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Australia brushed aside England for 129 runs to make a perfect start in the second ODI, with three wickets from Ellyse Perry and Tahlia McGrath and a pair of stellar catches stealing the show.
There was a first highlight in the form of a howl of a catch from Alyssa Healy that sent England flyhalf Tammy Beaumont on her way.
But Lanning tried and could have easily outplayed her teammate with a great hold to dismiss Danni Wyatt.
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Healy’s hold came after an outbound ball from Ellyse Perry headed straight for the top of Beaumont’s stump, forcing her to fire.
But it didn’t go the way she would have liked, swerving off her bat side and into the outstretched right glove of a sprawling Healy.
“Oh, what a take from Healy,” remarked commentator Brenton Speed.
“Kind of plucked, get rid of Beaumont, it’s part of the catch of the summer.
“Great from the keeper.”
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It didn’t look like Healy would be overwhelmed, but Lanning had other ideas, with a weak diving effort to see England crumble to 6-67.
“Stop it. Anyone watching this will be absolutely amazed,” Isa Guha said in a comment.
“It was an absolute stunner, maybe even the hook of the series.”
It capped off what had been a brilliant start to action on Sunday from Lanning’s side.
Australia managed to limit England to 40 points at the end of the power play, with Lauren Winfield-Hill still in the middle after giving the Poms a strong start.
That was until Alana King struck with just his third delivery of the match, with England’s first game in lbw for 24 points.
“You were talking about the ability to attack the stumps, threatening the front pad here,” Alex Blackwell said in a comment.
“It’s a perfect line and length,” Erin Osborne added of King’s performance.
“She has her tail up now and will settle into her spell.”
A series of point balls then saw Nat Sciver easily give up the next wicket after sending the ball high for a single catch, leaving England 3-57 after 17.2 overs.
Only a few overs later, skipper Heather Knight was fired after Australia successfully overhauled an lbw decision, although Meg Lanning didn’t have much support at first.
“What a day the captain is having,” Speed said in a comment.
“Bowler wasn’t interested, the keeper wasn’t interested. Meg Lanning said, “Wait a minute, that was straight up,” consults with a few teammates and the opposing captain is off.”
There was no doubt about the next wicket, even if England decided to see it again, with Perry striking again and trapping Sophia Dunkley lbw.
“Perry is back strong, his second wicket of the day,” Speed said.
England squandered their final exam in a desperate bid to regain momentum but now find themselves in a deep hole.
Perry again pounced for his third wicket of the game in the form of Charlie Dean.
Sophie Ecclestone and Amy Jones combined for a 39-point partnership before Tahlia McGrath finally broke the pair to secure Australia’s eighth wicket.
McGrath hit a few more balls later to put Kate Cross aside for a duck.
The final nail was hammered into the coffin by McGrath, brushing aside Anya Shrubsole (7) with ease, handing Alyssa Healy another hold behind the stumps.
The Australians are looking to claim an outright victory in the series and pile more misery on their bitterest rival in the second ODI of the Ashes.
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt
England: Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Sophia Dunkley, Amy Jones (wk), Danni Wyatt, Charlie Dean, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole
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