England v India: Amy Jones warns of inconsistency in young side after series loss


England captain Amy Jones says patience will be needed after facing a young and inexperienced side. 88 run defeat to crush Against India, the tourists got their first one-day win in England since 1999.

Jones, who is serving as captain in the absence of the injured Heather Knight and Nat Sciver, who is taking a mental health break, warned that “with youth comes inconsistency” after the Canterbury loss.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s brilliant 143 not out laid the foundation for India as England’s bowlers seemingly had no answer in the absence of the restless Katherine Brunt and the recently retired Anya Shrubsole.

“We’re missing some big players, but we’ve definitely got a team that can beat a team like this,” Jones, 29, said.

“And we want to play positive cricket, and sometimes that makes up for the days when it doesn’t always work out.”

The batsmen The bowlers
Tammy Beaumont – 31 Freya Kemp – 17
Emma Lamb – 24 Sophie Ecclestone – 23
Sophia Dunkley – 24 Lauren Bell – 21
Alice Capsey – 18 Charlie Dean – 21
Amy Jones – 29 Kate Cross – 30
Danni Wyatt – 31

Freya Kemp, 17, took 1-82 from her 10 overs, the all-time highest bowling figures for England in ODI cricket, as India posted 333-5, England’s highest ever total in the home format.

England’s second-worst bowling figures in an ODI were also recorded as 21-year-old Lauren Bell returned 1-79 as England conceded 24 wides.

“A lot of learning can come from this, and it will make us better as a team,” Jones said.

“Kaur’s entry will change Indian women’s cricket”

Harmanpreet’s unbeaten 143 off 111 balls clinched a historic series win for India, unable to take a 2-0 lead in the series with the final match at Lord’s on Saturday.

“Honestly, I think we played really well for the first two-thirds of the innings, but it put a lot of pressure on us,” Jones said.

England’s young bowling attack particularly struggled towards the end of India’s innings, as Harmanpreet scored his last 43 runs off just 11 balls, making 62 runs off the last three overs.

“So when the ball is flying down the floor, sometimes you feel like it’s getting away from you quickly,” Jones added. “But it was a very good learning opportunity for us.”

It was similar to Harmanpreet’s match-winning effort against Australia in the 2017 World Cup semi-final when he hit 171. He didn’t offer England a chance, and punished them on the ground.

“It’s a massive achievement for the Indian team and it’s been worth every bit of it,” former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta said on the BBC Test Match Special.

“We will remember that innings for a very, very long time. I have a feeling that Kaur’s innings will change things for Indian women’s cricket.”