Did you feel confident from the outset today?
“Yes, definitely. Knowing that you’ve done quite well in the ODIs, you’ve got a bit more freedom to take a few more risks in the T20s. If I didn’t get away today I’m sure Lauren [Winfield] would have at the other end – we’re working really well together at the moment. It’s nice for it to come off.”
What have you worked on in your game over the past 5 or 6 months?
“Certainly since Robbo has come in, he’s wanted me to go out there and try and strike the ball hard. It’s something I do quite naturally: with my backlift being a little bit different, it helps generate a lot more power into the ball, and that’s something that I’ve been aiming to do. If one day I go out there and get caught on the ring that’s not the end of the world, as long as I’m trying to hit the ball hard – that’s the main aim, keeping it that simple.
“The other thing is just letting it come to me a little bit longer, and keeping my hands through the ball as long as I can really.”
How much is it about having fun?
“I think that’s where we’re at as a team. Whatever we do, we work hard or train hard, but we do it with a smile on our face. A lot of us play our best cricket when we’re enjoying it, and that’s certainly something that we’re trying to keep replicating each game, and the more and more we’re playing at the moment the more we’re enjoying each others success.”
Does it feel like a different side compared to the one that was knocked out of the WWT20 in the semi-final?
“Yes, potentially. There’s just a lot more freedom to do what we’ve been working on so hard. We’ve all been working on things in the nets [and] there’s just that freedom to go out there and do it, and know that if you fail then it’s not going to be the end of the world. Yes, there’s always more pressure in an international tournament, but we’d probably take that freedom now.”
A week ago when we saw you playing at Wokingham, did you ever expect that this would happen?
“I would never have expected where I would be now. Getting to take my first international wicket is something I would never have dreamed of, especially at the age of 17. I’m not even an adult yet!”
Were you happy with the way you bowled today?
“Yes, I am very happy with the way I went today. I thought I’d be more nervous, but as soon as I walked past the rope I was fine…it’s just an unbelievable feeling.”
Did Mark Robinson talk to you a lot beforehand about the bowling plans?
“He kind of just let me get on with it, because he knows it’s my debut and he knows that Trev [Heather Knight] and me have got it sorted! He left us to it!”