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England wicketkeeper Jones says ‘vitality’ of youthful gamers resulted in turnaround in opposition to Sri Lanka

Amy Jones has credited an injection of vitality introduced by England’s three debutants of their opening ODI in opposition to Sri Lanka with turning the hosts’ outcomes round after their disappointing T20I sequence defeat.

Mahika Gaur, the 17-year-old left-armer who performed 19 T20Is for UAE earlier than making her England debut in the course of the T20 leg of Sri Lanka’s go to, claimed three wickets upon being handed her maiden ODI cap in Durham on Saturday.

Fellow seamer Lauren Filer, in the meantime, had the guests simply as flummoxed by her searing tempo because the Australians had been in the course of the Ashes Check earlier in the summertime. Taking part in her first ODI on the weekend, 22-year-old Filer additionally took three wickets, together with two in two balls, as England romped house by seven wickets to go 1-0 up within the sequence.

“It seems like youth usually brings vitality and we have seen that with the ladies which have are available,” Jones mentioned. “They’ve actually introduced a buzz round them and only a actual pleasure to play for England, which all of us have, nevertheless it simply seems to be a bit completely different once you’re a bit youthful.

“They actually decide individuals up round them as nicely. I feel English cricket’s in an incredible place and to see all this competitors for locations is just a very good factor.

“As a participant, when you’re given alternatives like this, it could put a bit of additional strain on you, particularly as a younger participant, considering, ‘when different individuals come again, am I nonetheless going to have a spot?’ and it may be very simple to place lots of strain on your self. So it has been so pleasing how they are not feeling the strain. Whether or not they’re or not, they appear actually cool. They’re simply having fun with it and it is mirrored of their performances.”

Jones took 5 catches within the match, changing into the primary England wicketkeeper to take action in a ladies’s ODI, together with three off Filer, as Sri Lanka had been bundled out for 106 in 30.2 overs.

In reply, Tammy Beaumont and Emma Lamb broke the again of the paltry run chase with a gap stand value 61 runs and 24-year-old batter Maia Bouchier, England’s third ODI debutant for the match having beforehand performed 22 T20Is, struck the successful runs with a boundary off Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu in a run-a-ball 17 not out.

“She’s nice enjoyable to maintain to with that additional tempo,” Jones mentioned of Filer. “It was fairly a gradual wicket, I believed, a little bit of bounce however not notably quick up in Durham, so I used to be actually excited when she got here on to bowl and nonetheless discovered the carry and pushed me again a bit additional.

“With a bowler like Lauren, you simply really feel such as you’re getting a catch each ball. I actually take pleasure in retaining to her and was impressed. She’s received one thing that not many individuals have within the tempo that she has, so she’s undoubtedly an impression participant.

Gaur claimed the prize wicket of in-form Athapaththu in her third over after which bowled opener Anushka Sanjeewani with a wonderful inswinger to cut back Sri Lanka to 26 for two earlier than claiming the ultimate wicket of the innings.

“I believed they had been nice,” Jones mentioned. “Mahika, till this sequence, I’ve by no means confronted her or saved to her or something, so it seems like she’s simply shot up out of nowhere. However I have been so impressed, as has everyone. One thing completely different being a left-hander and her peak, however she swings the ball so nicely and he or she’s actually constant for a younger participant too. I am actually excited to see the place she will be able to get to in her profession.”

Jones was additionally backing her aspect to keep up their momentum heading into Tuesday’s second ODI in Northampton, adopted by the final match in Leicester on Thursday.

“There was an enormous ask for vitality going into the 50-over video games, having not performed the longer format shortly and on the finish of the season,” she mentioned. “There was an actual focus from Lewy [head coach Jon Lewis] ensuring that after we’re within the area, we’re fizzing the ball again to me and we’re simply displaying a lot vitality and I feel that actually helped as a spotlight.

“As a gaggle we had been actually upset with how the T20s went. Going into any sequence, once you go in as favourites particularly, you need to get the job performed and convincingly as nicely. So to lose these two video games undoubtedly it was disappointing. It was actually key for us to place in a very good efficiency in Durham and stamp our authority onto the ODI sequence.”

Valkerie Baynes is a basic editor, ladies’s cricket, at ESPNcricinfo



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