Sophie Ecclestone Australia’s women are unbeaten in their previous 39 completed white-ball matches across all forms, a run that precedes their two most recent World Cup victories. They haven’t lost a T20I since March 2021. So it would be an understatement to say that England’s chances of winning the women’s Ashes are slim.
Heather Knight’s team must now win each of their final five white-ball games to overcome a 6-0 point deficit and reclaim the Ashes for the first time since 2015 after their defeat in the lone Test at Trent Bridge and a nail-biting final-over loss in the opening T20I at Edgbaston on Saturday.
However, Sophie Ecclestone is not prepared to admit defeat and, following each of her outstanding performances in the early losses, she is still certain that England is “really not far away” from their opponents.
Ecclestone remarked, “We’ve seen weirder things happen in cricket. “We are up for the challenge, and we are fully aware of our obligations. We’re not that far away from them. They have a terrific team, and we frequently contend with them, but we need to improve tomorrow.
“Beating the Australians five out of five is going to be very difficult, but we know what we need to do, and the girls are prepared for it tomorrow. We intend to perform well in front of a large audience.
Sophie Ecclestone said; the Ashes have drawn sizable crowds thus far, with the majority of the matches taking place at Test-match grounds. Over 23,000 people attended the Test over the cover days, while another 19,527 people watched the cliffhanger at Edgbaston.
Ecclestone was thrilled at the extent to which the women’s game was pioneering after learning on Tuesday that Edgbaston, Headingley, the Ageas Bowl, The Oval, and Lord’s will be among the venues for next summer’s T20Is against Pakistan and New Zealand, as well as the possibility of a Test match at Lord’s in 2026.
It’s very great, she exclaimed. “It was great to see so many children in the crowd and so many people watching our games. Hopefully, that continues because I believe [Edgbaston] was the biggest crowd I’ve ever experienced in the UK.
I’m just so eager to get out and play cricket there in front of those sold-out audiences at the Oval and Lord’s. It justifies all of the effort put out on and off the field. We’re simply very eager to arrive, amuse them, and perhaps encourage the next generation to play cricket.
Ecclestone herself has served as a significant source of inspiration. She was the best bowler for England in Edgbaston with 2 for 24 in 3.5 overs, including three consecutive dot balls to increase the pressure with the scores level in the penultimate over. Her hard-earned ten-wicket total in the Test spanned a remarkable 77.4 overs.
She has also observed more tenacity on Australia’s part to challenge England’s premier bowler, a quality she feels will work in her favor as the series progresses.
She stated, “They just didn’t go against me and looked to block me out a couple of Ashes ago, but they’ve taken more of an attacking approach, so I think it’s exciting for me.” “When they come towards me instead of trying to block me out, I feel more engaged in the game.
“We’ve had a few talks and discussions about how we want to approach tomorrow’s cricket. Going into it, we’re quite confident, so maybe we can succeed.