Australian Women Bring Their A-Game
English bowler Jenny Gunn’s only reprise after having been beaten by Australia during the second ODI of the Women’s Ashes was that England had not been playing their best cricket yet. No fewer than four Australian batsmen moved passed the 50 mark, with captain Rachel Haynes managing a thrilling 89 runs out of only 56 balls. Alyssa Healy (56), Nicole Bolton (66) and Elysse Perry (67) were all short on their skipper’s heals.
Perry and Haynes really took the battle to the England bowlers, managing to find the boundary with uncanny precision each and every time when it truly mattered. Perry ended up being one of the three final wickets to be taken by Jenny Gunn, but not before the partnership with Haynes had stuck it to the English as a self-imposed punishment for some really relaxed field-work that involved dropping a caught and bowled chance.
Rain The Great Divider
After a short break due to rain, England got off to a slow start with Lauren Winfield (2) sent off for a lbw by Schutt in the very first over. Another brief pause as a result of the rain only complicated things further for England, who were no pressed to set a revised target for the match. Without much further ado, Schutt managed to remove Beaumont (8), Knight (36) and Sarah Taylor (26). This translated to England having lost 3 wickets in the very short space of 3 overs.
Wilson and Brunt sought to lessen the damage by scoring 37 and 52 runs respectively but it was a question of too little too late for the English who were eventually all out for a measly 209 during the 43rd over.
This means that Australia now only need 4 more points out of a possible 12 in order to tighten their grip on the trophy.
The Civil War Continues
Meanwhile away from the field, a war of another colour threatens to continue as we now brace ourselves for the after-effects of a very one sided pay disputes affair. All throughout the struggle to reach an agreement, the situation was portrayed as being a dispute. The truth of the matter however, is that it can only be declared a true dispute if both sides have their demands met. In the case of the Australian pay squabble, it was rather a matter of one side pressing an agenda and the other side merely scramming not to have the particular agenda imposed on them.
The latest movement in the aftermath is one that threatens to re-open the argument that almost saw cricket crippled on the continent and the only positive solution seems to be that eventually all those working at Cricket Australia should be made not to work there anymore.
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