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Lydia Greenway on the challenges of playing Australia in Australia, the fielders she admires, and her favourite beer
Interview by Jack Wilson
January 21, 2014
You were instrumental in the 2013 Ashes win. What was it like to win that series?
Brilliant, especially against a team who are No. 1 in all formats of the game. To win so convincingly put the icing on the cake.
Would that have been the highlight of your career so far?
It's definitely up there, alongside winning the two World Cups.
You have got off to the perfect start in the hunt to retain the Ashes. Will doing so in Australia exceed that?
I think so. Playing Australia in Australia is one of the biggest challenges in any sport. They are naturally a very competitive sporting nation and the home advantage means that they are playing in an environment that they are comfortable with.
Many consider you the best fielder in women's cricket. How do you feel when people say that?
It's obviously a nice compliment to hear but there are a lot of great fielders in the women's game now. For me, it's just a part of the game I love.
If you are the best fielder in women's cricket, who do you think is the best in the men's?
I used to enjoy watching Ricky Ponting field, and more recently, as much as I hate to say, another Aussie, David Warner, is brilliant to watch too.
Who is the greatest women's cricketer to have played the game?
I'm probably going to sound a bit biased but Charlotte Edwards.
How much has women's cricket benefited from playing alongside the men, often at the same venues?
Loads. It's an opportunity for us to put our game on show and hopefully get more support along to watch. I think that's the effect it has had so far and hopefully it can keep getting better.
What is your favourite shot?
I know I'm labelled as a sweeper but you can't beat a good old-fashioned straight drive down the ground.
Tell us about the switch hit, a shot you love. What are the keys to playing it well?
Balance, base and a still head.
Your England team are lined up for a 100-metre race. Who would win?
You are going on a girls' night out. Who takes the longest to get ready?
Katherine Brunt, biggest faffer ever.
If you had to perform a party trick, what would you do?
I'd love to be able to breakdance!
In your Twitter bio you describe yourself as a wannabe beer connoisseur. What is your favourite?
I love trying beers from around the world. My most recent favourite is a pale ale called Blue Moon with a slice of lemon.
What's your favourite meat in a roast dinner?
Do you play any other sports?
I used to play hockey for my local club. It was a great release away from cricket and also helped my fitness. I still go and watch my sister play there too.
You are stuck on a desert island. Which three things would you take?
My family, friends and food.
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