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UPDATE: England bit back in the final overs of the day to have Australia reeling at 2-9 in reply to the visitors’ first innings score of 201 on stumps of day one of the Ashes Test at the WACA Ground today.

Australia bowled England out in the 92nd over of the opening day after the tourists won the toss and opted to bat, with their final six wickets falling for under 50 runs.

Quicks Rene Farrell (4-43) and Ellyse Perry (3-41) did most of the damage for Australia, as the visitors slumped from 4-153 to all out with only 20 minutes of play remaining in the day.

Australian openers Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani had to survive just six overs before stumps, but never looked comfortable as English strike bowler Anya Shrubsole dismissed both women cheaply.

Villani, who was preferred over WA captain Nicole Bolton to open the batting, was out for four after facing just five balls on Test debut.

She managed one elegant drive through cover before departing to leave Australia 1-8 with three overs to face.

The naturally aggressive Lanning had just two balls left to face in the day when she was caught behind playing at a Shrubsole delivery.

Jess Cameron, who is yet to face a ball, and Sarah Elliot (0 not out) will be at the crease when play gets underway tomorrow morning.

The English face a tough task in field, with temperatures expected to climb towards 45C.

Earlier, English captain Charlotte Edwards and fellow opener Heather Knight made a positive start, moving to 0-28 before rising star Holly Ferling was introduced removed Knight caught behind for 14.

Perry claimed Sarah Taylor with the first ball of the next over lbw for just one before Sarah Coyte trapped Edwards lbw for 17 four overs later as the visitors slumped to 3-32.

New batters Arran Brindle and Lydia Greenway then built a solid partnership for the next 14 overs, adding 37 runs without loss to go to lunch at 3-69.

The pair built their partnership to 64 after the lunch before Greenway (22) was bowled by Perry.

Test debutant Natalie Sciver joined Brindle at the crease, with the pair combining for another 50-run partnership.

Farrell was brought on for a three-over spell before tea and struck with the final ball before the break, bowling Brindle (68).

Jennifer Gunn lasted just three balls before Farrell had her caught at gully without adding to the score to take England to 6-154.

The bowlers toiled for another 16 overs before Coyte had Sciver caught down the leg side just one run from her half century.

Katherine Brunt was the eighth wicket to fall thanks to a brilliant catch from Alex Blackwell at gully off the bowling of Farrell.

She was followed two overs later by Shrubsole, who went lbw from a searing Perry yorker.

Danielle Hazell(15) showed the most resistance, but finally went after smashing a Farrell delivery straight to Villani at mid wicket to end the English innings.

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