The enemy from the English Kate Cross, who was decisive in the host’s comfortable victory of five wickets in the second one-day match against India in Taunton, kept the seamer in a good spirit.
“(It’s) always good to pick wickets. I’ve always said that sometimes I get the boring, rubbish job where you bowl down in the wind or up the hill and have a kind of roll that creates pressure on the other side., so it was nice to pick up today, ‘Cross told reporters after the game.
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Cross underlined the importance of the figure for her own confidence.
“I do not think I needed one, I think I should have had a day like this. It may sound arrogant, but I bowled well, I have the confidence of the coaches behind me. It is always troublesome when you trying to find a place in the team, and it’s a difficult team to start in, ‘she added.
England bowled out India, despite the visitor completing his 50 overs, limiting the side to a modest 221. Cross was the choice of bowlers, removing Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana.
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Ask Cross which scalp was her favorite, and she struggles to choose between the two.
“Mandhana’s wicket is probably my favorite as it got us going, but I also liked Harman’s wicket because we will be able to laugh about it one day,” Cross said.
Kaur and Cross are friends and played together for Lancashire Thunder in England. There is also a running joke about how similar they look among their friends.
However, there was no friendship on the field. England were aiming to clinch the series, with a low target to chase again, thanks to specific plans for the Indian batting line-up.
“We knew that some of the Indian batsmen did not like the short ball. We improved our plans. We have a variety of fields for every bowling plan, especially if you are bowling for someone like Shafali,” Cross explained.
However, it was not without his heel
‘I was a little nervous when we needed 120 more to win, but I found it great to see Sophia Dunkley and (Katherine) Brunt – a girl who has not yet batted in ODI cricket did not, and a girl who batted a lot in ODI cricket – to put us over the line, ‘said Cross.
Dunkley and Brunt scored 92 runs, England’s biggest sixth wicket partnership in ODI cricket, helping the team to a 15-ball victory, despite a shaky opening competition.
‘I think it was just good to show the depth we had in the batting line-up and that we are not just relying on our top four to score the runs all the time. It’s clear that Tammy (Beaumont) ‘It’s been fantastic for us in our last few innings – more than our last few innings in one day cricket – and if she does not score runs, it’s great to see someone else pick it up and can do a job for the team, it was really a pleasant victory. Good to win under pressure, ‘she added.