Proud to lift Ashes in Australia
Until last week, we hadn’t beaten Australia in their own backyard in a Test since 1934. Times have changed!
We wrapped up the sole Ashes Test shortly after tea on the final day, winning by six wickets to round off a fantastic Australia leg of the tour.
Captain Lottie Edwards won her first (and probably most important) toss of the tour, putting Australia into bat on a day that felt rather more English than Australian.
Isa Guha, opening the bowling in place of an injured Jenny Gunn, made full use of the overcast and slightly drizzly conditions to swing and seam her way to five first innings wickets, followed up by four in the second.
Isa bowled brilliantly, taking her chance with the new ball, and Lottie barely took it off her or, for that matter, Nicky Shaw, who bowled just as tightly as she had done in the one-day series.
Our performances in the Test, both as individuals and as a team, were full of confidence and belief that we can dominate the best in the world.
Although we don’t play much Test cricket (our game is more focused on the one-day format due to time constraints) I feel very privileged to have been part of this historic victory.
The game was full of ups and downs, with the momentum shifting between us and the Aussies, making it a very exciting four days.
As holders of the Ashes, we didn’t necessarily need to win the Test to retain them, but we were very happy with how we played, being positive throughout.
Our celebratory song was inspired by our new favourite programme, Summer Heights High – a hilarious Australian ‘mockumentary’ which features some very, shall we say, special people.
The Bradman Oval was packed for each and every day, with both Australian and English supporters making a very special atmosphere.
This year is the centenary of Sir Donald Bradman’s birth, and our Test marked the beginning of the celebrations. As for our celebrations, it’s not often you beat Australia, so we made sleepy Bowral rock!
The Australian leg of the tour has been a successful and very enjoyable experience, and our team spirit is sky high.
We now know that we can take on and beat the best teams in the world, and it is great knowing where we stand ahead of the World Cup in Sydney next year.
We’ve now arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand, ready for a busy two weeks of five one-day internationals in the space of 12 days.
It’s a tough schedule with back-to-back games, but we have learnt from our Australian experience how best to prepare for two consecutive days of hard cricket. We’ll take this forward into the New Zealand series and hope to continue our winning streak.