CricketAshleigh Gardner puts Australia in driving seat, Ecclestone celebrates 10-fer in a test match
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Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner showcased her exceptional skills in the lone Women’s Ashes Test, leaving England in a tough spot as they struggled to chase down a target at Trent Bridge. The fourth day of the match proved to be a thrilling affair, with a total of 15 wickets falling and Gardner playing a pivotal role in Australia’s advantage.

By the end of play on Sunday, England had reached a score of 116-5, still requiring 152 runs to achieve their target of 268 on the final day. Ashleigh Gardner, who had already taken four wickets in the first innings, continued her impressive form by adding three more wickets to her tally, effectively dismantling England’s top order.

Ashleigh Gardner bowling on Day 4 // Getty Images


Among the victims of Gardner’s remarkable bowling were key players, including Tammy Beaumont, who had scored a double-century in the first innings. Gardner’s bowling figures of 3-33 in nine overs put Australia in a commanding position. She also dismissed all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt and England captain Heather Knight before stumps were called.

As the final day approaches, England will heavily rely on the unbeaten Danni Wyatt, who managed to score 20 runs, as well as nightwatch Kate Cross, who is yet to score, to lead their chase for victory.

10 wickets haul for Sophie Ecclestone in a test match


Earlier in the match, England’s left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone displayed her prowess by securing her second five-wicket haul of the Test. With exceptional match figures of 10-192 from 77.1 overs, Ecclestone solidified her position as the top-ranked bowler in the world.

With just five more wickets needed, Australia is edging closer to securing victory in the Women’s Ashes Test. The pressure will now be on England’s remaining batsmen to mount a successful chase, while Australia’s bowlers will aim to maintain their dominance and claim the crucial wickets needed for triumph.

Australia Women scored 257 in the third innings; Beth Mooney topped with 85 (168) // Getty Images


The final day promises an enthralling conclusion to this closely contested Test match, leaving fans eagerly awaiting the outcome of this high-stakes encounter.