Women's Ashes: England start superbly but let advantage slip as Meg Lanning shines on day one

England started day one by reducing their opponents to four from two, but the hosts fought back to end on 327 for seven.

After two T20 matches were washed out this month, England and Australia swapped to red ball cricket on Wednesday night for the only Test of the women's Ashes.

Taking place in Canberra, Heather Knight's side won the toss and elected Australia to bat first - a decision that was quickly proved to be right when the tourists reduced their opponents to four from two.

Both teams have recently pointed towards their lack of preparation time for the Test, and it took a while for both sides to adjust. But, the experienced duo of Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes managed to show their experience and settle down.

They shared a stand of 169, with Lanning hitting 93 from 170, including 13 fours.

Haynes also went on to make 86, but England were left regretting missed opportunities, with both Haynes and Lanning dropped at 44 and 14 respectively.

In the end, England's bowler-heavy lineup relied on Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt, with both ending day one with three wickets each.

England looked as though they might restore their early momentum after finally dismissing Haynes and Lanning within the space of four balls, but Australia found another stubborn partnership in Ashleigh Gardner (56) and Tahlia McGrath (52).

As they entered the final hour, Brunt finally claimed the wicket of Gardner, and Sophia Dunkley was handed a great opportunity with just five overs remaining but dropped McGrath, allowing her to reach her maiden Test half-century.

She was finally caught on the last ball of the day, with Amy Jones rounding off day one with five catches behind the stumps.

England will now chase a total of 327 on Thursday night, with the action set to start at 23:00pm GMT.

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