Tammy Beaumont has warned England’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 rivals that the best is yet to come, despite beating New Zealand for the second time in as many days.
Beaumont’s 56 at the top of the order was the backbone of England’s 126 – although they were bowled out with four balls unused.
That proved irrelevant, however, as England added to their four-wicket last-ball triumph on Friday with 20-run success after the White Ferns crumbled to 106 all out.
“We had to work harder for our win today, but it’s great that we got another win under our belt,” Beaumont told ecb.co.uk.
“We’re playing some good cricket, but there are some areas to improve for the next game.”
Thanks for all the birthday messages! Had a great day topped off by a warm up win! pic.twitter.com/zk7JpZlQvu
— Tammy Beaumont (@Tammy_Beaumont) March 11, 2016
England face South Africa women on Monday before their campaign proper begins against Bangladesh in Bangalore on Thursday.
Charlotte Edwards’ side will need to score more heavily if they are to reach the latter stages in India, but Beaumont also praised some stubborn opposition, for whom Leigh Kasperek took 4-12 and Felicity Leydon-Davis finished with 3-19.
“I think a bit of credit to New Zealand how they bowled in the middle, I think we went off quite well up front and then they bowled quite well and kept us down in and we caught up a little bit at the end,” added the 25-year-old from Kent.
“We were maybe a few short but we can work on that.
“Credit to New Zealand, they did bowl well, they did put us under pressure. We hit more sixes today than we have in the past and we’re hitting more and more.
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“It’s not going to come off every game – sometimes we’re going to get bowled out – but when we come off we’re going to take games away from teams.
“We’re really good at spotting what we can still improve on so I think we haven’t played our best cricket yet.”
An excellent performance in the field was capped highlighted by Jenny Gunn’s figures of 4-12 and Heather Knight’s 3-13, with the latter also taking a fine one-handed catch at long-off to close out the contest.
“I think the girls really controlled it throughout the middle and kept the run-rate climbing,” Beaumont continued.
“The fielding performance was outstanding: Heather Knight’s catch one-handed on the boundary was excellent so we’re in a good place with that.”