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Lydia Greenway

'Ashes win was one of the highlights of my career'

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

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Lydia Greenway hit the winning run to finish unbeaten on 80, England v Australia, 2nd women's T20, Ageas Bowl, August 29, 2013
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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?
Danielle Wyatt.

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?
Lamb.

Which of your team-mates has the most annoying habit?
A lot of the girls crack their necks and backs a lot. Heather Knight and Jenny Gunn are the biggest culprits.

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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Posted by czar2008 on (January 21, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

* I meant to say cricket!! Sorry :). Well played @ England's team and esp Lydia Greenway@Jonty Rhodes of the Women's cricket. I wish for the Indian, West Indies, South African, Pakistan, Sri Lankan and New Zealand teams also to start investing more in this. Maybe we can have IPL style tournament as well for women.

Posted by czar2008 on (January 21, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

good choices @ shots! I think the england team have done brilliantly to promote women's tennis. It is important other countries do their bits too.

Posted by Anti-ZCAdmin on (January 21, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

Congrats for the awesome win

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

Nice England

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