Nat Sciver-Brunt made a historic 120 (74) at Leicester, recording recording the quickest century in ladies’s one-day worldwide cricket off 66 balls as England beat Sri Lanka by 161 runs to clinch a 2-0 sequence win.
Sciver-Brunt beat Charlotte Edwards 11-year report after standing in as captain for Heather Knight, who missed out as a result of sickness.
“She’s the very best on the earth on this format and she or he confirmed why as we speak,” England coach Jon Lewis mentioned.
“She performed fantastically. That partnership with Maia (Bouchier) was simply good. They did not take any dangers, it was effectively calculated and Sciver-Brunt hit all of the balls down the bottom and Maia adopted swimsuit.”
The England all-rounder was making her one centesimal ODI look and obtained her cap from Lauren Winfield-Hill, who made her debut along with her again in 2013.
Sciver-Brunt got here to the crease when England fell to 18-2 after dropping Tammy Beaumont (2) and Alice Capsey (6) within the powerplay to Sri Lanka’s tempo bowler Achini Kulasuriya and seamer Udeshika Prabodhani respectively.
However even earlier than Sciver-Brunt made her historic report she reached her half-century after putting Inoka Ranaweera for 3 consecutive fours, the primary guided by means of deep mid-wicket after which two pictures hit down the bottom to the long-on boundary.
“After the T20 sequence somebody requested me what we might miss about Nat Sciver-Brunt and it’s her calmness within the center, one thing the opposite gamers feed off, her reassurance across the staff, she’s a incredible cricketer,” Lewis added.
“She’s an important communicator on and off the sphere and talks concerning the sport rather well. She’s a peaceful and humble individual and she or he talks to all the women about how they play.”
Sciver-Brunt struck 18 fours and one six earlier than she was finally caught at long-off by Harshitha Madavi because the Uptonsteel County Floor stood to applause her majestic innings.
“It was a sheer masterclass, she scored throughout the bottom and regarded in whole management,” mentioned Sky Sports activities commentator Winfield-Hill.
“Each time she needed a boundary she bought it. She scored off the entrance foot and the again foot. She simply has the ability to hit the ball so onerous alongside the bottom and was exhibiting innovation.
“She’s an exquisite participant and has been for a lot of years. At the moment is a really special occasion, she is commanding and conclusive along with her foot work.
“Within the ladies’s sport a variety of gamers advance down the wicket and never many gamers can hit the ball as onerous as she will.”
Winfield-Hill added: “She hits off the again foot and by utilizing the depth of the crease she provides herself that additional little bit of time.
“There’s a lot that she exerts again on to the bowler, she does it to all of them, the spinners and seamers, and it is tough to bowl to a participant like that.”
Unsurprisingly, Sciver-Brunt was named the participant of the match and within the post-match interview praised her groups efficiency.
“I’m actually completely satisfied to bat the way in which I did and proceed what I used to be doing in opposition to Australia as effectively,” Sciver-Brunt mentioned.
“Often the commemorative caps weren’t so good, so I’ve modified the voodoo round it.
“The choice to not bowl post-Ashes was to present the physique a little bit of a relaxation. I went by means of coaching with out having to hurry round and do all the pieces on a regular basis. It was fairly good.
“I’m wanting ahead to selecting up the ball once more. Whenever you’re taking part in you need to affect in all elements of the sport that’s the very best a part of being an all-rounder.”
England’s bowlers helped to spherical off their stand-in captain’s efficiency after bowling Sri Lanka out for 112, with Charlie Dean selecting up a five-wicket haul, Lauren Filer ending on 3-30 and Mahika Gaur on 1-29.
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