13 Nov / 2017(494)…Women’s Ashes(Test cricket)-Spirited batting

The women’s historic day-night Test match ended in a draw. Australia lead the Ashes series 6-4, with T20 series(3) to be played, starting 17th Nov, 2017.

This was the first day/night test that didn’t have any result. The previous six (all played by Male)had results.


It was a four day test match with England surviving out the last day – batted for 88 overs lost only 2 wickets.

Resilient batting

Generally under lights the pink ball does a lot – there is swing and seam, and this venue was two paced -yet both teams showed great batting resistance. For Australia Ellyse Perry scored an unbeaten 213*, the 3rd highest score in women’s cricket. She was at the crease for 135 overs, and was ably supported by Rachael Haynes and  lower order batsman(Tahila  McGrath, Alyssa Healy and Jess Jonnassen) as they all batted for 30 plus overs.

For England it was their captain Heather Knight who showed great resistance in both innings. She was ably supported by Tammy Beaumont, Georgia  Elwiss and Lauren Winfield. They all batted for more than 50 overs( both innings combined).

 Below table features sum of all three sessions. Interestingly only 8 wickets fell in last session(post dinner). Usually under lights with pink ball, maximum wickets are fallen in last session.  

Below tables are statistical analysis of both teams. Here i have omitted Avg runs/wkt, and B/W  from batting table

Australia's performance

Batting - Apart from Perry nobody scored a 50 for Australia, yet she had great support from lower order batters, with whom she helped them post 448 - and gain a lead of 168 Runs. Five batsmen were at the crease for more than 30 Overs.

Bowling -Debutant right arm fast Tahila McGrath was the most impressive bowler in this match- She picked (5)maximum wickets!
The spinners bowled 52.48% of total overs..picking only 4 wickets.
Below is Perry's stats in 10-over phases
Bowling analysis

England's performance

Batting - Winning the toss, batting, and getting off to a slow start was an ideal beginning for England in this test match. Nevertheless they wasted their opportunity to score big and conceded a lead of 168 runs. They made amends in 2nd innings with great fightback from captain Knight.
Bowling - It was accurate but lacked variety with only one genuine spinner. This was compounded by some poor fielding. England dropped few easy catches.
Bowling analysis

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