Wy­att’s eye­ing a Day/Night Test bow

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Paul Ed­di­son

DANNI Wy­att has been part of the Eng­land women’s setup for seven years – and this win­ter she has set her sights on a long-awaited Test de­but in the first-ever Day-Night Test in women’s cricket.

Now 26, Wy­att made her in­ter­na­tional bow when she was only 18 and has gone on to make more than 50 ap­pear­ances in both one­day and T20 cricket.

She was part of Eng­land’s World Cup-win­ning squad this sum­mer, play­ing in the first five games of the tournament, but has yet to make her Test bow.

And af­ter some promis­ing scores in last week’s Day-Night trial match be­ing played in Es­sex, Wy­att is hope­ful she may fi­nally get her chance at Test level, hav­ing been named in the 15-player squad an­nounced this week with the first game on Oc­to­ber 22.

She said: “It’s been a nice change play­ing this game, we don’t get too much chance to play this for­mat, I’ve only played three or four three-day games and a few warm-up matches. I’ve been 12th man for a cou­ple of Tests but not played one yet.

“That would be great to play in the first Day-Night Test. I walked past the man­age­ment hav­ing a se­lec­tion meet­ing so that was a lit­tle nerve-wrack­ing!

“Ev­ery­one is pretty re­laxed though and just ex­cited for the chal­lenge.”

Wy­att made 30 and 37 in two knocks for Eng­land’s women, in a game be­ing played against some other mem­bers of the ex­tended squad, along with few men’s play­ers from the Es­sex squad in the Day-Night fix­ture.

While Kate Cross and Amy Jones are in Aus­tralia, play­ing in Western Aus­tralia, the rest of the squad has been try­ing to get to grips with the chal­lenges of pink ball cricket.

Wy­att added: “It’s the first time I’ve played with the pink ball and it nips off the seam more than the white ball. From my per­spec­tive, I’m known more as a T20 bat­ter, but when it comes to the longer games I just have to get stuck in. I know that if I go in and just try to block it all day, it doesn’t work for me, so I still have to be pos­i­tive.”

Aus­tralia, mean­while,will be cap­tained by Rachael Haynes in the ab­sence of Meg Lan­ning, who will miss the whole Ashes se­ries through in­jury.

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