Tammy Beaumont Joins Elite Club with Record-Breaking Test Score
After being benched in the T20I, England’s opener responded with a strong Ashes performance.
Tammy Beaumont was fired from England’s T20 lineup last summer, just before a crucial Commonwealth Games campaign. The devastating blow would force any self-respecting athlete to reevaluate their goals.
After a historic third day at Trent Bridge, Beaumont told Sky Sports, “I went away and asked myself if I even wanted to play anymore.” “I questioned if the time had come and I had passed the point.” I made up my mind not to. You know what, I thought? The older woman still has vitality in her. I’m just 32. Thus, I put in a lot of effort, altered my perspective, and tried to return to the Tammy Beaumont of a few years ago.
The player herself acknowledged that many of the lessons from that setback had informed her innings of 208, the highest by an England Women’s player in Tests, even though it would be stretching the truth to say that Beaumont’s record-breaking Test double-century on day three of the Women’s Ashes Test was a direct retort to the selectors for their decision to drop her from England’s T20 setup (after 99 caps).
Beaumont said the past three or four days, it hasn’t been on his mind at all. “Despite the England players’ best efforts to make it appear somewhat comparable, test-match cricket is considerably different from T20 cricket. However, the overall approach in which I worked on my game this winter has influenced my efforts to find the motivation to get better and grow.
“I’ve concentrated on getting out lbw and not being struck on the front pad too much. In the T20 game, I tried to be more aggressive and approach midwicket, and as a result, I’m better at guarding the ball, so it indirectly contributed to it. But it also made me realise that I still have a lot of cricket I want to play for England. Who knows at this time if that applies to T20 cricket or not? However, I do want to keep improving and representing our squad.
Beaumont recognised that her successes in the shortest format at the regional level had contributed to her surprising ability to amass runs seemingly at will, even if she has come to terms with the possibility that she may never attain the coveted century of T20I caps.
The last several weeks, “something’s just clicked,” she remarked. I’d been figuring out a strategy to get out in the 40s in the Charlotte Edwards Cup, and many people would tell you it makes your career in, so I’m delighted that something snapped at the appropriate time to press on and bat long. I’m hitting them okay right now.
When Beaumont withdrew on 201 from 238 balls in England’s three-day exhibition match against Australia A on a Leicester field that was even more favourable for batting than this Trent Bridge surface, she had provided a preview of what was to come. Her most recent innings featured flawless footwork, strokeplay, and focus that lasted more than eight hours after she had spent the whole of the previous day and a half fielding at close range.
Getting that attitude and being in charge of my own thoughts are things Beaumont has been working on over the past few months. “I formerly detested meditation. When I was under a lot of stress, I would try it, and I would despise it when it didn’t work. However, I’ve really started concentrating my attention more.
“I almost just sat there and was breathing and trying to control my mind at tea and lunch, and I think that’s helped me,” the speaker said. Suppose you miss a shot while playing; no problem. Just restart, relax, and be apparent every time. Even though I still think I’m terrible at meditating, I was able to maintain cognitive control the entire time, which is what Test cricket entails.
She said, touching her head, “But the fact that I’ve managed to play the way I did today is all about addressing this. My body was undoubtedly somewhat tired, and I didn’t sleep well last night.
Throughout her whole innings, Beaumont also maintained a laser-like focus on the goal, even when she was five runs short of her milestone at the tea break and had to avoid media attention while making her way to the locker room.
She complained to Sky Sports that “they tried to put me off by interviewing a different broadcaster at tea when I’m 195.” Get off the pitch, please! Fortunately, I just went out for the day today. I was in the zone the whole time, and I’m sure the girls can attest that I spoke nothing at tea except with steely stares.
It was also about the wider picture as she surpassed Betty Snowball’s 88-year-old record of 189 scores for the greatest individual Test score by a woman in England.
Sophie Ecclestone rushed over to me as I struck the ball, and I heard it called over the crowd, but I told her, “No, no job’s done here,” so I simply sent her away. I was just in the moment and wasn’t even considering records. I was considering the scenario from the game. It’s quite great, but it’s all about the game for now.
She did briefly release her pent-up emotions in a high-pressure situation when she reached her 200, skipping towards the locker room and yelling to her teammates with a clenched fist before acknowledging the applause of the 6,951-st
If you’re going to score a double hundred, you should let it go, she reasoned. “I’d been pretty calm for 300-and-however-many balls,” she added.
Beaumont even voiced regret that England was still 10 runs behind when she was the final wicket to go, bowled trying to scoop offspinner Ashleigh Gardner, who finished with four doors. Never mind that she had contributed to their 463 total, the most incredible score against Australia Women in a Test match by any side.
“Even though I reached 200 there, I felt I still had work to do. I thought we were still down by a small margin, so I was eager to score the final 12 or 13 runs to put us ahead of the game. That would have been a good setup, in my opinion,” Ashleigh said, adding that while her heart was still racing, she had started to consider a feat that was “really fantastic to have done.”
By the end of the play, Australia had increased their lead to 92 runs without a loss. Gardner said that some cracks had begun to form in the pitch, which may be advantageous for her team on the fifth day. However, Beaumont thought that there were still runs on the surface. And it felt secure to assert that she was well aware of that.
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