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England out for 201, Australia 2-9

By Chris Pike
10 January 2014 09:27PM EST

AUSTRALIA have had a good opening day to the women's Ashes series bowling out England in the Test match for 201 at the WACA Ground.

The Test match opens the Ashes series between Australia and England that will include three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 clashes with the team that accumulates the most points throughout being awarded the Ashes.

Australia are trying to win the Ashes in the format for the first time and started well at the WACA Ground on a hot Perth day bowling out England for 201 and now being 2-9 themselves at stumps after facing 5.5 overs.

Elyse Villani was out for four caught at first slip by Heather Knight off Anya Shrubsole and then in the last over, Meg Lanning was out for five caught behind also off Shrubsole.

England captain Charlotte Edwards won the toss and decided to bat first and she opened the innings alongside Knight, and they made a solid start combining for 28 before Knight fell for 14.

That sparked a dramatic collapse with Australia taking 3-4 in the space of 33 deliveries with England losing Sarah Taylor for one and then Edwards was unluckily given out leg before off Sarah Coyte for 17 despite getting an inside edge onto her back pad.

England were then 3-32 before Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle led a recovery mission of 64 runs before Greenway was bowled by Ellyse Perry for 22.

After being 3-69 at lunch, England had done well to be 4-154 in the last over before tea before Brindle's terrific knock of 68 came to an end when she was bowled by Rene Farrell on the last ball of the session.

Natalie Sciver and Danielle Hazell did well for England after the break with a 35-run stand, but once Sciver fell caught behind to Coyte for 49, the English had a dramatic collapse losing their last four wickets for just 12 runs to be all out for 201.

Farrell was the star with the ball for Australia with 4-43 while Perry impressed with 3-41 and Coyte claimed 2-23.

Farrell was delighted not only with her own effort with the ball to take four wickets for Australia, but with the performance of all the bowlers as they now look for the batsmen to give them a handy first innings lead.

"It definitely was a nice start for myself but I think the girls put in a great performance today. We picked up the 10 wickets which was a fantastic team effort," Farrell said.

"Our target at the start of the day was to keep them under 200 and that was fantastic but unfortunately we lost a couple of wickets late in the session today.

"We believe we have the batting line-up to get past 200, though, and then some so we are looking forward to a good batting session."

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