New Delhi, Aug 8 Former captain Nasser Hussain was impressed with how England’s ladies’s facet fought again to attract the latest Ashes collection towards Australia, however he is aware of they need to proceed to evolve in the event that they wish to shut the hole even additional on the reigning ICC Ladies’s Cricket World Cup champions.
England confirmed their class by successful each the ODI and T20I elements of the multi-format Ashes on dwelling soil final month and defeat within the one-off Take a look at in June meant the topsy-turvy collection ended tied at eight factors apiece as Australia retained the trophy for a fifth straight collection.
There have been loads of constructive indicators for Heather Knight’s facet and Hussain has challenged England to construct on that efficiency and proceed to enhance forward of the following Ashes collection in Australia at first of 2025.
“England have gotten some good younger gamers coming via, though truly in our Ashes collection, it was the senior gamers like Natalie Sciver-Brunt, Kate Cross and Danni Wyatt that completely put in performances,” Hussain stated within the newest episode of The ICC Evaluate.
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“You’d be a idiot to say, ‘oh, that’s it. Australia are coming again to the pack’. I don’t suppose they’re doing that. Different nations should maintain enjoying catch up cricket with the Australian ladies’s crew as they’re one of many biggest sporting groups of all time,” he added.
Sciver-Brunt was named England’s Participant of the Sequence towards Australia, whereas star spinner Sophie Ecclestone claimed 10 wickets through the one-off Take a look at and proved a continuing risk for the opposition batters all through the white-ball matches.
The pair dominate the present ICC Ladies’s Participant Rankings, with Sciver-Brunt holding the premier spot for each ODI batters and all-rounders and Ecclestone main the best way because the No.1 bowler in ODI and T20I cricket.
The 55-year outdated believes Sciver-Brunt continues to be underrated considerably as a participant and thinks Ecclestone continues to be on the enhance and solely going to get higher.
“Nat Sciver-Brunt is only a high-class participant, a excessive class particular person and, in huge moments, even in shedding huge moments towards Australia on the 50-over World Cup and 20-over World Cup within the closing, she is smashing it in every single place.
She by no means is aware of when to surrender. She has lengthy levers. She has nice consciousness of the sphere and the place to hit a few of her slog sweeps over large mid-wicket. An important all-rounder and an excellent cricketer,” Hussain stated.
“And Sophie Ecclestone has been there for England…she’s solely nonetheless younger. She may be very correct. By no means bowls unhealthy deliveries. In red-ball cricket, she will be able to go previous the skin edge.
In white-ball cricket, usually individuals play for the flip. However a bit of bit like Rashid Khan or one thing, it’s truly stump to stump LBW and bowled in white-ball cricket. She brings within the stumps in white-ball cricket and she will be able to bat as effectively and he or she is excellent within the area.
She took some good catches, some very fantastic catches in that Ashes collection. So she’s creating a bit of bit like Nat Sciver-Brunt into a real all-rounder,” she added.
The previous captain nominated Alice Capsey, Sophia Dunkley and Lauren Filer as the following group of stars that may assist England proceed their upward pattern and believes the publicity these gamers obtain from enjoying in home competitions world wide will assist speed up the method.
“We’ve received The Hundred…right here in England and it’s going to be so vital for his or her progress and their improvement to maintain enhancing. Hopefully a few of them, hopefully the WPL (Ladies’s Premier League in India) will maintain choosing up some younger English gamers to play in several situations as effectively,” Hussain famous.
“I feel English ladies’s cricket is in a really wholesome place due to The Hundred. As a result of they’re getting that publicity to enjoying towards among the greatest gamers on this planet. (India pair) Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur are over (in England) to play.
While you’re enjoying towards the most effective on a regular basis, you be taught from them and also you’re in the identical dressing room as them, that’s what’s actually good about these franchise tournaments, to get in the identical dressing room and see how they function and observe. I feel that’d be the nice good thing about franchise tournaments for a few of our younger ladies cricketers,” she added.