“The way the country got behind the footballers was brilliant and we’d love to inspire the same kind of support and feeling. With the entire Ashes being broadcast on Sky for the first time, it will be a lot easier for people to see what we can do.”
“We’re excited and ready to go,” she says. “We’ve seen the kind of success that other women’s sports, and particularly the football team, have had recently, so hopefully it will be our turn to show people what we can do.
Any resistance on the Australians’ part might be attributable to the fact that they have not won a series in England since 2001 and were also defeated on their own soil last year. The pendulum has swung firmly towards England, who have won five of the last six Ashes battles over the past decade, and Sciver is keen for them to maintain their momentum.
“Of course we will [offer them a drink],” says the Surrey all-rounder, who is preparing to play in her second series between the old rivals. “I don’t know if they will join us – one year they did and one year they didn’t – but the relationship between the teams is really good and a lot of their team have been very accepting to our players when they have gone over to play in Australia.”
Stand-offs over post-Test beers may have made headlines in the men’s Ashes, but Nat Sciver is hoping for no such problems when England and Australia’s women begin battle on Tuesday.