Women's Ashes: England satisfied with draw and focused on ODI win, says Heather Knight
Fresh from her first innings 157, Heather Knight blogs on last week's women's Ashes Test match draw at Wormsley.
Last Updated: 19/08/13 9:46am
It turned out to be a pretty fair result, with both teams playing some good cricket across the four days on what was a flat but slightly slow pitch.
We went into the last day still believing we had a chance to force a result, but after being 113 for six in the first innings (still 218 behind Australia) we did well to stay in the game and finish with a draw.
Myself and Laura Marsh came together in the first innings in a slightly sticky situation and managed to put a decent partnership together. We ended up putting on 156 for the seventh wicket and batting for quite a long period of time.
Marshy was brilliant at the other end! She's naturally quite attacking but she really reined in her game and showed some grit to hang in there with me.
Although it was the slowest 50 ever in women's cricket (we've re-named her China, after the Great Wall itself!) it was exactly what we needed her to do.
We don't play many Test matches so it's definitely the longest either of us have ever batted for - Laura isn't renowned for her story telling abilities but somehow we kept each other going out there!
It was also a great feeling when I made it to three figures - my first in an England shirt and a moment I won't forget in a hurry.
It was really pleasing to start the series well but the focus now switches over to the ODIs, the first of which starts at Lord's on Tuesday - and remember you can watch it live on ecb.co.uk
We'll be looking to take the positives we gained from the Test and put in a strong performance to get our noses ahead in this series.