“We don’t want to be the easy target any longer,” Tammy Beaumont

"We don't want to be the easy target any longer," Tammy Beaumont

An England team that has advanced significantly since 2019 is brimming with confidence.

"We don't want to be the easy target any longer," Timmy Beaumont
Tammy Beaumont got off to a brisk start in Bristol •

Tammy Beaumont said, “We don’t want to be pushovers anymore,”

Tammy Beaumont said, “We don’t want to be pushovers anymore,” about her England team’s remarkable Ashes comeback from a 6-0 deficit to tie the series with two games remaining. And in July 2019, a different declaration catalyzed everything. To prevent another humiliating loss to Australia, who she recognized had set the bar for how things should be done, Clare Connor, the managing director of the ECB at the time, announced that domestic women’s cricket in England would undergo a complete overhaul. It felt like a turning point in the series since England was down 12-2, and it was. The ECB responded to Connor’s revelation by adopting a new regional system, a new head coach (who has since changed again), and more investment in the women’s game. England won the series’ last game as a consolation, but much more than that. Even though it took four years, despite everything we know, there is a strong sense that the sea change is now accomplished. Beaumont compared the resurgence of the English men’s team after their 4-0 Ashes loss in Australia in 2021–22 on Friday, ahead of the penultimate game in the series. Both teams are currently poised to achieve incredible feats. While their male counterparts lead Australia 1-2 and need to win the final two Tests to win the same thing, England Women must win their last two ODIs to reclaim the Ashes, which Australia held since 2015.

Beaumont emphasized the significance of her team’s never-say-die mentality, which has been prominent throughout this series. “You can also see it with the men’s Ashes; they are down two-nil, but we won’t back down now. That’s undoubtedly the reason why everyone has found this series to be so compelling. Since I love cricket so much, it makes me happy to see that Ashes fever is spreading among both men and women. The fact that we’re playing such a strong team in Australia certainly helped, given that British society has always favored the underdog. I enjoy the feeling of attempting to overcome a small challenge. After losing her spot in the squad for the shortest format last summer, Beaumont, the series’ opener whose record innings of 208 gave her side a great chance in the Test that opened the series and was ultimately won by Australia, was passed over for the T20I leg of the series. She says she “can’t be too hard done by” despite making no secret of the fact that she is “desperate” to try to break back into the T20I side after England won the second and third T20Is with Danni Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley at the top of the order to win the series.

Beaumont did, however, make a comeback for the opening ODI in Bristol, when she scored 47 runs off of 42 balls to start England’s highest-ever 50-over run chase before Heather Knight’s unbroken 75 and Kate Cross’s invaluable 19 not out at No. 10 brought them home. Beaumont remarked, “I feel like there’s such incredible trust in everyone at every scenario. “Kate Cross’ ability to bat like that was beyond question when she had just played in Bristol. Knowing that Kate had the expertise to handle it put everyone watching on the sidelines at peace. Said everyone supports each other’s judgment and skills. It’s a beautiful sensation to have.

Beaumont claims that was only sometimes the case, particularly when facing a team like Australia, which entered Bristol unbeaten in 15 one-day internationals and has a reputation for being a dangerous opponent. “In the past, we might not have had that belief as much if we had lost the first two Ashes games,” she remarked. Therefore, we have somewhat established that belief and diminished that aura in their eyes. Jess Jonassen, a left-arm spinner for Australia, said there was no need for concern because they still had two games to win to retain the Ashes. “Not,” Jonassen replied. “Over the years, this team has won many cricket matches, so the fact that the last three have yet to go our way shouldn’t make us nervous. “The results are equal. The aspect we are likely concentrating on is that we still need to play our most outstanding cricket. In addition to hoping to win the final two, England still needs to win two. There are two excellent teams; if you aren’t playing on any particular day, your opponent will win. “Even though the losses we’ve suffered have been incredibly tight and close, we believe that, in some ways, it was our fault since we occasionally lacked discipline and were a little careless with extras, misfields, and other things. The good news is that we have complete control over it. But no matter what happens moving forward, the divide so clearly defined four years ago is shrinking.


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