Australian all-rounder Tahlia McGrath has identified arch-rivals England as a huge threat in their Commonwealth Games campaign, but says India will also be a challenge in Friday’s opener in Edgbaston. Tahlia only made her international debut in the T20 last October, but will be crucial if Australia is to win gold. She hit 91 not out of 49 balls during the Women’s Ashes in January, and currently averages a whopping 247 in the T20 format.
“Twenty20 is a format that can go either way, so it will be a very difficult tournament, and India first will be a real challenge, but we feel good,” Tahlia said on the eve of the match.
Australia, the undisputed leaders in women’s cricket, are the reigning world champions in T20 and ODI cricket. Women’s cricket makes its Commonwealth Games debut.
Tahlia said nothing but a gold will do for Australia in Birmingham.
“We’re playing 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 it’s the first time women’s cricket is part of the Commonwealth Games, so everyone wants it that little bit more.”
The 26-year-old chose England as “high on the waiting list”.
“We’ve been watching them – they’ve got some really exciting young talent coming through and they’ve performed really well. They’re a huge threat in this tournament.”
Speaking of her rapid growth as a player, she said, “If you go back three years, I had some work to do in that format. I worked pretty hard on my game, tried to increase my hitting speed, tried to make a few more deliveries with the ball.” .”
The eight teams have lived in a hotel that has been converted into Games Village.
“We went to the main village and took everything,” she said.
“We’ve started swapping badges with other non-cricket countries. Every tournament we do is just cricket, cricket, cricket, so this is something different and we really enjoy it.”
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