The entire series was always destined to be a light entree for the Ashes feast to come; and with the new management team seemingly (correctly, in my view) sticking mostly to Mark Lane's template, there were unlikely to be any huge revelations; and I think this was largely borne-out.
Nevertheless, here are my thoughts:
- Without Lottie anchoring the batting, we are pretty second-rate in that department. She topped the series batting averages by a country-mile; and it is no coincidence that the game we lost was the one where she stepped aside from her usual opening spot.
- Danni Wyatt is not an international opening batsman. We knew that two games into the World Cup; and after yesterday we still know it. (Yes, she can hit one in county cricket; but...)
- Anya Shrubsole isn't right - she took one wicket in 3 games, and that in an over in which she also conceded 7 wides. I'm guessing she isn't genuinely fit; and that is a concern for the Ashes.
- Natalie Sciver is a keeper. (As in... we'll keep her!) (HT Raf Nicholson!) Although Holly Colvin was back in light training this week, I've given up hope that Katherine Brunt will play any part in the Ashes; so we'll be looking to Sciver big-time in August. (No pressure Nat!)