After the men’s Ashes debacle, England fans’ attention turns to the Women’s Ashes and the hope of a change of fortune. Talent from across the English shires will be vying for spots in the playing eleven, with a notable Trent Rockets contingent.
Brunt is a bona-fide legend of English cricket, Australian players will be bored of facing her by now, having made her England debut all the way back in 2004. With 301 wickets across formats for her country, Brunt remains England’s spearhead with the ball across the multi-format series. Fans were treated last summer to a duel between Brunt and India’s Shafali Verma, and fans will be hoping for more of the same between England’s veteran and some of Australia’s young guns.
Sciver and Brunt are often mentioned in the same breath, and not just because they are engaged. Sciver joins Brunt in going down as a great of the game, her all-round abilities winning her sides numerous games over the years, even inventing her own shot in the process, the ‘Nat-meg’. Like Brunt, Sciver will be key to English hopes across the three formats, given her ability to change seamlessly between brutal attack and dogged defence.
Glenn is one of the younger members of the Ashes squad and has had an impressive start to her international career. 33 T20 wickets at an average of 15 will have Australia worried as far as the white-ball formats are concerned (England having lost the first T20) as leg-spin continues to be one of the formats most prized commodities.
England have a real chance in this series, with Australia still the favourites, some of their legendary players’ powers are on the wane, and all three Trent Rockets representatives offer different, very real threats.