The Ashes 2023: Tammy Beaumont’s century hangs in the balance
On day two of the one-off Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge, Tammy Beaumont’s maiden Test century spearheaded England’s impressive batting comeback.
England concluded the day on 218-2, in response to Australia’s 473. Beaumont was unbeaten on 100.
Heather Knight, Jos Buttler, and Dawid Malan are the only England players who have scored century in all three versions of the game.
The visitors were driven by number eight Annabel Sutherland’s stunning 137 as Sophie Ecclestone took a Test career-best 5-129 for England.
As Knight’s seamers struggled to create chances on a flat ground, England were frustrated by a ninth-wicket partnership of 95 between Sutherland and Kim Garth, who made 22.
Australia’s first-innings total of 473 is the highest in women’s Test match history, but England started energetically and did not back down, even after losing Emma Lamb for 10 in the 10th over.
Knight struck 57 in a 115-run stand with Beaumont as Australia’s bowlers, despite having two more spinners than England, were defeated.
Beaumont was given a reprieve on 61 when Australia decided not to review a catch, despite replays showing she struck the ball on to her boot before being caught at short leg.
When England begin play on day three, she will be joined by all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt, who added an entertaining 41 from 44 balls.