“The series is still alive, which is amazing,” Capsey told Sky Sports after England’s five-wicket victory with four balls to spare in a rain-hit third match of their T20I series, which England won 2-1 on Saturday night. “T20 cricket, especially the way I play, sometimes I’m going to come off and sometimes I won’t. It’s just about getting better and trying to become more consistent at it. I’ve been working hard in the nets, and have been given a lot of backing by the coaching staff.”
Capsey came in with England 39 for 2 after Danni Wyatt’s assertive 26 from 15 had set their run chase off to a strong start. A big six over deep midwicket off Jess Jonassen was followed by an even bigger one off Megan Schutt, which landed in the stands beyond the same area. In between, there were four fours to all four corners of the ground.
And, as she spoke of having the coaching staff’s backing, this England side are backing themselves to upset Australia, who had scraped to a four-wicket win in the first T20I before losing by three runs in the second. Saturday’s match, in which England chased down a revised target of 119 from 14 overs after Ellyse Perry had rescued Australia from 66 for 3 to post 155 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs, was played before a crowd of 21,610, a record for a women’s bilateral fixture in England, with three sold-out ODIs to come.
“She was outstanding tonight,” Bell said of Capsey. “She definitely got us got us over the line. I think that’s why she was so gutted because she wanted to be there at the end. She had an outstanding performance. She very much contributed to the win.”
“It’s definitely boosted our confidence,” Bell said of the win. “After the first two games, we felt like we could win and we just needed to do a few things better. Getting a series win against Australia is special, and now we can push on to the ODIs. We’ve got a lot of confidence in the group now.”
“We’ve probably been off again a little bit for the three T20s to be fair,” Nitschke said after the defeat at Lord’s. “Even the first game that we managed to win at Edgbaston, I still felt like we still haven’t played our best cricket. I’s a tight turnaround now to the ODIs, but we’re still staying alive in the Ashes series, which is what we’ve come here to win.
“We’ve just got to have a look at our game and make sure when we start the ODI series that we’re correcting some of those errors that we’re making and that we’re really sharp. They’re playing good cricket, so we certainly know that we have to play really good cricket as well. We certainly know that that it’s not going to be an easy task for us.”
Both teams are yet to name their 50-over squads ahead of the first match scheduled in Bristol on Wednesday.