Taylor: Plenty of work still to do

  • Last Updated: January 17 2014, 16:46 GMT

England's Sarah Taylor insists the Ashes are not yet in the bag despite her side's Test success over Australia.

England's women won the Ashes Test to take a 6-0 points lead in the series
England's women won the Ashes Test to take a 6-0 points lead in the series

The women's Ashes is determined on a points basis, with the tourists banking six for their victory in Perth with two available for each of the three one-day internationals and three T20s.

The weighting towards the longer form means England are now in a commanding position heading into Sunday's opening ODI in Melbourne, but Taylor is not taking her eye off the ball.

England lost their warm-up match against the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI by two wickets, leaving Taylor on her guard.

She said: "There's still everything to go for. They can still win from here.

"It was brilliant to win a Test in Australia, especially with it being such an up-and-down game, so we've got to celebrate that but also knuckle down."

England would be forgiven for keeping faith with the players who delivered victory at the WACA, but Taylor expects changes to be made as the side's make the transition to 50 overs.

"I think you've got to look at changes in personnel when it comes to different formats," she said.

"The point of the warm-up was for everyone to get a run out with bat and ball and it was good see people step up to the mark. We'll leave it to the selectors but there will probably be some sort of changes."

As for the venues on offer in Australia, Taylor is enthused.

Having been consigned too long to cricketing outposts, the growing profile of the women's game now allows them to walk out at famous arenas such as the WACA and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"I think in terms of profile, the higher it gets the more chances we get to play these venues," she said.

"You grow up as a kid watching men playing these ground wishing you could do that and the next thing you know you are.

"You never think you're going to play there so it's brilliant."


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