Despite an amazing knock from Australia’s Sutherland Beaumont, England leads the team in the Ashes Test.

Annabel Sutherland from the Australia Women Cricket Team went into the record books with the highest score for a women's batsman at number eight or lower with an unbeaten 137 before picking up a wicket in her first over on Friday as England trail by 255 runs in the Ashes test.

After bundling up the Australia Cricket Team for 473, the highest first innings total in women's test history for a team batting first, the hosts were 218 runs down at stumps for the loss of 2 wickets, with Tammy Beaumont leading the charge with an unbeaten hundred.

She made full use of the flat pitch to pile on the runs, becoming only the second Englishwoman after Heather Knight to score a century in all three formats.

Beaumont said, "I hadn't even thought about it! Heather said, 'Welcome to the club; it hadn't even crossed my mind."

She also said, "I think it's finely balanced. I think it's a very good batting wicket. I don't think I batted my best; I was stubborn, which Heather has called me for years."

The all-rounder of team Australia, Ellyse Perry, missed out on her own test century by one run on a rain-hit first day, but Sutherland, who was unbeaten on 39 on Thursday, picked up where she left off to guide her team to a commanding total at Trent Bridge.

The century made by Sutherland is the fastest by an Australian woman, as she broke the 39-year-old record, which was held by Jill Kennare with a 156-ball century against England.

Sutherland said, "I hope to get the order. I've been telling the coach that for a little while. I'm just happy playing my part in this team. It's just about slotting in."

But she ran out of partners when England spinner Sophie Ecclestone cleaned up the tail to finish with a five-wicket haul (5-129) after bowling nearly 47 overs.



Jun 24, 2023 6:30 AM