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Farrant enjoys "amazing feeling"

Natasha Farrant was left in dreamland after her Ashes debut ended with England Women celebrating a series victory.

The 17-year-old was tasked with opening the bowling in her seventh Twenty20 international and first against Australia, impressing with economical figures of 0-29 from four overs.

But it was the result that was of most interest to the youngster, as England won by an emphatic nine wickets following a superb century partnership between skipper Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor.Natasha Farrant opened the bowling on her Ashes debut as England Women secured a series success with a nine-wicket win

Farrant, who made her senior international debut in July against Pakistan, was thrilled to have played her part in the success.

She told "It’s an amazing feeling to retain the Ashes. I felt a bit sick before we got the runs but (now) it’s an amazing feeling.

"It’s the first time I've played in an Ashes series and it was an amazing opportunity. I tried to do what I do and bowl full and straight.

"It was pretty nerve-wracking (at the end) but so exciting."

Farrant was a spectator for the start of the series, as England took control with a win in the Test match, before winning one of the three one-day internationals.

That left England needing to win at Hobart in the opening T20I to retain the Ashes.

For most teenagers, going into an environment like the England team on the cusp of such a feat would be an intimidating experience, but Farrant felt at ease in the team.

She added: "It’s really easy with this team, we all get on and we’re a really good bunch. I found it really easy (to get settled) and got straight into training.

"It’s amazing to be able to play a part in the Ashes series. I don’t really think about my age. When I get given opportunities I just want to take them."

Rather than get too involved in the celebrations at this early stage, Farrant is eyeing Friday's second T20I, which takes place at the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

And the Kent bowler is hoping to get another crack at Australia and continue her fledgling career.

She added: "Hopefully if I get another opportunity that would really be an amazing experience to play (at the MCG).

"(Australia is) a great country and it’s amazing to play cricket here."

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