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Brown girl drops Test wicket to give Aussies a perfect start

Teenager Darcie Brown’s first Test wicket has helped Australia lead the Ashes, with England 2-38 answering the hosts’ 9(Dec)-337 over lunch on day two in Canberra.

Brown claimed her first Test scalp in her second game for Australia, with Lauren Winfield-Hill hitting the skid with a ball that swung away.

Brown, just 18 years old, is the youngest player to take a test wicket for Australia in a men’s or women’s test since Holly Ferling did in 2013.

Ellyse Perry removed Tammy Beaumont lbw for five, with Heather Knight and Nat Sciver the undefeated batters.

Brilliant Brunt features Aussies with Manuka trait

Previously, Katherine Brunt completed the third five-wicket haul of her career before Australia’s statement on Friday morning.

Brunt added Annabel Sutherland and Jess Jonassen’s scalps to finish with numbers of 5-60.

Her ball to clear Sutherland was arguably the best of the game, getting away from the right-hander and getting her off the stump.

Brunt’s Perfect Cum Sends Sutherland Packing

The fast also cleared Rachael Haynes at 86 on opening day, helping to stunt Australia’s momentum after a 169-run fourth wicket tie between the opener and Meg Lanning (93)

Australia then went on for 28 minutes, adding just 10 runs in the early session on day two, as questions circulated as to whether they should have announced overnight.

Women’s Tests are played over four days, with most matches drawn given the shorter time frame.

Australia can hold the urn with a win in Canberra, while a draw means they only need to win one of three ODIs in the multi-format series to brag.

History stands on Australia’s side at Manuka Oval, and no team has lost a women’s test after scoring 300 runs in the first innings.

Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes v England

Australia Ashes Squad: Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Stella Campbell, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (vc), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland

England Ashes squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver (vc), Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers , Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt

Australia leads the multi-format 4-2 . series

January 20: Australia won by nine wickets

Jan 22: No result

January 23: Match Leaving without a ball thrown

January 27-30: Test Match, Manuka Oval, 10 a.m. AEDT,

February 3: First ODI, Manuka Oval (D/N), 2:10 PM AEDT

February 6: Second ODI, Junction Oval, 10:05 AM AEDT

February 8th: Third ODI, Junction Oval, 10:05 AM AEDT

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