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England women face tough final day to retain Ashes
24 January 11 10:52 GMT
Australia fast bowler Rene Farrell took a hat-trick on day three of the Test against England to give her side a great chance of regaining the Ashes.
Farrell (5-23) took four wickets in five balls to reduce England to 95-7 in their second innings in Sydney.
Holly Colvin and Isa Guha then put on 41 to help England reach 149, leaving Australia 198 to regain the urn.
Katherine Brunt dismissed Rachael Haynes to give England a vital wicket but Australia reached 29-1 at stumps.
England started the day on 9-0 but lost Caroline Atkins to Farrell in the first over.
Heather Knight also departed early on before Lydia Greenway was run out - the first of three England players to be dismissed in that manner.
Captain Charlotte Edwards and Jenny Gunn rebuilt the innings with a partnership of 57 before Farrell took centre stage.
Farrell had Gunn caught at first slip with the fifth ball of her 11th over.
She then trapped Edwards leg before with the first ball of her 12th over, bowled Brunt off an inside edge and then snared Danielle Hazell lbw to secure the historic hat-trick.
However, Colvin dug in to get her highest Test score of 21 as she and Guha grabbed crucial late-order runs.
But both were run-out and the innings came to a close on 149, for a lead of 197.
Farrell was clearly delighted after her outstanding display and believes her side stand a great chance of regaining the Ashes.
"Winning the Twenty20 World Cup last year was a massive highlight but this sits up there very high on the list and I'll remember it for a long time," she said.
"The girls asked me what I was thinking before the hat-trick and I just said what we had been saying all Test and that's to take it one ball at a time.
"I wanted to bowl it nice and straight and make her play and I was lucky to get the lbw and it's a great feeling now and to also finish with a five-for was nice.
"I love celebrating any wicket for Australia and if we can pull this win off we'll be celebrating a great win."
However, England batter Gunn believes her team-mates have the talent and experience to come through and retain the Ashes.
"We have runs on board so the pressure is on them to perform," she said.
"It was good to build a partnership with Charlotte in the middle and Holly and Isa made a good contribution later on.
"We picked up a wicket with the new ball and have another shot with it in the morning. A couple of wickets and the pressure is all on them."
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