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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

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