Sophie Ecclestone is delighted to be back in the rhythm of bowling.

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Sophie Ecclestone is delighted to be back in the rhythm of bowling.

Sophie Ecclestone, England’s women’s spinner, was relieved to get back into bowling rhythm in the one-off Test against India at Bristol.

On the morning of day three, Ecclestone took four for 88 as the tourists lost their final five wickets rapidly and were bowled for 231 before being asked to follow-on by Heather Knight.

Shafali Verma then hit her second half-century of the match as India reached 83 for the second time before the day’s play was cut short due to rain.

Ecclestone took a wicket with her first ball of the day and added two more on day two as India went from 167 for no loss to being bowled out before lunch.

When the tourists batted again, Verma once again showed her worth, looking at ease at the crease as she went undefeated on 55 from 68 balls, including 11 fours.

“I guess it’s been a long since I’ve played a Test match, so it’s just getting back into it, and it’s a strange circumstance compared to what I’m accustomed to,” Ecclestone remarked.

“It’s just getting back into a rhythm, and once I did, getting a first wicket with my first delivery this morning helped me relax more – so getting that first wicket was helpful.”

Verma, who had hit 96 in the first innings, looked to be in command and had made 41 when she pushed Kate Cross behind for a half-chance, but neither wicketkeeper Amy Jones nor first slip could get a hand to it.

“I think it’s always exciting when Shafali and I play together in any format of the game. I think it’s intriguing when it comes to T20, and I think she’s been fantastic in T20, so bowling at her is a lot of fun.

“You never know what’s going to happen with her; you never know if you’re going to get smacked over the top or if she’s going to miss one, so it’s a lot of fun bowling at her and a good competition for me.”

Rain. (This is a brief piece.)

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