England Women beat Australia to keep Ashes hopes alive
Sarah Taylor revealed that she went back to basics to produce a player-of-the-match performance in the first NatWest International T20 against Australia.
England headed to the Essex County Ground trailing 8-2 on points in the multi-format Women’s Ashes and needing a win to keep hopes of retaining their crown alive.
A magnificent performance in the field restricted Australia to 122 for eight before Taylor, who suffered the disappointment of being dismissed for a pair in the solitary Kia Test, led the way with a 42-ball 50 in a seven-wicket win.
“If you have a look at the Test match I probably didn’t play my game,” Taylor said. “Going into this I was reminded that my game’s been working for a while so there’s no need to change it. I hit straighter, in my area and I was happy to contribute to this team.”
England need repeat performances at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground on Friday and when the series concludes in Cardiff to keep the Ashes in their possession.
As such, Taylor is refusing to get carried away having beaten an Australia side that had won their previous 16 T20Is heading into the contest.
“It’s one game,” she said. “We’ve got to try and replicate that in Hove in Friday. I’m happy with how I’ve played but it’s only one game and we’ve got to continue this.”
Somerset’s Anya Shrubsole ended with figures of one for 15 from three overs.