Former England captain Charlotte Edwards believes Alice Capsey’s “wonderful” match-winning innings against Australia at Lord’s is a symbol of England’s fearlessness in the Women’s Ashes.
Teenager Capsy scored a 23-ball 46 to give England a first T20I series win over Australia since 2017 and keep Ashes hopes alive as Heather Knight’s men now trail the tourists 6-4 in the multi-format series.
Coming into the third and final IT20, Capsy was under pressure having scored just 17 runs in his last five T20 innings, but the 18-year-old produced a player-of-the-match performance in home cricket that was praised. Edwards.
He said sky game: “Alice Capsy was amazing. That’s what she does. There’s young talent in this England team, they’ve got no fear, they’re not nervous.
“We have to remember, Alice Capsey has played in two Lord’s finals [in The Hundred], So tonight was just another day for him. It prepares him to play these venues and perform at this level.
“But still, coming out on the biggest stage after such great form, from an 18-year-old girl is unbelievable.
“Everyone was saying, ‘he has scored only 17 runs in his last five innings’, but then that kind of innings delivers.
“Lots of girls now want to play cricket and watch it tonight and think, ‘I want to be the next Alice Capsey’.”
Edwards: It’s been a great series
The teenager’s performance came in front of a new record attendance for a women’s bilateral match in England at Lord’s with a crowd of 21,610.
The remaining three one-day internationals of the series, which begins in Bristol on Wednesday, have been sold out with England still in the hunt to regain the Ashes.
Everyone said after the oval [England winning the second IT20] Australia will come back, they will get hurt, they will get back to normal, Edwards said.
“They got back to normal tonight, but England still beat them. And that’s the biggest compliment you can pay this team – they’ve done it consistently in front of 20,000 people.
“The crowd was amazing. I think everyone wanted England to win, so that we would go to Bristol with the Ashes.
“We’re getting full houses to watch these games. You wouldn’t want it to end really. It’s been incredible, a great series.”
Knight: Capsy innings ‘top drawer’ | ‘The ashes still live’
England captain, Heather Knight:
for the caps [Alice Capsey]After two low-scoring innings, for him to come out and play like that, with the confidence he showed, was top drawer.”
“It’s really important how we’ve progressed in the last two games, we haven’t thought too far ahead. The way we performed tonight was fantastic.
“A lot of belief in that side. In ODIs. Still a long way to go, not much room for error, but one game at a time.”
Player of the Match, Alice Capsey:
“It’s been incredible. The series is still alive, which is amazing. It was a great performance.”
“T20 cricket, especially the way I play, sometimes I will do well and sometimes I will not.
“It’s just about trying to get better and be more consistent in it. I’ve been working hard in the nets and the coaching staff have supported me a lot.”
Healy: England outplayed us
Australia captain Alyssa Healy:
“England outplayed us and batted really well. They played some fearless cricket and kept themselves in control.
“That’s the beauty of the T20 format. When you’re out of touch, teams can get over you.”
“England played a great style of cricket throughout the series and we couldn’t match that.
“Fortunately, we still have three games in this Ashes series to pick ourselves up. We’re going to the one-day format, which we absolutely love.”
What will happen next?
ashes of live women
Wednesday July 12 at 12:30pm
The multi-format series has now turned into a three-match ODI series, starting with the opening game in Bristol. live on sky sports cricket From 12.30 pm on Wednesday, the game will start at 1 pm.
The two teams then travel to The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Sunday, 16 July (11am start) and Taunton for the final game of the series on Tuesday, 18 July (1pm start).
Women’s Ashes schedule (all games live) sky game,
Watch the multi-format Women’s Ashes 1st ODI match between England and Australia live on Sky Sports Cricket from 12.30am onwards, ahead of first ball at 1pm on Wednesday. Stream this summer’s men’s and women’s Ashes series now