Aus vs Eng, Women’s Ashes, 2021-22
Australia wrapped up the Ashes with two games remaining but have promised no let-up
Speaking after Australia’s bowlers successfully defended a below-par 205 for 9 by rolling the visitors for 178, Schutt said her side had risen to the Ashes occasion against a team they knew they could get at.
“They came out in the media and they said something about us caving under pressure, which we thought was a bit ironic after they lost 6 for 27 in a Test,” she said. “It’s just the Ashes…every game comes to the wire. To come out and defend that total was pretty awesome from us.
“If there’s anyone that we can put pressure on, it’s England and tonight was one of those targets that was going to be hard for them to chase if we bowled well, and I think we did that.”
Schutt returned to Australia’s XI, after being omitted from the Test side to give her a longer break between matches having recently had Covid-19, and said she was shaking she was that excited to be back on the field.
She picked up her 100th ODI wicket to become the second-fastest woman to reach that milestone behind Australia legend and former team-mate Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
“I didn’t know that stat until Tahlia [McGrath] came up and gave me head rub and ruined my hair,” Schutt said. “It’s something I never thought I would achieve. I didn’t think I was going to play cricket that long and stick around in his side … for me, that’s an awesome achievement.”
“That’s the plan,” she said. “We speak about it all the time that our domestic system is the best in the world and I think that shines with how we perform, as well as our [Australia A] side.
“We’ve always got quality players coming through and for some reason, they just transition in so nicely. Every kid that seems to come up has their head screwed on, knows what they need to do and I think with absolute role clarity and a pretty good team culture that helps build performances.”
“I know we speak about one series at a time, but it is momentum into the World Cup at the end of the day,” Schutt said. “We don’t want to give them a sniff, so the next two games are going to be just as crucial for us.”