Blogs & Opinion


Victory gives England an Ashes tonic

Features Posted 15th January 2014 view comments

What better way to start a new year on Sportswomen than talking about a great win for women's sport - none other than the England cricket team beating the Aussies by 61 runs in the only Test of their Ashes series.

I was delighted to have ECB Head of Women's cricket Clare Connor and former England spinner Holly Colvin alongside side me in the Sky Studios café. To top that we had a live link-up with captain Charlotte Edwards in Melbourne to check in with the team and see how they were faring ahead of the ODIs and T20s.

England's cricketers celebrate their win over Australia.

England's cricketers celebrate their win over Australia.

Edwards warned they aren't going to get complacent; the Ashes haven't been retained just yet (even though they need only two more wins!!). The England captain told me they would be only too aware of the backlash they may face from the Australian side...beware the wounded animal.....

Although I'm hoping for a series whitewash to perhaps go some way to make up for the whitewash the men suffered at the hands of the Aussies, all three of my guests agreed they would face a tougher test in the shorter-form games, largely because women's cricket is played far more often in this format, hence the relatively low scoring in the Test - batting for hours isn't something they do regularly.

Holly told us she's taken a break from the game to pursue another career within cricket. Currently working for the Lord's Taverners Disadvantaged and Disability charity that is doing some fantastic work with children, she's definitely not ruling out a return to top level sports in the near future.

The great news coming from my chat with both Clare and Holly is that more and more women and girls are taking up cricket, nearly a million have come through the Chance to Shine programme since 2005. Now the big challenge is getting those young girls into local teams and counties.

Also on the show, Jane Dougall went to meet Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger to find out how she's helping a UK Sport initiative entitled Girls for Gold who, along with GB Canoeing, are seeking to find the next Olympic champion.

More than 100 girls were put through their paces on a taster day. It looked gruelling but what a great way to give the next generation a real sense of what the sport entails and to get them hooked on a new sport.

If you missed us on Tuesday you can catch up with the programme via Sky's On Demand service or at 9am on Sunday on Sky Living.

I'm back next week with three-time Olympian and triple world champion Beth Tweddle. We'll take a closer look at the state of British gymnastics and will get Beth's take on who we should be watching for Rio. Join me on Tuesday morning on Sky Sports News from 10:30am.

back to top

Other Cricket Experts:

Latest Posts in Cricket:

Latest News RSS feeds

Bell backs positive approach

Ian Bell insists England want to play a "positive, aggressive" brand of cricket as they get ready to face Sri Lanka.

Clarke determined to play on

Michael Clarke insists he has no intention of retiring from Test or one-day cricket despite ongoing injury problems.

Sri Lanka name ODI squad

Kumar Sangakkara is in line to keep wicket against England on Wednesday after Sri Lanka named a 15-man squad.

Carberry signs Big Bash deal

Michael Carberry signs up to play in the Big Bash League for champions Perth Scorchers.

Australia include Clarke

Michael Clarke has been named in a 12-man Australia squad for next month's opening Test against India in Brisbane.

Features

England v Sri Lanka 2014: Chris Jordan's heroics not enough as tourists come out on top

England v Sri Lanka 2014: Chris Jordan's heroics not enough as tourists come out on top

Remember the collapses, the controversy and the astounding stroke-play? It’s not even six months since Sri Lanka sealed a 3-2 victory over England but here’s a refresher of the action – and what our pundits made of it…

Cricket: Sri Lanka v England seven match one-day international series live on Sky Sports

Cricket: Sri Lanka v England seven match one-day international series live on Sky Sports

England internationals Matt Prior and Michael Carberry will be part of our expert line-up for the seven one-day international series against Sri Lanka.

'England's Harry Gurney and Ravi Bopara weather early-tour questions well but heavy rain persists...'

'England's Harry Gurney and Ravi Bopara weather early-tour questions well but heavy rain persists...'

Sky Sports News HQ's Tim Abraham absorbs the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka as England's intensive tour gets off to a rainy start...