Back from the brink
Sarah Taylor hopes England can complete a superb ODI comeback against India at Wormsley.
Last Updated: 10/07/12 4:58pm
After a triumphant T20 series against India, we headed to Lord's for the first of five one-day matches.
Playing at the home of cricket is always a special occasion for us and after winning the toss and choosing to bat on a good wicket, we were hopeful of continuing our winning run.
We didn't play to our usual standards and consequently were beaten by India. Having gone through two unbeaten winter tours, everyone was massively disappointed and we had some regrouping to do before we headed to Taunton.
With overcast conditions and a green wicket at the Hampshire venue, we chose to bowl first. Katherine Brunt and Georgia Elwiss bowled excellently up front and took advantage of the conditions.
Unfortunately our innings started badly and never really got going. We fell 16 runs short despite a valiant last wicket partnership between Danni Wyatt and Georgia. We were all bitterly disappointed as this meant we were 2-0 down in the series with three games to play.
We knew we had to pick ourselves up and turn it around quickly as our next game was less than 24 hours away. With conditions similar to the previous day, we chose to bowl first and our openers continued their good work.
India finished on 172 which we knew we could chase down if we batted to our abilities. Tammy Beaumont and I had a 50-run partnership which gave us a solid start, before the returning Lydia kept the scoreboard ticking over with Arran Brindle. We eventually hit the winning runs in the 48th over and successfully kept the series alive.
The day ended amusingly when Jenny Gunn spilt her steak sauce all down her brand new jeans - we could have helped but we couldn't contain the laughter and she spent the evening trying to hide the stain. Safe to say it didn't work!
There was a definite shift in momentum at this stage as we headed to Cornwall with the aim of leveling the series. The ground staff at Truro Cricket Club did a fantastic job to get us on the pitch for our fourth ODI. Judging by all the news reports, it seemed the rest of the country was under water!
Again we won the toss and chose to bowl and restricted India to just eight runs from the first 10 overs. Arran Brindle came on and took three quick wickets and a run-out as we restricted them to 173.
There were contributions from everybody throughout our innings and it was great to see Jenny finish off the chase, deservedly earning herself the player of the match award. The funniest part was Jenny giving Katherine a left hook by accident in celebration (she was aiming to punch gloves)!
So the momentum is definitely with us as we head to Wormsley for the series decider. It will be Jenny's 100th game for England and we will be playing with a pink ball in support of the Breast Cancer Campaign.
The girls are keeping moral high by continuing the Wimbledon spirit and taking on our management at tennis. I can't possibly divulge who won!