October 4, 2022
India Women 2022 in England


Kate Cross is set to shake off the disappointments of a calm English summer when her team makes their ODI series debut with India at Hove on Sunday.

The match will be the first for two months in an England shirt for Cross, who turns 31 next month, who has played for his country just three times this summer.

He took 4 for 63 and 2 for 56 in the drawn Test against South Africa, which started the domestic international season and went without a wicket in two ODIs against the same opposition.

“You want to play as much cricket as you can, and I think I’ve probably been a little light on cricket this summer,” Cross said. “I’ve played three matches for England, which really feels – especially compared to last year – like not much cricket.

“You do all the training so that you can go out there and enjoy those moments as a team. I have one of the best seats in the house to watch that T20 series and watch the youngsters go out and do their job. There is one, so I just can’t wait to get out there.”

Cross was part of England’s T20I squad for the tour of South Africa, the Commonwealth Games and the recently completed series with India, which the hosts won 2-1 but did not play a single game.

Kemp and Capsi have been particularly impressive with the bat as well and are set to make their ODI debuts during the three-match series with India, while Wong and Bale will build on their experience in the format by playing two ODIs each against South Africa. want to expand.

“It’s always frustrating when you’re on a team and you’re not playing,” said senior seamer Cross in the England team with the rest of the veteran Katherine Brunt. “But I think from my point of view, there’s a little bit of experience that I can bring to the group even when I’m not playing.

“It’s something I’ve tried to do with this team because we clearly haven’t got NATO [Sciver] Or around Katherine, so it’s good to have a little more responsibility as a senior bowler and some youngsters listening to what you’re saying.

“He’s been so impressive. He didn’t have any fear when he came out to play for England, which is everything we want to pursue. That’s what we want to achieve as a team.” Trying. It’s a type of cricket that means you can’t fail and they just came and did exactly that.”

These all augur well for England’s future, but don’t make it easy for Cross to break the drought of her sport, though she was keen to highlight it as a positive for the home side as well.

“The only thing I can take off is my previous record in ODI cricket and I think that will put me in a good position,” Cross said. “Turning it over, it’s really exciting, that we’ve got competition for places now.

“If you looked at this squad a few years ago and it didn’t have Nate and Katherine in it, I think a lot of people would have panicked, but it’s so great that the youngsters are coming and they are taking their chances.

“No one can relax when you have the likes of Issie Wong or Lauren Bell behind you, so I think it’s really good and keeps the selection juicy, I guess, because you don’t know what’s going to happen.” Used to be.”

The last time India toured England, Cross was a standout performer in ODIs, taking 5 for 34 at Taunton to earn him player-of-the-match honors and lead the hosts to five. Helped to a wicket-by-wicket win and a 2-0 series lead. Before that India won the final game at Worcester to scoreline 2-1.

After Hove, the series moves to Canterbury on a Wednesday followed by a finale at Lord’s the following Saturday. The last time these sides met was in the 2017 World Cup final at home of cricket, which was won by England in a thrilling nine-run match.

There are bitter memories for Cross in that match. Along with Amy Jones – now acting captain in place of Heather Knight (hip injury) and Sciver (mental health break) – and Tash Farrant, she was one of three centrally-contracted England players to reach the 15-strong squad for that World Cup. was out of the team. ,

“When the fixture list came out at the beginning of the summer, it was the first thing I looked at,” Krauss said. “It’s such a huge opportunity for us to be able to play at a ground like Lord’s. There’s a lot of history there and the last time we played as a team was in 2017, so there are some special memories there against India as well.

“It’s funny because a lot of young girls are playing Lords in the Hundred and it’s nothing big for them. While for some older girls who haven’t really had that much opportunity to play there – I’ve only played one. The match was there and that was for the MCC, so I’ve never played there internationally or in the hundred – so when you’re at Lord’s it always feels like a special occasion.”

Valkerie Baynes is the General Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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