21/04/2024

England fast bowler Kate Cross believes they can produce a result and keep the Women's Ashes series alive (Photo: England and Wales Cricket Board)

England head into this test match needing a win to stay alive in the Women's Ashes, with seam bowler Kate Cross believing they can produce one.

England head into this test match needing a win to stay alive in the Women’s Ashes, with seam bowler Kate Cross believing they can produce one.

The tourists lost the first T20 match of the multi-format series before the next two matches at Adelaide Oval were washed out. Australia leads 4-2 after the T20 leg, with four points up for grabs to whoever wins the test match.

Australia can seal the Women’s Ashes with a result in Canberra, only needing eight points to retain the trophy. England, with a victory, can put themselves in a prime position to win back the trophy ahead of the One-Day leg of the Multi-Format series.

Despite their failures in the past to get a result against Australia in a test match, England bowler Kate Cross told media today that they can produce a result this time around.

“I know having played here at Manuka it’s a good pitch, I’ve not actually seen the pitch that we’re going to play on, but generally you know you’ve got a quicker wicket that hopefully will help us get a result,” Cross said.

Cross is one of five who played in their last test match win over Australia at the WACA. She said whilst they have discussed it, it isn’t their biggest talking point heading into this match.

“You can cut out as much as you can on the 2014 game, but this’ll be a completely different set of players, different pitch, different conditions.”

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Thursday’s clash will be both sides’ second Test match within the last 12 months, having both played against India in the format in 2021.

Cross says that despite long-form cricket still being ‘novel’, players on both sides are getting better at understanding key moments in the game having played more of the format in recent times.

“We’re getting better at it as a unit because we’re playing more of it now and playing more of the longer format stuff, but it’s still a relatively novel form of the game for us and we’re still learning as we go.”

Cross added that some of the girls haven’t even touched a red ball since landing in Australia.

Cross along with opening batter Lauren Winfield- Hill have been two members of the squad that have been training exclusively with a red ball in preparation for the Canberra clash while the rest of the squad was in T20 mode in Adelaide.

Preparation hasn’t been ideal for the England camp, with the T20s brought forward due to quarantine requirements ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand.

“Our preparation hasn’t been ideal, it’s not been what we had it down to be before we left around Christmas time. It’s now gonna be whichever team adapts the best to the conditions and manages to get out there and perform.”

But despite the preparation heading into this test match, Cross believes their experience in recent times could play a big part in England winning.

“Having played more test match cricket over the last couple of years will stand us in a better stead than it would’ve done if we’d not played those games.”

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