Sutherland’s ton brings Ashes triumph nearly inside grasp


Annabel Sutherland has change into the youngest Australian girl to attain a Check century in additional than 30 years, after serving to her group take cost towards England.

Sutherland introduced up her maiden Check ton simply earlier than lunch on day two of the Ashes Check, with Australia 8-439 and firmly accountable for the match.

One of many sport’s rising stars lately, Sutherland has loved her most interesting hour at Trent Bridge after going to lunch 116 not out.

After serving to Australia stabalise from a minor collapse of 3-12 on Thursday night, Sutherland has scored at near a run a ball on Friday.

She has hit 15 boundaries in her knock, together with the 4 by midwicket off England debutante Lauren Filer that introduced up her ton.

At age 21, Sutherland is the youngest Australian since Belinda Clarke in 1991 to attain a Check century.

She can also be the third youngest Australian in historical past, with Julie Stockton the one different to do it at a youthful age in 1979.

Sutherland’s hundred is the quickest by an Australian in ladies’s Check historical past, and likewise by a participant strolling out at No.8.

However there is no such thing as a doubt the right-hander is able to batting greater than that, together with her second century in a row in red-ball video games after additionally scoring 116 in a warm-up match towards England A.

She has dealt with star spinner Sophie Ecclestone (3-110) beautifully in Nottingham, not afraid to take her on when the possibility offered itself whereas additionally enjoying the quicks properly by the legside.

The one likelihood she provided earlier than lunch got here instantly after passing 100, when she slashed exhausting at a ball exterior off and narrowly evaded Heather Knight within the slips.

Sutherland may additionally thank debutante Kim Garth for serving to her get there, preventing by 56 balls to be 14 not out after Alana King additionally contributed 21.

A win within the five-day ladies’s Check would push Australia in direction of retention of the ladies’s Ashes, with the match value 4 factors earlier than three ODIs and three T20s every value two.