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Schutt shines as Australia dismiss England on day 2 of Kia Women’s Test

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Two extraordinary spells by Australian pace bowler Megan Schutt left the tourists on top after day two of the Kia Women’s Test in Canterbury.

At times the 22-year-old from Adelaide proved almost unplayable as she sent down 18.4 overs – 11 of which were maidens – to finish with four for 26, dismiss England for 168 and leave the tourists with a first innings lead of 106.

On a chilly, rain-protracted August day, it was Schutt’s naggingly accurate right-armed seamers that helped Australia take an icy grip on this sole Ashes Test.

Having produced a corker to dismiss England skipper Charlotte Edwards, she returned with a post-tea four-over stint of two for nought and she returned for a third stint to polish off the England response.

Having survived one over before lunch, England’s pursuit of Australia’s 274 for nine declared soon hit the rails after the resumption when Ellyse Perry struck twice in her opening over.

Lauren Winfield (1) fenced at a lifting away-swinger to edge through to the keeper Alyssa Healy via the shoulder of the bat. Then, next ball up, Sarah Taylor, pushing half-forward and outside the line of a shooting off-cutter, went lbw without troubling the scorers.

Edwards marched in to see off Perry’s hat-trick delivery and, in the 11th over, leant into a crisp cover drive against Schutt to post her 1,000th run in Test cricket against Australia.

During her 67-ball stay Edwards also passed England legend Janette Brittin to become the top all-time run-scorer for England in Ashes matches. But it was Schutt who had the last laugh.

She produced an almost unplayable delivery that swung in through the air, only to hold its line off the pitch and beat Edwards neck and crop.

The ball passed the right-hander’s outside edge and feathered off stump, knocking off only the one bail.

In the face of some frugal bowling Lydia Greenway and Natalie Sciver dug in to add 32 for the fourth wicket before Greenway, the Kent player winning her 14th Test cap, went lbw to Perry after a patient vigil for 22 scored in almost two hours.

Sciver joined forces with England Test debutant Georgia Elwiss to add a further 32 runs before Australia found their second wind with three wickets inside five overs.

Sciver (35) went leg before when attempting to slog sweep a length ball from Schutt then, in the next over, Elwiss (17) was bowled by left-arm spinner Jess Jonessen with one that pitched outside leg, beat the defensive push and pegged back off stump.

Schutt had Laura Marsh, another Kent player, caught behind without scoring, when the right-hander pushed defensively with an angled bat to be caught behind.

England’s ninth-wicket pairing of Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt, the pick of their pace attack on day one, then showed tremendous grit with the bat to post 37 – the highest partnership of the England innings – before top-scorer Brunt was bowled for 37 by a sliding in-swinger from Sarah Coyte.

Shrubsole, who faced 47 balls without getting off the mark, was last out in the final over of the day when she played across the line to the dependable Schutt.

At the start of day two Queensland’s left-hander Jonassen suffered Ashes heartbreak after being dismissed for 99 on Test debut.

The 22-year-old, who was 95 not out overnight, added only four runs before being snared lbw by England seamer Brunt. A 90-minute delay to steady drizzle at the start of the day cannot have helped Jonassen’s nerves as she pushed half-forward on the drive to a Brunt in-swinger.

After a delay for consideration, she was sent packing by umpire Alex Wharf to end an otherwise superb 197-ball stay with 10 fours. Her dismissal sparked Australia’s declaration on 274 leaving England to face one over before lunch.

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