'Didn't even see it': Perry takes freak no-look catch


So important is Sarah Taylor's wicket to Australia's hopes of retaining the Ashes, Ellyse Perry admits she would take it any way she can get it.

But not even she could imagine something as "embarrassing" as Thursday's momentum-turning caught-and-bowled that sent England to stumps on day-one of the pink-ball Test at 7-235.

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With Taylor looking set on 29 and England in a good position at 5-226, the veteran drilled a full ball back at Perry which collected the Australian's arm in her follow through and bounced onto her chest and allowed her to take a catch.

"I just slipped a little bit in some footmarks on that delivery and my head went down," Perry, who was still in hysterics after play, said.

"I lost all sight of it. I think it was a pretty hideous delivery, I didn't even see it. Then I looked up and the lights were a little bit in my eyes.

She didn't even see it until it hit her. Image: Cricket Network

"The first time I spotted the ball was pretty much just before it hit my arm. Then rather embarrassingly I managed to catch it.

"Being Sarah Taylor you'll happily get her out anyway possible. But I don't think it had anything to do with my skill or ability that wicket. It was pure luck."

Fluke or not, it exposed England's tail and allowed debutante Tahlia McGrath to claim another scalp before Fran Wilson and Anya Shrubsole were forced to hold on until stumps.

Perry had also earlier claimed the wicket of Georgia Elwiss (27) when she tried to pull the Australian allrounder but only succeeded in skying the ball to square leg.

Perry celebrates a wicket. Image: Getty

It came after Australia's spinners were forced to make their way through England's top order with a ball that offered little assistance to the quicks in the daylight.

Jess Jonnasen (2-52) and Amanda Wellington (1-56) claimed the key wickets of Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont in the middle session after they put on a 104-run second wicket partnership.

Debutante Wellington got her maiden Test wicket when she drew Beaumont forward with a drifting and dipping legspinner that found the opener's edge and had her caught at first slip for 70.

Beaumont had played well all over the ground until that point, but it was the kind of ball that befitted comparisons between Wellington and Shane Warne.

The more experienced Jonnasen also claimed two lbws to balls that may have just clipped leg stump.

The first sent Taylor on her way for 62 when she misjudged a sweep shot, before Natalie Sciver (18) became the first of four wickets to fall in the final session when she played back to a ball that skidded on.