- 150 wasn't a bad total - in the entire history of women's T20Is there have only been a couple of occasions when a team has chased more. Australia did their job batting first; but England just did theirs better batting second and made it look easy in the process.
- Tash Farrant bowled really, really well I thought. She isn't a great "threat" but she maintains a remarkably consistent line and length and is clearly difficult to 'get away'. I couldn't help but feel we could have done with some of her in the ODIs - particularly the 3rd!
- Sarah Taylor might be one of the best in the world already, but she still continues to develop as a batsman. Her innings in the 2nd and 3rd ODIs were a sign of a more mature approach - she didn't get herself out trying to set off at 90mph. Similarly today - she held back just enough. It was also interesting to see a ramp/scoop - a shot I don't remember her playing before - though it went a little too close to the fielder for my liking!
- The commentators were asking why Australia didn't deploy Ellyse Perry earlier to try to break the Edwards-Taylor partnership - Charles Dagnall on Twitter called the decision "weird". I guess the plan was to keep Perry in reserve as the best option for bowling the overs at the end where England might need (say) 10-an-over to close-out the innings; but in hindsight...
- Yet again the double-header format failed to draw much of an early crowd. You can see why the TV companies like it - they can fulfill their moral obligation to televise some women's games, at the very marginal cost of turning the cameras on a couple of hours earlier; but whether it really benefits anyone else is an open question?
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Womens Ashes 1st T20
Random thoughts after England's #WomensAshes victory -