simplest. Beaumont, playing, missing and looking a little too clever with a mistimed reverse-sweep there, a miscued ramp here, settled in as junior partner. But when Wyatt fell in the last over of the power play for 17 off 11, it was Beaumont’s adaptability which England will be most heartened by.
In an earlier Beaumont incarnation, she may have struggled to change gear. Not here, not last night. Knight joined her, as though there had not been a day’s pause between this and her last innings, let alone a couple of hundreds. But when she went for 25 off 17, it left Beaumont to partner Amy Jones, her rival for the opener’s slot. The competition spurred them on, as Jones refused to let Beaumont take all the plaudits, elegantly working her way to 24 at a tidy strike rate of 150.
The West Indies have exceeded 164 runs in a T20I innings on only five occasions, ever. Never against England. That slim hope, spurring
Power play: Tammy Beaumont on her way to a crucial innings of 62 that settled England’s nerves