England wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones said that English cricketers don’t have emotional attachments to the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 auction. Amy Jones highlighted that they are currently focused on the second T20I against India in the ongoing series.
England leads the three-match series 1-0 and is scheduled to face India in the second game at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on Saturday, December 9. Notably, this game coincides with the auction date for the second edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL).
We Had A Very Similar Situation – Amy Jones
Amy Jones recalled last year’s WPL auction and described it as a new experience for the team. Jones emphasized that the team’s primary focus will be on the upcoming game, minimizing the impact of the auction on their preparations.
“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 said ahead of England’s training session on Friday.
“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,” she added.
Bit Of Learning From Last Year – Amy Jones
The wicketkeeper-batter highlighted the team’s efforts to address potential distractions and contribute to England’s success in the three-match series. She emphasized the lessons learned from last year, hoping for a more relaxed experience this year.
“(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,” Jones added.
They Like To Keep It Quite Simple – Amy Jones
Amy Jones expressed delight at England’s spinners’ performance in the opening game and looked forward to pitches offering more turns in the upcoming series. Jones mentioned Sarah Glenn and Sophie Ecclestone’s contributions in the first 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 concluded.