Australia v England: Women’s Ashes Test match day three – live!

Another corker of a day here in Sydney, the hottest of the three so far, as we ready ourselves for the second half of this four-day Test. Sure, the game hasn’t flown so far, but don’t let confuse the fact that this is a very good contest between two quality teams.

Not least the last 20 minutes last night, where Katherine Brunt had them hooping around with the second new pink ball. Indeed, she beat the bat six times in 18 deliveries according to CricViz, picking up local skipper Rachael Haynes along the way.

It makes the new partnership vital. Ellyse Perry is on 70 and batting like a dream, surely a lock to finally record her maiden international ton. She has Alyssa Healy with her, the in-form Australian across the ODIs. But still 107 behind on the first innings, and scheduled to bat fourth on a deck that will turn a fair bit come tomorrow afternoon, they can’t afford an early stumble.

By contrast, England will know that if they can’t strike again while the ball is relatively new, they will be the side taking a deficit into the second innings of this match. It makes the first half hour crucial to the trajectory of the day ahead of us.

That’s the state of play with half an hour until we resume. The players in front of me are well into their warm ups, the ground drenched in pink for Jane McGrath Day. It’s a lovely sight, and hopefully the Sydney crowd will again turn out in strong numbers.

As always, this will be a lot more fun if we talk to each other throughout the afternoon, and then Vish when they wake up in England who will take the OBO baton from me. Hit me up in the usual ways, on the email or the tweet.

Adam Collins

England warming up and having a laugh in front of the big Moreton Bay fig. Hot out there. #WomensAshes

November 11, 2017