Australia miss chance to impose follow-up as England captain Heather Knight digs | Canberra time

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Australia would have imposed the sequel at Manuka Oval on Friday, had it not been for Heather Knight’s unbeaten century, which might have saved the English campaign from the Ashes. The visitors fell to 8-169 as Knight’s troops fell around her, and still needed 18 runs to avoid the follow-up when Sophie Ecclestone came into the crease, but Australia weren’t in able to achieve the two breakthroughs that would have enabled them to send the visitors. “We really struggled to keep up,” said Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry. “I don’t know if it was particularly obvious but our settings on the pitch changed a lot. We did everything we could out there to force the sequel, especially with the two spinners on both sides and a lot of receivers around the bat. “It was not for lack of effort, but I thought that partnership with Ecclestone and Knight at the end just brought some momentum back to England. “We will definitely try to move the game forward [on Saturday]. Crucially, we probably need enough time to take another 12 wickets – I think we need at least a day. fight we show should be an example of what this means to us,” said England veteran Katherine Brunt. “The last hour of this has been absolutely brilliant in terms of giving some hope for us.”