After his match-winning spell in the second T20I, Charlie Dean said, “There were no real demons on the pitch.”

After winning the Player of the Match award in England’s four-wicket win over India in the second T20I, off-spinner Charlie Dean said there were no real demons on the pitch at Wankhede Stadium, though she was told by her team-mates that the ball was skidding on.

Charlie missed the T20I series opener due to a stomach bug, but on her return to the team for Saturday’s match, she opened the bowling with the new ball. Charlie bowled a quality spell of 2-16 and took out India openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana to set the base for the visitors’ bowling out the hosts’ for just 80, with all England bowlers amongst the wickets.

After the match ended, Charlie said, “There were quite a lot of wickets today in the game. I wouldn’t have any complaints on the pitch myself. Of course I wouldn't; I’m a bowler, and I didn’t get a chance to have a bat out there, but that’s good. A lot of our guys were saying it’s skidding on a bit, but no real demons in the pitch.”

“I guess there are just pressures and weaknesses in certain areas. We executed our plans really well, and so did India; to be fair, they set really aggressive fields. They had to because of the way that game was dictated.”



Dec 10, 2023 11:04 AM