Women’s Ashes Test: After posting 420 on the board in the first innings, Australia restricted hosts England to 199 for 6 at Stumps on Day 3 in Taunton.
Sophie Molineux picked up 3 wickets on Day 3 of the Ashes Test (Reuters Photo)
- Sophie Molineux picked up 3 wickets on Day 3 of Ashes Test
- England were reeling at 199 for 6 at Stumps, trailing Australia by 221 runs
- England need nothing less than a win to save the Ashes series
Australia’s Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux had a dream debut as she hurt England’s chances of saving the Ashes by picking up 3 crucial wickets on Day 3 of the only Test in Taunton on Saturday.
Sophie Molineux got the big wickets of Heather Knight, Amy Jones and Sarah Taylor as England huffed and puffed to 199 for 6 at Stumps on Day 3 of the only Ashes Test. Australia had declared on 420 for 8 earlier in the day after Beth Mooney became the 5th Australian batter to score 50-plus in their first innings.
England lost Tammy Beaumont to Ellyse Perry as early as the third over as the Australian star’s dream Test continued. However, Amy Jones and Heather Knight had a 79-run stand for the 2nd wicket before Sophie Molineux picked up her maiden Test wicket to send Knight walking back.
Amy Jones fell to Molinuex in the 44th over but Natalie Sciver saved the blushes for the hosts on Day 3 with a hard-fought 62. Sciver remained unbeaten at close of play even as England lost Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt in quick succession.
If the proceedings of the 1st 3 days are anything to go by, England’s chances of saving the Ashes Test looks bleak. They need nothing less than a win to avoid Australia retaining the Ashes.
Rain had washed away play on Day 2 after Lunch on Friday in the Test but Ellyse Perry stole the show with her hundred. The Australia No. 4 hit 116 from 281 balls before England’s Laura Marsh got her wicket.
Women’s Ashes is a point-based series and the team that earns the most points at the end of the series will clinch the trophy. Australia are the current holders of the Ashes as they won it in the backyard of England in 2015 and then retained the trophy in Australia in 2017.
A team will be entitled to earn two points on winning an ODI or T20I. If the match is tied or abandoned, both teams will receive a point each. The only Test consists of four points to grab, however, in case there is a draw, the teams will get two points each.