Rainford-Brent applauds Aussies

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Ebony Rainford-Brent admitted England could have no complaints following their defeat to Australia in the NatWest Women’s International Twenty20 at Derby.

England went into the game as favourites following their historic success in the ICC World Twenty20 last week, which included a semi-final victory over Australia.

However, Charlotte Edwards’ side were unable to repeat the feat, going down by 34 runs after Australia had posted an impressive 151 for three.

Rainford-Brent, one of two changes to the side which defeated New Zealand in the World Twenty20 final, told ECBtv: “Australia came out really hard and I don’t think we were quite up to it so they deserved to win.

I’m glad that I played and it was good to just get out there, but unfortunately we didn’t get over the line.”

England will now have a short break before taking on Australia in five one-day internationals, starting at Chelmsford on Monday.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ebony Rainford-Brent made an unbeaten 23 on her return to the England side and is now hoping to earn a regular starting role

“We’ve got to make sure we go away and rest, then come back harder because we’ve got a big series ahead of us,” Rainford-Brent added.

“We’ve been going non-stop and intensity-wise it’s been quite hard for a lot of us.

“Laney (head coach Mark Lane) and our other coaches have thought about what we need and we’re going to have a couple of days off, then hit training hard again.

“It will be a little bit different in 50-over cricket and I think we’re really looking forward to that.”

Despite England’s defeat, Rainford-Brent ended with an encouraging 23 not out and is now focussing on earning a regular starting role.

“I’ve obviously been itching to play, but when it’s not your time, it’s not your time,” she noted.

“I just wanted to give it my best when I got my chance and at least I got a not out.

“There weren’t really any set batters in at the time I came in. Me and Lydia (Greenway) were both trying to get started, then it was me and Jenny Gunn.

“It was one of those situations where you have to keep things moving, but without having that person who’s in and seeing it like a football it’s a bit hard to catch up.”

“We’ll have to come back again on Monday but I’m confident we will do.”

And despite her recent spell on the sidelines, Rainford-Brent insists she is enjoying every minute of her time with the England squad.

“I’ve really enjoyed being part of this team,” she beamed. “It’s the best team I could have ever played in, as from the captain down to everyone we get on so well.”