Beaumont acknowledges that England are experiencing anxiousness as they head into the Test match in India.

The England batter Tammy Beaumont acknowledges that players experience increased anxiety when heading into a Test match, as they prepare to face India in a one-off match at the DY Patil Stadium from Thursday.

England have predominantly played Test matches on home soil, with the last one taking place in June at Trent Bridge, where Australia emerged victorious by 89 runs. The last time England played red-ball cricket overseas was in January 2022, when they played out a thrilling draw against Australia.

Women’s Test matches are typically one-off games as part of a multi-format series, and Beaumont believes that players feel more nervous about the longest format due to its infrequency.

During a press conference, she stated, “Test match weeks certainly induce more anxiety. Players like me, Heather Knight, and Nat Sciver-Brunt have been playing international cricket for 12-14 years, yet we have only played a handful of Tests, maybe 10 or 12. If you compare that to white-ball cricket, it’s equivalent to your first year.”

She further explained, “So, there’s more nervousness because we haven’t had sufficient opportunities to master it. In Test cricket, you’re constantly a young player, irrespective of how old your body feels. In men’s cricket, 10 Tests aren’t even considered a career; it’s merely a start.”

“I love Test cricket, and all of us would love to play more of it. I’m intrigued to see what India does with the Australia Test match that follows. If it goes well, I can envision a future with two-Test or three-Test series against the top nations, which would be amazing.”

The Test match against India concludes England’s tour of India, following their 2-1 victory in the recent three-match T20 series at the Wankhede Stadium.

Despite the gap between Tests, Beaumont aims to carry forward her form from the summer. She scored 208 runs against Australia, becoming the first English woman to achieve a Test double-century.

She added, “We’re not arriving with preconceived notions about how the pitch will behave or what a Test match in India might entail. We have observed that the pitches have played well, offering something for the bowlers and the batsmen. So, we’re not too focused on working on playing spin. It has been a really good preparation period.”

This will be England’s first Test match in India since 2005. Beaumont hopes they can sustain the momentum of interest generated in women’s cricket following the success of the Ashes and The Hundred during the summer.

She said, “It’s great that we have secured a broadcast deal so that people can watch the match back home. On the whole, the response has been really positive. We had several sell-outs during the Ashes, and The Hundred witnessed record crowds every week.”

“I believe people are genuinely taking notice of women’s cricket in England, which is fantastic to see. Hopefully, they will fully support us during the Test match as well. We want to inspire the next generation of female cricketers, not only in England but around the world. Therefore, we will be playing an entertaining style of cricket that people will want to watch.”

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