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Thursday, 13 February, 2003, 09:23 GMT
Greenway impresses on debut
Teenager Lydia Greenway staked her claim for a place in the England Test side with an innings of 88 in their sole warm-up game before the Women's Ashes series in Australia.

The 17-year-old from Kent top scored as England totalled 202 in their first innings in a two-day game against an Australian Youth XI at the Allan Border Oval in Brisbane.

"I felt very comfortable and it was good to play some shots. Hopefully, I'll get the chance to step up and face the Australia senior team," Greenway commented.

England then dismissed the home side for 131, with off-spinner Laura Harper taking five for 30, and reached 44 for two in their second innings before the match came to an end.

"This was excellent preparation for the first Test match," said captain Clare Connor.

"I'm sure the Australian senior team will be more competitive, but the experience has been good for some of our young players like Lydia and Laura, who have an essence of the longer form of the game."

The first Test starts at The Gabba on Saturday, with the second and final Test following on 22 February at the Bankstown Oval.

England have not beaten Australia in a women's Test since December 1984, when they won by five runs in Adelaide.

They lost both Tests on home soil in 2001, but ended the recent World Series one-day tournament with two morale-boosting victories over India.

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