England were Schutt out by Australia in the second ODI in the ashes series. It didn't take me long to think that one up, honest!
A magnificent hundred by Aussie captain Meg Lanning saw the visitors post an imposing total of 259 which proved to be too much for England, who fell well short in the attempt to keep up with the run rate. It was a gorgeous innings, made at a very good rate of over a run a ball with 13 fours.
The bowling from England was a bit off today, the lines and lengths weren't maintained (generally bowled too short) and we gave away too many bad balls. It did feel like Australia were kept down about at least 20 runs or so less than they could have got though, as Villani, Bolton and Perry were all stifled to some extent. This is very worrying as we could have found ourselves chasing 280.
We gave it a go with the bat which was nice to see. The team were well in the game at the halfway stage, with good contributions from Edwards, Knight and Taylor, but unfortunately lost their way in the last quarter of the match as the wickets tumbled to a series of poor shot selections, playing across the line to the unerring Megan Schutt who claimed 4-47, and also Sarah Coyte.
Taylor was given out to a poor LBW decision, for a ball that would have missed a fourth stump. It was going well down leg. The other 2 LBWs were also a bit debatable (Greenway's was straight, but barely pitched on leg stump; Shrubsole's was high on the knee roll and seeming to be going down leg) so England can feel a bit hard done by.
In terms of selection for the last match, it's hard to see what Jones is contributing at the moment. She looks out of her depth in the middle. Winfield would be a better bet. I'd move Elwiss up the order if she's not bowling (her fielding is not too hot either). Likewise, move the aggressive Brunt up to 7 and Knight down to 5 or 6, as she is bowling 9-10 overs and can rebuild or attack as she did in the T20s in New Zealand earlier in the year. Taylor to open for the powerplay. Bowling wise, Shrubsole is looking a bit out of sorts and Grundy looks a worse bowler than Marsh to me at the moment (or Hazell or Wyatt who were puzzlingly left out of the squad) .
Anyway it's now all even in the series, and next up is the game at Worcester on Sunday. I'm not attending any more matches though unfortunately but I will at some stage do another post on the women's ashes later in the summer.
|Bristol is a another beautiful ground to be at and watch cricket|
|Duck and cover|
|"Three Lions On The Shirt!" Sorry, three giant inflatable lions on the boundary|
|Some fielding slip-ups for England in this game!|
|Random: Cameraman in crowd|
|Georgia Elwiss loves playing for England so much, here's a dance she made just to prove it|
|You've gotta love these girls!|
|There's nowt wrong with the bat, Meg. Indeed, it's a centurion!|
|Ellyse Perry with war paint|
|Megan Schutt is a great player to watch. Very aesthetically pleasing|
|Taylor was harshly given out LBW to this ball which was missing leg stump by some margin|
|Please come back Sarah! If she would have stayed, the game could have finished differently|
|Mel Jones interviews Lanning on her century|