lanning 93 (170), R. Haynes 86 (180); K. Brunt 5/60, N. Sciver 3/41
England (1st inn) - 235/8 (87), H. Knight 127* (249), S. Ecclestone 27* (0); E. Perry 2/35, A. Sutherland 2/52