Women’s Ashes: Heather Knight has vowed that England will “be bold” in their bid to reclaim the Women’s Ashes in Australia, and she has urged her players to be responsible ahead of the journey out in order to avoid Covid-19 causing them problems.
England has lost both of its previous Ashes series at home, 12-4 in 2019 and 10-6 in 2015, while drawing 8-8 in Australia in 2017.
When the winter series, which includes a Test match, three T20 internationals, and three one-day internationals, begins on January 27 in Canberra, captain Knight says the huge defeat two years ago has been a major motivator for her side to reclaim the Ashes for the first time since 2014.
Knight led England to the 50-over World Cup victory in 2017 and believes a win against Australia, who leads the ODI and T20I standings, would be on par with that achievement.
“We’ll have to be brave, play out of our skins, stand up to the Australians’ aggression, and win some crucial moments.” Any team that has had success against them has gone at them head-on, virtually fighting fire with fire.
“Australia is at its finest when they’re on top of you and trying to exploit your weaknesses, so we need to make sure we’re punching first and winning those critical bouts early.”
“We feel like we’re in a great position to do it now that we’ve grown as a team.” Since 2019, we’ve had more leaders on the team, as well as world-class players who can help us win games.
“The thing for me in the summer was how we constructed a bigger squad, with more young players coming in and true rivalry for spots, which has pushed us ahead.” It feels like a great opportunity to us, and we perceive it as such.”
“I think the essential thing is to avoid it after Christmas before we get on that plane because if we do get it, we won’t be able to fly,” Knight said of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the UK.
“Personal responsibility is our major plan, and I believe the girls will take it seriously to ensure we have the entire squad out there.”
“The ladies are quite responsible. As a social team, we are more on the dull side of things, and we are aware of the implications if we detect it too late.
“We’ll be gone for three and a half months [following The Ashes with the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand], and you want to spend as much time with your family as possible.” All we have to do now is strive to reduce risk as much as possible.
“If we get it, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the trip entirely; it just means you’ll have to fly in a little later.” Hopefully, it won’t come to that and we’ll be able to board the jet without incident.
“With all the quarantine we’ve had to do and what we’ve had to live under over the last couple of years, we’re probably more used to constraints than the Australians.”
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