The English cricket summer resulted in a draw in the Women’s Ashes series, followed by defeats in the T20I and victories in the ODI against Sri Lanka. In this article, we’ll look at the best moments for Heather Knight’s team as they prepare for the next T20 World Championship in Bangladesh.
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Beaumont and Boucher shine for England
Tammy Beaumont had contemplated her future in the sport after being dropped from the English T20 squad last year. However, this summer, she proved that she remains one of the best batters.
The opening batter scored a double century in the Ashes match at Trent Bridge, accumulating 208 runs off 331 balls with a strike rate of 62.84. She then showcased why many believe she should return to the English T20 team by becoming the first woman to score a hundred runs in “The Hundred”, amassing 118 off 61 balls for “Welsh Fire”.
32-year-old Beaumont saw her international T20 exclusion as a challenge to improve. If she maintains this form, she will undoubtedly be considered for the T20 World Championship in Bangladesh next year, which England hopes to win for the first time since 2009.
There’s stiff competition for top spots, especially from Dani Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley, as well as Maia Boucher, who scored 95 off 65 balls in the recent ODI against Sri Lanka.
England uncovers new bowling stars
Since Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt ended their careers, selectors hoped that young players would step up. It seems they’ve found the future stars in Lauren Filler and Mahaika Gaur.
Filler, 22, brought a real pace boost to the bowling group, dismissing the great Australian Ellyse Perry twice in her debut test match in June. Lauren Winfield-Hill stated, “Filler offers something new. Everyone’s thrilled with the added pace, and it complicates life for all our opponents. She also hides the ball when running, making her hard to read.”
Gaur might not be as quick as Filler, but she’s 5 years younger and stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall. The left-arm spinner, who made her international debut for the UAE at age 12, can generate a lot of spin, especially late spin.
Sciver-Brunt and Eccleston: best in the world
England boasts some exceptional athletes, but in Nat Sciver-Brunt and Sophie Eccleston, the team possesses two truly outstanding sportswomen.
Sciver-Brunt recorded the fastest century in her team’s ODI history, accomplishing it in just 66 deliveries against Sri Lanka. She now has three centuries in the last four matches in this format, including back-to-back ones against Australia in the recently concluded multi-format series.
Sciver-Brunt ranks first among ODI batters and is also considered the best all-rounder, though she has recently been sidelined due to a knee issue. A situation strikingly similar to Ben Stokes! The 31-year-old athlete hopes to return to ball play during the tour to India in December, and her ability to handle all facets of the game remains crucial for England to turn their near-victories in the World Championships and Ashes into actual trophies.
England also has another player at the top of the world rankings – Sophie Eccleston. This left-hander, currently out due to a shoulder dislocation, holds top spots in both T20I and ODI bowling rankings. She claimed 20 wickets in the Women’s Ashes series, including 10 in a single test match when she delivered an astonishing 77.1 overs.
Eccleston’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for England, as her absence allowed Charlie Dean and Sarah Glenn to shoulder more responsibility in the attack against Sri Lanka. But the team is eagerly awaiting her return, gearing up for the next T20 World Championship.
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