A ‘pleasing’ final performance from England in winning the final ODI and therefore the series 3-2. There were pleasing performance from many of the key players, including Taylor and Sciver who finally showed what they’ve been know to be capable of.
I think management would accept that many of the team were under prepared, for a team in their off season, with only one warm up game in the tour, and against non-competitive competition, and this is something that needs to be considered in the future, especially for off-season tours.
A number of England players found four, notably Taylor, who in the last two games has been showing flashes of the from seen in previous seasons, that she and England will need for this summers ashes clash against Australia. Sciver also showed some of the maturity, stroke play and innovation promised in her debut series against Pakistan. Greenway, who has suffered from the strength and form of her national and county skipper – Edwards, which has left her short of time in the middle over the last year.
In the bowling department, Brunt and Shrubsole continue to be threatening, even if Brunt is down a little on previous pace with Cross proving an ideal if developing understudy, In spinners, Hazell seems to be the lead bowler in all formats, but with Grundy and Marsh able supporters both looking good on return from injury – Marsh being out for over a year – with Knights recently developed off-spin.
The unanswered questions include Jones and her ability to bat at this level as she never really got a good chance, Wyatt who has been used as both a batsman and spinner in the past, but had little ability to show either, and Jenny Gunn, a stalwart of the team, who seems to have been dropped further and further down the order, which seems such a waste given her proven experience to gather easy and ridiculously hard catches.
The one thing clear at the end of todays play was that the teams singing abilities, despite many opportunities, continues to need practise when singing the team song! May they have another chance this summer…
In terms of todays game, after winning her seventh toss of the tour and putting them in, the opening pair got off to a quick start and it was the end of the sixth over before the first breakthrough, but after Bates wickets fell regularly including five for the spinners Grundy and Marsh until Devine and Perkins combined, putting on 75 for the sixth wicket, both passing 50 in the process, finishing on 230-8 off their 50 overs. In reply, Knight fell cheaply, lbw for a duck on the first over after a leg-bye, but Edwards and Taylor put on 58 until Edwards was lbw to Devine, and then with Greenway, who was looking positive until being another lbw victim this time to Guy. Taylor eventually fell to what looked like another well judged and well run 2, but was run out at the pavilion end for 93. Sciver then combined with Brunt to complete the job, with Sciver passing 50 and the partnership unbeaten on 65.