NICK FRIEND AT HOVE: The Women’s Ashes series has highlighted a widening gap between Australia and their closest rivals, with Sunday’s seven-wicket victory at Hove showing the strength of depth available to Meg Lanning’s side
Tammy Beaumony has spoken of the importance of the domestic restructure that will alter the face of women’s cricket in England, but has warned that it will take some time before any effect is truly visible.
The changes, which are set to come into play in 2020, are much-needed with England’s player pool far smaller than that of Australia.
The Women’s Ashes series has highlighted a widening gap between Australia and their closest rivals, with Sunday’s seven-wicket victory at Hove showing the strength of depth available to Meg Lanning’s side.
Even after falling to 30 for three, Lanning and Ellyse Perry put together an 87-run partnership to kill off any hope that Heather Knight’s England side had of a consolation win.
“You see how Australia have gone about their things, the number of players that are coming into their squad, 20-year-old superstars,” Beaumont reflected. “But it will take time, it’s not a quick fix by any means.
“At the moment we’ve got a lot of belief in the group we’ve got, we’ve got to change a few things and work really hard and come back stronger, but looking to the future maybe four years, five years’ time, that’s what’s got to happen.”
Beaumont herself top-scored as England limped to 121 for eight; however, when she fell to an attempted reverse-sweep for 43, the home side’s innings subsided dramatically.
“We’re under the pressure, we’re under the pump, we’re playing against a very good team in Australia who at the moment are playing better cricket than us,” she confessed.
“That adds pressure to each performance. Every single one of us is desperate to be the one to change the game and have that impact, and it’s not quite working yet.
"Hopefully if we keep positive, keep trying to find a way, get out there and keep putting ourselves out there eventually we’ll get the win.
“It’s difficult to come back after not winning a game yet in the Ashes, but we’ve got a lot of pride as a team and every time you walk out for England you’ve got to get yourself up for it.
“I certainly was up for today. You want to prove that we’ve got something about us and that we can hopefully win a game in this Ashes series. Every time you put on a shirt for England you’ve got to be up for it or we wouldn’t be in the dressing room.”
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