Speaking to CRICKETher after today’s match at Canterbury, having hit back-to-back centuries for England in a Player-of-the-Series winning performance, Tammy Beaumont was unequivocal about which she considers the better innings of the two:
“This is my proudest hundred for England,” she said.
“I don’t normally get runs in chases. Hove was the flashier, better-looking hundred but today it was very tough early on and I’m proud of getting through that new ball spell and making sure that I cashed in.”
“Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail upfront bowled 2 exceptional spells and it was just a case of getting though it,” she said.
“I like facing them. They have a bit of pace on the ball which suits me just fine from a history of men’s cricket.”
Opposing captain Dane van Niekerk also praised Beaumont’s performance: “Tammy stuck at it and England made us pay,” she said.
She contrasted England’s bowling today unfavourably with the performance of her own team:
“We had to adapt all the time – I never felt quite in. I have to commend the English bowlers, the way they went about that.”
“We need to fight more for wickets and not just expect wickets to come. It’s almost as if our bowlers get bored.”
Van Niekerk also called for more use of DRS in the women’s game, after Lizelle Lee was given out early on in South Africa’s innings to a ball that was almost certainly missing leg stump:
“From the top it looked out for me, but she knew she wasn’t out and she was right,” she said. “If there’s televised games I can’t see why we can’t use [DRS].”