DRS drama bites Aussies as England star responds to Sutherland’s record century in batting-dominated day

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Annabel Sutherland of Australia celebrates reaching her century during day two of the LV= Insurance Women's Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge on June 23, 2023 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Annabel Sutherland has become the youngest woman in history to hit an Ashes Test century but Australia’s party on day two at Trent Bridge was crashed by an English fightback.

England went to stumps on Friday night at 2-218, with Tammy Beaumont firing her way to an unbeaten 100 late in the day to lead the hosts’ response to Australia’s 473.

That has left the game firmly in the balance, with both teams seeking a win to start the multi-format series ahead of the six white-ball fixtures

It also took some of the spotlight off Sutherland’s feats, after the allrounder hit 137 not out batting at No.8 and then took the first wicket of Emma Lamb for 10.

After initially stabilising the innings when she arrived following a collapse of 3-12 on Thursday evening, Sutherland took charge on Friday.

She hit 16 boundaries in her knock and one big six, when she took on England’s star spinner Sophie Ecclestone late in the innings and hit her over the legside.

The way she played Ecclestone was a feature of her innings, given the English spinner claimed the first five-wicket haul of her career with 5-128.

At age 21, Sutherland is the youngest

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