Our tour is over and we’re heading home. In comparison with the England Men’s side, who have played some good, hard, strong cricket, we’ve been underwhelming and will not be taking any further part in the competition. Instead, the Australians and the Kiwis head their groups and are joined in the semi-finals by India and the West Indies.
After a consolation win against the South Africans, which to be fair was no consolation, our last team meeting talked of missed opportunities. We also talked about a lack of toughness in difficult situations. It’s not good enough to just win the easy games; we need to be strong enough as a team and as individuals to win the hard games and to nick the tight ones.
We go home to week three of the domestic women’s cricket season; a club game on Sunday before the County season starts the following weekend. We have six weeks to get over our poor performances here, play some good cricket for our clubs and counties before getting back together to face the New Zealand girls in three Twenty20 matches and five ODIs.
We do have three days of playing together against boys sides in preparation for the summer series. We’ll need to be hard against them which will help going into international competition. It hasn’t quite been the return to tournament cricket that I’d hoped for but has made me more determined to come back stronger in the summer.