Australia's Annabel Sutherland breaks 23-year record in South Africa Test

The 22-year-old unleashes 27 fours and two sixes in Perth as the hosts deliver an emphatic batting display in their first innings


Annabel Sutherland hit the fastest double century in women's Tests as Australia took apart South Africa in Perth.

The 22-year-old went to 200 in 248 deliveries on day two of the one-off game at the WACA.

Countrywoman Karen Rolton (306) had previously held the record set back in 2001 against England at Headingley.

Only India's Mithali Raj, who was 19 when she struck 214 against England in 2002, has reached the landmark at a young age.

Sutherland, who took three wickets during South Africa's first innings, motored through the landmarks as tea approached on day two. Ten short of a double hundred, she hit Nadine de Klerk for three fours in the final over prior to the break before taking in the approval of the assembled crowd.

She is the fifth Australian woman to achieve the feat but was ultimately unable to surpass Elysse Perry's 213 at North Sydney when England were also the opponents.

Finally dismissed for 210 by Chloe Tryon, Kiran Baluch's all-time leading score of 242 from 2004 also remains.


Sutherland, who resumed the day on 54, cruised through the landmarks (Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Sutherland added to her maiden Test century made during last summer's Ashes series (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The knock came as Australia produced a dominant reply to South Africa being dismissed for 76 in their first innings on day one.

They accumulated the highest total in women's Tests, eventually declaring on 575 for 9.

Beth Mooney hit 78, captain Alyssa Healy made 99 and Ashleigh Gardner chimed in with 65 as the hosts went past the 569 for 6 declared they made against England at Guildford in 1998.

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