'Hopefully we can mimic what the Lionesses achieved' - Nat Sciver-Brunt excited to play in front of big crowds in Ashes 2023
We’re the underdogs, so there is not more pressure on us, says Nat Sciver-Brunt ahead of the Ashes series.
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England all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt expressed her excitement about playing in front of huge crowds in the 2023 Women's Ashes. The Women's Ashes series between England Women and Australia Women will be contested in England between June and July 2023. The Ashes series, which contains one Women's Test match, three Women's Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is), and three Women's One Day Internationals (WODIs) will get underway on June 22.
Sciver-Brunt said that there is no extra pressure on England since they are the underdogs. She also stated that the ticket sales are significant, which means that they would be looked over a bit more closely. Notably, with less than a month to the multi-format series to begin, over 70,000 tickets had been sold across seven venues.
"We’re the underdogs, so there is not more pressure on us. The ticket sales is a big number, that comes with a lot more eyes on us. That could bring pressure, but only from the outside," Sciver-Brunt stated.
"These are opportunities that have to be taken. It is the right time, right place and right moment," she told BBC Sport.
We want to play in front of big crowds: Sciver-Brunt
The English all-rounder went on to say that the forthcoming series will be different since there will be more supporters there, creating more noise and cheering them on. The 30-year-old also stated that the noise from the stands will boost their energy. Furthermore, Sciver-Brunt that she relishes the idea of playing in front of large crowds, using the noise, intensity, and pressure to turn it into a positive.
"Hopefully we can mimic what the Lionesses achieved. It will feel different because there will be more people there, hopefully making more noise and supporting us. That will help, giving energy when we might need a little boost, or riding the wave when things are going well," Natalie continued.
"That’s where we want to be, we want to play in front of big crowds, use that noise, energy and pressure and turn it into a positive," she concluded.
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