Sarah Elliott was unbeaten on 95 as Australia made a commanding start to the Ashes Test against England at Wormsley.
The Victorian Spirit player came to the crease with Australia 17-1 in this one-off Test and by the close the visitors had reached 243-3.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat, but a fine bowling spell by Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole restricted the visitors to just one run in the first five overs.
However, Rachael Haynes appeared to be getting into her rhythm with consecutive boundaries off Shrubsole before the Englishwoman bowled her for just 10.
Elliott came to the crease to join Meg Lanning and the pair had moved the score on to 87, only for the latter to be run out having made 48, including eight boundaries.
Elliott was then joined by Jess Cameron and although there was some tight bowling from England, there was no sign of a breakthrough.
Cameron opened up and had found the boundaries on 10 occasions when she was lbw to Laura Marsh after reaching her half century.
The pair had put on 80 and Australia were 167-3.
Alex Blackwell joined the action and by the close had made a very cautious 29 off 119 deliveries, sharing a stand of 76 with Elliott who had already hit 13 boundaries.