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    Mel Jones

    Ex-Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    That ball seemed to gather pace as it went down the hill to the boundary.

  2. Kate Cross goes back of a length but it’s straight enough for Alyssa Healy to clip away, the ball running away quickly enough to prevent Nat Sciver cutting it off before it hits the fence.

  3. Aus 5-0

    Kate Cross opens from the other end. Sarah Taylor is up to the stumps.

    And oof, Cross just about misses the outside edge of Alyssa Healy’s bat first up.

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    Mel Jones

    Ex-Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    If you get yourself set in, then I think there are runs on offer on this pitch. It might be a little early to say but the ball does seem to be coming on very nicely.

  5. Aus 5-0

    Alyssa Healy taps a single and fellow opener Nicole Bolton leaves her first delivery outside off.

  6. Aus 4-0

    That’s better! A massive in-ducker from Anya Shrubsole, full and onto Alyssa Healy’s pads.

    Big appeal – not given. That swung so much it was going down leg. Absolutely hooping.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    That is too much width to Alyssa Healy – she leapt all over that!

  8. Aus 4-0

    Short and wide from Shrubsole and Healy batters a cut shot in front of point for four. Poor ball, got the treatment.

  9. Aus 0-0

    Anya Shrubsole with new ball in hand to Alyssa Healy first up.

    Bit of shape in and Healy defends into the off side.

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    Henry Moeran

    BBC Test Match Special

    This feels like a bigger occasion today.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    If I’m honest, I think Australia have worked England’s batting out. Amy Jones has been worked out a little technically, we’ve seen Heather Knight struggle, and because of that, they feel they need an extra batter. This might be the move that gives them that bit of confidence down the line.

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    Isabelle Westbury

    Former Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    The one thing I will say is England have overturned a 4-0 deficit before. They lost the first two ODIs in the last Women’s Ashes series. The key there was three of their top four scored about 250 runs between them. They will need that again today.

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    BBC Test Match Special

    Heather Knight on Katherine Brunt’s injury:“That ankle injury hasn’t settled down, so she won’t play today. We’ve got myself, Danni Wyatt and Natalie Sciver who can pick up her overs and we feel like that number seven role can be really important to us.”

  15. Teams

    England make one change as bowler Katherine Brunt is out with the ankle injury she picked up in the second ODI – wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor returns for the hosts to take the gloves from Amy Jones.

    England XI:Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor (wkt), Heather Knight (capt), Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Marsh, Kate Cross.

    Australia are unchanged.

    Australia XI:Alyssa Healy (wkt), Nicole Bolton, Meg Lanning (capt), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.

    Anya Shrubsole

    Copyright: Reuters

  16. TMS on air

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    And theTest Match Specialteam are indeed now on air.

    Tune in by clicking the play icon at the top of this page.

    The team today: Alison Mitchell, Daniel Norcross, Izzy Westbury, Mel Jones, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway and statistician Phil Long.

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    Australia captain Meg Lanning:“We weren’t too bothered [about the result of the toss]. It’s a really good batting wicket, it’s not going to change throughout the day and hopefully we start well.

    “We feel like we have room for improvement with the bat.

    “It’s a massive game, England are a great side and we have to play extremely well and that starts with the bat.”

  19. ‘We need to be smarter’

    England captain Heather Knight: “It looks like a very good pitch, I don’t think it’ll change to much. We don’t want to change how we’ve gone and I think bowling is the best option today. We’ve planned for all their bowlers and it was slow wicket last match. We knew we didn’t get to the total we wanted to. We need to be a little bit smarter, but we know we’re not far away.”

  20. England win the toss & bowl

    Heather Knight won the toss a little while ago and elected to bowl first this time.

    Will England fare better chasing?