Perry hits double ton as Australia take charge of Ashes Test

Ellyse Perry
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.

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