Debutant Mooney makes her own history at the Ashes
ELLYSE Perry may have stolen the show but Hervey Bay's Beth Mooney made her own history in the Women's Ashes Test.
Mooney, who played her junior cricket for Cavaliers, became the 172nd woman to represent her country in Test cricket. England elected to bat first in the Day-Night Test at North Sydney Oval.
Tammy Beaumont (70) and Heather Knight (62) propelled the visitors to 280.
Australian openers Mooney and Nicole Bolton exercised extreme patience with the bat in hand. Bolton was eventually dismissed for 24 from 70 balls, while Mooney, who scored 27 runs from 102 balls, was caught by Natalie Sciver off Sophie Ecclestone's bowling.
Perry hit 26 boundaries and a six on her way to an unbeaten 213 off 374 balls.
Her historic knock was the highest-ever scored by an Australian woman in a Test match, the third highest of any player in women's Test history, the highest unbeaten total and also the highest on Australian soil.
Mooney did not feature in the three One Day Internationals, but could add to her 13 Twenty20 Internationals next week.