Seamer Natasha Farrant says she has unfinished business with England after winning back her place in the squad on the back of a regional deal. Farrant, 24, suffered the massive disappointment of losing her central contract in 2019 and admitted she feared her international career might be over.
“In the past if you lost your contract it was very hard to get back into the team so initially I wasn’t that positive as to how I was going to be able to get back into the squad,” Farrant said. “But I think I knew that within myself – deep down, even if I didn’t want to tell myself – that I had some unfinished business in an England shirt. I feel like I’m still young and I’ve got a lot to learn still so when I got over the initial disappointment of losing my contract and started to work on my game with specific one-to-one coaches – and obviously when the regional contracts came in that was a new lease of life for me.”
“When it was announced I got some really lovely messages from people like Alex Hartley, Beth Langston, Holly Armitage for example – I think it kind of gave people a bit of hope that if they had been in the set-up and they are now out of it, that it is a sort of a marker and that they know that if they are performing well in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy or The Hundred, which is on the big stage, they are putting their name in the hat.” she added.
“I wanted to work really hard to get back into the mix; I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be this soon to be honest but I’m really grateful to get the opportunity as I didn’t think it was going to come at one stage.” Farrant continued. “Obviously the girls in the England team are world-class but I think if you are performing now on the domestic level you are likely to put yourself in the frame for an England call-up. So it did feel quite significant.”