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Reflections on the Test

Posted in England Women

We all love playing Tests so we were all excited when we played Australia at Wormsley which is such a picturesque ground.

We lost the toss which meant we were in the field for the first day. It’s safe to say that the wicket was a road and didn't give much for the bowlers but that said our opening bowlers, Anya and Katherine, bowled extreme well and even got an early breakthrough.

On a wicket like that you just have to keep being patient and bowl your line and length to keep the runs down. Basically be boring and see who gets bored first - the batter or bowler. It was a long day and after bowling 22 overs I crashed on my bed and was out like a light.

Day 2 proved to be a mixed bag for us. Australia declared just before lunch on 331 for six and even though we had a solid start with the bat we had a mad hour and a half which saw us lose four wickets for 30 runs.

This is when Laura Marsh, AKA the Great Wall of China, walked to the crease and with Heather Knight fought to get us back into the game. They batted out the rest of the day and gave us a chance in the morning to chip away to get towards their total.

The third day saw Knight bring up her maiden Test hundred. The Aussie bowlers were starting to tire and our batters capitalised on this and Knight continued her dominance bringing up her 150. Nothing looked like getting her out - well, that was until a mix-up in the running saw her run out for 157 to end one of the best innings I've seen.

We were all out for 314, so only 17 runs behind. Our normal English weather returned and sent us off for an hour but we managed to play until 7pm and picked up one wicket in the evening session to set us on our way.

Day 4 was a big day as we knew the Aussies would try to come out hard and set us a total so our aim was to continue with our areas and make it as hard as possible.

Big G and the trumpet man from the Barmy Army were there and when they played Jerusalem it gave us a massive pick me up and spurred us on. Anya got the wicket of Meg Lanning and then Greenway picked up one handed and through the stumps down to run out Sarah Elliott to keep us in control.

Cameron and Blackwell tried to kick on but when Cameron was caught at square leg it halted their charge.

They ended up declaring after lunch on 231 for five which meant we required around 250 from 45 overs. We ended up on 93 runs when the two captains shook hands for a draw an hour early.
It’s strange how you fight for four days and it ends up being a draw but we came out with some positives going into the rest of the series.

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