England wicketkeeper-batsman Amy Jones, who is herself on the auction list, said that English players are focused on the second T20I against India and don’t have emotions attached to the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction. England lead the three-match series 1-0 and will play India just hours after the auction for the five WPL franchises begins.
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“We had a very similar situation in the (T20) World Cup which was just completely new for us as a group, obviously (the) first auction ever in women’s cricket,” Jones recalled about the last WPL auction in February.
Last year, the players were preoccupied with the T20 World Cup in South Africa, with England slated to face Ireland on the same day as the inaugural WPL auction. “I do not know if it was a challenge last year — it was something new to consider as a group — this year it will be a lot simpler having done it before. Our attention will be on the game as much as possible,” Jones said ahead of England’s training session on Friday.
The wicketkeeper-batter believes the lessons learnt from last year will help England win the three-match series. England had a 1-0 lead after winning the first match by 38 runs.
“(A) bit of learning from last year, obviously. A completely new experience for everyone and we did sit down as a group to try and address issues that might come off it. It was always going to be probably going to be a distraction last year but hoping (that) this year will be a bit more relaxed,” she said.
Jones looked for more turn in the pitches going forward in the series after England’s spinners performed better in the opening game.
“(Sarah) Glenn and Soph (Sophie Ecclestone) bowled really well. They like to keep it quite simple, attack the stumps as much as possible. If the wicket gives them some turn, (it is) bonus but if not, they are really good at keeping it tight for us anyway. If the wickets start to turn it will be even better for those two,” Jones added.
Dec 8, 2023