Australia Test debutant Jess Jonassen thwarts England progress after seamer Anya Shrubsole stars with the ball

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Test debutant Jess Jonassen restricted England’s progress on the opening day of the Women’s Ashes Test at Canterbury by scoring an unbeaten 95 and leading Australia’s recovery from a perilous position yesterday.

Seamer Anya Shrubsole claimed the first four Australian wickets to fall as England reduced the tourists to 87-4 and then 99-5 after the tourists had progressed to a position of strength at 66-0.

But Queensland all-rounder Jonassen shared half-century partnerships with Alyssa Healy and fellow debutant Kristen Beams to guide Australia to 268-8 at the close.

England trail Australia by four points to two in the seven-match series, having lost the one-day series 2-1, although four points will be awarded to the winners of the Test, with three Twenty20s to follow.