England women’s all-rounder Nat Sciver expressed disappointment at failing to get over the line after being in a winning position in the one-off Ashes Test against the Australian Women.
Chasing 258 for the win with just 48 overs to be bowled, England were 218/3 with Sciver and Sophia Dunkley going great guns. Nothing was happening for the Aussies but the moment Sciver fell, a stunning collapse ensued.
They lost the next six wickets for 26 runs and were suddenly staring at defeat. Needing 13 runs from 12 balls, it looked like the only option for the Englishwomen was to save the Test and the tail-enders managed to hold on to eke out a draw.
“Test matches can be very emotionally draining and tiring” – Nat Sciver
Although the draw was a good result after the deficit England conceded in the first innings, things turning around in the run chase meant that the Englishwomen started to believe. The topsy-turvy nature of the game took a toll on the players but it didn’t hold them back.
“Test matches can be very emotionally draining and tiring. And when it comes down to that and we get a chance to win… unfortunately, I feel more sad than happy at the minute.”
“Can take the positives from today because we batted so well and put ourselves into that position and it felt like we were just going to get over the line but unfortunately we weren’t able to. [In the end], saving the Test match became more important,” Sciver told Sky Sports after the match.
The teams shared two points each from the draw and will now move on to the 3-match ODI series.