England didn't notice any niggle from Aussies

Tammy Beaumont says England's batters didn't go on with their innings in the first women's Ashes match
Tammy Beaumont says England's batters didn't go on with their innings in the first women's Ashes match DAVE HUNT

IF THE Southern Stars brought the niggle back into the women's Ashes series opener then England didn't notice.

Opening batter Tammy Beaumont who got her team off to a quick start said she didn't observe any extra chat while she was out there.

"Not at all,” Beaumont said.

"If they were louder then good on them, but I think most of us just knuckle down and get on with the game.”

The diminutive batter said playing alongside other international players in Twenty20 competitions meant the possibility of any opponent possibly crossing the line with a poorly worded remark had diminished.

"We've got a lot of friends on either side, having played a lot of franchise cricket,” she said.

"I'm sure a lot of us play hard on the pitch and then still be mates off the pitch, so there's no worries there at all.”

Beaumont's main concern after the loss in Brisbane was the lack of a big score from one of the top-order batters.

The 26-year-old was one of those players who got a start, reaching 24, but failing to go on to make a sizeable contribution.

Beaumont's opening partner Lauren Winfield was the top scorer for England with 48.

Wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor (34), captain Heather Knight (15), all-rounder Natalie Sciver (36) and Fran Wilson (26) all got starts but couldn't go on with the job.

Beaumont said if England was going to bounce back from its loss in the women's Ashes series opener, the batters needed to put their heads down for longer.

"A lot of batters got into the 20s, 30s and didn't go on. I think that's probably going to be the key,” she said.

"We didn't have somebody like Alex Blackwell bat through the innings and really cement that middle order.”

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