Irrepressible Perry eyes another Test century

 os.nine.com.au  07/18/2019 21:51:17   AAP

Ellyse Perry is eyeing a second Test century after putting Australia in a commanding position at stumps on the first day of the women's Ashes Test in Taunton.

Perry, who hit an unbeaten double century in the last Ashes Test in 2017, will begin day two on 84, alongside Rachael Haynes (54 not out) after the two put on an unbroken 105-run stand to take their total to 3-265 on Thursday.

The Australia allrounder has slipped seamlessly into Test mode, being content to wait for bad balls to punish and stealthily pushing her side into an irrepressible position.

Perry, Haynes guide Aussies to stumps

"Sometimes she looks like she's playing a different game but I thought she batted with really good tempo today and was patient at the right times and she just played really well through the line of the ball," Haynes said.

"Not too much flusters her and she looks in really good control.

"She's a pretty difficult batter to bowl to and she doesn't give too much away so I hope she can go on and get herself a hundred."

Healy brings up 50

Earlier, Alyssa Healy (58) and Meg Lanning (57) both fell after posting their first Test half-centuries, following the latter winning the toss and opting to bat.

Healy was brutal on anything too short or full, hitting 12 boundaries before missing a straight delivery from spinner Kirstie Gordon (1-53) that clipped her leg stump.

Although less fluent than Healy and fortunate to be dropped on 26 by her opposite number Heather Knight, Lanning took the score beyond the 150-mark before being bowled by a quicker delivery from Sophie Ecclestone (1-64).

Healy's opening partner, Nicole Bolton (6), fell first to Katherine Brunt (1-30) after a ball squeezed past the outside of her bat and hit the top of off stump.

Lanning brings up 50, out

England, who may well rue a bad toss to lose, were cursing their fortune once more when Tammy Beaumont was struck on the left thumb while fielding at short leg in the first session, leading to her being sent for scans in the afternoon.

England quick Anya Shrubsock expects Beaumont to be able to bat, whenever they get the opportunity.

"She copped a nasty one on the thumb there," Shrubsock said.

"I'm sure she'll be fine. She's a tough girl and I'm not sure there will be too much stopping her getting out there with bat in hand.

"If we can ... get some early wickets we'll be back in the game."

Before the start of play, three new baggy greens were handed out to debutants fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck and spinners Ashleigh Gardner and Sophie Molineux.

Amy Jones and Gordon of England also donned the whites for their country for the first time.

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