England v Australia: Women's Ashes Test, day two

Ellyse Perry of Australia bats during the Kia Women's Test Match between England Women and Australia Women at The Cooper Associates County Ground

Ellyse Perry of Australia bats during the Kia Women's Test Match between England Women and Australia Women at The Cooper Associates County Ground

England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson says he feels "good" as he aims to be fit for the Ashes.

With the new ball at their disposal, Australia will attempt to get England out for under 270 on day four in order to enforce the follow on and chase victory.

After resuming on 3-265, with Perry 84 not out and Rachael Haynes 54 not out, the pair went about slowly building to their next milestones.

Haynes further added that she expects Australia to up the performance with the number of wickets in hand on day two.

To compound matters for England, Tammy Beaumont was struck on the hand while fielding at short leg and was taken to hospital for an X-ray.

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This reflects the struggles of the Wallabies , where they have won just 24% of games that they have played in South Africa . History was on South Africa's side heading into the clash having lost just once in the last 10 meetings in Johannesburg.

It was then rain chose to play spoilsport and no further action was possible on Day 2.Earlier, on day one, Australia had won the toss and elected to bat first in an all-important Test that offers four points to the winning side and two points each if drawn.

The Aussies, who had won the preceding three One-Day Internationals to bag six points, didn't get off to the best start as opener Nicole Bolton was removed by Katherine Brunt for 6 off 20.

The only Test witnessed five debutants - Tayla Vlaeminck, Ashleigh Gardner and Sophie Molineux for Australia, and Amy Jones and Kirstie Gordon for England. Soon after Sophie Ecclestone got a major breakthrough for England as she smashed the top of the off-stump of Lanning (57), leaving Australia to 160/3 after 53.1 overs.

With so much focus on Perry, former captain Haynes had quietly made her way closer to a maiden Test ton, but she was unable to improve on her 98 on debut back in 2009. "I think it was an wonderful final and the reaction to it has been phenomenal", he added.

It is the second consecutive Test that Perry has surpassed 100.

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