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Brindle rescues England on day one

• England 201 all out; Australia nine for two

Arran Brindle stood alone in Perth as England missed a golden opportunity to make their mark on the first day of the Ashes Test match.

After choosing to bat Charlotte Edwards and Heather Knight made a breezy start, aided by some wasteful new ball bowling. It was Holly Ferling's first spell that rocked a steady looking England. Knight edged her third ball to second slip, whilst Perry was rewarded for a disciplined line by trapping Sarah Taylor leg before.

Sarah Coyte then dismissed Edwards lbw, leaving the captain fuming and England wobbling at 32 for three after losing three wickets for four runs. It was down to an uncharacteristically aggressive Brindle to drag England back into the game.

She raced to a half-century, taking advantage of some loose bowling from Australia. Although Ferling excelled in the morning a change of ends seemed to affect her line, whilst there was bounce but no turn for the spinners. Perry, by contrast, improved as the match went on. She consistently beat the batsmen for pace and forced Greenway to chop on shortly after lunch.

Perry's mammoth post-lunch spell – eight economical overs in 35 degree heat – was the only effort from Australia that seemed to test Brindle. Her wicket came from nowhere, with Rene Farrell beating Brindle's poke forward on the stroke of tea to bowl her and end a partnership of 58.

England wilted in the afternoon sun, struggling against some high quality swing bowling from Farrell. The tail fell quickly, with England's final session seeing them lose six wickets for 47 runs - an underwhelming performance on what looks a good wicket.

It was Shrubsole who struck back for England, inducing a poor shot from debutant Elyse Villani before Meg Lanning edged the final ball of the day through to Taylor to leave Australia facing an uphill battle in Saturday's 44 degree heat.


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