Women's Ashes 2019

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it's like they're trying to get the poms to take some risks and get themselves out haha
 

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that's a lovely way to go to 50 from Amy Jones; a 50 on debut is impressive.
 

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beautiful bit of fielding by Bolton! direct hit runs out Georgia Elwiss for 9 off 39
 
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Amy Jones... gave away a century with that bad shot spooned straight to mid off for 64 off 140
 

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Molineux with a beauty of an arm ball that shocked Sarah Taylor when it hit her pad first then her bat. Looked to be canon-ing into middle and leg :)
 

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nice 50 to Nat Sciver from 88 balls. Looked quite good and solid in defense and reasonably full and complete technique in offense
 

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Not sure why England didn't treat that last session as a free hit, still got a whole 2nd innings left to batten down the hatches if required.

Basically had to get to the 271 by stumps to have any winning chance imo*, it would've at least put the burden of daring cricket back on Australia. With 39 overs left in the day the Poms were 4/119, so 152 more runs at 3.9 rpo is definitely worth the gamble.

Instead they went at 2.1 rpo for the loss of 2 wickets. Shutting up shop for 150 overs doesn't seem like a better risk-reward ratio to me, and that's without even accounting for how the series is poised.

*then bowl Aus out for 100-150 in ~40 overs, then chase 250-300 in ~60 overs (unlikely but possible)
 

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Have to say there's a fair bit of Graeme Swann toolishness about Sophie Ecclestone. Tried to intimidate Jonassen in Game 2, failed and backfired.
the wicketkeeper is over keen on appealing as well.

must say providing a used second rate pitch for the women for a test match is a disgrace. there'd be an insurrection if that was even mentioned for the men.
 

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Tried to watch some of this game but alas I find it unwatchable. Australia should have made 820 against that attack. No wonder the women do not play many Tests. There is no ( old word ) penetration in the bowling at all. Full Tosses, Half Trackers are the norm and no pressure gets built on the batters. There is no fast bowling so as a batter there is no pressure or fear factor. Dare I say it a good u/16 boys team would comfortably win. And they talk of bigger money..it is truly laughable.
 

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Nat Sciver said England aren't playing for the draw… but they clearly spent the last 2 hours of day 3 turning down a lot of easy singles. There's 108 overs left, they need roughly another 350 runs on the board and a few other things to go their way—can't happen without attacking intent from pretty much ball one today.

And hopefully that's a new ball, perhaps shared between Schutt and Vlaeminck (both were well underused yesterday, bowled much better in their second spells and might make for an effective combo). Then I'd go back to the Perry-Molineux combo which worked straight after tea, despite obvious fatigue resulting in too many loose deliveries.

Tried to watch some of this game but alas I find it unwatchable. Australia should have made 820 against that attack. No wonder the women do not play many Tests. There is no ( old word ) penetration in the bowling at all. Full Tosses, Half Trackers are the norm and no pressure gets built on the batters. There is no fast bowling so as a batter there is no pressure or fear factor. Dare I say it a good u/16 boys team would comfortably win. And they talk of bigger money..it is truly laughable.
Anybody who has genuinely tried to understand women's cricket already knows the worthlessness of most those criticisms. That last snide remark, however, is an especially cheap and misguided shot.

Perry and co. could've easily kicked up a stink when CA stopped them from making more money in India this year. Instead the only public statements from any of those players were that of support for the decision, even though it arose out of a dispute which had nothing to do with them.
 

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nice bowling Molineux and good keeping from Healy to effect that stumping. Shrubsole gone for 11 off 55.
 

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The Ashes dude...
I like watching the guys rather than the girls but I still want to want a victory of the girls over a crash hot version of the
next years settlement..
 

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Jonassen gets Sciver. She only played the two false shots (both in a row) right at the end of her innings. 88 from 180 is a very commendable innings, considering the circumstances.
 

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and the poms have saved the follow-on... interesting that the target is only 150 rather than the 200 that the men use.
 

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poms lose their 9th wicket with what looked to be a fairly straight-forward LBW and then they declare trailing by 145... right... weird circumstances for a declaration; just preventing Molineux from getting a michelle on debut?
 
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so apparently there's 85 overs or so left when Australia started batting... 145 in front, get to around 250-300 in front and leave them 50-60 overs to get it?
 

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I thought they'd put Haynes in there to score some runs rather than Bolton... but she's 0 off 15 at lunch and Healy is just looking strong and confident at 13 off 15.
 

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Dunno if Haynes' promotion was about quick runs, possibly more to do with Bolton having a sore thumb on top of being a walking wicket lately. Would've expected Mooney to open otherwise.

The slow batting last night seems even sillier now in light of the way they played today. Nevertheless it's all set up quite nicely now. Think Meg will make a declaration only on the very outer edges of sporting though, give the English batters just enough rope to hang themselves. Something like a 300 target off 40 overs.
 

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and Haynes is also out... absolutely plumb LBW - missed one that didn't spin... Laura Marsh comes into the attack and gets two wickets in her first over...
 
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