England women returned to the international arena in style as they completed their 5-0 T20 series victory over the West Indies earlier this week.
Heather Knight’s side produced a number of hugely impressive displays at the Incora County Ground in Derby against a Windies side that has some stars of their own.
Exactly when England will take the field again we don’t know but here are our five takeaways from their most recent success…
England at their ruthless best
Ahead of the series, England’s last game was the T20 World Cup semi-final against India that saw them ridiculously knocked out without a ball being bowled.
After months of waiting, Lisa Keightley’s side got back in action against the Windies and were back to their ruthless best.
Knight’s prove their strength when defending a lead
England batted first in the first four games of the series and in each, they showed just what an impressive side they are when defending a lead.
Even against a side that included the force that is Deandra Dottin, Knight’s bowlers time and again ensured that the Windies chase fell short.
It really is no wonder they’re the second-rated side in the world in this format.
Sarah Glenn continues her rise
In Sophie Ecclestone, England already have the number one T20 bowler in the world but in the Windies series it her was fellow spinner that took centre-stage.
Glenn was hugely impressive in the World Cup earlier this year but she proved the star of the show with the ball in this series – with no player taking more wickets than her (seven) and only Fran Davies finishing with a lower average (12).
The 21-year-old is the number nine ranked bowler in ICC T20 rankings and you get the feeling she’s just getting started.
Wonderful to have cricket that is free to watch
As fantastic as the Sky Sports coverage of cricket has been this summer, it was brilliant to have all five T20s free to watch.
Four of those were broadcast on via the Sky Sports YouTube channel, while one was live on BBC TV.
The opportunity to watch cricket for free doesn’t come around too often so it was brilliant to have the whole series available to all as part of Women’s Big Cricket Month.
A fantastic way to end Women’s Big Cricket Month
September was Women’s Big Cricket Month, which was adopted by the ECB as they look to put a spotlight on stories in the women’s game and encourage more women and girls to play, watch or attend cricket over the next year.
An entertaining series win against the Windies, which included some truly explosive performances with both bat and ball, was the perfect way to cap that off and must surely have provided inspiration to many!