Australia all-rounder Tahlia McGrath has recognized arch-rivals England as an enormous risk of their Commonwealth Games marketing campaign however says India too can be a problem within the opener at Edgbaston on Friday. Tahlia solely made her T20 worldwide debut in October final 12 months, however can be very important if Australia are to win gold. She smashed 91 not out from 49 balls through the girls’s Ashes in January, and at present averages a whopping 247 within the T20 format.
“Twenty20 is a format that can go either way, so it’s going to be a really hard tournament, and India first up is going to be a real challenge, but we’re feeling good,” Tahlia stated on the eve of the sport.
Australia, the undisputed leaders in girls’s cricket, are the reigning world champions in T20 and ODI cricket. Women’s cricket is making its debut on the Commonwealth Games.
Tahlia stated nothing however a gold will do for Australia in Birmingham.
“We play at that level now – every game you play you want to win, and every tournament you want to win,” Tahlia stated.
“We certainly have that hunger and that desire and it’s the first time women’s cricket is in the Commonwealth Games so everyone wants it that bit more.”
The 26-year-old picked England as “high on the watch-list”.
“We’ve been keeping an eye on them – they’ve got some really exciting young talent coming through and they’ve been performing really well. They’re a huge threat in this tournament.”
On her fast progress as a participant, she stated: “If you go back three years, I had a bit of work to do in that format. I’ve worked pretty hard at my game, trying to increase my strike rate, trying to create a few more deliveries with the ball.”
The eight groups have been dwelling in a lodge transformed right into a Games Village.
“We’ve been down to the main village, taking everything in,” she stated.
“We’ve been getting into swapping badges with other non-cricketing nations. Every tournament we do is just cricket, cricket, cricket, so this is something different and we’re really enjoying it.”
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