“If the chance arises it is one I’d be massively excited for and what I wish to do”
Winfield-Hill was restored to the Check workforce final week, placing on a 69-run opening stand alongside Tammy Beaumont as England laid a powerful basis within the one-off match at Bristol. Her partnership with Beaumont was a function of England’s 2017 World Cup success, however Winfield-Hill has not opened in ODIs because the Ashes tour later that 12 months, with Amy Jones and Danni Wyatt given possibilities on the prime of the order.
“Yeah, I can not conceal from that, I am fairly eager [to open],” she mentioned. “It is no secret I form of misplaced my method within the final couple of years with making an attempt to be workforce particular person and enjoying a number of roles however not do any of them notably effectively, and never be true to myself in what I wish to do and the place I wish to be.
“The final 12 months or so I’ve gone again to what’s acquainted and tried to try this in addition to I can, and that is opening the batting. So if that chance arises it is one I’d be massively excited for and what I wish to do.”
“I’ve scored large runs. After I’ve obtained in I’ve gone large, which might be essentially the most persistently I have been in a position to produce large scores – I’ve had a few respectable lots of this 12 months, which is one thing we talk about as a batting group: ‘While you’re getting in, go large.’ So it is most likely the flexibility I’ve proven to try this. Everyone knows in ODI cricket particularly, in case you’re getting gamers scoring respectable lots of that is going to place the workforce in a extremely good place. That is most likely what I suppose has been encouraging for Heather and the rationale she needed to go along with me within the Check.”
Because the 2019 Ashes, which Australia received comfortably, England have solely performed six ODIs – partially as a consequence of preparations for final 12 months’s 20-over World Cup, in addition to the depredation of the ladies’s schedule caused by Covid-19. However Winfield-Hill mentioned the upcoming three-match collection with India would mark “a shift” in the direction of planning for the 2022 event.
“I do not assume we’re far-off in any respect,” Winfield-Hill mentioned. “We performed some fairly good one-day cricket in New Zealand. Over the past 12 months or so, we have performed an terrible lot of T20 cricket, with the World Cup [in Australia] that was the main target. Final summer season we solely performed T20 cricket towards the West Indies. There is a little bit of a shift once more to 50-over cricket for us as a gaggle, with the World Cup on the horizon, and that is our focus on the minute.
“We’re facet, we have a number of world-class gamers and I believe it is an actual begin to construct some momentum in the direction of that World Cup and develop this facet to ensure we’re closing the hole.”
After India batted their solution to security within the Check, defying collapses in every innings to safe a draw at Bristol, Winfield-Hill mentioned England’s gamers had been “pleasantly stunned” with how they’d pulled up after the unfamiliar bodily exertions of four-day cricket. Regardless of being on prime for big elements, she steered England have been anticipating additional battles to come back through the ODI and T20I legs of the tour.
“It was good to probably open just a few wounds to a few of their middle-order gamers who did not get away,” she mentioned. “It is good to throw these punches early on. However in addition they had some gamers who had good success towards us, so we’ll return to the drafting board and ensure we are able to come exhausting at these gamers. It is nothing totally different to what we thought coming in, we knew we have been going to should play effectively, and proceed to play effectively, as a result of India are facet. There’s been some good little battles already and I am positive that may proceed.”
Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick