Tammy Beaumont hails new era for women's cricket in England

This time last year, England’s women’s cricketers were making the best of a bad situation – working through training programmes in makeshift home gyms and backyard nets, enjoying the prospect of doing something “normal” at the weekends, like going for country walks.

But the novelty quickly wore off and the situation turned increasingly bleak. What was meant to be the best year, building on a surge in energy produced by the T20 World Cup and looking towards a new regional structure and elite domestic competition in the Hundred, looked dangerously like being a year bereft of any women’s cricket in England.

The ECB then made the best of a bad situation, cobbling together a five-match T20I series between England and West Indies and devising the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, the 50-over women’s domestic competition which proved to be a hit with players, coaches and loyal fans.

Now that the domestic women’s season is set to look as close to “normal” as possible within government guidelines as the nation emerges from lockdown, it feels like the dawn of a new era for England batter Tammy Beaumont.

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