Tammy Beaumont is vocal on the importance of preserving the ODI format in women’s cricket. Amid the growing popularity of T20 franchises and a push by a few top-ranked nations for more Tests, she believes that nurturing all three international game versions is crucial.
Beaumont, speaking to ESPNcricinfo ahead of an upcoming T20I series and a four-day Test against India, emphasized the importance of protecting 50-over cricket, especially at a time when the men’s game is questioning the worth of this format.
While Beaumont isn’t part of the T20I squad in India, she remains an essential player in the ODI format and is expected to play in the upcoming Test following her double-century against Australia in June. Despite her personal circumstances, her advocacy for the 50-over format stems from her experience as a commentator in the game.
She stresses that 50-over cricket remains a bridge between T20 and Test cricket. While nations like England, Australia, and India can afford to put on Test matches, other cricket boards may not have the resources for it. Therefore, investing in 50-over cricket can help grow the game and better prepare players for Test cricket in the future.
Beaumont admitted that commentating on England Women’s internationals has posed significant challenges, especially when her commentary is scrutinized amidst debates about her own playing career. Nonetheless, she is determined to uphold her principles as a commentator and continue striving for a return to the T20I format.
Valkerie Baynes is a general editor, women’s cricket, at ESPNcricinfo