Anya takes four on day one
Somerset bowler Anya Shrubsole was the pick of the England attack on day one of the Women’s Ashes Kia Test Match against Australia at Canterbury today (Tuesday).
The 23 year old claimed four for 59 from 23 overs.
Australia won the toss and captain Meg Lanning elected to bat.
It looked like a good decision as the Southern Stars reached 66 before Anya struck. Elyse Villani edged to Heather Knight for 33 during an outstanding over of bowling from the Somerset captain. Things got even better for England when the same combination saw the end of Lanning for just three with the score on 70. Natalie Bolton became Anya and England’s third victim when she was bowled for 36 to leave Australia on 84 for three.
If England supporters were delighted to see Lanning go cheaply, they were delirious when Ellyse Perry departed for just five as Anya continued to dominate the Australian batters to claim her fourth wicket as the visitors slipped to 87 for four.
Laura Marsh took two wickets and there was a wicket each for Katherine Brunt and Kate Cross whilst debutant Jess Jonassen offered the most resistance with an impressive knock of 95 not out as Australia finished the day on 268 for eight.
After the match Anya said: “I think it’s turned out even stevens at the end of the day. We were really happy to take eight wickets, but I’ll admit we found their ninth-wicket partnership a little frustrating. Credit must go to Jess because she batted really well and I felt Katherine [Brunt] bowled really well for us, particularly with the new ball, with very little reward.
“As hard as days in the field like that are, we absolutely love Test cricket and we were all champing at the bit first thing this morning. I couldn’t wait to get the ball in my hand and hopefully make a difference and thankfully I was able to do that today. We’ve done as much preparation in the nets as we could for this and had a three-day game since the ODIs, but it’s always tough to get the balance right because we only play one Test.”