England star cricketer hopes world cup triumph can inspire girls
The cricketer hopes success on the world stage will inspire young women
The standout player of the Women’s Cricket World Cup hopes England’s triumph can be a “breakthrough moment” for women’s sport.
Tamsin Beaumont was speaking after receiving an MBE for her services to cricket from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on Friday.
The 26-year-old, the player of the 2017 tournament in which England beat India in a thrilling final, said she was “speechless” at even being considered for the honour.
She told the Press Association: “We’re massively hoping it can be a breakthrough moment for women’s cricket and women’s sport.
“Participation and professionalism within the game can really take off from this moment in this country.
“I’d love for every young girl to pick up a cricket bat, but if they take to netball, hockey, or even football it’s only good for them and for 50% of the nation – as well as the men who seem to have a lot of access to it already.”
The England opener, from Kent, said meeting Prince William was “really nerve-wracking”, adding: “I didn’t fall over doing my curtsy so I’m glad.”
She said: “It’s an amazing honour, it’s testament to the whole team what we did in that World Cup.
“I was actually speechless at even getting put forward for this award, it’s something you never expect to happen, but it’s amazing when it does.”
The wicket-keeper also gave her thoughts on the debate over T20 cricket versus Test cricket, saying the sport needed to attract new viewers and rid itself of its staid image.
She said: “I do think to get a new audience and get rid of the stuffy cricket stereotypes we need to invest in T20 as well.
“You can go with your mates and have a wine or beer and watch for three hours on a Friday night, and people can enjoy it like a football game. There’s a place for both.
“Certainly T20 is where a bit more money and media interest is, but as a woman I’d love to play more Test cricket, and see it flourish as well.”