Danni Wyatt: England need ‘A-game’ in T20 World Cup opener
In her most recent Sky Sports column, Danni Wyatt reacts to England’s mixed results in their own T20 World Cup warm-up matches, indicating the team must deliver their’A-game’ if their championship kicks off on Sunday…
We’ve arrived in Perth. I believe we are all prepared for that game. We have been here a couple weeks and I understand I’m sure the other women are too and I am looking at the bit.
We can not wait to get moving and bring that trophy home! I believe I have dropped in finals and this is my T20 World Cup, so this is the only one!
It’s been quite a – they have gone big on the championship, which is great and I trace a number of the Australian press on Twitter, and I’ve all seen Ellyse Perry’s face all around Melbourne and Perth.
The media has been great really – we had a occasion nowadays, a lot of folks came along and people round the pool who don’t even like cricket understood that a World Cup was going on.
A lot in fact, of us , everybody aside from the kids, has played at Perth and we’ve got experience of playing at the WACA, therefore which will hold us.
Clearly our trainer Lisa Keightley was in control of Perth Scorchers for the previous four decades at the WBBL, so she’s got excellent experience of the WACA too, and we sat down yesterday at coaching and talked about how different it could play compared to other pitches from Australia of course with the rebound.
Tammy Beaumont and myself have both managed to get a couple runs at the WBBL! It is actually a wicket that is true to be honest, there’s a little bit of dip inside, but also you get value for your own shots. Nat Sciver and amy Jones played out here for Perth.
Other cricket, Perth is still an wonderful place – . Rooms and I think everyone’s Instagram stories are sharing a view in the area! We are very lucky to be traveling the world to get a living.
There are a number of lovely beaches here though it has been a bit cloudy – watch and I was going to head out to a but instead chose to chill the very first game of the tournament in a cup of tea and bed with my feet up!
A few of us have been out for dinner at the Lucky Shag pub – it seems a little dodgy but is really nice. We’ve got great memories of it at the WACA at 2014 in our Ashes Test victory – we went there to get celebratory beers.
However, now it’s about becoming focused on Sunday; we’ve got a night session planned which will be useful to get used under lights for our very first match and we are today with coaching.
A good deal of the girls’ parents are expected to arrive in Australia, that will be extremely nice – my mom and dad can’t make it, however they have travelled a great deal to see me perform, so they can observe me from home this moment.
Cricket, particularly cricket is a game that is funny. You could be at the top of your sport one day and then it could be totally different. I had rather we had the hiccup that we did at a warm-up rather than from the tournament. I believe it is a kick up the bum for every one of us.
Chamari Atapattu just revealed how much she can just take it away from any group in the world, and that’s what about T20 cricket – anyone can beat anyone on the day, it only requires one player to own an outstanding day and, before you know it, you have dropped.
Even the New Zealand warm-up match was our very best performance because we have been around in Australia. We obtained Sophie Devine outside early bowled well, took wickets regularly and managed to knock off the runs with 2 overs to go.
That was satisfying against such a high quality side also to get a few runs along with a little bit of time at the centre was excellent.
The afternoon before, I have the trainer to throw balls! New Zealand have Sophie and Lea Tahuhu, who have got a little pace behind them; I knew theybowl a few short balls so to wang a while onto the slinger at 44, I got the coach!
Neither do I, although amy Jones does not say when we head out to bat! I believe she is prepared to show. She is quality; she has and I think we complement each other. I also think she’s the on earth.
South Africa are a opening competitor. They’re one of the best teams in the world – they’ve got Marizanne Kapp gearing up and Shabnim Ismail, who have some great wheels supporting them.
I confronted them in the WBBL a couple of months before, so I know what they can really do. There is also Lizelle Lee, who will choose the game with the bat apart from you, so she will be an wicket for people.
We are likely to need to focus on our’A-game’ to beat on them, but if we could, what a terrific start which will be.
View England’s opening match of the Women’s T20 World Cup against South Africa, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.30am on Sunday.