Tammy Beaumont who was unbeaten on 100 at the end,
“Pump your legs quickly… and if you have to dive, dive.” That’s all Tammy Beaumont told herself as she ran for a second run that would propel her to her maiden Test century in the penultimate over of a challenging but immensely gratifying day.
She had spent a day and a half fielding, often at close quarters, as Australia achieved a massive first-innings 473, becoming the second woman after Heather Knight, her captain and batting partner for most of her knock, to make a century in all three international formats.
Tammy Beaumont, who was unbeaten on 100 at the end, also enjoyed keeping her team in an Ashes Test that appeared to be heading decisively Australia’s way earlier in the day. She also stated she was no stranger to close encounters when major milestones arose.
“I think I should have been run out in my first ODI hundred,” remarked Beaumont. “I should have been run out on 99 because I hit it straight to a fielder and ran.” There was an opportunity for me, and it was probably the fastest one I ran all day, but who cares? I’m in.
“I knew I could do it.” I knew it would end badly for me, and had a fair chance of making it. I’m not close if I don’t dive in. “I’m pretty much an idiot, I always got grazes on my elbows from being on the floor, but if it’s not tight, I don’t dive.”
England is still 255 runs behind
Beaumont’s innings, which included a century stand with Knight and an unbroken 67-run third-wicket partnership with Nat Sciver-Brunt, helped England to 218 for 2 on a batting-friendly surface at Trent Bridge, with their opener in fine form, having scored 201 not out in the warm-up match last week.
England is still 255 runs behind, and Beaumont said the outcome will determine where these innings placed in her international career, which began in 2009 and now covers 210 matches across formats.
“It feels pretty good,” said Beaumont, who was dropped from England’s T20 squad for the Commonwealth Games and T20 World Cup a year ago. “There were probably moments when I thought I wasn’t going to face enough balls to get there tonight,” he said. “It’s put the team in a good position going into tomorrow, so hopefully we can bat long tomorrow, and that’s what it’s all about right now.”
“It’s all about whether I contribute to the team for me, so if we win this Test match and go on to win, I think it’ll be right up there.” Let’s see what happens. It’s fantastic to cross it off the list, and indeed, as a kid, I fantasized about scoring an Ashes Test century. Since 2005, this has most likely been my goal, but as time has passed, it has become more about contributing to the team for me. On 61, she smashed legspinner Alana King into her boot, and the ball hooped to Phoebe Litchfield at short leg, but the catch was not awarded, and Australia did not review.
“I knew I hit it, and I knew it hit my foot, but I didn’t know if it hit the floor as well,” Beaumont explained. “But it was not my decision to make, and it was not mine to overturn or anything like that.” It’s difficult to know whether it’s also touched the ground when it hits your foot. So I struck gold with one. But, on the other hand, I’ve probably had several unlucky decisions in regional cricket in the last month or so, so the luck came at the right moment.
Beaumont “got away with one,” Knight confessed, but she was thrilled with her opener’s performance, which she called “really powerful.”
“I just thought, ‘Oh, that’s close.'” “I was talking to Tammy in the middle, and she was like, ‘Yeah, I was out,'” Knight explained to Sky Sports. “She’s got tiny feet; I’m not sure how she’s managed to hit that up.” But they did not review it, and Tammy got away with it.
“I’m sure she was desperate to obtain it [her hundred] before the game ended… I am pretty proud of her. Being in the field for so long was exhausting, but her attention and skill level were remarkable.
Annabel Sutherland, who hit an undefeated 137 for Australia after another century in a warm-up against England A, made a case for promotion from No.8. However, she was glad to slot in wherever she was needed as part of “a pretty solid lineup.”
“It’s pretty special,” Sutherland added. “I’m not sure it’s quite sunk in yet.” It’s something you wish for as a kid, just to put on the Baggy Green, but doing that job for the team yesterday and today was quite fantastic, and I had great support on the other end. The essential thing was getting in and spending time out there; that’s what the team needed, and I was pleased to do my bit.
“Tammy and Nat batted exceptionally well, but we created seven or eight chances, so I think we’re still well and truly ahead in the game, given we’re 260 ahead.” If we start well tomorrow morning, we’ll be in good shape, and hopefully, we’ll be able to sharpen up a little bit in the field so we can take some chances. You never know; there are still three days and plenty of time to play.”
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