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Last Updated: Friday, 15 February 2008, 08:03 GMT
England women make strong start
Women's Test, Bowral, day one (close):
Australia 154 v England 22-0

Isa Guha
Guha's five-wicket haul was her first in a Test match

Seam bowler Isa Guha took 5-40 as England made an excellent start to the women's Ashes Test against Australia.

The home side were bowled out for just 154 in Bowral after being put in by England skipper Charlotte Edwards.

Guha's figures were her best in a Test and she was well supported by Nicky Shaw, who claimed 2-18 from 19 overs.

England needed a solid start in reply and openers Caroline Atkins and Beth Morgan provided it, surviving 15 overs to see the team to 22-0 at stumps.

The day did not begin well for the tourists, who had to go into the four-day game without key all-rounder Jenny Gunn after she failed a fitness test on her injured shoulder.

But Shaw and Guha made a fine start with the new ball, the latter clean-bowling Alex Blackwell with only her second delivery.

Guha went on to add the wickets of Lisa Sthalekar, Shelley Nitschke, debutante Kirsten Pike and, crucially, Australia's captain Karen Rolton for 34.

It was gutting to lose Jenny, but the way all the bowlers responded, especially Isa, was a great effort

Charlotte Edwards, England captain

Australia could ill afford the run out of Ellyse Perry run out for 21 - Perry, at 17 years and 104 days, having become the youngest ever Australian Test player, male or female, surpassing Ian Craig who was 17 years and 239 days old when he made his debut.

England rattled through the lower order after tea as Laura Marsh had Leonie Coleman taken at mid-wicket, top scorer Kate Blackwell was run out for 45 and Shaw had Sarah Andrews caught behind.

Fittingly, however, the final wicket went to Guha, who bowled Pike for 10.

Australia's bowlers strove hard for a breakthrough before the close, but Atkins (14) and Morgan (seven) kept them at bay to round off a magnificent day for their team, who are seeking to retain the Women's Ashes trophy they won in 2005.

  • England captain Charlotte Edwards:
    "It was gutting to lose Jenny, but the way all the bowlers responded, especially Isa, was a great effort. We know Australia are going to come back at us hard, but we're up for the challenge."

  • England's Isa Guha:
    "I'm obviously delighted to take five wickets. It's nice to be back in the side and taking wickets for my country. We're well aware that it's only day one and we've got another nine sessions to perform well in. Roll on tomorrow."

  • Australia's Kate Blackwell:
    "There weren't any demons in the pitch early. We just didn't bat well, but we're still in it. A few quick wickets tomorrow will really put us in the game. We are still very excited about this match and we'll come out all guns blazing tomorrow."

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