We kick off our Sri Lanka oneday international show on Saturday. It’s not that long since we were out here last – it had been when we procured eligibility for the 20 17 ICC Women’s World Cup, and hopefully we’ll find a way to reproduce that series result.
We feel at a great place at the minute. We have Cricket behind us and we’re in the habit of winning – with come out on top in our past four matches – and we’ll expect to make use of that within this collection.
Sri Lanka are a good side, though, and we’d never underestimate them. Their kind of late has been decent, with some impressive showings against India and South Africa, therefore they’ll get into the series having a bit of belief.
We have to control what we are able to control and play our best Cricket. We have lots of talented Cricketers in this dressingroom who will all be keen to show what they are able to do across this collection.
It’s great to have a bit of momentum . We did not start that the India tour we wanted – and obviously we did not find the ODI series result we moved to get – but I had been happy with how exactly we came back out of that.
We probably could’ve finished with more groundwork in India. It’s therefore hard because time is obviously one variable – which was definitely going for a long tour – but increasingly in the women’s match, I think you’ll see two warm up games becoming the standard.
We don’t desire to utilize that as an excuse, even though. It had been hugely disappointing since we did not start well and only did not play nicely. We always seemed to lose wickets at crucial times but I really expect we heard and took away something from those two defeats.
That said, the durability and character to get the final ODI and after that win all the Twenty20 internationals was so notable. We’ve done that a lot for a side and it does reflect well on the spirit and struggle within the camp. I trust we can keep that going.
Fingers Cross-ed in tight finale
We’ve had our fair share of dramatic and tight games across the previous couple of decades but that final T20 was some thing else. We always knew we were at the match – we believe we can win from anywhere – but defending three runs out of the final over never feels easy.
You have to bet a tad with the field at the situations and Kate Cross held her nerve brilliantly to end a wonderful display from all the bowlers.
It had been a wonderful ending to the tour India and said so much about us as one draWBAck. I was thrilled for Crossy however, it was not nearly her Danni Wyatt did well across the show and all the bowlers did their bit at several times.
Wildlife and football drama
Most tours we go on are dominated by Netflix. That one was somewhat more concerning elephants.
We had an amazing day trip in Assam during the T20 collection, where we managed to see rhinoceros and dinosaurs and as I write this along how into the earth in Hambantota – we’ve only passed the next three elephants at 5 minutes!
I’m happy the elephants enjoy it out because it’s probably the most humid place in the world – we are keeping the laundry people busy at the hotel.
Our Xmas was not the only off-field exercise.
In Assam we went to see North East United play at the Indian Super League Semi Final. We inspired them to a dramatic 2-1 success in your home leg in their semi-final, but sadly the 2nd leg failed to move their way.
This had been an amazing night at the match, though. We travelled in and outside to the club and I think some fans may have thought we were the footballers! A couple of us was able to take several tops away as souvenirs also. Maybe I will watch another northeast United match daily, you can’t know.
I’ve also got to take off my hat to Lauren Winfield and Sophia Dunkley. They ordered a combined birthday celebration for Linsey Smith and Tammy Beaumont at Colombo.
Lauren had obviously learned from her mommy, Janice, since it had been essentially a child’s birthday party – together with all the matches you’d expect – but it had been absolutely brilliant. It also featured cake and that is consistently excellent.
What’s less good – and also maybe perhaps not on precisely the identical degree because the elephants on the face of the trail is your other wild life you encounter amazing countries such as this. She was not best suited.
I’m hoping she can use that as inspiration to get the first ODI also that it can benefit us get the win and two ICC Women’s Championship points at the bag!
About International Women’s Day we now found a excellent campaign that I’m very excited about. We’re giving 11 girls out of 7 11 that the chance to train and come with us.
We’re on the lookout for the right, young players therefore you never know – that may be your chance. Besides, you may come and tell Mark Robinson why he must be picking you at many years’ time!
We’re working alongside the nine counties that are hosting this summer, so take a look at the hash tag #HeathersPride or visit the ECB site.