Women's Ashes: Heather Knight feels England will benefit from warm-up draw in Perth
England's Heather Knight says retaining the Ashes in Australia would be a bigger achievement than last summer's success.
Last Updated: 07/01/14 1:43pm
England regained the Women's Ashes last August following a five-wicket success in the second Twenty20 International in Southampton.
They begin their defence at the WACA in Perth on Friday on the back of a draw in a two-day match against the Shooting Stars, Australia's A side.
The team have the task of restoring a little pride to the English game after their male counterparts suffered a series whitewash in Australia, and Knight says it has been good to see how the surfaces have been playing.
"It's been good to see how the pitches have played and the conditions and stuff like that," she told Sky Sports.
"We've taken stuff from that and obviously the men's and women's game are totally separate but it shows that if you're not performing at your best how hard international cricket can be. It is really hard to win out here.
"If the team can win out here I think it would be an ever bigger achievement than winning the Ashes last summer and probably the biggest achievement of the team so far.
"Being English it's been quite hard to watch the guys not doing so great. I think the women's game is a totally different series. It's just shown us how hard it is to win in Australia. If we can restore some pride in English cricket and do well then that would be great as well."
Knight, who is back in the fold after recovering from a hamstring injury, top-scored for England in the warm-up match with 124 in their total of 386.
"It's great the get out there really. Get out there in the heat, rumour has it that it's going to be 41 degrees for the first day of the Test. It's good to get time in the middle and for the bowlers to get a few overs under their belt," she continued.
"It's been four months since I've been out in the middle playing for England so it's great to get out there, get a bit of form and get some runs on the board."