Australia all-rounder Tahlia McGrath has identified arch-rivals England as a major threat in her Commonwealth Games campaign but says India will also be a challenge for the opener at Edgbaston on Friday. Tahlia made her T20 International debut only in October last year, but it will be crucial if Australia is to win a gold medal. She scored an unbeaten 91 off 49 balls during the Women’s Ashes in January and currently averages 247 in the T20 format.
On the eve of the game, Tahlia said, “Twenty20 is a format that can go either way, so it’s going to be a really tough tournament, and India is going to be a real challenge first, but we feel good.” are doing.”
Australia, the undisputed leader in women’s cricket, is the world champion in T20 and ODI cricket. Women’s cricket is being introduced in the Commonwealth Games.
Tahlia said that sleeping in Birmingham will do nothing for Australia.
“We play at that level now – every game you play, you want to win, and every tournament you want to win,” Tahlia said.
“We definitely have that hunger and that desire and this is the first time women’s cricket is at the Commonwealth Games, so everybody wants a little bit more of it.”
The 26-year-old picked England as “high on the watch-list”.
“We are keeping an eye on them – they have some really exciting young talent coming in and they are doing really well. They are a big threat in this tournament.”
On his rapid development as a player, he said: “If you go back three years, I had to do a little work in that format. I’ve worked hard on my game, trying to increase my strike rate. I am trying. Make a few more balls with the ball.”
Eight teams are staying in a hotel converted into a Games Village.
“We have gone to the main village with everything,” she said.
“We are swapping badges with other non-cricketing countries. Every tournament we do is just cricket, cricket, cricket, so it’s something different and we’re really enjoying it.”
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