England Women's Lydia Greenway and Heather Knight talk The Ashes
England Women's Lydia Greenway told Cricket AM why she can't wait to face Australia at Chelmsford.
Last Updated: 08/08/13 1:50pm
Headquarters will host the first ODI between England and Australia on August, 20 but Kent batter Greenway, who made her international debut against the team from Down Under in 2003, can't wait to visit Essex.
Chelmsford will be the location for the first T20 on August 27 and Greenway - who has scored one ODI century for her country, against South Africa in 2011 - told Cricket AM that she is relishing the thought of playing in front of a passionate home support.
However, the 27-year-old is also confident England can win back the Ashes - which kicks off with a Test match at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire on August 11 - having lost the series to their old rivals in Australia in 2010/11.
"I love playing at Chelmsford," said Greenway. "I made my [ODI] debut there and because it is a smaller ground we usually get a really good crowd in and there is always a good atmosphere down there."
On Australia, who are the reigning champions in both the 50-over and 20-over World Cups, the England star added: "They have got one over on us at the moment, but our preparations are going really well.
"We had a three-day warm-up game last week against a Warwickshire boys team and as we don't play too many games in the longer format, it was good to change our mind-set. Hopefully, we can give Australia a run for their money."
This term's Ashes will be multi-format - with six points awarded to the winners of the Test match and two points given to the victors of each of the three ODIs and three T20s - and Greenway's team-mate, Heather Knight, has welcomed the move.
And the Plymouth-born 22-year-old also revealed which Australian players could prove to be a thorn in England's side over the course of the next month.
"We only played one Test match in the Ashes previously and it got a bit negative as the team that held them wanted a draw," she said. "Plus, we have got most of our publicity through ODIs and T20s, so there is oomph from that.
"Australia have got a few decent girls that have been around for a while in the bowling ranks - Ellyse Perry sticks out, as she is good young bowler who swings it away at a decent pace - while they have a few young batters, too, like Jessica Cameron."
For more chat from the girls, and to see examples of Greenway's excellent fielding, hit the vido at the top of the screen.