If the earlier bombshells that takes the cricketing world by storm ahead of the Ashes aren’t enough, then it’s a war of words that has already started turning a few heads in the hut. The latest addition to the verbal war between the English and the Australians was Issy Wong, an exciting English prospect who didn’t hold back her punches, claiming that this was the right time to take on Australian women.
Issy Wong arrived on the international cricketing fabric across all three formats of the sport during South Africa’s tour of England last year and is hoping to find a place in the English side kicking off their Ashes tour in a five-day Test match that is slated to be played at Trent Bridge from June 22nd.
Here is how Issy Wong has line herself up in recent times
Wong talked in detail to ESPNCricinfo where she said that this was the perfect time to play Australia. Australia is probably one of the two unstoppable powerhouses in women’s cricket and irrespective of any gender, in the last decade, both the sides have been reigning supreme in almost all sports that they have been a part of.
Wong further added, “But it feels like that kind of golden era they’ve had is… you’ve had Rach Haynes retiring, [Meg] Lanning stepping away, obviously coming back in ridiculous form, but there’s a lot of new faces in that group that are unbelievably talented but haven’t necessarily played the biggest part for them over the last couple of years. I think it’s a really good time to actually go at them and say, ‘right, you are the best team in history, but you’ve a couple of new faces in here and let’s see if you’re as good as you were five years ago.’ I think it’s great time to play.”
This is why Issy Wong wants to be a part of the Ashes rivalry
However, she also clarified that she has never played any game against them. She has just watched them plying their trade on the television. Wong wasn’t a part of the English squad that faltered in the penultimate stages of World Cup against South Africa but she went onto take the WPL roster by storm as he lifted the WPL trophy, finishing as the third-highest wicket taker of the tournament with 15 scalps at a strike rate of 14.00.