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  1. How’s stat?!

    Henry Moeran

    BBC Test Match Special

    Ebony Rainford-Brent told us this morning that no team scoring more than 400 in the first innings of a Women’s Test has lost the game.

  2. Post update

    This was the only bright spot for England today:

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    Video caption: Jonassen caugh by Sciver at gully
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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    England are going to have to bat so, so well, not just for a long time but at a good rate. They will have to score at around five an over.

  4. Molineux finds the boundary with a four

    Here’s that fierce square drive for four by Sophie Molineux:

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    Video caption: Molineux finds the boundary with a four
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    Henry Moeran

    BBC Test Match Special

    We have almost had three ODIs worth of batting in this Australia innings!

    We’ve had 148 overs so far.

  6. drinks-break

    Shrubsole’s off after taking a bit of tap, and England turn to young left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone for the first time today. She’s bowling to another young left-arm spinner called Sophie – and the bowler prevails as Molineux drills the ball straight to a fielder and plays out a maiden. Time for lunch – and the Shipping Forecast.

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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Australia are being a bit more positive, so I just wonder if the declaration might come before lunch now.

  8. Aus 388-6

    Mooney 35, Molineux 14

    This is the 14th successive over for Laura Marsh, who’s bowled unchanged from the River End since before lunch yesterday. The Aussie seventh-wicket pair plunder a couple of singles, although Marsh keeps them tied down for the rest of the over.

    I wonder if they might think about declaring at 400? Get England in for an awkward pre-lunch session?

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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    It’s a tough situation here for England. It’s inevitable Australia are going to declare at some point and as a fielding side you just want to know when that will be.

    The only good thing for England’s batting is they have no left-handers so they should not be troubled by the footmarks.

  10. Lydia’s right – it’s as though a switch has been flicked by Australia in terms of their pro-active intent. Mooney and Molineux are driving more aggressively and hustling through for quick singles. And young Molineux is into double figures as she square-drives for four past the diving Tammy Beaumont at backward point. The close catchers have all disappeared now, although keeper Sarah Taylor is up to the stumps as she’s been all day.

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    Video caption: Molineux finds the boundary with a four
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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    We are just seeing a shift in the intent from Australia, looking to take the English bowlers on. The fielders are sitting quite deep as we don’t have the inner ring circle.

  12. Aus 379-6

    Mooney 32, Molineux 8

    In almost a carbon copy of Molineux’s hoick over mid-on from the last over, Mooney lofts Marsh over deep mid-on, but it’s over the head of Sophie Ecclestone running back, and two runs ensue.

    Then there’s a moment akin to the men’s World Cup final as Anya Shrubsole’s throw to the bowler’s end is not cut off, and the ball disappears for four overthrows. Perhaps wary of the discussions about overthrows since that final, the umpires consult before awarding five runs (rather than six) as the batters had not crossed for the second run when Shrubsole threw the ball in.

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    Isabelle Westbury

    Former Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    There is no doubt we are going to see some exciting cricket later in the day.

  14. Mooney hits Shrubsole for four

    Another one for Beth Mooney’s highlights reel:

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    Video caption: Mooney sends the ball back past the bowler for four
  15. Aus 372-6

    Molineux pulls Shrubsole in the air, it hangs in the air over deep mid-on… but it’s beyond Marsh scampering back, and they run two.

    Shrubsole is wicketless in 20 overs. Not something that often happens in a limited-overs series.

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    Isabelle Westbury

    Former Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Australia have no incentive to go for the jugular. But that is not the Australian way.

  17. Aus 370-6

    Marsh to Mooney, and it’s a maiden over from the canny Kent off-spinner.

    And the church bells are ringing in Taunton – prompting a debate on TMS about whether arranging weddings in the cricket season should be considered bad form…

  18. comments

    hypocaust:With all the talk of how few Tests Ellyse Perry has left to play, worth remembering, as much as we might not want to, that this could be the last innings Katherine Brunt bowls in Test cricket.

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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    England’s fielding has been much better this morning. The only slight disappointment is they didn’t have that on day one.

  20. Aus 370-6

    Mooney 25, Molineux 6

    Despite taking that wicket of Jonassen, Brunt’s off after that four-over burst and England turn back to her new-ball partner Anya Shrubsole. But there are more runs for Australia as Mooney sends the ball back past the bowler, with interest – that’s four. But a good dive from Georgia Elwiss – who misfielded a couple of overs ago – at cover – denies Mooney another likely boundary.

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    Video caption: Mooney sends the ball back past the bowler for four