Women's Ashes: Anya Shrubsole and Danielle Hazell made to toil as England draw warm-up match

 

Colin Crompton
Wednesday 08 January 2014 00:53
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England captain Charlotte Edwards (left) and Anya Shrubsole celebrate the wicket of Australia’s Alyssa Healy
England captain Charlotte Edwards (left) and Anya Shrubsole celebrate the wicket of Australia’s Alyssa Healy

Anya Shrubsole claimed three wickets but England women could only draw their two-day Ashes warm-up match against Australia A in Perth.

The pace bowler finished with figures of 3 for 35 and off-spinner Danielle Hazell also took two wickets at the Floreat Oval as Australia A closed on 301 for 7 in reply to England's 386 all out.

"It was quite a tough day but getting overs under our belt is obviously a good thing before the Test match," said Hazell.

"I enjoyed the challenge of trying to get wickets, with the batters not being as aggressive. The pitch was pretty flat and I think the Waca [the venue for the Test] will be quite similar with maybe a little more pace.

"It has been a good two days," she added. "It is something we needed and we're now really looking forward to the Waca, which should be a great occasion."

The multi-format women's Ashes series starts on Friday with the only Test, followed by three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s. Six points are awarded for a Test win and two points for each ODI and T20. England won last year's home series 12-4.

PA

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