Heather Knight, the England captain, is delighted with her ever-increasing spin-bowling options and she has backed Charlie Dean to offer something “different” in Australia, regardless of the format, with the Ashes series also comprising three T20Is and three ODIs.
Dean, the 20-year-old Southern Vipers offspinner, made her international debut against New Zealand during the English summer, playing all five ODIs. In just her second match at the international level, she claimed 4 for 36 to help England to victory in a rain-affected match at Worcester, and she added three more scalps to her tally before Heather Knight’s century sealed a nail-biting victory – and the five-match series – in the fourth fixture at Derby.
“They’re all in their early 20s, which is quite exciting,” Knight said. “They’re all very young spinners and traditionally as a spinner you mature in your late 20s, early 30s. Charlie’s been a good find. She’s added something a little bit different and she’s had some success so far and I think she’ll be good on Australian pitches.
She gets a lot of drop, a lot of overspin on the ball, which sometimes you need in Australia when it’s flat and it’s not turning sideways – you need that movement in the air to try and deceive and she’s definitely got that.”
Besides her England appearances, Dean found the best possible company in the Hundred, playing alongside Knight for London Spirit when she took six wickets at an average of 28.00 with an economy rate of 1.18 runs per ball. “Her nous probably impressed me the most,” Knight said. “I hadn’t seen much of her at all before I played with her at London Spirit.
“She’s a very canny bowler, not just having the skills, she knows when to use them. She hasn’t played any red-ball cricket and we’ll have to have a little look at what to do selection-wise there but I think she’s got the skills to be able to be successful in all formats and the way she’s throwing herself into things.
“The big moment for me when I realised we’ve got a player on our hands is that game in Worcester where she bowled those real key overs, took a four-for and bowled real pressure areas as well.”
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