Kate Cross feels the points system for the Women’s Ashes could be changed after Australia retained the trophy despite winning fewer games than England.
The multi-format series, which included one Test match, three T20 Internationals and three One Day Internationals, ended 8–8 after England won the final 50-over game at Taunton.
Australia claimed four points for a win in the Test match alone, while white-ball games – of which England won four out of six – were worth only two points.
England beat Australia 2-1 in both the T20 and ODI parts of the series and Cross feels his side are now “on the cusp of something”.
England’s seamer told sky sports cricket: “I wonder whether there will be talks about Test match scores.
“In five days you’re probably guaranteed results so I wonder if it’s too much of an issue.
“We have won more matches but Australia have retained the Ashes. I don’t know whether they need to look into it or not but I am sure there will be talks because five days make a big difference.
“The bigger picture for us is to think about what we have achieved this summer. Not many people come away with a trophy against Australia. We feel as a team we are on the cusp of something.
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“I think having some young guns helped us beat them in close games. Alice Capsey doesn’t care that Ellyse Perry is running at her, she just wants to hit the ball for four runs.
“The youngsters have been a breath of fresh air and have really helped us. That’s the most exciting thing. Credit goes to the ECB for the domestic setup growing up.”
‘Our mantra was to inspire and entertain’
Figures released by the ECB showed that a total of 110,000 fans attended the multi-format series, with 5.3 million watching live on television.
“It’s something we’re very proud of. Not necessarily on the field, but off the field with the crowd and getting people interested in women’s cricket,” Cross said.
“We’ve achieved something. It doesn’t feel like it because we haven’t got a big trophy to prove it, but there’s a lot of excitement about where we can go.”
“The overwhelming feeling that came from the series is how much we enjoyed it. Our mantra was to entertain and inspire people and it seems like this was a series that really touched the nation.
“Credit to both teams for being able to make such an exciting game. If we went 8-0 down you could lose guys but we kept it alive and guys wanted to support us.”
“The crowd made such a difference, it was nothing like I had experienced in international cricket in England before.
“Hopefully it can continue.”
Catch the England women’s team back in action on Sky Sports in late August and September as they play three T20 Internationals and as many One Day Internationals against Sri Lanka.