By the time Sophie Ecclestone followed up her three-wicket haul with a deserved maiden five-for with a sharp return catch off Darcie Brown, England needed a marathon batting effort to stay in the Test.
After what seemed like an age, up stepped Beaumont, punching through the covers with gusto, her body language suggesting England would fancy their chances on a flat pitch with a new ball.
Sutherland, however, was only just getting started. Buoyed by her explosive innings, the youngster then teased an outside edge off Emma Lamb, who could only manage 10 from 32 balls before she was caught by Jess Jonassen.
Knight executed a fine reverse sweep to the boundary and followed up with another for four, before Gardner floated in a teaser that extracted turn and bounce with England’s captain feathering it through to Healy, departing for 57.
Nat Sciver-Brunt started with her usual attacking panache, hitting seven fours in her 44-ball 41 and the signs that England can mount a chase are encouraging. “It’s evenly balanced. The wicket is pretty flat still so it’s probably anyone’s game to grasp hold of tomorrow on day three,” said Beaumont.
The last time England bowled Australia all out in a Test was Perth in 2014. That year, they won the Ashes. This year, Beaumont and Co mean business.