|Women’s Ashes Test, North Sydney Oval (day three of four):|
|England 280 & 40-0: Beaumont 25*|
|Australia 448-9 dec: Perry 213*, McGrath 47, Healy 45, Ecclestone 3-107, Marsh 3-109|
|Australia lead by 128 runs|
Ellyse Perry became only the seventh woman to hit a Test double century as Australia took control of the day-night Women’s Ashes Test against England on day three at the North Sydney Oval.
The 27-year-old made an unbeaten 213 as Australia declared on 448-9, taking a first-innings lead of 168.
England’s openers survived to finish on 40-0 at close of play.
Australia will retain the Ashes if they can force victory on the final day, but a draw may be the likeliest outcome.
After only four wickets fell on a day when bat dominated ball, it would take an almighty turnaround for England, who trail 4-2 in the points-based multi-format series, to find a winning position, given that their first target would be the 168 they need to make Australia bat again.
However, a more positive approach from openers Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield in the final hour may encourage them to believe they can save the game.
A draw would keep the series alive with Australia leading 6-4 – but barring washouts, England would still need to win all three Twenty20 internationals to regain the trophy.
More to follow.